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A few years back, I wrote an essay on creating magic systems that I titled Sanderson’s First Law. It had to do with the nature of foreshadowing as it relates to solving problems with magic. In that essay, I implied that I had other “laws” for magic systems that I’d someday talk about. Well, that time has come, as I’ve finally distilled my thoughts for the second law into an explanation that will work.

I’ll start, however, by noting that none of these “laws” are absolute. Nor am I the only one to talk about them. By calling them “Sanderson’s Laws” I’m merely referring to them in the way I think of them–they are rules I try to live by when designing magic systems for my books. There are a lot of ways to write, and the only real “laws” are the ones that work for you.

These work for me. I think they are actually all principles of good writing, not just writing as it pertains to magic systems. However, because magic systems are one of the things I most like to toy with in my writing, I have designed them in such a way that they encourage me toward stronger, and more interesting, magic in my fantasy books.

The Law

Sanderson’s Second Law can be written very simply. It goes like this:

Limitations > Powers

(Or, if you want to write it in clever electrical notation, you could say it this way:

Ω > |

though that would probably drive a scientist crazy.)

Let’s do some explaining here. When people describe a magic system, they usually talk about what it can do. Let’s use a very well known example: Superman. (Yes, superhero abilities are a magic system. In fact, many of them make for good examples, since many of them are well known in society and the scope of their powers is fairly well pinned down.)

If I were to ask you about Superman’s magic, you’d probably talk about his ability to fly, his super strength, the lasers he can shoot from his eyes. You may go from there to his invincibility and perhaps some of his lesser (and more inconsistent) powers. But if we stick with those four, we’ve got a pretty strong setup for what Superman is capable of doing.

However, is this what makes Superman interesting?

I’d put forth that it is not. There are lots of people with magic powers who can fly and who are invincible. There are a lot of strong, fast, or smart people. What makes Superman interesting, then? Two things: his code of ethics and his weakness to kryptonite.

Think about it for a moment. Why can Superman fly? Well, because that’s what he does. Why is he strong? Comic book aficionados might go into him drawing power from the sun, but in the end, we don’t really care why he’s strong. He just is.

But why is he weak to kryptonite? If you ask the common person with some familiarity with Superman, they’ll tell you it’s because kryptonite–this glowing green rock–is a shard from his homeworld, which was destroyed. The kryptonite draws you into the story, gets into who Superman is and where he comes from. Likewise, if you ask about his code of ethics–what he won’t do, rather than what he can do–we’ll go into talking about his family, how he was raised. We’ll talk about how Ma and Pa Kent instilled solid values into their adopted son, and how they taught him to use his strength not to kill, but to protect.

Superman is not his powers. Superman is his weaknesses.

What This Means for Writers

Now, that explanation above is a descriptive point. It illustrates a concept, but is just an example, working backward. And yet you’ll find this concept repeated time and time again in fantastical fiction. It isn’t what the heroes can do that is most important to who they are, but what they have trouble doing. (Or what they can’t do.) The Lord of the Rings is not, when you boil it down, about Gandalf’s magical powers or even Aragorn’s orc-slaying skills. It’s about the Hobbits, arguably the weakest (physically and magically) of the people in the books. It’s about Aragorn’s struggle to become king.

(The films, it should be noted, played this concept up much more than the books did, as the director realized Aragorn became far more interesting when he was reluctant to become king. His weakness gave him much more depth than his abilities.)

Now, this concept won’t hold in every example. And, more importantly, the average reader will miss this concept entirely. That’s okay. This law is meant for writers.

When you are designing a magic system, it is important to be working on new slants on powers. However, the truth is that it’s virtually impossible to come up with a magical effect that nobody else has thought of. Originality, I’ve seen, doesn’t come so often with the power itself as with the limitation. Take the Wheel of Time, for an example. This is a very popular epic fantasy series, and one I’ve long loved and had the privilege of being a part of. The magic system, at its core, is actually rather generic. People can manipulate the Aristotelian elements. Fire, earth, water, air, with the commonly added fifth element of spirit.

This core is not original. It’s the limitations, costs, and weaknesses of the magic system that bring us its more fascinating elements alongside its best plot hooks. In order to manipulate these five powers, practitioners draw forth “threads” of them and then “weave” the different powers into complex patterns, which then accomplish a goal. This is a limitation of the magic. Instead of merely willing something to happen, then having it happen, the practitioners must use skill and knowledge, and take time to create what they’re making. It also gives a visual component to the magic system (always an excellent addition) and–beyond that–ties the magic into the cosmology of the world. (In the Wheel of Time, the mythology of the setting teaches that everyone’s lives are threads woven into the pattern of time.)

On top of this, Robert Jordan added one of the most powerful costs to a magic system that I’ve ever read. Men who use the magic go slowly insane. This cost is wonderful, as it makes the magic worth something. It forces the characters to make tough choices, and then it shows real, story-based ramifications.

These are the sorts of things you should be looking for as a writer designing magic systems. (Or as a reader who is curious about the workings of fiction.) An excellent limitation on a magic system will do several things.

