JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Wed Apr 28 03:22:13 UTC 2004
I assume you are aware that Shazam is not a traditional magicians' incantatory phrase at all, but instead was introduced in Whiz Comics in 1940 as both the name of an ancient wizard and the exclamation by which Billy Batson transformed himself into Captain Marvel. The name is an acronym for Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.
From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Michael Quinion
Sent: Mon 4/26/2004 3:57 PM
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Subject: Magicians' words
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!
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