Besides the spelling…
Joshua: In Elder Scrolls, it is Magicka.

No one can out-nerd me.

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  • Magic is either stage shows like David Copperfield or fictional magic like in Harry Potter that breaks the laws of nature.

    Magick is the practice of using natural and personal energies to manifest will in subtle ways. It never breaks the laws of nature. Stuff doesn’t fly, no time travel, no invisibility, etc. Sometimes fictional things (Buffy, for instance) use the ‘k’ to lend an air of credibility, but that does not make it true magick.

  • purely spelling depending on personal taste and time period. The spelling in games such as TES3 is to add atmosphere

  • Magic is stage magic like you would go to a magicians show and see.

    Magick is manipulating energies like a witch would do. The original spelling is often used for this too, some add the k to differentiate.

  • The usage of “magic” is the more modern spelling while the other two forms are the more antiquated middle english forms as seen in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales written in the 14th century. Other than spelling the words are interchangeable with no alternate meaning attached to any one form.

  • same thing,different spelling. People use magick sometimes to differentiate between a pagan spell and a stage performance or fantasy element…but basically magick is just a pretty spelling of magic.

    Like how olde and old are the same…but olde looks cooler to some people.

  • There’s no difference between magic and magik “magick”, however miracles are another issue altogether ” they are a natural phenomena..

  • magic is when you perform tricks for entertainment purposes like card magic.

    magick is when you cast spells(hexes, blessing, summoning, etc.)

  • Agnostics/atheists use magic to make fun of other religions. And magik/magick are made-up nerd terms. I think I heard them used on Elder’s Scrolls.

  • Magick was the spelling used by Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer John Dee,

    Aleister Crowley re-used that spelling to differentiate it from the Golden Dawn’s style of magic, as they are quite similar at first. Magik is just a dumb spelling.

    But then again, Crowley is only the prophet of my religion, so what would I know about his motives?

  • It depends on who you ask. Some people think that “magic” should mean stage sleight-of-hand and that “magik/magick” should mean the spiritual practice of causing change in the universe in accordance with one’s will.

    Others think that the differentiation is pretentious and that “magic” is a perfectly good word for both types of practice.

  • A bizarre form of pretension rooted in fantasy novels and ancient religions revived purely for the sake of novelty.

    I mean, the former sounds like a Vegas magician act. But the latter sounds more appropriate to someone considering renaming themselves Shado Ravenclaw.

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