do / make with magic

loreG

Senior Member
Castellano-Argentina
Hi everybody!
I read some threads about "magic" and I couldn't find if you "do magic" or you "make magic". I tend to favor the first option..but I'm not sure...
The idea is "do/make magic" because you are almost achieving something very difficult :)
Thank you very much
LoreG
 
  • kayokid

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    Hello. I think a lot depends on the exact sentence.

    In my opinion:
    A magician performs magic. He/She also performs/does magic tricks.
    In the correct context you can do magic, as well.

    Off the top of my head I can't think of a time when I would say that someone makes magic.
     

    Chris K

    Senior Member
    English / US
    Hello. I think a lot depends on the exact sentence.

    In my opinion:
    A magician performs magic. He/She also performs/does magic tricks.
    In the correct context you can do magic, as well.

    Off the top of my head I can't think of a time when I would say that someone makes magic.
    I agree. I think we use "make magic" occasionally, but only metaphorically. The normal word is "perform," but "I do some magic tricks" is fine.
     

    patdm99

    Member
    English-American
    A magician does magic.

    we only use "do magic" when we are talking about magic tricks and illusions.

    A chef makes magic in the kitchen.
    A soccer player makes magic on the field.
    A musician makes magic on the stage.

    "making magic" is metaphorical"
    "doing magic" is more literal (if you believe in magic)
     

    patdm99

    Member
    English-American
    right on k-in-c

    "My massage therapist works magic with her fingers"
    "My car wont start. Call your dad and have him come over and work his magic"
     
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