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17th Jan '18 1:47:39 PM Vir
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The Magic Wand is a unique weapon in that unlike swords, bows or guns, this weapon is generally not for use in physical combat, but is instead a purely magical weapon. In general a Magic Wand is any device that enhances magic for producing spells, or aid in combat, or--less frequently--enables the use of magic in the first place. Circe used a Magic Wand to convert Odysseus's men to swine, thus making this one OlderThanFeudalism.

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The Magic Wand is a unique weapon in that unlike swords, bows or guns, this weapon is generally not for use in physical combat, but is instead a purely magical weapon. In general general, a Magic Wand is any device that enhances magic for producing spells, or aid in combat, or--less frequently--enables the use of magic in the first place. Circe used a Magic Wand to convert Odysseus's men to swine, thus making this one OlderThanFeudalism.



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. These also tend to be more associated with {{Fairies}}, [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies]], especially {{Fairy Godmother}}s, than wizards.
11th Oct '17 12:02:07 PM darkemyst
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* Flamel from ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' uses a magic wand to cast spells.
* Mye from ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' lost her wand moments before entering the story and her magic is severely limited without it.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=807 needed for the counterspell]]



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', magic wands hold standard preset spells and can be used offensively when dealing with magical threats.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Rose wielding the Thorns of Oglogoth. She also has another pair of wands, but she doesn't use them since the Thorns are not just magical but ''eldritch'' as well - and as such are obscenely powerful. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003715 Check]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003716 it]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003838 out]]. Then [[DiabolicalMastermind Eridan]] gets one for WhiteMagic [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004947 here]]. Which might actually have been [[MagicFeather completely fake]], and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments actually just a]] [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger light-up wand]].
** Calliope uses a [[{{Pun}} dualing]] wand similar in appearance to Eridan's that reportedly actually works...if the WHITE MAGNUM it's paired with is [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells loaded]], that is.



* [[StylisticSuck Grimm Shado]], a fictional character in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', ''[[DualWielding dual wields]]'' wands. He ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill also]]'' has triple "[[WolverineClaws wand claws]]" on each hand, for a total of ''eight'' wands.



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Rose wielding the Thorns of Oglogoth. She also has another pair of wands, but she doesn't use them since the Thorns are not just magical but ''eldritch'' as well - and as such are obscenely powerful. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003715 Check]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003716 it]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003838 out]]. Then [[DiabolicalMastermind Eridan]] gets one for WhiteMagic [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004947 here]]. Which might actually have been [[MagicFeather completely fake]], and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments actually just a]] [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger light-up wand]].
** Calliope uses a [[{{Pun}} dualing]] wand similar in appearance to Eridan's that reportedly actually works...if the WHITE MAGNUM it's paired with is [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells loaded]], that is.
* [[StylisticSuck Grimm Shado]], a fictional character in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', ''[[DualWielding dual wields]]'' wands. He ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill also]]'' has triple "[[WolverineClaws wand claws]]" on each hand, for a total of ''eight'' wands.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=807 needed for the counterspell]]

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Rose wielding the Thorns of Oglogoth. She also has another pair of wands, but she doesn't Witches use them since the Thorns are not just magical but ''eldritch'' as well - and as such are obscenely powerful. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003715 Check]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003716 it]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003838 out]]. Then [[DiabolicalMastermind Eridan]] gets one for WhiteMagic [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004947 here]]. Which might actually have been [[MagicFeather completely fake]], and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments actually just a]] [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger light-up wand]].
** Calliope uses a [[{{Pun}} dualing]] wand similar
in appearance to Eridan's that reportedly actually works...if the WHITE MAGNUM it's paired with is [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells loaded]], that is.
* [[StylisticSuck Grimm Shado]], a fictional character in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', ''[[DualWielding dual wields]]'' wands. He ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill also]]'' has triple "[[WolverineClaws wand claws]]" on each hand, for a total of ''eight'' wands.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=807 needed for the counterspell]]
''Webcomic/{{Witchy}}''.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', magic wands hold standard preset spells and can be used offensively when dealing with magical threats.
* Witches use them in ''Webcomic/{{Witchy}}''.
* Flamel from ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' uses a magic wand to cast spells.
13th Jul '17 2:21:50 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''Theatre/HanselAndGretel'', the WickedWitch paralyzes the titular children with the powers of her wand and a rhyming incantation, a variation of which she later uses to remobilize Gretel. Gretel manages to steal the wand for the moment and free Hansel with the latter spell, which is used once again after they kill the witch to fully reanimate the gingerbread children.
3rd Jun '17 8:13:43 PM Malady
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* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': From [[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/dungeon-keeper-ami-sailor-moon-dungeon-keeper-story-only-thread.30066/page-3#post-6355736 Convoluted Rescue Plan, Go!]]:
--> "Watch out, it's got a magic wand!" [...] a short, bone-like stick [...] Working in much the same way as magical traps, these devices could store a few instances of a prepared spell and release it when a trigger condition was met.
1st Jun '17 7:26:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'':

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* ''Literature/WheelOfTime'':''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
31st May '17 6:03:08 PM nombretomado
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* Wands are used for combat in the first of the ''YoungWizards'' novel, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and then mostly dropped in the later books]]. However, the ''way'' they're used fits with certain principles that are explained later. Most wizardries can be done using only [[LanguageOfMagic the Speech]] and a wizard's personal energy, but certain materials that vary from spell to spell can make the casting easier or less costly. Hence Nita's wand of choice (a Rowan stick left out under a full moon) is good for wielding weaponized moonlight, while Kit's (a noon-forged steel antenna) can summon jets of molten steel.