Struggle

It will force the characters to have to work for their goals, which makes the writing simply more interesting and the characters more sympathetic. In addition, if a magic is limited, the characters will need to be more clever to overcome their problems. (And you, as a writer, will need to force yourself to be more clever in writing.) For example: in Mistborn, the practitioners of the magic can move things with their minds. Basic telekinesis. However, there are two important limitations. The objects must be metal and the magic practitioner can only push them directly away or pull them directly toward themselves. The weight of the object is very important–a light object is pushed away, a heavy object pushes you away.

Suddenly, with these limitations, the characters are forced to work harder. And, in working harder, the written scene becomes much more interesting. Instead of a ho-hum scene with a character doing something abstract, the author ends up writing a scene where a character has to be very aware of their surroundings, has to place themselves very precisely, and has to work to achieve their goals. The nature of the magic encourages better writing.

Tension

An excellent magic system limitation will increase tension. Superman fighting an enemy is, honestly, not very tense. Superman fighting an enemy with kryptonite is far more tense. Batman fighting an enemy is not very tense. Batman fighting an enemy who is playing off of his inner fears (the current Batman’s biggest weakness being his psychological problems) suddenly becomes far more interesting.

Limitations give us tension. Too often, I see new authors leaving out excellent opportunities like this. From there, they end up writing bland scenes with magic that happens abstractly in ways we can’t relate to as readers.

Depth

You can do this with powers too. You can do this one with anything. However, my experience has been that great limitations require a little more stretching to explain. That forces you, as a writer, to create more depth to your world and characters. If you have a character whose power is the ability to fly, but then you add a limitation–she can only fly when she is happy, for example–then character depth will result. Suddenly, her mood is directly tied to the plot of the story. Her very personality is going to be involved deeply in her ability to accomplish things with her magic.

Limitations vs. Weaknesses vs. Costs

I have been lumping all kinds of different things under the heading of “limitations” for this essay. However, it’s useful to consider these elements in different lights. I generally think of the limiting factors of magic systems under three headings.

Limitations

These are the things that, for one reason or another, the magic simply cannot do. Superman can’t see through lead, for example. Every magic has basic limitations, defined simply as the limited scope of the power. If magical glasses can let you see a mile, then the limitation is that they don’t let you see farther than that.

However, in regards to designing magic systems, I suggest that the limitations be more encompassing than simple parameters. Yes, those delineations of what the magic can and cannot do are important, and that is where you begin. However, one of the tricks to designing a truly engaging magic system is in the final touches of those limitations. I’m not saying they always need to be rational–having a rule-based magic system isn’t about rationality, but consistency. (Of course rationality is always advisable, but sometimes impossible. We are talking about magic, after all.)

Let’s look at a magic system with an interesting limitation, David Eddings’s magic known as the Will and the Word. Now, this is basically an unbounded magic system with very few limitations other than the strength, skill, and endurance of the practitioner. (Alongside the occasional conservation of energy quirk.) However, it does have one rather intriguing limitation–you can do practically anything, but you cannot “unmake” something. You can’t command something to “be not.”

I’ve always liked this limitation because of its flavorful addition to the magic system. Rather than just being another boundary–you can’t use the magic when you’re too tired, or a similar basic limitation–it is an evocation of what the magic is about and what it means. This is the power of creation. It cannot unmake, and anyone who tries to use it to unmake is destroyed by the very nature of the power itself.

In seeking limitations, look for things that have good ties to the nature of your world. Also look for things that will force your characters (and you as a writer) to stretch in solving problems. Resist the urge to add new powers or remove limitations in order to solve problems; make the characters use what they have in new and innovative ways.

Without limitations, there is no innovation.

Weaknesses

Weaknesses are different from limitations. Weaknesses are things that enemies can exploit–rather than being things the power cannot do, they are things the power is vulnerable to. The obvious example from the essay earlier is kryptonite.

I realize this is a matter of semantics. In a way, a weakness is just another limitation. I believe it is helpful for the writer to look at them differently, however. It is not a weakness that your magic allows you to jump a hundred feet into the air, but not two hundred feet. That’s simply what the power does, the bounds it has. It is a weakness, however, if your ability to jump into the air leaves you vulnerable in some way, such as turning off your other powers. (Perhaps one needs to focus all energy on this single act.)

Weaknesses are more tricky to build into a magic system; I find it difficult to keep them from seeming simplistic or silly. As good as kryptonite is for explaining the importance of limitations, it’s become a cliché of easy storytelling. Need a weakness for your hero? Just take away their powers in certain circumstances.

I suggest avoiding such simple weaknesses. Once again, the purpose of building these weaknesses is to create a better story. Yes, a weakness can be a good way of checking a hero who has grown too powerful–but in the case of most magics, I suggest allowing the limitations to be what force this issue, not suddenly added weaknesses.

They can be used for great effect, however–I simply suggest making them subtle. Ways the magic is vulnerable or makes those using them more vulnerable. In fact, one might say that weaknesses are the bridge between limitations and the next category, which is an excellent way to limit a powerful magic.

Costs

The One Ring makes you more covetous and paranoid the longer you hold it–and, beyond that, if you use it to turn invisible, the evil powers can sense where you are. These things are what we call “costs.” Using the magic, or being associated with it, has a cost. These costs can be more abstract (you go crazy by using the magic) or more concrete (if you run out of spice, you can no longer travel faster than light in space). The distinction here is how much wiggle room the author has.

