-->"Loquentia, Imbruglia, Precipitous, Saraleecheesecakea, Denouement!"
-->-- ''HomestarRunner''

When a magical spell is invoked in a cartoon, comedy show or during a comedy sketch, the words needed to be spoken are often injokes, brand names, or famous surnames. PigLatin and CanisLatinicus are also commonly used. They often sound weird enough to only be spotted on a second viewing.
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!!Examples:

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* In Swedish children's comic ''Pellefant'', all spells were nonsense rhymes of this kind. Interestingly, one spell was consistent: the one to undo other spells. ''Retura, reverta, bicka backa bick-back-buck!''.
* [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] has done this on occasion. A memorable example was speaking [[CanisLatinicus Latin-sounding gibberish]] in a scary voice to convince a fanboy he'd laid a massive curse on them. In another instance, Chas barged in out of nowhere begging John to "magic away" a gun used in a shooting ''as the police were chasing him.''
-->'''John:''' "Well, let's see: [[ParodyMagicSpell flibble, flobble, flibble... kaflurp]]." (''{{Beat}}'') "[[SarcasmMode Bugger me]], [[CaptainObvious it's still a bloody gun]]!"
** In TheNew52 storyline, his arch-enemy Tannarak does this using CypherLanguage, referencing the line "Walla Walla, Washington" mentioned below (it can be seen [[http://tessatechaitea.tumblr.com/post/64728831973/constantine-7 here]]).
-->'''Tannarak:''' "Newport news Walla Walla Washington. [[ByTHePowerOfGrayskull By the power of this magic junk, I have the power!]]"

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', Harry threatens his {{Jerkass}} cousin Dudley with the words "Hocus pocus! Squiggly wiggly!".
** Also in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' is the spell Peskipiksi Pesternomi, spoken by Gilderoy Lockhart. Suggested etymology is "Pesky Pixie Pester No Me".
** Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, turn this stupid fat rat yellow!
* In ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'', Goodgulf has quite a lot of these, e.g.: "Hocus-pocus / Loco Parentis! / Jackie Onassis / Creator/DinoDeLaurentiis!" His magic is completely based on parlor tricks and funny incantations.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry Dresden's candle-lighting spell is "Flickum Bicus."
** And in one of the short stories, when interrogating a thug, ''"Intimidatus dorkus maximus!"''
** It literally depends on the caster's sense of humor because for safety reasons spells are explicitly either made up words or in languages the wizard ''doesn't'' speak.
* In Robert Asprin's MythAdventures, all incantations are fake trappings meant to impress {{muggles}}. Quite a lot of them fall under the trope, including "Alakazam-shazam" and the perennial favourite "Walla Walla, Washington".

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Used in an Italian comedy, where at one point the main characters make a fake Satanic ritual, including gibberish incantations as "Satan... Satanasso... Tapioca!"
* In an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'', Shakespeare, the Doctor, and Martha Jones perform a magic spell that's mostly sci-fi garble, with JK Rowling.
** in "The Daemons", "Reverend Magister" gets his Satanist dupes to chant "Mary had a little lamb" backwards.
* On ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', most of the spells are either the last name of one of the show's creators and a made up word that rhymes, or exactly what the spell does, with a Latin suffix such as "ius" tacked onto the end.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''TheWizardOfId'', the title character's signature all-purpose spell is "Frammin' on the jim-jam, frippin' at the krotz!" Cartoonists Parker and Hart derived this from the Chris Sharp jazz instrumental, "Frimmin' on the Jim-Jam."

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In [[WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart's]] opera ''BastienUndBastienne'', the sorcerer Colas recites a "magic spell" to make Bastienne fall in love with Bastien. This aria, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tEZrC0Yy3Y "Diggi, daggi, shurry, murry,"]] is really just a collection of nonsense words and random Latin (e.g., "fatto, matto, quid pro quo").

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[[folder: Videogames ]]

* Ashley's theme in ''WarioWare'' includes the incantation "Pantalones Giganticus!"
* The invokation for the Create Gold spell in ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper 2'' is "Esspressus Americanus".

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* The LanguageOfMagic in ''ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' is English written with Greek letters. If you go to the trouble of translating them, the spells are famous quotes, often from children's literature (the chant to get more power for the ''Excalibur'''s engines is " I know I can, I know I can...")
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': the Franchise/HarryPotter parody[=/=]TakeThat invokes "Stoppus Badguyus!" when trying to repel Thog.
* ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'' has [[http://www.meetmyminion.com/?p=1303 "Bastardized Latinium]]," among a variety of others.
* These are rife in ''{{Erfworld}}''; a cure spell is the names of the members of TheCure, a [[GeoEffects Dirt]][[DishingOutDirt amancy]] spell is the same except with famously "dirty" athletes, [[ShockAndAwe Shock]][[StandardStatusEffects amancy]] spells are usually ShockSite names, with Hat Magic you say "Hoffa" to make something disappear and "Livingston" to make it appear again, [[NightOfTheLivingDead "Trioxin"]] is used by [[{{Necromancy}} Croak]][[WhateverMancy amancers]] to raise the dead, and so on...

