The Library of Congress standards for photographing buildings serve legibility and archival quality: black and white, wide-angle documentation of empty structures. Making those reserved photos in an environment so colorful, chaotic, and alive, I felt compelled to document the magic unaccounted for by archival standards. I photographed puppeteers at work, whose animating magic makes performers of puppets. The animacy of those marionettes, meanwhile, I captured in more dramatic color portraits; the human care and labor that produce the marionettes imbues each with a spirit that I feel warrants a similarly humane photographic treatment.A city planner lamented that one reason they couldn’t block the development was that the magic was within the building, rather than in its walls. I argue that the magic permeates everything.