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Drabble: The Marvels And Annoyances Of Magical Engineering.

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...After Jonathan Strange's martial use of map-altering magic during the war became publicized, it was natural that it would be copied by those seeking to modify the topography for civic purposes. It should not be assumed that magicians never succeeded in reversing the flow of the Chicago River, thereby forcing a practical engineering solution to the issue. Rather, the system in use today is strictly warded against magic because magicians from Chicago and St. Louis spent one long hot summer reversing and un-reversing the river in turns. It was not failure that caused this. It was an overabundance of success...