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  • Sleight of hand.
  • A display of skill, trickery, or artful deception.

Fiction Writing Prompt: Use the word of the week in whatever you write today.

Journaling Prompt: What magic trick would you love to be able to do?

Art Prompt: Legerdemain

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt:Use the word of the week in your article or speech.

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But when it came to the Princess’s turn to give an acid drop to the dragon, he smiled a very wide smile, and wagged his tail to the very last long inch of it, as much as to say, “Oh, you nice, kind, pretty little Princess.” But deep down in his wicked purple heart he was saying, “Oh, you nice, fat, pretty little Princess, I should like to eat you instead of these silly acid drops.” But of course nobody heard him except the Princess’s uncle, and he was a magician, and accustomed to listening at doors. It was part of his trade. -Edith Nesbitt, The Book of Dragons (free Kindle book)
NOTE: an acid drop is a old fashioned boiled sweet with a sharp taste

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about a princess who tries to befriend a dragon.

Journaling Prompt: How do you flirt with danger?

Art Prompt: The Princess, the Dragon, and the Magician

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about how we try to allay our fears by placating them. Give your audience a better solution.

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It was commonly held in all the ancient magical books that there were four elements of magic: Air and Water, Earth and Fire. But centuries of study had revealed to Nicholas that there were, in fact, five elemental forces of magic. The fifth force was the magic of Time, the greatest of all magics. -Michael Scott, The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)

Writing Prompt: Create a scene in which time functions as an element of magic for your character.

Journaling Prompt: How has time worked magic in your life?

Art Prompt: Time

Nonfiction / Speech Writing Prompt: Write about the magic of time.
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Magician


The Magician is a popular archetype in science fiction and fantasy, but you will see Magicians all around you once you know what to look for. One very popular Magician is Martha Stewart, who has turned her knack for creating a beautiful home into a booming business. In this quote, we read about a more traditional magician courtesy of Jean Auel.

“Mog-ur pulled himself up to his feet, then threw his staff aside. Wrapped in his heavy bearskin cloak, the magician was an imposing figure. Only the older men, and Brun, ever knew him as anything but Mog-ur. The Mog-ur, the holiest of all the men who interceded with the world of the spirits, the most powerful magician of the Clan. When moved to eloquence during a ceremony, he was a charismatic, awe-inspiring protector. It was he who braved the invisible forces far more fearsome than any charging animal, forces that could turn the bravest hunter into a quaking coward. There was not a man present who did not feel more secure knowing it was he who was the magician of their clan, not a man who hadn’t stood in fear of his power and magic at some time in his life, and only one, Goov, who dared to think of trading places with him. Mog-ur, alone, stood between the men of the clan and the terrible unknown, and he became part of it by association. It imbued him with a subtle aura that carried over into his secular life. Even when he sat within the boundaries of his hearthstones, surrounded by his women, he was not really thought of as a man. He was more than, other than; he was Mog-ur.” -Jean Auel, The Clan of the Cave Bear

Writing Prompt: Write a scene or a poem about a Magician.

Journaling Prompt: Who in your life embodies the Magician archetype? Describe how you relate to that person.

Art Prompt: Magician

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story involving a friend who personifies the magician archetype.

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