I recall attending an evening with novelist Joanne Harris, of Chocolat fame, who assured her audience that of course people still believe in magic — you only had to see how many line up every week to buy a Lotto ticket to know that!
My real-life magic takes a more ordinary form, but every time I bake I think: “Yeah, Joanne Harris is right. Of course there’s still plenty of magic left in this world.” Baking is an act of alchemy, after all, and alchemy is definitely magical.
Consider scones, for instance. When you take flour, baking powder, a pinch of salt and milk mixed with water and stir it all together, it looks pretty unappetizing. But stick it in the oven for 10-15 minutes and hey presto, you’ve got this:
What’d I tell you? Magic, for sure! 😉