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2nd May '16 12:39:20 PM GlassRain
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* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has dedicated magical tools, which can be any object the mage feels is magically relevent (though there are some special ones based on things like political faction) ranging from traditional wands and goblets to iPods and laptops. While unnecessary, the relevence the tool has to the mage enhances their soul's connection to the source of magic, and thus decreases the chance of damaging reality through malfunctions. However in the Mage games there are also objects which possess powers of their own referred to as "talismans.

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* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has dedicated magical tools, which can be any object the mage feels is magically relevent relevant (though there are some special ones based on things like political faction) ranging from traditional wands and goblets to iPods and laptops. While unnecessary, the relevence the tool has to the mage enhances their soul's connection to the source of magic, and thus decreases the chance of damaging reality through malfunctions. However in the Mage games there are also objects which possess powers of their own referred to as "talismans.
















** They also tend to provide useful stats for casters, similiar to the weapons these classes will usually carry while casting (mostly Staves, Swords, Daggers and Maces, neither of which get much use as an actual weapon).

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** They also tend to provide useful stats for casters, similiar similar to the weapons these classes will usually carry while casting (mostly Staves, Swords, Daggers and Maces, neither of which get much use as an actual weapon).



** Necromancers in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' use wands that provide bonuses to their spells, and Sorceresses used Staves. However, they're used as clubs in combat. Weak, easily breakable, expensive to repair clubs: but if you need to use it as a club, you're probably doing it wrong, though they often apply impressive elemental damage to their attackes. One particular unique staff, the "Ribcracker", gives no bonuses to skills but instead has several +damage or +attack speed modifiers. It is surprisingly good for SpamAttack builds such as Zealot Paladins or Werewolf Druids.

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** Necromancers in ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' use wands that provide bonuses to their spells, and Sorceresses used Staves. However, they're used as clubs in combat. Weak, easily breakable, expensive to repair clubs: but if you need to use it as a club, you're probably doing it wrong, though they often apply impressive elemental damage to their attackes.attacks. One particular unique staff, the "Ribcracker", gives no bonuses to skills but instead has several +damage or +attack speed modifiers. It is surprisingly good for SpamAttack builds such as Zealot Paladins or Werewolf Druids.






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* Every magician in ''Webcomic/{{Gloomverse}}'' gets one of these, matching the theme of their powers. Along with a NiceHat.
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* A common gag amongst children's magicians is a break-away wand, which appears solid in the magicians hands, but collapses as soon as it's handed to a child. Sometimes it's the other way around. This gag is usually repeated several times, sometimes as a running gag throughout a show.

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* A common gag amongst among children's magicians is a break-away wand, which appears solid in the magicians hands, but collapses as soon as it's handed to a child. Sometimes it's the other way around. This gag is usually repeated several times, sometimes as a running gag throughout a show.
10th Apr '16 9:05:28 AM Eievie
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If the wand in question appears on a fortune-telling card, it's TarotMotifs - likely either the Magician or the Ace of Wands. Sometimes in Anime and Manga, a staff's powers will be tied to an ''[[ZigzagPaperTassel onusa]]'' for use by {{Miko}} or {{onmyo|do}}ji. These also tend to be more associated with {{Fairies}}, especially {{Fairy Godmother}}s, than wizards.

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If the wand in question appears on a fortune-telling card, it's TarotMotifs - likely TarotMotifs--likely either the Magician or the Ace of Wands. Sometimes in Anime and Manga, a staff's powers will be tied to an ''[[ZigzagPaperTassel onusa]]'' for use by {{Miko}} or {{onmyo|do}}ji. These also tend to be more associated with {{Fairies}}, especially {{Fairy Godmother}}s, than wizards.



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22nd Jan '16 7:47:10 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Literature/BreakfastOfChampions'': "Patty Keene actually imagined Dwayne's waving a magic wand at her troubles and dreams." This is followed by Vonnegut's drawing of what the wand would look like.
15th Jan '16 6:56:52 AM GaidinBDJ
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* Wands are not very common among adult magicians today, however they are usually used during Cups and Balls routines.

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* Wands are not very common among adult magicians today, however they are usually used during Cups and Balls routines.
routines. Wands are also used by various "Deconstructionist" magicians such as The Amazing Jonathan and Penn & Teller. Penn & Teller's signature bullet catch trick introduces two .357 Magnum revolves as "two very special magic wands."
18th Dec '15 10:49:14 PM nombretomado
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* ''ShadowHearts 3'', Hilda Valentine is a wannabe MagicalGirl, thus wields wands to cast and improve her magic strength.