In the first example, what it means to be “insane” is left up to the author’s discretion. There are lots of different types of insanity, and how quickly someone goes insane–and what it means to be insane–are things that, as a writer, you can play with. In the second example, the cost is more concrete, locking the author into a certain specific cost. If it takes three magic beans to make the doorway appear, your character has to have the three magic beans. That’s it.

Both are useful for different reasons. Costs are very important to consider–readers naturally expect there to be a cost, and a lot of times, new writers skimp on giving their magic one. However, do be aware that if your cost is too drastic, it can lead to you never being able to use the magic. If casting a spell causes one of your grandparents to die, then we’re just not going to be able to see that spell used very often in your book. It’s easy to lock yourself in with a cost and it can hinder flexibility.

Others

These definitions are simply ways of looking at the issue. They aren’t catch-all categories. You can approach this in another way by asking yourself questions, and not allowing yourself to take the easy answers.

How does one gain access to the magic? The standard two methods are innate magic and learned magic. (Or a hybrid.) You can really make your magic stand out if innate limitations require a different way of gaining access to the magical powers.

How is the magic powered? All magic, to one extent or another, is going to break the laws of physics. However, you can mitigate this by asking yourself about preservation of the laws of thermodynamics. What is powering this magic? Where is the energy coming from, and where does the matter go? Once again, there are standards: the practitioner’s willpower is one, the power of the universe, such as an amorphous “force,” is another. (I used one of these in Elantris, and this is how the Wheel of Time magic is powered. These aren’t bad, but–once again–if you avoid the common, it can be a good way to force yourself to be original.)

How often can the magic be used? Does it require special implements? A special state of mind? Special ingredients? Once again, stay away from the standard. Look beyond what your first responses are.

Above all, remember the point of this. It is not to simply be more complex. It is to force you, as a writer, to create better stories. Therefore, the best limitations will have real effects on the characters, rather than pretend ones (i.e. the magic requires special implements that have no real effect on the plot, no real emotional or economic cost, and which the characters are never without). Look for things that tie the magic to other setting elements and which make life hard for the practitioners in interesting ways.

Not Just a Principle of Magics

I’ll close this essay by turning back to something I mentioned above. I don’t see Sanderson’s Laws of Magic as only relating to magic. I see them as storytelling principles, illustrated through ways one can design better magic systems.

So, in reality, this is a larger storytelling concept. Limitations are more important than abilities. It applies to characters–what they cannot do, what they won’t let themselves do, is more interesting in general than what they can do. It applies to worldbuilding. The costs of living in a harsh world are more interesting, often, than the benefits. (Think of Dune, for example.) The weaknesses inherent in the flora, fauna, and local building materials of your world are more interesting than what can be found there. (Notice in the film Avatar, the story is not really about the precious ore being mined, but in the difficulties in getting to that ore.)

And, if we bring this out to a broader issue, what your characters have trouble accomplishing in a plot is going to be far more interesting than what they can do easily. Remember that one simple rule, and your stories will be far more compelling.

Brandon Sanderson
April 2011

This essay first appeared in issue 61 of Leading Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy, for their 30th anniversary.

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If I could have any magic power it would be to make it rain ice cream.

Emily Alexander-Finchum, Grade 4, Robert Frost

If I could have any power, I would have a power so I can grant people wishes and myself wishes.

Tarynn Courson, Grade 4, Robert Frost

If I could have any super power, it would be telekinesis so I can get the remote first.

Adalynn Lee, Grade 4, Robert Frost

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Gavin Weinhold, Grade 4, Robert Frost

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Enrique Gaspar, Grade 4, Robert Frost

If I could have any magic power it would be flying powers because I can go anywhere in the world.

Kamren McKeown, Grade 4, Robert Frost

If I had a magic power it would be invisibility.

Zavian Black, Grade 4, Robert Frost

If I could have any magic power it would be to shoot out money from my hand.

Michael Duran, Grade 4, Robert Frost

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Wyatt Petty, Grade 4, Robert Frost

If I could have any magic power it would be mind reading.

Breanna Rojas, Grade 4, Robert Frost

If I could have a magical power, it would be to grant wishes!

Renalin Yibernas, Grade 3, Washington

It would be fire. That’s my favorite.

Pandora Linbolm, Grade 3, Washington

If I had a magic power, it would be teleporting.

Danny Muro, Grade 3, Washington

Cloning. So you don’t have to go to school.

Kaydence Lor, Grade 3, Washington

I would choose lava to burn trees.

Luis Garcia, Grade 5, Washington

I would have the power of smartness so I can make a potion like speed, jump boost, and lightning so I can fix my iPad.

Adrian Ojeda, Grade 5, Washington

I would choose teleportation so that when I’m running late for school, I could just teleport myself so I’m on time.

Angela Reyes, Grade 4, Washington

I would want to grow very big so that I can rule the world!

Jacqueline Ramos, Grade 5, Washington

I want to fly so I can come to school more fast.

Max Froylan, Grade 4, Washington

I would want unicorn rainbow fart power so I could go to the moon!

