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12th Apr '18 11:17:31 PM superkeijikun
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', the Ninja job class uses HandSeals called "mudra" to execute ninjutsu techniques. There are three gestures: "Ten", "Chi", and "Jin", correlating respectively with "Heaven", "Earth", and "Man". The order and combination of these mudra evoke different effects, such as using "Chi" and "Ten" to summon fire, "Jin" and "Chi" to conjure lightning, or "Chi", "Jin", and "Ten" to increase attack speeds.
12th Mar '18 5:52:37 PM nombretomado
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* Magic in the world of ''TheWitcher'' is usually harnessed through gestures and incantations, but the latter part can be skipped, and the former can be performed with, say, leg.

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* Magic in the world of ''TheWitcher'' ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' is usually harnessed through gestures and incantations, but the latter part can be skipped, and the former can be performed with, say, leg.
16th Feb '18 9:57:31 PM nombretomado
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** The famous "mind control hand wave" gesture is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and mocked in ''ThePhantomMenace'' when Qui-Gon tries it on an alien and it [[NoSale fails to work]]. ("Why you wave your hand around, think you Jedi or something? Mind tricks do not work on me!")

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** The famous "mind control hand wave" gesture is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and mocked in ''ThePhantomMenace'' ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' when Qui-Gon tries it on an alien and it [[NoSale fails to work]]. ("Why you wave your hand around, think you Jedi or something? Mind tricks do not work on me!")
12th Feb '18 4:16:24 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Harukanaru Toki no Naka de}}'', Tenma, Inori, Shimon and Tomomasa use specific mudras for performing attacks; for the first three characters these are single gestures taken from ''kuji-kiri'' ("pyou", "tou" and "sha", respectively). In the anime series, [[{{Onmyodo}} Yasuaki]] performs a full-blown ''kuji-kiri'' sequence along with the required [[AsianRuneChant mantras]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Harukanaru Toki no Naka de}}'', Tenma, Inori, Shimon and Tomomasa use specific mudras for performing attacks; for the first three characters these are single gestures taken from ''kuji-kiri'' ("pyou", "tou" and "sha", respectively). In the anime series, [[{{Onmyodo}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Onmyodo}} Yasuaki]] performs a full-blown ''kuji-kiri'' sequence along with the required [[AsianRuneChant mantras]].
29th Nov '17 11:17:20 PM DeltaDart
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* Much of the FakeInteractivity in ''WesternAnimation/LittleEinsteins'' involves performing various gestures to make on-screen magic happen.
3rd Oct '17 12:25:34 AM Arachnos
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* The witch seen in the opening scene of the film adaptation of ''Literature/NightWatch'' uses both incantations and magical gestures in her spells. To successfully complete her ritual to kill an unborn child, she '''needs''' to clap her hands together and they need to touch - when an object is interposed between her hands as she claps, the ritual fails.




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* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Flandre Scarlet]] from ''TouhouProject'': ''Embodiment of Scarlet Devil'' has the ability to [[PersonOfMassDestruction destroy anything]]. She never demonstrates it in-game (due to combat being directed by nonlethal spellcard rules), but supplementary materials reveal she uses it by summoning the target's central core that holds the object/person together into the palm of her hand, and crushing it.
20th Sep '17 10:11:52 AM superkeijikun
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' RealityWarper Q sometimes gestures or snaps his fingers (finger-snapping became more and more common as time went on) but it's purely for drama's sake.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'' RealityWarper Q sometimes gestures or snaps his fingers (finger-snapping became more and more common as time went on) but it's purely for drama's sake. Other members of the Q Continuum use other gestures, such as Amanda Roger, a human-borne Q who waves her hands; and the Q from the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Death Wish", who raises two fingers upward.
17th Sep '17 12:42:26 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has hand seals. [[note]]Influenced, if not completely derived from, Kuji-Kiri and mudras. Shikamaru's concentration gesture is a mudra.[[/note]]
** Sent up by the "Karate Island" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', of all things. Looked at frame by frame, Sandy [[ShownTheirWork uses actual mudras rather than made up symbols]].
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'' (among many others I'm sure) Kikyo, Kaede, and Miroku use what seem to be a mudra (Kapittaka? Pran? First two fingers straight out, next two curled, with the thumb touching the top of the third finger) when focusing their spiritual powers.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has hand seals. [[note]]Influenced, Influenced, if not completely derived from, Kuji-Kiri and mudras. Shikamaru's concentration gesture is a mudra.[[/note]]
** Sent up by the "Karate Island" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', of all things. Looked at frame by frame, Sandy [[ShownTheirWork uses actual mudras rather than made up symbols]].
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* In ''Manga/InuYasha'' (among many others I'm sure) Kikyo, Kaede, and Miroku use what seem to be a mudra (Kapittaka? Pran? First two fingers straight out, next two curled, with the thumb touching the top of the third finger) when focusing their spiritual powers.




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* Sent up by the "Karate Island" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', of all things. Looked at frame by frame, Sandy [[ShownTheirWork uses actual mudras rather than made up symbols]].
13th Sep '17 3:02:58 PM Generality
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** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'' (the sixth book), the making of a potion requires it to be stirred clockwise. But the notes of the Half-Blood Prince say it's faster if you stir 1 time counterclockwise for each 7 clockwise.
** This is explained in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book]] as well, when Hermione describes the proper method for [[ChekhovsSkill Wingardium Leviosa]].

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** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'' (the sixth book), the making of a particular potion requires it to be stirred clockwise. But the notes of the Half-Blood Prince say it's faster if you stir 1 time counterclockwise for each 7 clockwise.
** This is explained seen in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone first book]] as well, when Hermione describes the proper method for [[ChekhovsSkill Wingardium Leviosa]].



* Hand gestures are often used by sorcerers in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', especially when using telekinesis. They aren't strictly necessary, they just help the user focus their will in the right direction. Ditto for most spellcasters in Eddings' other works.

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* Hand gestures are often used by sorcerers in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', especially when using telekinesis. They aren't strictly necessary, they just help the user focus their will in the right direction. As such, making a "mystical hand gesture" quickly becomes a visual shorthand for doing sorcery. Ditto for most spellcasters in Eddings' other works.
22nd Jul '17 11:39:21 PM Gamermaster
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* Many wizards, especially those who use Maker Magic, in ''Manga/FairyTail'' utilize these. While nearly everybody in the series uses FullcontactMagic as well, gestures are often used for more powerful magic, like Makarov's Fairy Law or [[spoiler: Zeref's attack to kill Hades.]]

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* Many wizards, especially those who use Maker Magic, in ''Manga/FairyTail'' utilize these. While nearly everybody in the series uses FullcontactMagic FullContactMagic as well, gestures are often used for more powerful magic, like Makarov's Fairy Law or [[spoiler: Zeref's attack to kill Hades.]]



* Trafalgar Law is one of the few ''{{Manga/One Piece}}'' characters who does this. He has a couple of very distinctive gestures for creating his 'room' and controlling things inside it. It appears as though he actually needs his hands, if not the gestures themselves, to use his ability effectively.

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* Trafalgar Law is one of the few ''{{Manga/One Piece}}'' ''Manga/OnePiece'' characters who does this. He has a couple of very distinctive gestures for creating his 'room' and controlling things inside it. It appears as though he actually needs his hands, if not the gestures themselves, to use his ability effectively.
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