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* Wands are used for combat in the first of the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' novel, [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and then mostly dropped in the later books]]. However, the ''way'' they're used fits with certain principles that are explained later. Most wizardries can be done using only [[LanguageOfMagic the Speech]] and a wizard's personal energy, but certain materials that vary from spell to spell can make the casting easier or less costly. Hence Nita's wand of choice (a Rowan stick left out under a full moon) is good for wielding weaponized moonlight, while Kit's (a noon-forged steel antenna) can summon jets of molten steel.
27th May '17 3:54:21 PM Sharlee
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[[folder: Theme Parks]]
* Universal Studios' ''Wizarding World of Harry Potter'' attractions now feature [[MagicFromTechnology interactive wands]]: gift shop-puchasable replicas of wands from the HP films, with which park-goers can activate "spells" at marked locations within Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley. Waving such a wand at shops' window displays, fountains, or other themed features can activate sound, water, and/or animatronic effects, thus simulating magics from the ''Potter'' books and films.
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23rd May '17 2:21:00 PM intastiel
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* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' the parodies of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' characters use wands. Wizards and witches not based on popular children's books don't seem to, however.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Rose wielding the Thorns of Oglogoth. She also has another pair of wands, but she doesn't use them since the Thorns are not just magical but ''eldritch'' as well - and as such are obscenely powerful. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003715 Check]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003716 it]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003838 out]]. Then [[DiabolicalMastermind Eridan]] gets one for WhiteMagic [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004947 here]]. Which might actually have been [[MagicFeather completely fake]], and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments actually just a]] [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger light-up wand]].
** Calliope uses a [[{{Pun}} dualing]] wand similar in appearance to Eridan's that reportedly actually works...if the WHITE MAGNUM it's paired with is [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells loaded]], that is.
* [[StylisticSuck Grimm Shado]], a fictional character in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', ''[[DualWielding dual wields]]'' wands. He ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill also]]'' has triple "[[WolverineClaws wand claws]]" on each hand, for a total of ''eight'' wands.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=807 needed for the counterspell]]
* In ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'', (a Hogwarts parody), the students have Harry Potter-style wands.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', magic wands hold standard preset spells and can be used offensively when dealing with magical threats.
* Witches use them in ''Webcomic/{{Witchy}}''.
* Flamel from ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' uses a magic wand to cast spells.



[[folder: Web Original]]
* Fairy Godmother, a heroic mystic from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', uses a wand as a prop but doesn't actually need it to work her magic.
* [[http://www.springhole.net/writing_roleplaying_randomators/magicwand.htm This random generator]] creates written descriptions of magic wands, similar to those in the Harry Potter series.
* "Foci" in ''Literature/VoidDomain'' collect a mage's [[{{Mana}} latent power]] for use in magic and are essential for most spells. They can take almost any form: books, bracelets, rings, and traditional wands are used according to preference and convenience. Eva is something of a {{Wrong Context Mag|ic}}e for being able to channel her power without a focus.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' the parodies of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' characters use wands. Wizards and witches not based on popular children's books don't seem to, however.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Rose wielding the Thorns of Oglogoth. She also has another pair of wands, but she doesn't use them since the Thorns are not just magical but ''eldritch'' as well - and as such are obscenely powerful. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003715 Check]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003716 it]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003838 out]]. Then [[DiabolicalMastermind Eridan]] gets one for WhiteMagic [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004947 here]]. Which might actually have been [[MagicFeather completely fake]], and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments actually just a]] [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger light-up wand]].
** Calliope uses a [[{{Pun}} dualing]] wand similar in appearance to Eridan's that reportedly actually works...if the WHITE MAGNUM it's paired with is [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells loaded]], that is.
* [[StylisticSuck Grimm Shado]], a fictional character in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', ''[[DualWielding dual wields]]'' wands. He ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill also]]'' has triple "[[WolverineClaws wand claws]]" on each hand, for a total of ''eight'' wands.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=807 needed for the counterspell]]
* In ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'', (a Hogwarts parody), the students have Harry Potter-style wands.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', magic wands hold standard preset spells and can be used offensively when dealing with magical threats.
* Witches use them in ''Webcomic/{{Witchy}}''.
* Flamel from ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' uses a magic wand to cast spells.

