Sunday, March 8, 2009

Treguna Mekoides and Tracorum Satis Dee

This is a spell for animating objects, from the Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971). The spell conjures “substitutiary locomotion,” a “power that’s far beyond the wildest notion. It’s a weird so feared, yet wonderful to see” (Robert and Richard Sherman’s lyrics to “Substitutiary Locomotion”).


runmotman said...

once read a book, or was read to, with the magic word 'oog-lay-day-boo' which would dissapear a thing, if you believed it... to bring the thing back, say it backwards...don't know if i spelled that right...any recollection of that word or book?

Eccentric Scholar said...

The magic phrase you mentioned is likely an imitation of the French "où le début," loosely meaning "where it begins."

A similar chant, "O la o boo day boo," appears in the opera "Delusion of the Fury: A Ritual of Dream and Delusion" by Harry Partch.