Dahlia Morales, Grade 5, Washington

It would be to read people’s minds.

Suleyma Garcia, Grade 4, Washington

It would be invisibility because then I could sneak to the candy store and eat all the candies I want without getting caught.

Lydia Saito, Grade 5, Washington

If I had a magic power it would be to control people with my mind.

Jackie Cortes, Grade 4, Washington

I would pick the ability to fly so I could travel to any country. And I could get to school on time so that you can put me in the newspaper.

Jesus Hernandez, Grade 5, Washington

I would pick teleporting, witchcraft, reading minds, and freezing time.

Ashley Sanchez, Grade 5, Washington

I would pick teleporting, so I can teleport place to place, especially to my room.

Alejandro Williams, Grade 5, Washington

It would be super speeeeeeeeeeeed!

Jarid Knupp, Grade 5, Washington

To be able to freeze and unfreeze time.

Nikolas Hernandez, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

Teleporting.

Jacob Baer, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

To save animals.

Tate Jones, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

Time travel.

Brian Emmrich, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

I would like to have teleportation skills so I can go anywhere I want.

Jacob Silva, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

I would choose super speed.

Tyson Turner, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

To do anything.

Roman Vityukov, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

If I could have any super power, I would want my super power to be the ability to be invisible.

Elle Blume, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

I would choose to be an empath. An empath is someone who can sense emotions.

Grace Woodward, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

I really don’t know. Maybe persuasion.

Paige Farnworth, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

Time travel.

Lili Anne Stone, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

I don’t know. Probably flight so I would never need to be late again!

Zorina Osipovich, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

I would like to have the power to read minds (telepath).

Emi Vu Magee, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

If I could have any magic, it would be the power to heal anything.

Abbie Corbett, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

I would want to have the power to shape shift so I could turn into my parents’ real estate agent and say we can’t buy a new house.

Ava Halvorsen, Grade 5, Valley Inquiry

I would choose time travel and go back to fix times when I did or said something wrong.

Esmeralda Campos, Grade 6, Stephens

I would like to be able to make ice cream with my eyes.

Juan Ramos, Grade 6, Stephens

I would like to be able to fly because I freeze walking home from school.

Mike Vega, Grade 6, Stephens

My magic power would be to command the wind because the breeze feels good on your face.

Adrian Sotelo Orozco, Grade 6, Stephens

If I had a magic power, I would want telekinesis so that it could be flight, and super strength too!

Blake Pugh, Grade 8, Stephens

I would pick flying power.

Arie Thomas, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I would pick to fly.

Ellie Blackman, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I would pick shape shifting because I love animals.

Veronica Brewer, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I would like ice power.

Lillyan Bennett, Grade 2, Salem Academy

Candy power because I can eat candy all the time.

Jonah Strunk, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I would pick the speed of light because I can run on air.

Tanen Swing, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I would have fire power so I can fly with a trail below me.

Jeffrey Zambrana, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I would have ice power because I can freeze people.

Emma Biwer, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I want my magic power to be flying.

Mei Yankus, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I would pick TV power so I could play video games whenever I see a TV.

Ryliee Boyd, Grade 2, Salem Academy

Strong power because I could use strong power to lift my sister.

Ethan Ditchen, Grade 2, Salem Academy

Teleportation, so I could go everywhere.

Landon Bravo, Grade 2, Salem Academy

It would be super strength.

Wyatt Duch, Grade 2, Salem Academy

Time travel because it is fun.

Kaidence Gibbons, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I would pick ice cream power to make ice cream.

Hallie Haslebacher, Grade 2, Salem Academy

Ninja powers because it is fast.

Sohan Parikh, Grade 2, Salem Academy

I would pick teleportation.

Kingston Whitmire, Grade 2, Salem Academy

If I could have a super power it would be The Force. I could pick people up with nothing. I would go to Roth’s and get a bunch of donuts. I would use it wisely. It would be awesome.

Mason Schneider, Grade 3, Salem Academy

I would have healing power so I could help people and my tummy get better. I would go across the world helping people get better. I would comfort the sick and poor. I would love to help the newborns. I would love to be a helper in health using my superpower to help people with disabilities.

Elsa Thomas, Grade 3, Salem Academy

If I could have any magic power it would have to be a force field. I think a force field is really cool. I think that a force field is cool because you can spy on people. I think that a force field is awesome because you can sneak up on bad guys and hit them with the force field. That is why I want to have a force field power.

Kendra Outfleet, Grade 3, Salem Academy

Maybe I would teleport me and my family. Why? Because I would love to go to Legoland or the Lego store! I’d get 1,000 or should I say make 1,000 people. I want them all to be kids!

Alexis Rockwell, Grade 3, Salem Academy

The super power I want is I can turn into any animal. My favorite animal is a wolf. I love wolves. They are so cute. I love them.

Lelani Overall, Grade 3, Salem Academy

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Keegan Melton, Grade 3, Salem Academy

I would like to have psychic power. I could teleport and blast power balls at people. And I could even go into a video game. That’s why I would have that power.

Justice Hurst, Grade 3, Salem Academy

I would want to fly. I would like to control the weather. I would make it snowy all winter. I would make it warmish in the fall. I would make it hot in the summer.

