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work (one's) magic

To use one's unique talents or charm to obtain a desired thing or outcome. I never thought the boss would approve our business trip, but Sam worked her magic, and now, we're off to Denver! Whenever I can't get my car running, I have my dad come over and work his magic on the engine.
See also: magic, work
References in classic literature ?
Too many people were working magic in the Land of Oz, and so our lovely Princess Ozma put a stop to it.
So Tip's guardian, however much she might aspire to working magic, realized it was unlawful to be more than a Sorceress, or at most a Wizardess.
But few people were killed at these feast, though there was a great Ingomboco, or witch-hunt, and many were smelt out by the witch- doctors as working magic against the king.
Into them, working magic with a few simple words, the poet had instilled the very essence of domestic love and household happiness, and they were poetry and picture joined in one.
Now working magic at St Mirren, having moved from Alloa and having the Buddies fighting at the top of the Championship just a year after taking charge of a side which was sinking towards League One, Ross will be a prime candidate to fill the post if McInnes becomes Rangers boss.
Cheesemakers across the country are working magic on goat milk to bring us flavors as varied as lavender and fennel pollen (Purple Haze), sarsaparilla (Hoja Santa), ash (Haystack Peak) and pink peppercorns (Petit Bonheur).
He is bullied by his brothers, his father is dead and his mother in prison for working magic.
In this ancient space the experimental film-maker Guy Sherwin was working magic with prehistoric-looking spools of film.
A WEBSITE inspired by 1960s TV show Bewitched is working magic for a Brighouse cleaning firm.
The codes for extinct animals were thought to have died along with them, until recently, when machines like one at the Smithsonian's DNA lab started working magic.
And not content with working magic in her own back garden, Pam also looks after her disabled neighbour's garden too.
These are two of the greatest documents in the history of soul music featuring Curtis & the Kingpins - drummer Bernard Purdie, guitarist Cornell Dupree, bassist Jerry Jemmott, the Memphis Horns and the late, great Billy Preston working magic on the Hammond B3 -- tearing the roof off the sucker.
Marketing campaigns for the show have billed it as a souped-up version of the time-tested Benihana experience--audiences are led to expect actual master chefs working magic with their knives and diced vegetables.
And the support volunteered by veteran RUC-critic Monsignor Denis Faul and former Ombudsman Maurice Hayes is already working magic with Catholic middle-class opinion.
Find out how they're working magic for their students.