Not merely 'magic', but 'more magic': http://catb.org/jargon/html/magic-story.html
For tracking down a glitch obscure enough to be positively arcane, working systematically in the face of the inexplicable, correlating facts that weren't connected in any obvious way, expanding our knowledge here at Adafruit, and generally being cool in a truly wierd situation, I've just bought you the "Reverse Engineering" skill badge.
You earned it.
Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org
with a link to this thread and they'll get it to you.
When you void a product warranty, you give up your right to sue the manufacturer if something goes wrong and accept full responsibility for whatever happens next. And then you truly own the product.