Coldplay’s official music video for “Magic” finds frontman Chris Martin in a love triangle… with Chris Martin as his bitter romantic rival. The imaginative clip comes courtesy of director Jonas Åkerlund, and co-stars “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actress Ziyi Zhang as the object of their mutual affection.

coldplay magic video
coldplay magic official video

The unassuming alternative single is paired with a black-and-white video with an old-timey introduction and cue cards for dialogue; the plot is also a throwback, with a hero, a damsel in distress and a mustachioed villain standing in the way of true love. With the help of the power of levitation, Good Chris (Christophe) defeats Dastardly Chris (Claude), and the magician’s assistant becomes intertwined with the “beautiful young magicienne.”

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MAGIC
Call it magic
Call it true
I call it magic
When I’m with you
And I just got broken
Broken into two
Still I call it magic
When I’m next to you

And I don’t and I don’t and I don’t and I don’t
No, I don’t it’s true
I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t
Want anybody else but you
I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t
No, I don’t it’s true
I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t
Want anybody else but you

Call it magic
Cut me into two
And with all your magic
I disappear from view
And I can’t get over
Can’t get over you
Still I call it magic
Such a precious jewel

And I don’t and I don’t and I don’t and I don’t
No, I don’t it’s true
I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t
Want anybody else but you
I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t
No, I don’t it’s true
I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t, no I don’t
Want anybody else but you

Want to fall, fall so far
I want to fall, fall so hard
And I call it magic
And I call it true
I call it magic

And if you were to ask me
After all that we’ve been through
Still believe in magic?
Yes, I do
Of course I do