Stephen Fry, English comedian, celebrated actor, multi awarded author, presenter and activist, listed amongst BBC's Top Living Icons, features in the Legends Scheme of the Academy of Magic & Science!
Magic teaches us an enormous amount about proper human talent. The things that the people do that are magical are always explained by craft, intelligence, skill, whit, insight. All the proper gifts and attributes of a great magician are all proper gifts and attributes of a scientist that have to do with proper understanding.
The excitement of magic is the same as the excitement of science. Arthur C. Clarke said that to any civilisation insignificantly advanced; all technology would appear to be magic when it first comes, whether it’s flight, even just the production of flame from a match. If the civilisation has never seen it, it’s magic. But it’s always explained by things that are very simple and they don’t destroy the magic, they enhance it! And the lesson of science that is the most important is that the more we explain the world and the universe, the more we attempt to understand it, the more exciting it gets, not less exciting. Explanations don’t take away the glass of the mystery, they enhance it and that is true of magic that is true of science