My prefix is the beginning,
My suffix is too,
My infix is telling,
What magic makes you do.

What am I?

Hint #1

The suffix is a different beginning than the first line.

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    It's been a while since we've seen a Riley :) – QuantumTwinkie Aug 8 at 13:54
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    @QuantumTwinkie What do you mean, I'm right here :) – Riley Aug 8 at 13:57
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    @QuantumTwinkie My thoughts exactly :) – Sensoray Aug 8 at 14:02
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    You have described the beginning, middle, and end of the word, but you haven't provided a line for the word itself. Unless the last two lines are not meant to be read together, but instead as two disjoint clues? – Ian MacDonald Aug 10 at 13:22
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    Are we the magician in this riddle, or the observer? – Cubemaster Aug 10 at 14:18
up vote 4 down vote accepted

I think the answer is:

Believe

Prefix:

The very beginning of anything is its existence IE to BE

Suffix:

The Eve is what happens at the start of something (technically before but whatever)

Infix:

A lie is very telling of someones character (you also tell a lie)

The whole:

Magic makes you Believe.

  • That's it! Though I was thinking a bet more meta for #1, the beginning of beginning is... Also was thinking the christian beginning for humanity for line #2, but your reasoning works too :) – Sensoray Aug 10 at 20:23
  • I thought about both of those, but I decided to avoid religion, and I thought the meta was coincidence. I also wanted to also go with rot13(ng svefg gurer jnf abguvat, naq gura tbq fnvq yrg gurer or yvtug) but avoided it for the same reason – wolfram42 Aug 10 at 20:32

Is the word

Startled

My prefix is the beginning,

Start marks the beginning.

My suffix is too,

Led i.e. in the beginning.

My infix is telling,

Not sure but maybe it tells magic is an art.

What magic makes you do.

Magic usually startles you, makes you go wow.

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    Another good guess! but I don't think it fits the last clue, what does magic make you do? "your answer" That would fit better with what may magic cause you to be? – Sensoray Aug 10 at 15:39

Probably not right, but are you a

Prediction?

My prefix is the beginning,

Pre, meaning before.

My suffix is too,

This is where I have problems. Tion, is literally the result of an action.

My infix is telling,

dict (as in dictate), means to say or direct something.

What magic makes you do.

People who are magicians make predictions about the future.

  • Good idea, I like the thought process for this, but the suffix doesn't quite fit. – Sensoray Aug 10 at 15:30
  • I figured. Well, back to the drawing board. – Joe-You-Know Aug 10 at 15:31

precise

My prefix is the beginning,

I agree with Joe that I think it's "pre": before

My suffix is too,

"ize", "ise": to become. "trophy": growth.

My infix is telling,

tell; inform; say; sent; speak; talk; brief; instruct; order; direct; command; bid; text. For precise I saw it as "seeing a telltale clue": C.

What magic makes you do.

Spells to increase your accuracy are part of games... if you aren't precise in your chants than many games / movies have a punishment: the spell doesn't work and something happens to you.

  • Interesting guess :) I don't think this quite fits though. If it was that word, I probably could have worded the riddle differently. – Sensoray Aug 10 at 15:37
  • Thought so- I just went through a fat list of words that started with that prefix, storming up answers based on the words I thought might fit. – iiiidk Aug 10 at 15:37
  • Well to save you the trouble of going through all that again, that's not the prefix ;) – Sensoray Aug 10 at 15:41

It is

ABRACADABRA

A Latin word for magic.

And the explanation is

It starts with and ends with a the beginning letter of the alphabet.

Not sure about the infix part, though.

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    Doesn't quite fit. That'd be more of a say than a do, and the infix doesn't apply. Nice thought, but reaching. – Sensoray Aug 8 at 17:42

New Answer:

AWED

My prefix is the beginning,

A is the first letter of the alphabet

My suffix is too,

To be WED is the beginning of a marriage

My infix is telling,
What magic makes you do.

Magic makes you AWED

Previous answer

This definitely isn't it, but it works reasonably well:

AUTO

My prefix is the beginning,

A is the first letter of the alphabet

My suffix is too,

TO

My infix is telling,
What magic makes you do.

Magic makes you say "Ooo", which sounds like U

  • The last line describes the whole word itself. But good try! – Sensoray Aug 10 at 15:58
  • The third line is just for the infix! – Sensoray Aug 10 at 20:20

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