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2nd Jul '17 11:34:39 AM nombretomado
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A Magic Carpet or Flying Carpet is a carpet that can rapidly transport passengers who sit on top of it, usually by flying through the air. It typically features a Persian carpet design. TheOtherWiki gives [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_carpet more details]] and some examples.

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A Magic Carpet or Flying Carpet is a carpet that can rapidly transport passengers who sit on top of it, usually by flying through the air. It typically features a Persian carpet design. TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki gives [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_carpet more details]] and some examples.
31st May '17 7:46:59 PM PaulA
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* The trope appears in [[http://poulandersonappreciation.blogspot.com/2012/09/heinleinian-origins.html related]] works by Creator/PoulAnderson and Creator/RobertAHeinlein. In Heinlein's Magic, Inc., carpets are by 'haulage companies' but fail when above consecrated ground, so carpet routes are routed around churches etc. In Anderson's "Literature/OperationChaos" and related works, enchanted flying carpets are used in military applications and as a cultural equivalent for the family sedan. Broomsticks are racier, and roughly culturally equivalent to motorcycles. Both books are set in {{Magitek}} worlds.

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* The trope appears In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/MagicInc'', set in [[http://poulandersonappreciation.blogspot.com/2012/09/heinleinian-origins.html related]] works by Creator/PoulAnderson and Creator/RobertAHeinlein. In Heinlein's Magic, Inc., a {{Magitek}} world, carpets are run by 'haulage companies' but fail when above consecrated ground, so carpet routes are routed diverted around churches etc. etc.
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In Anderson's "Literature/OperationChaos" Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/OperationChaos'' and related works, also set in a {{Magitek}} world (''Magic, Inc.'' is an acknowledged inspiration), enchanted flying carpets are used in military applications and as a cultural equivalent for the family sedan. Broomsticks are racier, and roughly culturally equivalent to motorcycles. Both books are set in {{Magitek}} worlds.
24th Feb '17 2:38:22 PM H2SO4
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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Phineas and Ferb create one in "Magic Carpet Ride", there's even a song about it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Phineas and Ferb create one in "Magic Carpet Ride", there's even a song about it.it as a reference to ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
16th Feb '17 8:12:11 PM Eddy1215
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* One episode of WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong had a plot that took the characters through a BaxaarOfTheBizarre where on vendor is selling magic flying welcome mats.

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* One episode of WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' had a plot that took the characters through a BaxaarOfTheBizarre BazaarOfTheBizarre where on vendor is selling magic flying welcome mats.
21st Jan '17 5:12:56 AM fq
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** The ''Complete Discworld Atlas'' says the origins of flying carpets are lost in the mists of time, but points to a phenomena seen in a remote region of Klatch where evolution has created mountain sheep and goats which got around all that tricky falling-off-cliffs thing by learning how to avert a messy splat. Accelerated breeding by canny shepherds has created a lucrative market in a rare and ''very special'' wool used to weave carpets. Apparently the sheepdogs are also very specialised, and watching the sheep trials in that part of the world is most spectacular. [[Series/MontyPython Sheep that learnt how to fly. Hmm]].

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** The ''Complete Discworld Atlas'' says the origins of flying carpets are lost in the mists of time, but points to a phenomena phenomenon seen in a remote region of Klatch where evolution has created mountain sheep and goats which got around all that tricky falling-off-cliffs thing by learning how to avert a messy splat. Accelerated breeding by canny shepherds has created a lucrative market in a rare and ''very special'' wool used to weave carpets. Apparently the sheepdogs are also very specialised, and watching the sheep trials in that part of the world is most spectacular. [[Series/MontyPython Sheep that learnt how to fly. Hmm]].
24th Oct '16 7:06:28 PM JackG
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* "There's magic in a Solomon's carpet..."
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7th Sep '16 12:20:51 AM MrNickelodeon
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* At the Ride/DisneyThemeParks:
** The Arabia scene in ''Ride/ItsASmallWorld'' shows several of the dolls riding on flying carpets.
** Figment rides on one in the finale of ''[[Ride/JourneyIntoImagination Journey into Imagination with Figment]]''
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1st Sep '16 10:55:27 PM Dvandemon
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* One episode of WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong had a plot that took the characters through a BaxaarOfTheBizarre where on vendor is selling magic flying welcome mats.
13th Aug '16 5:42:34 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, magic carpets originated when a Klatchian wizard was experimenting with flying spells, whilst taking long tokes from a hookah filled with the finest hashish. In an increasinlgy blissed-out state in a smoky enclosed room, the smoke and fumes - and the magic - impregnated the carpet he was standing on and the carpet had a freaky trip where it thought it could fly. The rest is history.

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* In the ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' of Creator/AAPessimal, magic carpets originated when a Klatchian wizard was experimenting with flying spells, whilst taking long tokes from a hookah filled with the finest hashish. In an increasinlgy blissed-out state in a smoky enclosed room, the smoke and fumes - and the magic - impregnated the carpet he was standing on and the carpet had a freaky trip where it thought it could fly. The rest is history.
9th Aug '16 1:27:25 PM DaibhidC
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' the FlyingCarpet is a moderately common object in Klatch. One managed to traumatize Rincewind so that he developed phobia of falling even before falling off one.

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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' the FlyingCarpet is a moderately common object in Klatch. One managed to traumatize Klatch.
** In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', the Seriph has one, which apparently doesn't work, until
Rincewind so that commands it to go down. Nijel thinks he's used his wizarding knowledge to deduce the carpet is geased to do the opposite of what it's intended, but actually he developed phobia just noticed it was upside-down. (Rincewind is, of falling even before falling off one.course, not ''happy'' about flying a carpet, due to his long-established fear of [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou grounds]].)



** The ''Complete Discworld Atlas'' says the origins of flying carpets are lost in the mists of time, but points to a phenomena seen in a remote region of Klatch where evolution has created mountain sheep and goats which got around all that tricky falling-off-cliffs thing by learning how to avert a messy splat. Accelerated breeding by canny shepherds has created a lucrative market in a rare and ''very special'' wool used to weave carpets. Apparently the sheepdogs are also very specialised, and watching the sheep trials in that part of the world is most spectacular. [[Series/MontyPython Sheep that learnt how to fly. Hmm]].



** The ''Complete Discworld Atlas'' says the origins of flying carpets are lost in the mists of time, but points to a phenomena seen in a remote region of Klatch where evolution has created mountain sheep and goats which got around all that tricky falling-off-cliffs thing by learning how to avert a messy splat. Accelerated breeding by canny shepherds has created a lucrative market in a rare and ''very special'' wool used to weave carpets. Apparently the sheepdogs are also very specialised, and watching the sheep trials in that part of the world is most spectacular. [[Series/MontyPython Sheep that learnt how to fly. Hmm]].
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