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Flight of Fantasy

The eponymous hero of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan tells the Darling children that they can fly if only they believe with sufficient conviction. Alas, shortly after the play's 1904 London premiere, Barrie began to hear from parents whose children had taken Peter at his word -- and hurt themselves vainly attempting to fly. The playwright therefore added a cautionary statement to the play: that all children could fly, but only if they had first been sprinkled with "fairy dust"!
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