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If magic is a real-time, real-space experience of the impossible in which the audience participates in and later retells the story, then in the modern kind of light, Don Alan style, that story is a fiction, a play that everyone knows is a play. (Credit to Pop Haydn.)

A little bit deeper level might be the re-enactment of legend, which is a mixture of historical fact and fiction. A quality example would be David Copperfield's presentation of the Barclay House as a spirit cabinet. Many bizarre magic performers would give this presentation a deeper or darker tone as elaborated by Eugene Burger in Spirit Theater.

The deepest level would be mythic.
The more academic definition of myth would be "a people's perception of the deepest truths." So magic presented at a mythic level would be taking the magic experience to the borders of the charlatan, making the story very, very real and significant. I believe mentalism approaches this border in both the shut-eye versions that depict psychic power and in the open-eye versions that depict powers of psychology. In the latter case, it's our modern faith in science that has become the new myth.
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