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I have a fan, to keep me cool.

I can sometimes explode, but that's very rare.

I can show you what you want to see, when you want to see it.

Some say I am magical, some say I'm just science.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ I hope Rubio and I have both failed to guess what you have in mind. Both our answers seem (to me) to fit pretty well, but in either case this isn't really a riddle, just a not particularly cryptic description of a commonplace object. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 23 '16 at 23:39
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If Rubio's very plausible conjecture is wrong, perhaps instead you are a

projector.

I have a fan, to keep me cool.

So they do. (Mostly to keep the bulb cool.)

I can sometimes explode, but that's very rare.

The bulbs certainly do. (Mostly on account of not using that fan correctly.)

I can show you what you want to see, when you want to see it.

Fundamental purpose of the device.

Some say I am magical, some say I'm just science.

Back before there were fancy video projectors, slide projectors were called "magic lanterns". But of course they are all just a matter of optics (and in some cases electronics).

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    $\begingroup$ ... demonstrating that this riddle is likely Too Broad? $\endgroup$ – Rubio Dec 23 '16 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ I think it may very well be. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 23 '16 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ No need for this now, I've already had the answer added :) $\endgroup$ – IMustBeSomeone Dec 24 '16 at 2:37
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I think you may be

a laptop computer.

I have a fan, to keep me cool.
I can sometimes explode, but that's very rare.
I can show you what you want to see, when you want to see it.
Some say I am magical, some say I'm just science.

  • Laptops have cooling fans.
  • If the battery goes into thermal runaway, the battery can potentially literally explode, effectively exploding the laptop. (Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 is banned from airplanes because this has been happening to them.)
  • Laptops display what you ask them to, are portable so you can bring them with you, etc.
  • To less tech-savvy people, laptop computers are basically Arthur C. Clarke's third law made reality: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

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