Emma Brewer, Grade 3, Salem Academy

If I could have any power in the world it would be to take away my power permanently. Then I would have a better life. I don’t want a power. My life is crazy enough. A little too crazy.

Natalie Shearer, Grade 3, Salem Academy

If I could have any magic power, I would be able to understand animals. I could get a dog and be able to tell it things. Or if I was being chased by a bear, I could try to tell it to stop. Or if bees were stinging me I can tell them to stop. That is what I want to be my magic power.

Stella Duman, Grade 3, Salem Academy

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Isabella Brunelle, Grade 5, Sacred Heart

To dig under the ground, you get little rodents and have reincarnation and posses people.

Diego Contreras, Grade 5, Sacred Heart

I would have the power to run faster than Usain Bolt so I can literally get away with anything.

Nyeelah Brown, Grade 6, Sacred Heart

I would be a shape shifter and turn into a bobcat.

Charlie Miller, Grade 5, Sacred Heart

I would have the power of running like The Flash because when I have a basketball game, no one can guard me because I’ll be too fast.

Aldair Cruz, Grade 6, Sacred Heart

I would want to be able to speak to animals so I could ask my dog and cat why they are so lazy and don’t listen to me.

Sofia Contreras, Grade 6, Sacred Heart

If I could have a magic power, I would become a Jedi and restore peace across the galaxy.

William Schnurbusch, Grade 5, Sacred Heart

My magic power will be fire so when I go to camp I can light the firewood.

Paulina Gonzalez, Grade 6, Sacred Heart

I love basketball so I would have the power to make our team better and win all our games.

AJ Brown, Grade 5, Sacred Heart

If I had a magical power it would be the power to breath under water so I can always win at breathing under water.

Josie Schultz, Grade 6, Sacred Heart

I would have the magic power of telling people what to do and they would have to do it.

Javier Rodriguez, Grade 6, Sacred Heart

My magic power would be that if I snapped my fingers, I could turn into an elephant and then I could destroy things.

Frankie Lear, Grade 6, Sacred Heart

I would have the power that every day my power would change. Today I would be able to fly.

Jaiden Collazo, Grade 6, Sacred Heart

If I could have any magic power I would pick going through walls so I could go through the floor and into the living room on Christmas Eve and to prove that I saw Santa.

Noah Carpenter, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I had a super power it would be to shoot chickens out of my hands.

Jacob Fromwiller, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

My super power would be being able to turn into anything so I could turn into a mouse and scare my teacher.

Eddie George, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have one super power it would be super speed so I could run home and go to the bathroom then run back.

Dane Hayase, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

My super power would be to turn into whatever I wanted to when I wanted to.

Gavin Price, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have one magic power it would be to shrink so if I didn’t want to talk to someone I could shrink.

Carson McNally, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

My magical super power would be teleportation so if a mob of muggers came I could teleport away.

Robert Stone, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have any magic power it would be to eat anything because if someone took my chocolate bar I could eat them and the chocolate bar.

Andrew Mhoon, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

I would pick for my super power healing power to heal my family.

Nathan Holland, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I had any magic power it would be to shrink so I could fight the bugs.

Patrick Walsh, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have any magic power it would be super speed.

Markus Hildebrandt, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have one magic power it would be to have cake shoot out of my eye when I wanted.

Chloe Kolb, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have any magic power I would be able to have ice powers.

Gimena Baez, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have a power I would pick sleep power.

Emily Black, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have a super power it would be reading people’s minds so I can find out what my friend’s deepest secret is.

Jane Thompson, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

My power would be levitation because I could float a bucket of water over my dad’s head and dump it on him!

Tessa Saltarello, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have one magic power it would be to shoot gumballs out of my eyes so when I would want some gum I would say I want some gum and it would come out my eyes.

Molly Mucken, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

My power would be ice power because if I get mad at my mom I’ll freeze her but she could still talk.

Farah Mokalla, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I could have any power it would be turning invisible so I could eat candy.

Jillian Davison, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

If I had a magic power it would be to turn invisible.

Rachel Estrabo, Grade 4, Queen of Peace

Either to be able to fly or make my brothers disappear.

Mya Mucken, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

If I could have one magic power it would be being able to grant any wish.

Jackson Mucken, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

I would like to know when people are lying and know the truth. I think it might be helpful on my brother.

Avery Wilson, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

If I could have only one super power, it would be to fly so I could live in a cloud.

Colleen Walsh, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

I would have the power of telekinesis so I could make my stuffed animals walk around and freak people out.

Carter Mucken, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

My super power would be to have chocolate come out of my hands so I can dip strawberries in it.

Grace Mucken, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

If I could have any magic power it would be to fly and make pizza and chocolate and candy.

Alex Cunningham, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

I would pick to be invisible so I could sneak out of school.

Camden Ayres, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

If I could have a magic power it would be able to make food really fast.

Logan McIntyre, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

If I could have any magic power I would have the power to turn people into frogs.

Connor Coleman, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

If I could have any magic power it would be to turn things into chocolate.

Claire Raffensperger, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

That I could control plants, so I could make a plant grow inside someone.

