A.C.Clarke's three laws

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Marge Simpson's corollary to the Third Law

We can do anything now that science has invented Magic

Dave Wall's Physics of Magic

Physics demonstrations and magic tricks may share characteristics. Many a good physics demonstration produces unexpected results and many a good magic trick is based on obvious physical principles.

Dave Wall is a co-author of an introductory college-level book, and the performer in a road show that has evolved from his paper, Physics of Magic and Vice Versa, originally presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in Anaheim, California, in 1975.