Magicians' words

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Wed Apr 28 03:28:08 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.

So that ancient wizard had an acronym for a name? Did his parents stick him
with it, or was it his stage name? (^_^)

-- Doug Wilson

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