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14th Jan '17 11:06:09 PM LBHills
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* NeverFoundTheBody

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* NeverFoundTheBodyNeverFoundTheBody: Kitty's body was never found in the aftermath of ''The Golem's Eye,'' because Kitty was getting it out of Britain ASAP.


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* SilverHasMysticPowers: Some Earthly herbs and elements are noxious or painful to spirits, but silver is downright fatal.
8th Jan '17 10:56:44 AM LBHills
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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Bartimaeus' chapters are written from an alien perspective. He hates magicians - greedy torturers and slavers from his point of view. He's not fond of ordinary people either - he regards them as fragile, [[HypocricalHumor self-absorbed]], largely ugly, virtually blind and [[ImAHumanitarian prone to getting stuck in his teeth]] - but he'll grudgingly admit that a few of them are not entirely contemptible.

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Bartimaeus' chapters are written from an alien perspective. He hates magicians - greedy torturers and slavers from his point of view. He's not fond of ordinary people either - he regards them as fragile, [[HypocricalHumor [[HypocriticalHumor self-absorbed]], largely ugly, virtually blind and [[ImAHumanitarian prone to getting stuck in his teeth]] stringy]] - but he'll grudgingly admit that a few of them are not entirely contemptible.
8th Jan '17 10:55:31 AM LBHills
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* FunctionalMagic

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* FunctionalMagicFunctionalMagic: The advantage which magicians have held over commoners through most of history.



** GeometricMagic
** SummonMagic
* GenieInABottle: Used in several ways. The Indefinite Confinement spell is a punishment for disobedient spirits, and traps them eternally in whatever object the magician selects. Additionally, it is apparently possible to trap many spirits inside objects such as bottles if they enter of their own free will. However, it's also an ancient trick that is very unlikely to work.

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** GeometricMagic
GeometricMagic: Various forms of summoning circle exist, all fairly complex. They must be exact: a defective circle either doesn't work, or conjures an uncontrolled (and almost always hostile) spirit.
** SummonMagic
SummonMagic: The only supernatural power that seems ''intrinsic'' to Earth is the ability to summon things from the Other Place.
* GenieInABottle: Used in several ways. The Indefinite Confinement spell is a punishment for disobedient spirits, and traps them eternally in whatever object the magician selects. Additionally, it It is apparently possible to trap many spirits some kinds of spirit inside objects such as bottles non-magical containers if they enter of their own free will. However, it's also an But that trick is so ancient trick that is very unlikely to work.only a completely inexperienced spirit would fall for it anymore.



* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Bartimaeus' chapters are written from an alien perspective. He hates magicians - greedy torturers and slavers from his point of view. He's not fond of ordinary people either - he regards them as fragile, [[HypocricalHumor self-absorbed]], largely ugly, virtually blind and [[ImAHumanitarian prone to getting stuck in his teeth]] - but he'll grudgingly admit that a few of them are not entirely contemptible.



*** Don't forget the part where Bartimaeus's section ends with this exchange:

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*** Don't forget the part where At one point Bartimaeus's section ends with this exchange:



