What are the salient features of magical realism?  What is the use of magical realism in "Midnight's Children"?

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Magical realism is a story set in modern world, in a normal setting, but with fantastical elements. It is often applied to describe the work of Latin American writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The prominent features of magical realism are: magic that cannot be explained, a realistic setting and description of a normal world with normal people and objects, two views of reality (the magical and the realistic), and the blurring of boundaries, such as the boundaries of time and/or space. In Rushdie's "Midnight's Children," Saleem's power of telepathy presents a magical element in a realistic world.