Aleister Crowley defined magick as the science and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the will. Anyone with any amount of study has run across this definition.
What people do not seem to grasp, is that 99.9% of magick induced change is within ourselves. Our subconsious process are rewired by beliefs and acts of faith.
If you are pursuing the craft to throw fireballs, create whirlpools, fly, change into other beings, etc., then you are accomplishing self (inner) magick, indeed. Just not the kind you expect or hope for.
Hope this gets through to at least some of the noobs.