Magic weapons can, on occasion, be of great use, yet one more part of the
truly rounded wizard's arsenal of tricks, spells, and remarks for all
occasions. However, the thoroughly prepared mage will find certain spells of
even more importance than these, especially those enchantments which produce
magic wings, magic carpets, and magic running boots, for those times when the
rest of you arsenal fails you completely.
-- The Teachings of Ebenezum, Vol. LVII
Wizards are constantly subject to negative publicity. A case in point. One
elderly wizard of my acquaintance, whenever he was bothered by unexpected
guests, would immediately cast one of three spells upon them, either turning
them to stone, transforming them into segmented worms, or blasting them
entirely out of the kingdom....
magic number n.
[Unix/C; common] 1. In source code
some non-obvious constant whose value is significant to the
operation of a program and that is inserted inconspicuously in-line
(hardcoded), rather than expanded in by a symbol set by a