James A. Landau
JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Wed Apr 28 13:34:45 UTC 2004
Michael Quinion asked:
> 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!
You seem to have left out "Hocus Pocus".
OED2 under "hocus pocus" gives a longer version: "Hocus pocus, tontus
talontus, vade celeritor jubeo."
Sesame Street introduced a new one: "A La Peanut Butter Sandwiches".
- James A. Landau
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