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    wizardry

    Then the wizard cast a wizzy spell and mumbled several very learned words in the wizardese language over the glass dog. Whereupon the little animal first wagged its tail from side to side, then winked his left eye knowingly, and at last began barking in a most frightful manner—that is, when you stop to consider the noise came from a pink glass dog. There is something almost astonishing in the magic arts of wizards; unless, of course, you know how to do the things yourself, when you are not expected to be surprised at them.

    I can't understand the red phrase's meaning. It's said that wizards astonish people with their tricks, but if you have a trick, you cant astonish them easily?

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    Re: wizardry

    If you know the tricks, you are are not surprised by them.

    If I can pull a rabbit out of a hat, you will be impressed. However, if you also know how to do this trick, you won't be impressed. You know how it's done.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: wizardry

    Thank you Barb_D

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