By Hillary Busis
Updated November 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM EST
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Is Nate Silver a witch? All signs point to “yes” — though he’s traded bubbling cauldrons and broomsticks for statistical models and pure reason.

After correctly predicting another presidential election with his patented FiveThirtyEight model, Silver is enjoying the sweet, sweet taste of mathematically ensured victory — which is all the richer for coming after high-profile detractors sniffed that Silver couldn’t possibly be as accurate as he was in ’08. On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart tried to encourage Silver to gloat, maybe by yelling something along these lines: “I AM NATE SILVER, LORD AND GOD OF THE ALGORITHM!” Since Silver abides by the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy, he declined — though if you squint, you can tell he’s totally nursing a butterbeer hangover.

See Silver and Stewart discuss magic, arithmetic, and one of The Daily Show‘s favorite subjects (utter bulls—) below.

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