Not really magic, but... have you noticed how many crime TV shows have as their central character a mysterious, super rich male who has some sort of organization to fight "bad guys" (as defined by that character) outside of the usual societal channels? The central figure seems to be either an ex-spy/government agent or a somewhat rehabilitated criminal. If they're an ex-spy type, they've usually rejected the government agency/methods as corrupt or ineffective.
I was looking for something to watch on Nflix the other day, and saw James Spader's newish TV show in the choices list. I never got quite into Boston Legal, but I liked it when I saw it, and Spader's good, so I thought I'd watch the new show. It's really violent, disturbingly violent. Spader is good in it, but holy cow, did I mention violent?
It got me thinking about the magical, not really magical, male crime fighter figure.
Robert Wagner in It Takes a Thief, way back in the 60's. He wasn't super rich, but he had a secret government group behind him, and knew pretty much everything there was to know.
Charlie's Angels, the mysterious Charlie was less of an active presence, but still sort of fits the mold.
Macgiver, super smart, and again working for a secret government agency.
The Equalizer, with Edward Woodward as a retired super spy type fighting crime with a pal.
There's another show on now, or recently, where a guy has basically hacked the world and sends out his streetwise pal to fight crime that he sees on the hacked world thing, and directs through his hacked world thing. (Okay, so I watched a little bit of this once, but obviously it didn't much catch my attention.)
The A Team is a sort of comic version, and Mission Impossible was a more government organized, but not quite legit version. Both of these had a leader, but were more group shows rather than centered on the leader.
I'm sure there are others.
I'm guessing these shows are popular because they meet some sort of fantasy, that there really is someone powerful, somewhat fatherly (or literally fatherly), who's going to protect regular folks from super bad people who are dangerously powerful, willing to kill in massive and super violent ways (or willing to kill subtly, and therefore all the more dangerous). The fantasy seems to answer a perception that the regular social systems are totally inadequate to take on these super dangerous baddies and that we're better off not knowing, not proceeding in ways that respect rights, and so forth, because these baddies are just so bad.
I really wish I could find a good comedy on Nflix, or they'd get the rights to shows such as Northern Exposure, which would be fun to see again, since I enjoyed it during the first run.