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Fun Facts About the Food-Conjuring Spell

The wizards in "Magical Missions" are blessed with the possibility of being able to create food out of thin air. There are benefits to it, but also limits.

Here are the facts about conjuring food out of nothing:

1: Not all edible items can be magically made out of thin air. Those include complex foods, such as wedding cakes (there are too many steps and customization, so only the ingredients can be conjured), trademarked items (only public-domain replicas can be created, if they exist), raw meats (living things can't be conjured out of nowhere, including bacteria, like salmonella), or foods not authorized in a certain country. If a place forbids food or outside food, it can cast charms to block the food-making spell. If one tries to conjure something that cannot be made out of thin air, such as a trademarked food, nothing will happen.

2: To create food out of nothing, wizards use the creation spell, hoc creo, followed by the name of the item they want to conjure. And the food type must be in the magician's natural language. For example, if a wizard who speaks English wants a slice of pizza, he or she would say, "Hoc creo pizza." Then colors would appear, solidify, and create the scents. Once the spell is complete, the person can eat the magically-conjured edible item. If a magician wants a specific kind of the food he or she creates, then he or she has to add that specification when magically making the item. So, if he or she wants white pizza or pepperoni pizza, then the words he or she would have to say would be "Hoc creo white pizza." or "Hoc creo pepperoni pizza." If nothing is specified, then the magic in the wizard's wand will create the default generic food. More skilled wizards can create food out of nothing without saying their spells out loud.

3: Creating cooked food out of thin air is very difficult. Not all wizards can master it. It takes more time, effort, and focus. While learning how to create raw food, such as an apple, is required in the magical education curriculum for child magicians (as part of the "survival" topic - i.e. if you are stranded on an island with nothing but your wand), learning how to create cooked food is optional. If a young wizard succeeds at conjuring a cooked item, he or she is encouraged (but not required) to move forward with it. In fact, wizards who can conjure cooked items have more career opportunities, such as being a chef in a wizards-only restaurant.

4: Raw fruits and vegetables conjured out of nothing does not have to be rinsed. It has not been anywhere. So, unless it's created on a dirty surface, it can be consumed once fully created.

5: If a person has a dietary restriction, such as a nut allergy, he or she can eat anything created out of nothing as long as it doesn't contain the ingredient that the individual cannot have. So, if a person allergic to nuts conjures a piece of chocolate or ice cream out of thin air, he or she can still eat it since it has not been anywhere before.

6: Raw foods include fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds. Cooked foods include brownies, steak, pasta, and even bread. If one can't find it in nature, it is considered a cooked item.

7: Wands and magic can detect the cooking styles in a certain area. So, if someone creates pizza in Chicago, he or she will get the traditional kind in that region. The same would happen if somebody conjured pizza in New York. He or she would end up with the NY style.

8: Specification is very important when creating food. For example, if a wizard says, "Hoc creo cupcake," he or she will end up with a plain vanilla cupcake and no icing. For frosting, one has not only include it when saying the creation spell, but also state how he or she wants it topped, whether spread flat, swirled, and so forth. The same goes for cupcake flavors, toppings like sprinkles and sugars. The magician must say them all at once or add them one at a time. Several specifications at once are more successful for experienced wizards than novice or intermediate-leveled ones.

9: To create homemade food, one must learn how to cook without magic or be around someone who does know how to cook with no wizardry involved. And that other being can only be someone in a biological family member. So, if somebody lives in a home with non-related people, like a foster home, with godparents, a significant other, or roommates, he or she must learn regular culinary skills to conjure homemade food. It will result in the level of where the person is with cooking. Someone who is weak at cooking will conjure edible items he or she will likely throw away while someone who is good or excellent at cooking will create something many can enjoy. The person also must include the word, "homemade" when creating his or her edible item.

10: If one says, "Hoc creo cookie," he or she will end up with a hard chocolate chip cookie.

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