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* ''ShadowHearts ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts 3'', Hilda Valentine is a wannabe MagicalGirl, thus wields wands to cast and improve her magic strength.
14th Nov '15 10:13:02 AM Doug86
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* The Devices of ''[[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' are the {{Magitek}} version, especially the "Storage" Devices. All other forms of Device are also {{Empathic Weapon}}s and {{Swiss Army Weapon}}s, but their primary purpose tends to be running calculations for [[InstantRunes magic circles]] (magic in ''Nanoha'' is based on highly complex mathematics and the devices help streamline the process).
* The staves, rods, wands, and rings in ''MahouSenseiNegima''.

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* The Devices of ''[[LyricalNanoha ''[[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' are the {{Magitek}} version, especially the "Storage" Devices. All other forms of Device are also {{Empathic Weapon}}s and {{Swiss Army Weapon}}s, but their primary purpose tends to be running calculations for [[InstantRunes magic circles]] (magic in ''Nanoha'' is based on highly complex mathematics and the devices help streamline the process).
* The staves, rods, wands, and rings in ''MahouSenseiNegima''.''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.



* In ''RuneSoldierLouie'' the titular character breaks his wand after killing a bunch of demons with it - [[ImprobableWeaponUser by bashing them with it]], [[IdiotHero despite the fact that he is capable of magic and other than that his wand is little more than a rather short stick.]]

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* In ''RuneSoldierLouie'' ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'' the titular character breaks his wand after killing a bunch of demons with it - [[ImprobableWeaponUser by bashing them with it]], [[IdiotHero despite the fact that he is capable of magic and other than that his wand is little more than a rather short stick.]]



* Justified to some extent in the ''[[AWizardInRhyme Wizard in Rhyme]]'' series by Christopher Stasheff. Wands in that series (and staves, to some extent) serve as magical "antennas", focusing a mage's spells and making them directional. Spells will still work without using a wand, or stave, but the effect is both weaker and far more easily able to be picked up by other wizards/sorcerers. Kinda the difference between using a regular radio versus one with a dish antenna. As spells in this universe are cast through poetry, this can make for some interesting duels. "He's going for the extra point!/Throw his kneecap out of joint!", etc. By a later book in the series, [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Matthew's]] had some time to experiment and found that most objects with a similar shape can do the same. He seldom uses his wand because a dagger can serve the same purpose and is far more practical.

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* Justified to some extent in the ''[[AWizardInRhyme ''[[Literature/AWizardInRhyme Wizard in Rhyme]]'' series by Christopher Stasheff. Wands in that series (and staves, to some extent) serve as magical "antennas", focusing a mage's spells and making them directional. Spells will still work without using a wand, or stave, but the effect is both weaker and far more easily able to be picked up by other wizards/sorcerers. Kinda the difference between using a regular radio versus one with a dish antenna. As spells in this universe are cast through poetry, this can make for some interesting duels. "He's going for the extra point!/Throw his kneecap out of joint!", etc. By a later book in the series, [[FishOutOfTemporalWater Matthew's]] had some time to experiment and found that most objects with a similar shape can do the same. He seldom uses his wand because a dagger can serve the same purpose and is far more practical.



* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/RedNails" Tolkemec found a magic wand that killed at a touch.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/RedNails" Tolkemec found a magic wand that killed at a touch.



* Magic wands are SchmuckBait in the Verse of SimonRGreen, as they're created solely by TheFairFolk who despise humanity for driving them from the world. Any human stupid enough to try to wield one is liable to fall prey to whatever BoobyTrap or curse the elves have rigged it with, so human characters in the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' or ''Literature/SecretHistories'' series typically prefer aboriginal pointing bones if they want to blast someone by poking a stick at them. Only Larry Oblivion uses a wand regularly, and he only gets away with doing so because he's dead.

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* Magic wands are SchmuckBait in the Verse of SimonRGreen, Creator/SimonRGreen, as they're created solely by TheFairFolk who despise humanity for driving them from the world. Any human stupid enough to try to wield one is liable to fall prey to whatever BoobyTrap or curse the elves have rigged it with, so human characters in the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' or ''Literature/SecretHistories'' series typically prefer aboriginal pointing bones if they want to blast someone by poking a stick at them. Only Larry Oblivion uses a wand regularly, and he only gets away with doing so because he's dead.



* The Russos and all other wizards from ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' use wands for most of their spells, though "hand magic" is also possible.

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* The Russos and all other wizards from ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' use wands for most of their spells, though "hand magic" is also possible.



* [[BlackMagicianGirl Lulu's]] animated stuffed dolls in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'' count.

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* [[BlackMagicianGirl Lulu's]] animated stuffed dolls in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' count.



** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXI'' has both the staff and club categories. The club category has many examples of Magic Wand and DropTheHammer, while the staff category has both versions of MagicStaff and SimpleStaff -- though the SimpleStaff versions tend to be overlooked, in part because almost no jobs can use them ''well'' for actually hitting things (and the one job that can does better still with a sword and shield), in part because of the overwhelming fame and power of the magic-boosting [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental staves]].

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** ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXI'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has both the staff and club categories. The club category has many examples of Magic Wand and DropTheHammer, while the staff category has both versions of MagicStaff and SimpleStaff -- though the SimpleStaff versions tend to be overlooked, in part because almost no jobs can use them ''well'' for actually hitting things (and the one job that can does better still with a sword and shield), in part because of the overwhelming fame and power of the magic-boosting [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental staves]].



* While ''FireEmblem'' does have staves (which are mostly used for healing), magic books serve as the game's version of Magic Wand.
* Being the ''KingdomHearts'' games' token Mage, it's only natural for DonaldDuck to use a magic wand or hammer as his WeaponOfChoice. His best weapon is both, being a fancy scepter. Also, a number of Sora's Keychains turn his Keyblade into a magic-enhancer, and in ''KingdomHearts II'' his [[LimitBreak Drive Forms]] include the Wisdom Form -- basically a set of clothes that super-enhance his magical abilities. His Master Form also does this, to a lesser extent ([[MasterOfNone but also adds a similar degree of physical power]]). Final Form simply ramps his magic and physical powers UpToEleven.

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* While ''FireEmblem'' ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' does have staves (which are mostly used for healing), magic books serve as the game's version of Magic Wand.
* Being the ''KingdomHearts'' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games' token Mage, it's only natural for DonaldDuck to use a magic wand or hammer as his WeaponOfChoice. His best weapon is both, being a fancy scepter. Also, a number of Sora's Keychains turn his Keyblade into a magic-enhancer, and in ''KingdomHearts II'' his [[LimitBreak Drive Forms]] include the Wisdom Form -- basically a set of clothes that super-enhance his magical abilities. His Master Form also does this, to a lesser extent ([[MasterOfNone but also adds a similar degree of physical power]]). Final Form simply ramps his magic and physical powers UpToEleven.



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** Necromancers in ''Videogame/DiabloII'' use wands that provide bonuses to their spells, and Sorceresses used Staves. However, they're used as clubs in combat. Weak, easily breakable, expensive to repair clubs: but if you need to use it as a club, you're probably doing it wrong, though they often apply impressive elemental damage to their attackes. One particular unique staff, the "Ribcracker", gives no bonuses to skills but instead has several +damage or +attack speed modifiers. It is surprisingly good for SpamAttack builds such as Zealot Paladins or Werewolf Druids.

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** Necromancers in ''Videogame/DiabloII'' ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' use wands that provide bonuses to their spells, and Sorceresses used Staves. However, they're used as clubs in combat. Weak, easily breakable, expensive to repair clubs: but if you need to use it as a club, you're probably doing it wrong, though they often apply impressive elemental damage to their attackes. One particular unique staff, the "Ribcracker", gives no bonuses to skills but instead has several +damage or +attack speed modifiers. It is surprisingly good for SpamAttack builds such as Zealot Paladins or Werewolf Druids.



* In the ''RuneFactory'' series, the player can purchase staffs and wands that significantly amplify magic power (particularly offensive spells like Fireball).

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* In the ''RuneFactory'' ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series, the player can purchase staffs and wands that significantly amplify magic power (particularly offensive spells like Fireball).



* In ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'' there are LOTS of magical girls that have their own magical wands: [[ThePowerOfLove Marisa Kirisame]] has a tiny octagonal object called Hakkero, and sometimes she wields a real magical wand too, Alice Margatroid has got [[WheresTheKaboom gunpowder-filled living dolls]], Sariel has got a wand, Mima a scepter, Byakuren Hijiri has a [[TasteTheRainbow strange-buddhist-rainbow-shiny-scroll]], Seiga Kaku has a wand/pin that creates holes in the walls.

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* In ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' there are LOTS of magical girls that have their own magical wands: [[ThePowerOfLove Marisa Kirisame]] has a tiny octagonal object called Hakkero, and sometimes she wields a real magical wand too, Alice Margatroid has got [[WheresTheKaboom gunpowder-filled living dolls]], Sariel has got a wand, Mima a scepter, Byakuren Hijiri has a [[TasteTheRainbow strange-buddhist-rainbow-shiny-scroll]], Seiga Kaku has a wand/pin that creates holes in the walls.



