Magicians' words

Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Mon Apr 26 19:57:06 UTC 2004

Can anyone help me out, off list for preference, with more examples
of traditional magicians' incantatory phrases, of the "by jingo",
"hey presto", "presto chango", "abracadabra", "shazam", "alakazam"
type? I am sure there are more in widespread use, but my mind's gone
blank and a deadline approaches!

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
E-mail: <TheEditor at>
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