Thomas Knight, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

I would choose invisibility for a magic power because then I could sneak out of my house at night.

Benjamin Cirocco, Grade 5, Queen of Peace

My magic power would be to make stuffed animals come to life because I really want to be able to talk to my 100 stuffed animals.

Addison Castronovo, Grade 4, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would probably pick the power to fly!

Aubrey Zach, Grade 3, Our Savior’s Christian

I would want to be invisible because I could spy on my brother and sister. And I would jump out and say boo!

Lily Harris, Grade 3, Our Savior’s Christian

I would have the power to give myself more powers.

Hinton Rolston, Grade 3, Our Savior’s Christian

I would have a power to invent all the stuffed animals in the world.

Emily Curr, Grade 3, Our Savior’s Christian

I would have the power to fly so I can get to places faster.

Ryley Stuckrath, Grade 3, Our Savior’s Christian

I would pick telekinesis. Then I could throw things around the room. It would be fun.

Peyten Him, Grade 3, Our Savior’s Christian

If I had a super power it would be to talk to animals.

Amelia Archibald, Grade 4, Our Savior’s Christian

My super powers would be invisibility and to read minds.

Savanah Ruskjer, Grade 3, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick ICE.

Clara Archibald, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick being stretchy.

Lydi Meadows, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick wisdom.

Van Wellin, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick flying.

Isaiah Babshoff, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick glitter power.

Felicity Howden, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick ICE.

Jacob Castronovo, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick flying.

Bailey Stuckrath, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick lava.

Lukas Croser, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick being invisible.

Leanna Perry, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick cat power.

Emma WIlliams, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

If I could have any magic power I would pick cat power.

Zoelie Binnendyk, Grade 1, Our Savior’s Christian

The magical power I would like to have is to stop time, because if there are only five minutes left for free time, I can just stop time and keep playing.

Tim Khusanov, Grade 5, Morningside

I would want to be able to fly so I can go to the supermarket.

Hannah Hurst Drake, Grade 5, Morningside

If I could have any power it would be to stop time because if we have free time and our teacher says five more minutes, I would stop time and play games.

Libby Cossitt, Grade 5, Morningside

I would want to be able to freeze stuff, because you could have an instant freeze pop. Or teleportation so I don’t have to walk anywhere.

Sofia Derrenger, Grade 5, Morningside

If I could have any power I would have ice and snow power because my favorite season is winter.

Jaida Vasquez, Grade 5, Morningside

I would want to be smart because I can make a medicine that will give me more magical powers.

Keegan Loucks, Grade 5, Morningside

I would be able to tell everybody to stop talking on my phone.

Jaelynn Love, Grade 5, Morningside

I would have flying because I could get around fast and it would be fun to fly.

Angel Garza, Grade 5, Morningside

I would want to be super smart so I could get through math no problem.

Eva Stapley, Grade 5, Morningside

I would have the power to become any animal ever because I love animals and the animals would give me advantages and disadvantages.

Jewels Killebrew, Grade 5, Morningside

If I could have any power it would be to get rich.

Tyler Berkey, Grade 5, Morningside

My magical power would be able to have the power to take everybody else’s power and use it for evil.

Logan Mankins, Grade 5, Morningside

I’ve wanted to have invisibility since I was like 5. I just think that being invisible would be so fun!

Shayla Mohney, Grade 5, Morningside

I would want to be invisible because then no one would know if I am at school or not, or if I left early!

Sidney Frey, Grade 5, Morningside

I want to have the power to turn off the lights without having to get up, then I don’t have to get out of bed.

Addi Sharp, Grade 5, Morningside

If I would have magic powers it would probably be to teleport to other places.

Kee Jinna, Grade 5, Morningside

If I could have any magical power, it would be telekinesis.

Ian Strauch, Grade 5, Morningside

If I could have a power it would be fire, because I could burn things.

Xzander Deal, Grade 5, Morningside

The power to lift things with my mind.

Caden Kurtz, Grade 5, Morningside

I would have the power to fly because I’m awesome.

Marisol Rodriguez, Grade 5, Morningside

If I had one magical power it would be making people from the dead come alive.

Gavin Boyles, Grade 5, Morningside

Super speed with time traveling, because when I am in trouble or have homework I can go back in time and run, run, run!

Austin Cobb, Grade 5, Morningside

It would be shooting cards because I love playing cards.

JT Bunglik, Grade 5, Morningside

Teleport would be my super power so I can teleport out of school.

Jovannie Gudino, Grade 5, Morningside

I would have the power of the elements so I could turn into fire and do cool stuff with the elements.

Clay Nyquest, Grade 5, Morningside

I would have a laser sword, because if I’m down and my friend is down, then I would laser it.

Garrett Haynes, Grade 5, Morningside

If I could have any magic power I would be able to turn into any animal but that animal would have magic powers.

Elena Harchanko, Grade 2, Montessori Discovery Center

If I could have a magic power it would be going invisible.

Julia Kaeb, Grade 4, Lourdes

If I could have a magic power it would be to heal or get money because I have a handicapped sister and we have to pay for the insurance. We also have had a bunch of problems with it.