* ''Videogame/QuestForGlory'' lets Wizard characters obtain a magic staff in games 3 through 5. In 3 and 4 it's only somewhat useful (no mana consumption while active, but moving at all de-summons it), but it received a major overhaul in 5 (where it has its own regenerating mana supply and can be used until it runs out and needs a recharge, greatly extending the player's mana) and became useful.

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* ''Videogame/QuestForGlory'' ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' lets Wizard characters obtain a magic staff in games 3 through 5. In 3 and 4 it's only somewhat useful (no mana consumption while active, but moving at all de-summons it), but it received a major overhaul in 5 (where it has its own regenerating mana supply and can be used until it runs out and needs a recharge, greatly extending the player's mana) and became useful.



* ''Videogame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has two useful wands. The first is a set of identical wands from the Dungeons Of Doom, which when used allow you to turn an item into a similar one. The other is the [[SignificantAnagram Wand of Nagamar]], which somehow transforms things via anagram. [[spoiler:It's required to beat the FinalBoss.]] Less plot-relevantly, there's the "fishy wand" item, which your familiar can use to cast Literature/HarryPotter-esque spells.
* Rosalina, adoptive mother of the universe, uses one in ''SuperMarioGalaxy''. In her ''SuperSmashBros'' appearance, she uses it both to cast spells and as a magically-augmented bludgeon.

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* ''Videogame/KingdomOfLoathing'' ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has two useful wands. The first is a set of identical wands from the Dungeons Of Doom, which when used allow you to turn an item into a similar one. The other is the [[SignificantAnagram Wand of Nagamar]], which somehow transforms things via anagram. [[spoiler:It's required to beat the FinalBoss.]] Less plot-relevantly, there's the "fishy wand" item, which your familiar can use to cast Literature/HarryPotter-esque spells.
* Rosalina, adoptive mother of the universe, uses one in ''SuperMarioGalaxy''. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy''. In her ''SuperSmashBros'' ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' appearance, she uses it both to cast spells and as a magically-augmented bludgeon.



* Braixen and Delphox, the evolutions of the Gen VI ''{{Videogame/Pokemon}}'' fire starter, have one they use to perform quite a few attacks.
* KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder has elderly mage Crispin give Graham a magic wand at the beginning of the game, and principal antagonist Mordack uses a wand (although Mordack is able to cast spells without it, the only one he casts is one to get his wand)

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* Braixen and Delphox, the evolutions of the Gen VI ''{{Videogame/Pokemon}}'' ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'' fire starter, have one they use to perform quite a few attacks.
* KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' has elderly mage Crispin give Graham a magic wand at the beginning of the game, and principal antagonist Mordack uses a wand (although Mordack is able to cast spells without it, the only one he casts is one to get his wand)
12th Nov '15 12:07:45 PM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', fairies have wands, they need them to grant wishes, but sometimes they are capable of performing magic without them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', fairies have wands, they wands. They need them to grant wishes, but sometimes they are capable of performing magic without them.




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* The main character of ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' wields a wand that's an heirloom passed down through members of her family. It transforms based on who's currently holding it.
29th Oct '15 11:51:04 PM justanid
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If the wand in question appears on a fortune-telling card, it's TarotMotifs - likely either the Magician or the Ace of Wands. Sometimes in Anime and Manga, a staff's powers will be tied to an ''[[ZigzagPaperTassel onusa]]'' for use by {{Miko}} or {{onmyo|do}}ji.

These also tend to be more associated with {{Fairies}}, especially {{Fairy Godmother}}s, than wizards.

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If the wand in question appears on a fortune-telling card, it's TarotMotifs - likely either the Magician or the Ace of Wands. Sometimes in Anime and Manga, a staff's powers will be tied to an ''[[ZigzagPaperTassel onusa]]'' for use by {{Miko}} or {{onmyo|do}}ji.

{{onmyo|do}}ji. These also tend to be more associated with {{Fairies}}, especially {{Fairy Godmother}}s, than wizards.
wizards.

Not to be confused with MagicTool, which is a mundane implement that [[ClarkesThirdLaw appears magically competent]].
25th Oct '15 5:44:16 PM nombretomado
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* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ProsperosDaughter trilogy, Prospero made all his children magical staffs.

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* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ProsperosDaughter ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' trilogy, Prospero made all his children magical staffs.
18th Oct '15 7:39:41 AM eyebones
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* In some ReligionIsMagic settings, a Jewish phylactery can be seen as this. Papers of scripture folded and tied to one's head in a literal-minded obedience to Mosaic law. In RealLife, some merely follow this practice as a symbolic and real act of servitude. Others think more to increase the efficacy of their prayers.

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