From Zoroastrian Yasna 33:7 ' ýâ sruyê parê magâunô ' = ' so I can be heard beyond Magi ' referring to religious caste of the Medes, making this a loan word.
From the oldest of the Zoroastrian texts written in Old Avestan, making it difficult to date.
Dates from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Persian combined with information from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=magic&allowed_in_frame=0
Behistun inscription of Darius the Great, unclear meaning from context, adjective?
"loan word from ancient Median"
The use of ritual activities or observances which are intended to influence the course of events or to manipulate the natural world, usually involving the use of an occult or secret body of knowledge; sorcery, witchcraft. Also: this practice as a subject of study.
With defining adjective. natural magic n. (also †magic natural) hist. magic involving the manipulation of supposed occult properties of the natural world (usually excluding the conjuration of personal spirits); this skill as a subject of study.
Of or relating to magic (originally in art magic, magic arts, etc.). Also: using magic; working or produced by magic.
Jason..upon Medea made him bold, Of art magique, which sche couthe.
A yonge damoysell, the whiche bi arte magyk was conuerted in to a Iument or a mare.
To Magike artes agaynst my wyl I bende.
Medeas herbs will not procure that loue shall lasting liue, Nor steeped poison mixt with magicke charmes the same can giue
Set him but Non-plus in his magicke spels.
The illusions of arte Magicke.
Sorcerers..By Magick Verses haue contriu'd his end.
Till all thy magick structures rear'd so high, Were shatter'd into heaps o're thy false head.
With loose hair The Magick Prophetess begins her prayr.
He may know his man, without Art Magick.
Whilst into various Forms her Magick Hand Doth turn those Men.
The sun's pale sister, drawn by magic strain.
A..joyless place, A scene of nameless deeds, and magick spells.
By some magic process [to] form the dissevered members into a frame of more youthful vigour.
I at first rejected the idea that the simple carrying a root on my right side..could possess any such magic power as he ascribed to it
Their practical belief..busied itself almost wholly with obtaining magic powers.
For centuries the superstitious have used love philters and other magic medicines and charms to bring about the gratification of some emotional desire.
Magic incantations, recipes and actions,..are openly used today in Lucania against fascinazione, malocchio, fattura and similar spells.
The secret knowledge included alchemy, astrology, necromancy, and other magic practices.
Nicolas Darkwood, Master Adept of the Magick Arts, discovered a collection of Ancient Roman manuscripts.
An instance of magic; a magical procedure or rite. Also concr.: a magical object, a charm or fetish.
fig. An inexplicable and remarkable influence producing surprising results; an enchanting or mystical quality; glamour, appeal. Also: exceptional skill or talent, inspired accomplishment.
Of a material object: used or usable in magic rites, having (or apparently having) supernatural powers, under the influence of magic. Also (freq. in magic glass, magic mirror) applied to objects in which future events or distant places may be seen; often fig.
Addicted to magic. Obs. rare.
A Magique Nation.
Producing surprising or remarkable results, like those attributed to magic (freq. in magic touch); effecting or permitting change, success, etc., as if by magic. Also: enchanting, delightful. See also magic lantern n.
like magic: without any apparent explanation; with incredible rapidity; with great ease. Cf. like adv., prep., and conj. 1b.
as if by magic: as though accomplished by supernatural means or trickery; in a preternaturally swift, deft, or timely manner; suddenly and surprisingly.
The art of producing (by sleight of hand, optical illusion, etc.) apparently inexplicable phenomena; conjuring.
trans. To transform, produce, etc., (as if) by magic. Freq. with adv. (esp. up) or adverbial phrase. Also with away: to cause to disappear (as if) by magic.
There was Oak and Ash and Thorn enough in that year-end shower to magic away a thousand memories.
I actually have a half guilty feeling, as if I really had ‘magicked’ it [sc. a storm] up.
I discovered, as if the Fairy Creature herself had magicked it there..a large hay-wain.
A steel hook bought from a trade-store could only be magicked once, as a finished article.
Children, who are still capable of being magicked, will, I hope, get it for Christmas. Though it's not a children's book.
There is only one, I'm afraid. I can't magic another one up for you
Nuclear Physics. (Of each of a set of numbers) corresponding to the number of protons or neutrons in nuclei of exceptional stability (the set now taken to be 2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, 126, and perh. 184); (of a nucleus) containing such a number of protons or neutrons or ( doubly magic) both
colloq. In weakened use: superlatively good, excellent, fantastic. Freq. as int.
In many role-playing games: designating weapons and other objects or constructs accorded supernatural transformative powers within the created world of the game. Cf. magical adj. 1d.