Clara Kuenzi, Grade 4, Lourdes

If I could have a magic power I would choose being able to tell people their future.

Nadia Nikitchuk, Grade 5, Lourdes

I would pick the power of being able to cure cancer because a lot of people have it and I wish they don’t.

Kaylee Silbernagel, Grade 5, Lourdes

If I had a magic power it would be to be rich and I would give 90 percent of it to helping people in need.

Sarah Vasquez, Grade 4, Lourdes

If I could have any magic power, I would want to have a whole room full of buttons and each button has a power so I can have any power I want.

Jayda Canchola, Grade 4, Keizer

My power can be making plants and also turning into any animal I want.

Natalia Kummer, Grade 4, Keizer

If I could have any power, I would pick Spider-Man’s power because I could swing all over the world.

Isac Diaz, Grade 4, Keizer

If I could have any magical power, I would pick telekinesis, teleportation, and invisibility.

Ariadna Escamilla, Grade 4, Keizer

If I could have any power, I would be invisible because I could hide from my mom when she tells me to take the garbage out.

Irving Galicia, Grade 4, Keizer

If I could have any magic power, I would read minds and teleport.

Mayte Barrera, Grade 4, Keizer

If I could have any magic power, I would pick snow power because I could make snow days and play in the snow.

Miriam Tista, Grade 4, Keizer

If I could have any magic powers, I would choose teleporting, telepathy, and shape shifting.

Eitan Shepherd, Grade 4, Keizer

If I had a magic power, it would be to make things come alive.

Ethan Slaght, Grade 4, Keizer

If I could have any magic power, I would pick super speed because I could run 100 laps in three seconds!

Jacob Serianne, Grade 4, Keizer

The magic power I would choose is mind reading because it would be cool to know what people are thinking.

Alejandro Calderon Bastida, Grade 5, Hayesville

The magic power I would choose is laser eyes because I can stop the bad guys. If they get a car, I will beat them up. I can have awesome powers.

Isabela Ortega Rodriguez, Grade 3, Hayesville

The magic power I would choose is super speed because I can go fast and go anywhere.

Julian Mata, Grade 3, Hayesville

The magic power I’d choose is dino mutation because I’d save the universe.

Jacob Young, Grade 5, Hayesville

The magic power I would choose is telekinesis because I think my ability to multitask would be better.

Joseph VanWyck, Grade 5, Hayesville

The magic power I would choose is speed because it gets you any place faster.

Michael Fraser, Grade 4, Hayesville

The magic power I would choose is jet propulsion because it can make you fast like a rocket.

Axel Aguilar Casillas, Grade 4, Hayesville

The magic power I would choose is invisibility because you can trick people.

Bree Wiltsey, Grade 3, Hayesville

The magic power I would choose is flying because it is so cool.

Madison Ruble, Grade 4, Hayesville

The magic power I would choose is speed because I want to run around and around the neighborhood so I can go anywhere.

Da’Shea Paul-Beverly, Grade 5, Hayesville

The power I would have is telekinesis because I can move anything with my mind. I would have so much fun with telekinesis!

Reynaldo Martinez, Grade 5, Hayesville

I would like fighting power.

Jeffrey Bliss, Grade 4, Four Corners

If I had a magic power it would be me turning into anything I want.

Sofia Mora, Grade 4, Four Corners

If I could have any magic power it would be to be the smartest kid in the world.

Dalila Lopez, Grade 5, Four Corners

I’d have time travel so I can learn history and get to meet my ancestors.

Kassidy Ong, Grade 5, Four Corners

My magic power will be running fast so I can win the Pacer Test in P.E.

Xiclalic Alvarado, Grade 5, Four Corners

I would have time travel so I could go to the time of the Civil War.

Juan Zaragoza, Grade 5, Four Corners

If I had magic power I would have super speed.

Sarai Sierra, Grade 5, Four Corners

If I had any power it would be to be invisible because I can get free food at school and people would get scared.

Estella Bacilio, Grade 5, Four Corners

My magic power would be water powers to help fish.

Mia Caloca, Grade 4, Four Corners

My magic power would be the ability to turn into anything I want.

Christopher Alvarado, Grade 4, Four Corners

My magic power would be to run.

Yajaira Avalos, Grade 4, Four Corners

My magic power would be to talk to animals.

Evelyn Arciga, Grade 4, Four Corners

I wish I could turn into a dog because everyone would think I was cute.

Selena Galvan, Grade 5, Four Corners

I would have invisibility because I can go anywhere I want and no one will know.

Fatima Gonzalez, Grade 5, Four Corners

I will have the power to travel all over the world.

Israel Garcia, Grade 5, Four Corners

I would pick the power to heal my grandparents.

Katherine Morales, Grade 5, Faye Wright

I would pick super strength because I would be able to do everything with super strength. I would be able to fly because if I jumped I would get super high. I would also have super pinch.

Lane Young, Grade 4, Falls City

I would pick the ability to turn invisible because I would be the best at hide-and-seek and I would be good at tag because I could go the opposite direction of where the people are.

Kaylei Creekmore, Grade 4, Falls City

Poopy power so then I could poop out sparkles and rainbows.

