Friday, April 29, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sucop, Sucoh! Hold on tight! Soon my magic will work right.
—Kemal Kurt, Mixed-Up Journey to Magic Mountain (2002)
Facts: This magic phrase is hocus pocus spelled backwards.
Rabbit’s paw, garden snail,
Cat’s eye, mouse hair, dragon tail,
Cross your fingers if you dare,
From my hat will hop a hare!
You will see,
My spells are working perfectly!
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
This magic incantation is featured in The Intercontinental Union of Disgusting Characters by Roger M. Wilcox (1986). The words Oolong Caloophid reference the humorous science fiction novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Wilcox explains: “Oolong Caloophid is . . . the author of that trilogy of philosophical blockbusters, ‘Where God Went Wrong,’ ‘Some More of God’s Greatest Mistakes,’ and ‘Who Is This God Person Anyway?’”
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
“‘Naw, macht nichts, let’s walk.’ Jack pronounces it ‘mox nix,’ meaning ‘makes no difference’ or, in air force parlance, ‘I’m easy.’” —Ann-Marie MacDonald, The Way the Crow Flies (2003)
Origins: This is a German colloquial expression.
Variations and Incantations:
Monday, April 11, 2011
“The ‘hissings and murmurings’ . . . of magicians.” —Edward Peters, The Magician, the Witch and the Law (1978)"
"Jack Starhouse could make [cats] dance wild dances, leaping about upon their hind legs and casting themselves from side to side. This he did by strange sighs and whistlings and hissings.” —Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2004)
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Our magician friend and home-hacking expert Gordon shares a lovely photo response to our previous post about the abracadabra talisman. Our favorite detail in the photo is the ironic "Do Not Duplicate" message on the key next to the talisman. By the way, Gordon inspired and co-authored our latest book on magic, JINX Companion.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Meanwhile, here's a line taken out of context, from our dictionary of magic words:
"I waved my linked hands around and chanted, ‘Football touchdown, toilet plunger, hocus pocus, woof!’"
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
"From between those pages . . . from the leaves of the forest trees . . . words fluttered like black moths."
Meanwhile, Gordon notes some interesting word clouds which "are incantations to induce children to buy whatever is being advertised." See these word clouds of gendered language in toy commercials here.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Here's a line taken out of context, from our dictionary of magic words:
"One by one, the doves took wing and disappeared into the seemingly infinite depths of the black silk topper."
Friday, April 1, 2011
—Leonora Carrington, "The Stone Door," The Seventh Horse