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8th Jun '17 9:34:52 PM nombretomado
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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Fey has done some hand movements so magical that it hurts other people to ''look at'' them.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Fey has done some hand movements so magical that it hurts other people to ''look at'' them.
1st Jun '17 7:26:28 PM nombretomado
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* Interesting example in the later ''Literature/{{Wheel of Time}}'' books. Aes Sedai have during many handing-downs of techniques been including gestures to the casting to make them easier to cast. The result is that many younger Aes Sedai cannot cast the techniques without them.

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* Interesting example in the later ''Literature/{{Wheel of Time}}'' books.books in ''TheWheelOfTime''. Aes Sedai have during many handing-downs of techniques been including gestures to the casting to make them easier to cast. The result is that many younger Aes Sedai cannot cast the techniques without them.
25th May '17 6:17:26 PM kegisak
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* Magic in ''Literature/Birthright2017'' is performed with a series of gestures that range from hand signs, to full-body movements. The gestures are a language used to communicate with a goddess in order to ask for a desired spell, meaning they can get quite complex. This only applies to human magic; dragons are able to use their shapeshifting magic without any movements at all.
23rd Apr '17 5:07:54 PM nombretomado
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* Various entries in the Franchise/TalesSeries involve spellcasters that require gestures before they can launch their spells. Interrupting this gesture will often cancel out the spell.

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* Various entries in the Franchise/TalesSeries ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' involve spellcasters that require gestures before they can launch their spells. Interrupting this gesture will often cancel out the spell.
25th Mar '17 8:04:20 AM StarTropes
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** Supplementary materials reveal that African wizards don't even need wands; the hand gestures are enough.
25th Feb '17 5:12:51 PM SteveMB
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* Played with in ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' -- Strange complains that he can't make the spellcasting finger moves because of the damage to his hands, and the Ancient One shows him that the gestures aren't really necessary -- one of the masters is missing a hand but controls magic just fine.
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.
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