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon ''Halloween Potion-Ma-Jig'' has Homestar gathering ingredients for a Halloween potion, including one of three possible incantations:
** "Loquentia, Imbruglia, Precipitous, Saraleecheesecakea, Denouement!"
** "Bettah axe somebod-ay!"
** "Do you even have half a brain!"
* In "AVeryPotterMusical", the spells are performed not by casting an actual spell, but by saying the name of the spell. "Jelly Legs Jinx!"
** Also subverted occasionally when characters will not even say a spell, but do a normal action such as leave a room and saying "Magic!"
* PotterPuppetPals features spells like "Pantaloonius Poopicus" and "Ronicus Explodicus".
* Bek D. Corbin of Whateleyverse fame did an epic one in her story "Joy to the World". The "spell" was simply an vulgar insult spoken backwards but with her [[RefugeInAudacity rapid fire delivery, the plot and the imagery]] the reader can miss it.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In a TreehouseOfHorror episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart reads a spell from a magic book that's basically a list of odd brand names and famous surnames.
-->[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "Trojan, Ramses, Magnum, Shiek!"]]
* Done in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' [[http://www.yourdailymedia.com/video/watch/4715/ parody of]] ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Example: When Snape tries to seduce Hermione in his "magical jacuzzi", he calls it forth with the spell, "[=BarryWhiteus=], candlelightus, girl-exciteus!" She dispells his lecherous advance with the counterspell, "Pedophilius repelus!"
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', a ''PinkyAndTheBrain'' episode had "Creator/CharlieSheen, BenVereen, Shrink to the size of a lima bean!"
** In the same vein, one of their skits "translating" Creator/WilliamShakespeare covered the Three Witches scene from Theatre/{{Macbeth}}:
-->'''Witches:''' Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.
-->'''Yakko:''' Loosely translated, "Abracadabra".
-->'''Dot:''' Fillet of a fenny snake, in the cauldron boil and bake.
-->'''Yakko:''' "Let's cook a snake." Start with my agent.
* There was a BugsBunny cartoon (''Transylvania 6-5000'') where Bugs meets a vampire. He starts reading a book about magic words that contain the words "Abracadabra" and "Hocus Pocus." Unknown to him (at first, anyway), "Abracadabra" turns the vampire into a bat, and "Hocus Pocus" turns him back into a person. He starts singing the words in a song, transforming the vampire back and forth (HilarityEnsues)... then starts mixing them up in the song, "Abraca-Pocus" and "Hocus-cadabra", making half the vampire transform, i.e. a human body with a bat's head, then a bat's body and human head. Then he throws out, "Newport News!" which changes the vampire into a look-alike of Witch Hazel, and finally, "Walla Walla Washington!" which turns him into a two-headed vulture.
* The episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' "Everybody Come to Hank's" invoked this. When assisting Orpheus casting a spell, an incantation was apparently required, and The Alchemist decided to have a little fun with it.
* In ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', viewers who [[BilingualBonus take the time to translate]] Mysterio's spells [[AltumVidetur from Latin]] will find that most of the longer ones are non sequiturs.
-->Denique diatem efficacem inveni! (Translation: [[spoiler:I have finally found an effective diet!]])
-->Credo Elvem ipsum etiam vivere! (Translation: [[spoiler:I believe Elvis is alive!]])
-->Nullae satisfactionis potiri non possum! (Translation: [[spoiler:I can't get no satisfaction!]])
-->Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas! (Translation: [[spoiler:Thank you for not smoking!]])
* ''RockyAndBullwinkle'': "Eenie-meanie, chilly beanie! The spirits are about to speak!"
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' gives words to the Rite of Ashk-Ente. These include CanisLatinicus descriptions of Death himself ("Wan Equestrus Chiv im Curlus. Homme Qui into Blotteau Hurlus"[[note]]Pale rider with a curved blade. Man who hurls us into oblivion[[/note]]) and the ceremony ("Ovum Crackus, Totale Knackus"[[note]]the egg is broken and totally knackered[[/note]]).


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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The "magic words" Hocus Pocus were generated as a parody/modification of the Latin "Hoc Est Corpus" (This Is The Body), which was used to denote the Eucharist in Christian ceremony.
** In Scandinavia and Russia, there is a third word for this "magical" formula. It is "filiokus" or "filipokus", and is derived from "filioque" (a theological dispute between the Orthodox and Catholic churches, involving the Holy Spirit... it's a long story).