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Real Life]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Many real life ceremonial magicians use wands or staves in their rituals to help focus and direct their power or simply for ceremonial purposes. Likewise, a ceremonial knife, sometimes known as an athame, is often used for the parodies same purpose.
* There are a wide variety
of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' characters use wands. Wizards trick wands available for budding stage magicians, though the [[DeadHorseTrope stereotype]] of the top-hat-and-tails magician with the white-tipped black wand has disappeared from the professional arena.
** A wand needn't be a "trick" wand to be useful. Wave a stick around with one hand,
and witches not based it tends to distract people from what you're doing with your ''other'' hand. Also, you can point with it to draw people's attention to where you want them to look (either so they ''don't'' miss the reveal or so they ''do'' miss the gimmick).
* Batons and rods are still widely used by conductors, parade leaders, and masters of ceremony. You can even study baton twirling if you're
on popular a drill team.
* A common gag among
children's books don't seem to, however.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Rose wielding
magicians is a break-away wand, which appears solid in the Thorns of Oglogoth. She also has another pair of wands, magicians hands, but she doesn't use them since the Thorns are not just magical but ''eldritch'' collapses as well - and soon as such are obscenely powerful. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003715 Check]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003716 it]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003838 out]]. Then [[DiabolicalMastermind Eridan]] gets one for WhiteMagic [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004947 here]]. Which might actually have been [[MagicFeather completely fake]], and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments actually just a]] [[Literature/HarryPotter Hermione Granger light-up wand]].
** Calliope uses a [[{{Pun}} dualing]] wand similar in appearance to Eridan's that reportedly actually works...if the WHITE MAGNUM
it's paired with is [[DepletedPhlebotinumShells loaded]], that is.
* [[StylisticSuck Grimm Shado]],
handed to a fictional character in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', ''[[DualWielding dual wields]]'' wands. He ''[[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill also]]'' has triple "[[WolverineClaws wand claws]]" on each hand, for a total of ''eight'' wands.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Doodze}}'', [[http://seguemediagroup.com/doodze/?p=807 needed for
child. Sometimes it's the counterspell]]
other way around. This gag is usually repeated several times, sometimes as a running gag throughout a show.
* In ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'', (a Hogwarts parody), the students have Harry Potter-style wands.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'',
Wands are not very common among adult magicians today, however they are usually used during Cups and Balls 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 hold standard preset spells and can be used offensively when dealing with magical threats.
* Witches use them in ''Webcomic/{{Witchy}}''.
* Flamel from ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' uses a magic wand to cast spells.
wands."



[[folder: Web Original]]
* Fairy Godmother, a heroic mystic from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', uses a wand as a prop but doesn't actually need it to work her magic.
* [[http://www.springhole.net/writing_roleplaying_randomators/magicwand.htm This random generator]] creates written descriptions of magic wands, similar to those in the Harry Potter series.
* "Foci" in ''Literature/VoidDomain'' collect a mage's [[{{Mana}} latent power]] for use in magic and are essential for most spells. They can take almost any form: books, bracelets, rings, and traditional wands are used according to preference and convenience. Eva is something of a {{Wrong Context Mag|ic}}e for being able to channel her power without a focus.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Many real life ceremonial magicians use wands or staves in their rituals to help focus and direct their power or simply for ceremonial purposes. Likewise, a ceremonial knife, sometimes known as an athame, is often used for the same purpose.
* There are a wide variety of trick wands available for budding stage magicians, though the [[DeadHorseTrope stereotype]] of the top-hat-and-tails magician with the white-tipped black wand has disappeared from the professional arena.
** A wand needn't be a "trick" wand to be useful. Wave a stick around with one hand, and it tends to distract people from what you're doing with your ''other'' hand. Also, you can point with it to draw people's attention to where you want them to look (either so they ''don't'' miss the reveal or so they ''do'' miss the gimmick).
* Batons and rods are still widely used by conductors, parade leaders, and masters of ceremony. You can even study baton twirling if you're on a drill team.
* A common gag 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.
* Wands are not very common among adult magicians today, however they are usually used during Cups and Balls 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."
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22nd May '17 9:47:41 AM Galacton
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The Magic Wand may be combined with SimpleStaff or CarryABigStick, resulting in the hybrid-weapon capable of both magic and melee combat, the MagicStaff.

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When The Magic Wand may is big or strong enough to be combined with SimpleStaff or CarryABigStick, resulting in the hybrid-weapon capable of both magic and melee combat, combat a la SimpleStaff or CarryABigStick, the resulting hybrid-weapon is a MagicStaff.
16th May '17 8:37:51 PM intastiel
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* "Foci" in ''Literature/VoidDomain'' collect a mage's [[{{Mana}} latent power]] for use in magic and are essential for most spells. They can take almost any form: books, bracelets, rings, and traditional wands are used according to preference and convenience. Eva is something of a {{Wrong Context Mag|ic}}e for being able to channel her power without a focus.
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