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11th Jan '17 7:38:05 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Series/EmeraldCity'', part of Mombi's process for making Tip's medication involves reciting an incantation over the mixture while making various hand gestures.
13th Nov '16 9:52:10 AM nombretomado
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* Nerissa from Disney's ''{{Enchanted}}'' tended to wave her arms and then throw them up or outward as part of her incantation process.

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\n* Nerissa from Disney's ''{{Enchanted}}'' ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' tended to wave her arms and then throw them up or outward as part of her incantation process.






30th Oct '16 3:26:34 PM nombretomado
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* Spellcasting in the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' books typically requires some physical gesturing, though more experienced mages go for subtle movements, leaving the grand sweeping gestures for beginners and showoffs.

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* Spellcasting in the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' books typically requires some physical gesturing, though more experienced mages go for subtle movements, leaving the grand sweeping gestures for beginners and showoffs.
9th Oct '16 6:19:21 AM justanid
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At its simplest, this is just [[RuleOfPerception a way of showing the wizard is actually doing stuff]]. They will point at the target, wave their hand around to move it, and close their fist to crush it. Compare with the PstandardPsychicPstance. Moving up a step, some types of spell require precise gestures to work, leading to wizards with very nimble fingers as well as [[SquishyWizard an excuse for them not to wear armor]] involving the restriction of mobility. The precise gestures have to be memorized as part of the spell.

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At its simplest, this is just [[RuleOfPerception a way of showing the wizard is actually doing stuff]]. They will point at the target, wave their hand around to move it, and close their fist to crush it. Compare with the PstandardPsychicPstance. Moving up a step, some types of spell require precise gestures to work, leading to wizards with very nimble fingers as well as [[SquishyWizard an excuse for them not to wear armor]] involving the restriction of mobility. The precise gestures have to be memorized as part of the spell.



A common gesture for this trope is the BadassFingerSnap.

Contrast GeometricMagic (spells come from shapes), LanguageOfMagic (spells come from words) and PowersDoTheFighting (spells don't give a damn about gesticulation).

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A common gesture for this trope is {{Supertrope}} to HandSeals.

Compare with
the BadassFingerSnap.

PstandardPsychicPstance. Contrast GeometricMagic (spells come from shapes), LanguageOfMagic (spells come from words) and PowersDoTheFighting (spells don't give a damn about gesticulation).
gesticulation). See also BadassFingerSnap, when magic isn't necessarily involved for some interesting effect.
5th Oct '16 4:06:00 PM MarkLungo
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* Played with in the famous ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The Twilight Zone]]'' episode "It's a Good Life", about a [[RealityWarper young boy]] who terrorizes his small town with his powers, especially his power to whisk people away to a place where no one can escape from or be found, the Cornfield. While he can make things happen simply by thinking about it (making food appear, changing the weather, etc.), he points and glares menacingly at his specific victims.

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* Played with in the famous ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The Twilight Zone]]'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "It's a Good Life", "Literature/ItsAGoodLife", about a [[RealityWarper young boy]] boy who terrorizes his small town with his RealityWarper powers, especially his power to whisk people away to a place where no one can escape from or be found, the Cornfield. While he can make things happen simply by thinking about it (making food appear, changing the weather, etc.), he points and glares menacingly at his specific victims.
5th Oct '16 4:04:18 PM MarkLungo
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[[quoteright:260:[[Comicbook/DoctorStrange http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/stange_handsign_4049.jpg]]]]

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1st Sep '16 3:26:49 PM margdean56
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** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'' (the sixth book), the making of a potion requires 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.

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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.



* Averted in ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}''- Kelsier explicitly points out to his apprentice Vin that Mistborn don't need to gesture at a piece of metal to telekinetically manipulate it. They sometimes ''do'', but it's just for show.

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* Averted in ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}''- ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}''-- Kelsier explicitly points out to his apprentice Vin that Mistborn don't need to gesture at a piece of metal to telekinetically manipulate it. They sometimes ''do'', but it's just for show.



* In ''Literature/ThePowderMageTrilogy'', Priveleged (the rarest and most powerful kind of mage) have expansive elemental powers that they manipulate using elaborate hand gestures - the main hand is used to pull in magical energy from the Else, and the off hand directs that energy for specific tasks. Most Priveleged need to wear special gloves while doing this, or else they risk being killed by magical backlash, but the eldest and most powerful don't [[spoiler: and neither does young prodigy Nila]]. Of course, a side-effect of all this is that a Priveleged is effectively BroughtDownToNormal if their hands are crippled or severed.
* Completely averted, but lampshaded in ''Literature/TheBlackMagicianTrilogy'', magicians are capable of using their powers as long as they are conscious and have a flicker of life left in them, and Sonea is advised that any good Warrior will not move his hands all in battle as to avoid telegraphing his attacks.

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* In ''Literature/ThePowderMageTrilogy'', Priveleged Privileged (the rarest and most powerful kind of mage) have expansive elemental powers that they manipulate using elaborate hand gestures - -- the main hand is used to pull in magical energy from the Else, and the off hand directs that energy for specific tasks. Most Priveleged Privileged need to wear special gloves while doing this, or else they risk being killed by magical backlash, but the eldest and most powerful don't [[spoiler: and neither does young prodigy Nila]]. Of course, a side-effect of all this is that a Priveleged Privileged is effectively BroughtDownToNormal if their hands are crippled or severed.
* Completely averted, but lampshaded in ''Literature/TheBlackMagicianTrilogy'', magicians are capable of using their powers as long as they are conscious and have a flicker of life left in them, and Sonea is advised that any good Warrior will not move his hands at all in battle as battle, to avoid telegraphing his attacks.
22nd Aug '16 4:16:58 PM nombretomado
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** Spellcasting, at least as done by Styrics and by extension the Church Knights in the {{Elenium}} is mentioned as requiring highly specific (though undescribed) gestures as a key component. It is not mentioned if the magic of the followers of other gods requires anything similar.

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** Spellcasting, at least as done by Styrics and by extension the Church Knights in the {{Elenium}} ''Literature/TheElenium'' is mentioned as requiring highly specific (though undescribed) gestures as a key component. It is not mentioned if the magic of the followers of other gods requires anything similar.
24th Jul '16 10:08:37 AM HowlingSnail
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* In ''Film/AbsolutelyAnything'', Neil is completely omnipotent. Unlike Bruce Almighty however, whose powers are controlled by mere willpower, Neil actually has to state what he wants to happen and wave his right hand or it won't work.
8th May '16 11:21:19 PM Taxima
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* The Skull Kid in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has a unique gesture of shaking his head, creating a rattling sound, when using the cursed power of [[EvilMask Majora's Mask]].
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