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in religion and superstition, the practice of manipulating and controlling the course of nature by preternatural means. Magic is based upon the belief that the universe is populated by unseen forces or spirits that permeate all things.
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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Sometimes used to describe a spell or charm placed on someone or something. Elves and fairies were especially thought to enchant people and animals.

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See also Fantasy, Magic.
fairy godfather to Italian Cinderella. [Ital. Opera: Rossini, Cinderella, Westerman, 120–121]
under spell, grows ass’s head. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
enchantment lasts only till midnight. [Fr. Fairy Tale: Cinderella]
enchantress who changes Odysseus’s men into swine. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey; Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
Geraldine, Lady
evil spirit who, by casting a spell, induces Christabel to bring her into her father’s castle. [Br. Lit.: S.T. Coleridge “Christabel” in Benét, 195]
Land of Oz
bewitching realm of magic and mystery. [Am. Lit.: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz]
water nymph of the Rhine; lured sailors to their doom with her singing. [Ger. Folklore: Leach, 645]
enchanter; one of Charlemagne’s paladins. [Fr. Folk-lore: Harvey, 526]
Miracle, Dr.
bewitches Antonia into singing despite doctor’s orders. [Fr. Opera: Offenbach, Tales of Hoffmann, Westerman, 275–276]
fairy king orders love charm placed on wife. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
his singing opens the gates of the underworld. [Ger. Opera: Gluck, Orpheus and Euridyce, Westerman, 72]
Pied Piper
charms children of Hamelin with music. [Children’s Lit.: “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” in Dramatic Lyrics, Fisher, 279–281]
Irish fairy spell that distorts reality. [Irish Folklore: Briggs, 327–328]
Quixote, Don
ascribes all his misfortunes to the machinations of enchanters. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]
spins yams for Sultan for 1001 nights. [Arab. Lit.: Arabian Nights]
Czech Orpheus; bagpipe music moves even Queen Iceheart. [Czech Opera: Weinberger, Schwanda, Westerman, 412]
with song, bird-women lure sailors to death. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey]
Sleeping Beauty
sleeps for 100 years. [Fr. Fairy Tale, The Sleeping Beauty]
experiences spell-induced fascination over Bottom. [Br. Lit.: A Midsummer Night’s Dream]
Van Winkle, Rip
returns to village after sleep of 20 years. [Am. Lit.: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.]
indicates bewitching powers. [Flower Symbolism: Flora S ymbo lica, 178]
the Lady of the Lake, enchantress and mistress of Merlin. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 1118]
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Summary: New Delhi [India], Jan 22 (NewsVoir): DLF5 hosted the book launch of the HarperCollins book The Forest of Enchantment authored by the renowned author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni at the premises of The Crest Club House on 20th January, Sunday evening.
The paired tensions that are symbolized by the hobbits' gradual engagement with the enchanted world--between childhood and adulthood, and between enchantment and the ordinary--can be understood developmentally to be two sides of single tension, because maturing involves surrendering, or at least transforming, childhood enchantments.
One reason that the motif of an ordinary mortal entering a magical world engages us is that it symbolizes the reinstatement or strengthening of these enchantments that have been lost or threatened during the normal course of development.
Whereas discussions of "virtual reality" often center on the digital worlds computing and internet technology have made possible, in As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality, Michael Saler argues that we have been creating, sharing, and dwelling within imaginary worlds since the mid-nineteenth century.
As If traces how such "disenchanted enchantment" was made possible by ironic engagement with genres of fantastic fiction stemming from the New Romance of Poe, Verne, and Haggard, and by the emergence of new "public spheres of the imagination" in which readers could engage together in exploring, expanding, and interrogating these texts' imaginary worlds (12, 17).
A magical night of spells, enchantment and second chances.
For example, after being inside the Cave of Montesinos, Don Quixote reported that he had encountered two imprisoned knights who remained there under enchantment by Merlin -- whom he recognized to be, according to the libros de caballerias, the son of the devil.
The comic episodes involving enchantment and demonology appeared in the second part of Don Quijote as well.
I am thrilled with the orders we have received for all the products, but the new Enchantments range has really captured the imagination of buyers because it is something different in the marketplace.'' After seeing a 25pc growth in turnover last year, The Milford Collection is looking for growth during 2002 from its existing UK customer base as well as planning a major export drive in the USA, France, Germany and Greece.
The chapter titles reflect this repetition of anti-structure structure, representative of something like a fractal or a mise-en-abyme or a postmodern polychoral antiphonal liturgical chant: "Preface: Disenchantment"; "Introduction: Death of Nature"; "1: Nature's Enchantments"; "2: Truth's Enchantments"; "3: The Good Enchanting"; "4: Art Enchanting"; "5: Enchanting Bodies"; "6: Betraying Enchantment"; "7: Beyond Enchanting." For the postmodern essence of the book, we can read only the endnotes, which are often lengthy and fascinating--or irritating--depending on our responses to performances substituted for critiques.
Crawford, Jason, Allegory and Enchantment: An Early Modern Poetics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017; hardback; pp.
Given my predilection for almost any kind of abracadabra, was happy to encounter "Spellbound"--an exhibition of works on paper from artists as unlike as Louise Bourgeois, Lisa Yuskavage, and Thomas Schutte that "record this beguiling state." Of course, enchantment never falls far from the twee, but for the most part the work on view avoided that danger.