The Lewis Legacy-Issue 83, Winter 2000
Technology's "Deep Magic"
The C.S. Lewis Foundation for Truth in Publishing
January 1, 2000
Deep magic n. [poss. from C. S. Lewis's "Narnia" books] An awesomely arcane technique central to a program or system, esp. one neither generally published nor available to hackers at large (compare black art); one that could only have been composed by a true wizard. Compiler optimization techniques and many aspects of OS design used to be deep magic; many techniques in cryptography, signal processing, graphics, and AI still are. Compare heavy wizardry. Esp. found in comments of the form "Deep magic
begins here...". Compare voodoo programming. http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/~joern/jargon/deepmagic.HTML