Magic is all about leading your audience to believe they are seeing one thing when something else is happening.
If that's a guiding light of magic then I have just had a magical journey. Rullsenberg and Cloud set off from Nottingham to Y Drenewydd. Taking advice from Multimap we decided to try the M6 Toll. Threw our £3.50 in the hopper, waited for the barrier to rise and off we went. We remarked how splendid the road was. We remarked we were going in the wrong direction. We left the splendid M6 Toll.
After stepping into the same river, almost, twice we found our way. Paying to go in the wrong direction.
There's an analogy in there, somewhere, trying to get out.