Difference between Magic and Illusion

Key difference: An Illusion is an image that deceives the mind by producing a false impression of reality. Magic is defined as the art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of devices. 

Many a times, Magic and Illusion are considered to be the same thing. This leads to confusion among the people regarding, the meaning. This article helps simplify their differences.

Illusion is something that looks or seems different from what it is, something that is false but seems to be real. Illusion creates a false image in the mind of something that does not exist in reality. It is a false impression caused by the trick of sight and sound. Mirage is a perfect example of an illusion. It is the mind of a person that is tricked into believing something that is not real. Optical illusions and magic tricks shown by a magician are few examples of illusion. We know that the trick the magician is doing is not possible but he creates an illusion and that looks real. It is a conscious deception in movies where animation and computer graphics are used to create illusions that appear real on screen.

Magic is the art of producing a desired effect through the use of charm or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature. Magic is performed by suppressing the real nature of the objects. It is personal and helps to highlight the skills of a magician. Magic uses the energy present around and twists the nature of the object. Magic is something to be impressed by; it is something to be astonished upon; something to be applauded for; and an art form to be appreciated.

Magic tricks are performed by manipulating reality to deceive our mind, and Illusions are images created by our mind to deceive us from reality.

Comparison between Magic and Illusion:





It is an art of producing illusions as entertainment.

It is a false image created by the mind.


In magic, reality is deceived.

In illusion, reality is ignored.


Nature of objects is modified.

Tricks are used to create illusions.


Removing a rabbit from a hat.

Mirage is a perfect example.

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