Magic realism, or magical realism, is an artistic genre in which magical elements or illogical scenarios appear in an otherwise realistic or even "normal" settings. It has been widely used in relation to literature, art, and film. As used today the term is broadly descriptive rather than critically rigorous: Matthew Strecher has defined magic realism as "what happens when a highly detailed, realistic setting is invaded by something 'too strange to believe'." The term was initially used by German art critic Franz Roh to describe painting which demonstrated an altered reality, but was later used by the Venezuelan Arturo Uslar-Pietri to describe the work of certain Latin American writers. Today, there are many writers whose work falls in the category of magical realism.
The most important thing while dealing with this kind of artwork is to try and erase the line that stands as a border between reality and fantasy. This is the so called second reality that lives in our inner beings and the point is to tray and set it free. Without thinking about that the artist gives expression to a reality he observes in the people. But as Mexican critic Luis Leal has said: "If you can explain it, then it's not magical realism."