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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.


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]
References in classic literature ?
And indeed I was now inclining to the belief that he must be no Circle at all, but some extremely clever juggler; or else that the old wives' tales were true, and that after all there were such people as Enchanters and Magicians.
Merlin, we are told, is a composite figure of diverse traditions: on the one side of human parentage, on the other demonaic, and perhaps it is no accident that in Carwyn's whole life no words more completely sum him up than enchanter and counsellor.
The witchcraft woman brought A dragon from her body He read incantation and played role Stop that incantation speech Why you tell that words I heard that she is witch of India I did not read incantation of the Indian witch Do not join o, the enchanter Since your intent was clarified
all the Land about, to find its Giants and Enchanters out, (The Giant-Folly, the Enchanter-Vice, Whom doubtless I shall vanquish in a trice:) But is there a Man whom I would injure?
He encounters the superstitions and lore of local peoples--the terror of vampires, the dangers of sleeping near bewitched springs, even fear among villagers that he may be the prophesied enchanter.
The Killer Rabbit Of Caerbannog John Cleese's Tim The Enchanter wasn't kidding when he said the lovely, fluffy white bunny in Monty Python And The Holy Grail was "the most foul, cruel and bad tempered rodent you ever set eyes on".
Mega-artist, business artist, satirist, art star, enchanter, provocateur and king of kitsch are just some of the ways in which the contemporary American artist, Jeff Koons (b.
In the Chrestomanci universe, an enchanter can learn how to use this kind of power: "[The lesson] was all about the kind of enchanter's magic called Performative Speech.
He tries to be a fearsome and hard hearted enchanter but instead finds himself being kind and thoughtful to the frightening creatures he encounters.
Along the way he encounters all sorts of ridiculous characters such as The Knights Who Say Ni, the Black Knight and Tim the Enchanter.
There are three points of view from which a writer can be considered; he may be considered as a storyteller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter.
In addition to the two upcoming movie projects, Celestial Pictures also has inked a multiyear agreement for the exclusive worldwide theatrical, TV, mobile and new media distribution rights outside China of The Enchanter, the upcoming movie from Sum-Wood Productions.