Magic is an ancestral art and practice of utilizing one's brainpower to harness and manipulate Mana drawn from nature to cast spells and shape reality.
In Myth and Fantasy SettingsIt myth and fantasy settings, magic is the practice of supernatural powers that encompasses many different sorts of activities, including astrology, divination, spell casting, and spirit communication. It is also often referred to as Sorcery, Witchcraft, and Wizardry. It includes the practices of many cultures, nations and religions as well as many books and writings from ancient times. Depending upon the individual, some witches practice their power by certain belief systems, such as Druidism, Shamanism, Voodoo or any number of other magical practices from countries and cultures across the Earth. Although the majority of sorcerers are commonly portrayed as being kind and selfless humans who use their powers to maintain balance within the world, even using their powers to help others; as with in myth and fiction, it has been proven by multiple characters, time and again, that some sorcerers are independent thinkers who may go against the natural order by practicing their powers for dark and sinister deeds.
From Balthazar's statement where science and magic actually one in the same, it appeared that magic which practiced by Merlineans and Morganians is neither a demonic power nor divine power nor arcane magic, but rather a force that still can be explained through rational thought and discovery. Even so, the said magic is still a force that still difficult to comprehend with modern-day science and still have supernatural element in it: Ability to harness one's brainpower to mentally influence and manipulate matter is a subject which existence still debatable as only few known humans who capable to use such ability, the statement where humans had unusual brainpower due to capable to harness 100 % of their brain revealed to be false as everyone actually capable to harness the entire power of their brains albeit at different times, and the magic itself involves harnessing latent energy which mystical properties allowed its wielder to bend reality and perceives supernatural activity around them. Given that sorcerers who featured in the movie and its video game adaptation possessed brainpowers which more potent than normal humans' that they can accomplish many impossible feats such as seeing into the past through residual information of object/area around them, animate objects to life, raising the dead, the fact that they utilize their enhanced brainpowers to harness latent energy with mystical properties called Mana to perform those feats is much more likely.
Not all people can fully perceive mystical activities around them. Certain forms of sorcery such as conjured Morgana Star used for The Rising cannot be perceived by those whom lacked the potential to cast magic. This was shown where Becky cannot see The Rising in spite of Dave Stutler himself can do the same and the mystical symbol itself was supposedly able to be seen by everyone around it due to its immense size. This explained that one's potential to cast magic allowed its users to perceive supernatural activities around them.
Since Mana that channeled to perform magic is electromagnetic in nature, one can combine magic and science for better and satisfactory results. In various fictions, this term is better known as Magitek (also referred to as "Magi-Tech", "Technological Magic", "Technomagic/Techno-Magic", "Meta-Tech", "Mystechnology", or "Technomancy"). The Prime Merlinean Dave Stutler exhibited this by creating the makeshift Tesla coils simply with the usage of power cables from the nearby power box that he previously enchanted via a specialized Plasma Bolt as conduit for the enchantment and park lamps. The park lamps serve as the Tesla coil's rod/pole with the enchanted lamps serves as makeshift toploads. Cables that were used for the makeshift Tesla coils serve as both primary and secondary coils of the makeshift Tesla coils. On the other hand, the power box that Dave enchanted serves as the makeshift electrical components to operate and powered up makeshift Tesla coils, though the enchantments may also be done as replacements for the required components that the power box lacks for the Tesla coils construction. The former Merlinean Horvath also exploit this by using satellite dishes to boost up The Rising's success rate as the satellite dishes can amplify the electromagnetic energy that runs through the Morgana Star. But when Becky moved one of the utilized satellite dishes, the dishes proved to be the combination's Achilles' heel, as the sabotage not only undid the spell, but also ruined the Morgana Star and caused the flames that constructed it to implode on Morgana and knocked her out.
Though the magitek combination proves beneficial, it still have some drawbacks: Sorcerers who wanted to exhibit this feat must have enough scientific knowledge and skills so that they could make a proper combination of both forces. Not only that, they must know that magic is a power that works by both following and/or defying natural laws unlike science that can only follow natural laws and therefore, magitek combination is still suspectible with sabotage.
Connection with Love
According to the original script of Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Love is the emotion that empowers a sorcerer's abilities tenfold and made them stronger than regular sorcerers. While the said sorcerer can became stronger with love as the fuel of their strengths, they unfortunately would lost the ability to tap on the said emotion had they lost the love of their live. But had they win the heart of their love, they gained the full access on the said emotion as the source of their strengths.
Though this concept may scrapped in the film's final script, love is still the most important factor on how spellcasters became stronger. For example, Balthazar Blake's love for his fellow Merlinean Veronica Gorloisen has kept him optimistic in his centuries-old journey for the Prime Merlinean where he succeed in the end. In Dave Stutler's case, his ability to understand love as he himself had a crush on Becky Barnes became the solid drive to ensure that Balthazar and Veronica gained the happier life: Unwilling to let Morgana Le Fay killed them both, Dave jumped to protect them and inadvertly awakened his Prime Merlinean Magic as well as strained himself when attempted to resuscitate the dying Balthazar.
How to use MagicMain article: Spells and List of Spells.
How conjurors use magic, usually with spells, varies. Spells beginning with words used to signify the means employed to carry out a magical action. Only The Rising was a known spell in the film The Sorcerer's Apprentice that requires an incantation, while other enchantments and rituals are usually casted non-verbally.