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Magicians Wands and Magical Words

April 10, 2018
"If I could wave a magic wand and be anything, I'd be a really respected, really successful author. That's a hard combination to get, though. I really enjoy acting, and it's easier, frankly." ~Christine Elise

wand (sometimes magic wand) is a thin, hand-held stick or rod made of wood, stone, ivory, or metals like gold or silver. Generally, in modern language, wands are ceremonial and/or have associations with magic but there have been other uses, all stemming from the original meaning as a synonym of rod and virge, both of which had a similar development. A stick giving length and leverage is perhaps the earliest and simplest of tools. Long versions of the magic wand are usually styled in forms of staves or sceptres, often with designs or an orb of a gemstone forged on the top.

In Wicca and Ceremonial magic, practitioners use several magical tools including wands for the channeling of energy—they serve a similar purpose to the athame although the two have their distinct uses. While an athame is generally used to command, a wand is seen as more gentle and is used to invite or encourage. Though traditionally made of wood, they can also consist of metal or crystal. Practitioners usually prune a branch from an Oak, Hazel, or other tree, or may even buy wood from a hardware store, and then carve it and add decorations to personalize it; one can also purchase ready-made wands. In Wicca the wand usually represents the element air, or sometimes fire, although contemporary wand makers also create wands for the elements of earth and water. The wand is most often used by Neopagans, Wiccans, Shamans and others in rituals, healing and spell casting.

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"Wands" is also another name for the suit of Staves, Batons or Rods, a suit of the minor arcana of the Tarot. It is normally associated with the element of fire, representing creative energy, passion, confidence, and charisma.

Other uses

  • In music, the term sometimes applies to the modern model of conductor's baton (the earlier staff and baton cantoral being heavier and thus unfit for precise gestures).
  • In literary language, "wand" can be a synonym for rod as an implement for corporal punishment, in the generic sense: either a multiple rod or a single branch (switch or cane), but not a specific physical type.
  • Based on their magical symbolism, stage magicians often use "magic wands" as part of their misdirection. These wands are traditionally short and black, with white tips; if deprived of his magic wand, the magician may be deemed powerless. A magic wand may be transformed into other items, grow, vanish, move, display a will of its own, or behave magically in its own right.
  • A lacrosse stick is colloquially referred to as a "wand."
  • "To wand" is a colloquial verb that means to check something with a handheld metal detector, such as at the airport and high security buildings.
  • Wooden wands of about 60" in length were popular exercise implements during the Victorian era, particularly in the U.S. and in Canada, being used to perform various flexibility and strengthening routines.
  • Wand is also a common reference to an automotive handbrake/parking brake, in motorsport rally drivers would refer to their hydraulic handbrakes as "the Wand"
  • In hair and beauty, the curling wand is defined as a metal appliance with a rod shape, used to curl hair when heated to give it curls or waves.
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Invocations of magic

Examples of traditional magic words include:

  • Aajaye – used often by the clowns in Jaye's magic circus.
  • Abracadabra – prototypical magic word used by magicians.
  • Ajji Majji la Tarajji – Iranian Magic Word (Persian).
  • Alla Peanut Butter Sandwiches – used by The Amazing Mumford on Sesame Street.
  • Alakazam – a phrase used by magicians.
  • Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – used by Cinderella's Fairy Godmother.
  • By the Power of Grayskull, I HAVE THE POWER – used by the Prince Adam, of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, to transform him into He-Man.
  • Cei-u – used by the DC Comics superhero, Johnny Thunder, to summon his magical genie-like Thunderbolt.
  • Hocus pocus – a phrase used by magicians.
  • Izzy wizzy, let's get busy – Used on The Sooty Show when using Sooty's magic wand.
  • Jantar Mantar Jadu Mantar – a phrase used by magicians in India.
  • Joshikazam – used by Josh Nichols, a character from the popular Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh.
  • Klaatu barada nikto – A phrase used in the 1951 movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. While not intended as magical words in that movie, they were used as such in the spoof horror movie Army of Darkness.
  • Mecca lecca hi, mecca hiney ho – Jambi on Pee-wee's Playhouse
  • Meeska, Mooska, Mickey Mouse – used on the children's TV series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to make the Clubhouse appear.
  • Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang, phrase used in song "Witch Doctor" performed by Ross Bagdasarian Sr., and released in 1958 by Liberty Records under the stage name David Seville.
  • Open sesame – used by the character Ali Baba in the English version of a tale from One Thousand and One Nights.
  • Presto chango or Hey Presto – used by magicians (probably intended to suggest "quick change").
  • Sim Sala Bim – a phrase used by Harry August Jansen. "Sim Sim Sala Bim" are the magic words said by Hadji on the shows The Adventures of Jonny Quest. The line was used by Oscar "Oz" Diggs in Oz the Great and Powerful.
  • Shazam – used by the comic book hero Captain Marvel.
  • Shemhamforash – used by Satanists in rituals of Modern Satanism as outlined in The Satanic Bible.
  • Shimbaree, Shimbarah, Shimbaree, Shimbarah - used on the children's TV series Barney & Friends
  • 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – from the song in the movie Mary Poppins.
  • Walla Walla Washington – Bugs Bunny in Looney Tunes

Craig Conley, a scholar of magic, writes that the magic words used by conjurers may originate from "pseudo-Latin phrases, nonsense syllables, or esoteric terms from religious antiquity," but that what they have in common is "language as an instrument of creation."

Yours truly, Griffin Cloudwalker
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