Shout Out / The Magicians

A list of Shout Outs in The Magicians.

  • Harry Potter: Time turners, Quidditch and Hermione Granger are all name-dropped—the books seem to exist within the universe.
  • Obviously, Narnia is the basis for the Show Within a Show that provides the title.
  • Word of God is that Quentin was named after a character in The Sound and the Fury.
  • The five Chatwin children are named after real-life intrepid explorer Bruce Chatwin.
  • The great field of grass that is known as "The Sea" is a play on the Dothraki Sea in George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire.
  • One particular scene is explicitly borrowed from In Search of Lost Time, where Marcel stumbles on a lesbian couple having a sado-masochistic affair.
  • A marble nicknamed "Rakshasa" refers to an old D&D character in the Monster Manual.
    • It's also the name of a creature in Hindu mythology.
  • Sir Hotspots is actually a reference to Martin Tenbones in The Sandman.
  • Amelia Popper’s Practical Exercises for Young Magicians refers to a similar David Popper's books on the cello.
  • "Ricky, the man behind the counter," is named for great magician and magic scholar Ricky Jay.
  • The use of the word "coolth" is from a story titled Beauty and the Beasts. Most editors try to take it out.
  • Given that Grossman is a fan of Iain M. Banks, a brief (sailing) reference to a "very fast picket" in The Magician King is most likely a nod to the space warships by that name in the Culture novels.
  • Near the end, Emily Greenstreet talks about how magic gives her the howling fantods.
  • The support group Free Trader Beowulf is a reference to the back cover blurb for Traveller, which captures the distress call of a ship breaking up in deep space, desperately seeking assistance from anyone.
  • Discworld and Ringworld are both namedropped in book two.
  • Quentin's middle name, Makepeace, may be a shoutout to the character Quentin Makepeace from The Bartimaeus Trilogy.