Virginia Creekmore, Grade 3, Falls City

Poopy powers so there’s sparkles and rainbows coming out of your hands.

Elyssa Burgess, Grade 4, Falls City

Every super power in the world because I could go around the world.

Kacen King, Grade 4, Falls City

Super speed because then I could get places before my dad. He’s always late to everything.

Marcus Sickles, Grade 4, Falls City

End world hunger so that people don’t starve.

Bella Hedrick, Grade 4, Falls City

I would have invisibility because then whenever I would have to go to school I could be invisible and could stay home. Then I could get out of going to the dentist and going to school.

Ariel Dvorak, Grade 4, Falls City

I would have the power to fix things up, so if a house burned down, I could just snap, and it would be fixed!

Colton Burns, Grade 4, Falls City

The power of super strength and flying because if a plane was crashing I could save everyone in the plane.

Tegan Macy, Grade 3, Falls City

I would have power to heal and strength and flying so I could heal animals.

Allison Dillon, Grade 3, Falls City

Where you can move stuff with your mind because if you’re up somewhere high and you want a drink, you can move it to you.

Jordan Wright, Grade 3, Falls City

To bring people back to life and have people live forever so if somebody dies, I could bring them back to life and have everybody live forever if they want to.

Owen Russell, Grade 4, Falls City

Turn my hands into chainsaws and dab.

Jordan Domenico, Grade 3, Falls City

To turn into the world’s greatest bucking bull. That would be awesome!

Garrett Reed, Grade 3, Falls City

Flying because you can go places faster.

Zoie Sickles, Grade 4, Falls City

Pizza power! I could shoot pizzas everywhere.

Kynli Thompson, Grade 3, Falls City

If I could have any magic power it would be super strength and invisibility.

Brooklin Wyscaver, Grade 5, Cummings

If I could have any magic power it would be to turn invisible so I could hide from my mom and sister and not have to do my chores.

Owen Pierson, Grade 5, Cummings

If I could have any magic powers it would be to make and control plants.

Mya Olson, Grade 5, Cummings

If I could have any magic power it would be heat vision so on cold days I could melt ice for $5.

Ryan Burger, Grade 5, Cummings

If I could have a magic power I would want to be able to stop and start time at will so I would have more time to do stuff.

Tyler Risner, Grade 5, Cummings

The magic power I would have is shape shifting.

Zachary Greenwalt, Grade 4, Brush College

The magic power I would have is to tell in peoples’ minds to not have wars, have peace.

Secilia Arevalo, Grade 4, Brush College

If I could have a magic power it would be flying power so I could glide in the sky.

Lillian Clary, Grade 4, Brush College

The magic power I would have is controlling water. That would be so cool and amazing.

Ciara Rife, Grade 5, Brush College

The magic power I would have is I can turn into any animal I wanted, even dragons or unicorns.

Ayla Reis, Grade 5, Brush College

The magic power I would have would be to grow taller and shrink whenever I want to.

Lily Kephart, Grade 4, Brush College

If I could have any power it would be the power to have any power, then I would have every power.

Roman Robbins, Grade 4, Brush College

The magic power I would have would be everything. Well, every magic power, like the ability to fly, invisibility, super speed, super strength, teleport, telekinesis and more!

Faith Roehl, Grade 4, Brush College

The magic power I would choose is telekinesis so I can scare people.

Justin Hazelwood, Grade 5, Brush College

The magic power I would have is telekinesis because I would control my teacher’s mind so she can’t give us homework.

Mya Rodriguez, Grade 4, Brush College

My magic power would be to be able to touch somebody and be able to use their magic power.

Luke Jones, Grade 4, Brush College

The magic power I would have is the power to open portals to other dimensions.

AJ Fashant, Grade 4, Brush College

If I could have any power I wanted I would have the power to be so smart and already be in college — a brainiac.

Kaleena Devoy, Grade 5, Brush College

The magic power I would have is speed up so I could race through my homework.

Dante Caballero, Grade 4, Brush College

If I had a super power I would have the power of invisibility.

Owen Spooner, Grade 5, Brush College

The power I would have is mythical god dragon magic.

Trevor Pander, Grade 5, Brush College

The magic power I would have is being able to do everything!

Kiarra Pratt, Grade 5, Brush College

I would have lightning hands and the force like Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars.

Henry Sakon, Grade 5, Brush College

The magic power I would have is to be able to draw a picture in space.

Janessa Flores, Grade 4, Brush College

If I could have a magic power, I would be a hero who cleans trash out of the seas and anywhere, helps the poor, and makes peace for everyone. That’s my superhero ability.

Emma Thomassen, Grade 4, Brush College

If I could have any magic power, I would choose to be myself.

Hunter Stephenson, Grade 4, Brush College

The power I would have is to mute people when they are talking.

Ashton Winters, Grade 5, Brush College

The magic power I would have are teleportation, invisibility, and mind reading.

Ella Rains, Grade 5, Brush College

If I had to choose a superpower it would be to fly super strength and super speed.

Carmelo Brown, Grade 5, Brush College

The magic power I would have is shape shifting, so I could fly like a bird or swim like a dolphin.

Henry Langen Swartzendruber, Grade 5, Brush College

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