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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.
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.
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