*** It's left unclear as to which author is ''accurately'' portraying the scene.

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*** It's left unclear as to which author author, if any, is ''accurately'' portraying the scene.
28th Dec '16 5:26:10 AM JMQwilleran
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* ICantHearYou: This is used to great comic effect by Bartimaeus towards the end of ''The Ring of Solomon''. After [[spoiler:winning against Ammet, he brings the ring back to Jerusalem and to Khaba the Cruel, at first faithfully imitating Ammet, who always took the form of a dark shadow imitation of Khaba's form. However, as time passes, he slowly allows the imitation to grow a long nose, warts and two jug-ears. Then, when's supposedly giving Khaba the ring, he instead makes it so that Khaba just misses, telling him "That was a big jump. If only you were a little taller." When the magician insists "Give it to me!" he claps his hand against one of the jug-ears, telling him that he's a bit deaf. When Khaba repeats "Give it to me!" he replies that "Nothing would give me greater pleasure," then punches him square on the chin, knocking him out and sending him sprawling.]]
28th Nov '16 8:23:33 PM Arachnos
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Ruthlessly subverted. "Demons" are usually viewed by magicians as violent and untrustworthy creatures, and sure, most spirits will rip their masters to pieces if they make even the smallest mistake in the summoning ritual or even [[JackassGenie give an ambiguous command]]. However, if you were ripped out of your home dimension into a world where merely existing causes you constant pain and enslaved to carry out the commands of some [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters jackass]], you would probably be pissed too. Antagonistic demons in the series are usually JustFollowingOrders, and the main viewpoint character Bartimaeus is often more moral than his "master".
26th Nov '16 7:42:23 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: Needless to say, the real UsefulNotes/WilliamGladstone didn't have uber-powerful magic artifacts.
6th Nov '16 10:07:53 AM Xtifr
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* AlternateHistory: Gladstone in this universe led a campaign to conquer all of Europe... and was a magician.
** Since magic exists in this version of our world, it also fits the NeverWasThisUniverse type of AlternateHistory.
** The American Revolution has just recently started in modern times. In the third book, the demons are threatened with "being sent to fight in the Colonies". [[spoiler:By the end of the book, Britain is forced to pull out of America due to the near-destruction of its government in the demon and commoners' revolt, effectively handing America the win.]]

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* AlternateHistory: Gladstone in this universe led a campaign to conquer all of Europe... and was a magician.
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magician. Since magic exists in this version of our world, it also fits the NeverWasThisUniverse type of AlternateHistory.
** The American Revolution has just recently started in modern times. In the third book, the demons are threatened with "being sent to fight in the Colonies". [[spoiler:By the end of the book, Britain is forced to pull out of America due to the near-destruction of its government in the demon and commoners' revolt, effectively handing America the win.]]
AlternateHistory.


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* AmericaIsStillAColony: The trilogy is set sometime in an alternate 1930's or so, and the third book mentions offhand that the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution is only just beginning. Some of the demons are threatened with [[ReassignedToAntarctica "being sent to fight in the Colonies."]]
25th Oct '16 12:04:08 PM JMQwilleran
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* WillOTheWisp: Will-o'-the-wisps are small spirits that are described as "struggling to keep up with the times." Visible as flickering flames on the first plane, they were once employed to lure travelers to their death in pits or quags, but with the invention of cities, were employed to lurk over manhole covers, to rather less effect.
14th Sep '16 7:11:54 AM JMQwilleran
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* TastesLikeFeet: In ''Ptolemy's Gate'', Mr. Button describes a cup of tea brewed by Kitty, who is upset about her plan having been rejected by Bartimaeus, as being "as insipid as gnat's piss."
11th Sep '16 4:12:53 PM JMQwilleran
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* DeusExMachina: This happens almost constantly in The Amulet of Samarkand, where something coincidentally happens to save the titular character when he gets into a seemingly inescapable situation (managing to escape from captivity when a little girl crashes her bike into the bushes where he's being interrogated in).

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* DescriptionCut: In ''Ptolemy's Gate'', Bartimaeus reminisces about his meeting with Kitty Jones in the previous installment. He expresses some fondness for her, even though she had no love for djinn.
-->"Whatever she was doing, I hoped she was keeping out of trouble." ... Chapter 4: Kitty - The demon saw Kitty the moment she moved. A wide mouth opened in the featureless head; double rows of teeth descended from above and rose from the lining of the jaw...
* DeusExMachina: This happens almost constantly in The ''The Amulet of Samarkand, Samarkand'', where something coincidentally happens to save the titular character when he gets into a seemingly inescapable situation (managing to escape from captivity when a little girl crashes her bike into the bushes where he's being interrogated in).
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