The word "magic" is usually associated with movies, fiction, children stories, etc. but seldom with the natural sciences.
Recent advances in metamaterials have changed this notion, in which we can now speak of "almost magical" properties
that scientists could only dream about only a decade ago. In this article, we review some of the recent "almost magical"
progress in the field of meta-materials.
"Science meets magic: photonic metamaterials", Proc. SPIE 8269, Photonic and Phononic Properties of Engineered Nanostructures II, 82690L (21 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.916557; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.916557