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Note that despite a common misconception, real-life snake charmers don't literally hypnotize the snake with their music. Snakes can't hear the melody since they lack an outer ear (though they can sense the vibrations made by sound), and they aren't being hypnotized, either. What really happens is that the snake perceives the movements of the performer and his flute as a threat, and assumes an upright, warning stance.

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Note that despite a common misconception, real-life snake charmers don't literally hypnotize the snake with their music. Snakes can't hear the melody since they lack an outer ear (though they can sense the vibrations made by sound), and they aren't being hypnotized, either. What really happens is that the snake perceives the movements of the performer and his flute as a threat, and assumes an upright, warning stance.
stance, tracking the end of the flute as if it was the head of a rival snake.

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** Sounds like a combination of this trope and the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_rope_trick Indian Rope Trick]], which is a well-known legend.



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* ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'' has the Snake Charmer's Flute item, obtainable from Underground Desert chests. When used, it spawns a magical snake (with the pot!) that will rise and extend to a certain height or until it hits a block. The snake can then be climbed upon like a rope, and it will disappear after half a minute.


An inseparable part of any SimSimSalabim setting, the snake charmer--invariably depicted wearing a turban--sits in a LotusPosition and plays an oriental-sounding melody on his flute (called a "pungi"), hypnotizing a snake sitting in a wicker basket. More than just mere street performers, they often have the ability to exert complete control over any snake with their MindControlMusic--or, for that matter, over any animals or objects that vaguely resemble snakes, such as vines or [[KnowsTheRopes ropes]]. In more comedic settings, any character can spontaneously acquire a snake charmer's abilities simply by grabbing a flute and putting on a turban.

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An inseparable part of any SimSimSalabim setting, setting (and in many Middle Eastern and North African settings too, especially UsefulNotes/{{Egypt}}), the snake charmer--invariably depicted wearing a turban--sits in a LotusPosition and plays an oriental-sounding melody on his flute (called a "pungi"), hypnotizing a snake sitting in a wicker basket. More than just mere street performers, they often have the ability to exert complete control over any snake with their MindControlMusic--or, for that matter, over any animals or objects that vaguely resemble snakes, such as vines or [[KnowsTheRopes ropes]]. In more comedic settings, any character can spontaneously acquire a snake charmer's abilities simply by grabbing a flute and putting on a turban.


* In the [[DisneyAcidSequence Pink Elephants on Parade]] segment of ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' there is a brief shot of a snake charmer elephant who [[TransformationHorror transforms]] a passing [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext camel-elephant]] into a cobra.
* One appears during the [[DisneyAcidSequence Heffalumps and Woozles]] sequence in ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''.

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* In the [[DisneyAcidSequence Pink Elephants on Parade]] segment of ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Dumbo}}'' there is a brief shot of a snake charmer elephant who [[TransformationHorror transforms]] a passing [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext camel-elephant]] into a cobra.
* One appears during the [[DisneyAcidSequence Heffalumps and Woozles]] sequence in ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''.''WesternAnimation/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''.


An inseparable part of any SimSimSalabim setting, the snake charmer--invariably depicted wearing a turban--sits in a LotusPosition and plays an oriental-sounding melody on his flute (called a "pungi"), hypnotizing a snake sitting in a wicker basket. More than just mere street performers, they often have the ability to reliably control any snake with their MindControlMusic--or, for that matter, any animals or objects that vaguely resemble snakes, such as vines or [[KnowsTheRopes ropes]]. In fact, in more comedic settings, sometimes it appears that any character can spontaneously acquire a snake charmer's abilities simply by grabbing a flute and putting on a turban.

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An inseparable part of any SimSimSalabim setting, the snake charmer--invariably depicted wearing a turban--sits in a LotusPosition and plays an oriental-sounding melody on his flute (called a "pungi"), hypnotizing a snake sitting in a wicker basket. More than just mere street performers, they often have the ability to reliably exert complete control over any snake with their MindControlMusic--or, for that matter, over any animals or objects that vaguely resemble snakes, such as vines or [[KnowsTheRopes ropes]]. In fact, in more comedic settings, sometimes it appears that any character can spontaneously acquire a snake charmer's abilities simply by grabbing a flute and putting on a turban.


* An [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQpOgHg4I_0 animated short]] made for ''series/SesameStreet'' had a snake charmer demonstrate the letter S by summoning a snake. It turns out the snake doesn't like "The Streets of Cairo" and takes away the flute to play something jazzy himself. There was also a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_cRE3TguBo Spanish version.]]

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* An [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQpOgHg4I_0 animated short]] made for ''series/SesameStreet'' ''Series/SesameStreet'' had a snake charmer demonstrate the letter S by summoning a snake. It turns out the snake doesn't like "The Streets of Cairo" and takes away the flute to play something jazzy himself. There was also a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_cRE3TguBo Spanish version.]]



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* An [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQpOgHg4I_0 animated short]] made for ''series/SesameStreet'' had a snake charmer demonstrate the letter S by summoning a snake. It turns out the snake doesn't like "The Streets of Cairo" and takes away the flute to play something jazzy himself. There was also a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_cRE3TguBo Spanish version.]]



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* In the ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' episode ď[[Recap/ReadyJetGoS2E16SunspotsSunspotOurSunIsAStar Sunspotís Sunspot]]", Carrot plays some typical snake charming music, and Sunspot's tongue wiggles like a snake.


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* ''EasternAnimation/PodrozeKapitanaKlipera'': The titular captain Kliper brings one of these on board of his ship for help with untangling a huge knot of ropes.

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* ''EasternAnimation/PodrozeKapitanaKlipera'': ''Animation/PodrozeKapitanaKlipera'': The titular captain Kliper brings one of these on board of his ship for help with untangling a huge knot of ropes.


An inseparable part of any SimSimSalabim setting, the snake charmer--invariably depicted wearing a turban--sits in a LotusPosition and plays an oriental-sounding melody on his flute (called a "pungi"), hypnotizing a snake sitting in a wicker basket. More than just mere street performers, they often have the ability to reliably control any snake with their MindControlMusic--or, for that matter, any animals or objects that vaguely resemble snakes, such as vines or ropes. In fact, in more comedic settings, sometimes it appears that any character can spontaneously acquire a snake charmer's abilities simply by grabbing a flute and putting on a turban.

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An inseparable part of any SimSimSalabim setting, the snake charmer--invariably depicted wearing a turban--sits in a LotusPosition and plays an oriental-sounding melody on his flute (called a "pungi"), hypnotizing a snake sitting in a wicker basket. More than just mere street performers, they often have the ability to reliably control any snake with their MindControlMusic--or, for that matter, any animals or objects that vaguely resemble snakes, such as vines or ropes.[[KnowsTheRopes ropes]]. In fact, in more comedic settings, sometimes it appears that any character can spontaneously acquire a snake charmer's abilities simply by grabbing a flute and putting on a turban.


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A subtrope of MagicalFlutist. As snakes are sometimes depicted as having HypnoticEyes, this can be considered an inversion.

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A subtrope of MagicalFlutist. As snakes are sometimes depicted as having HypnoticEyes, this can be considered an inversion.
inversion -- or a case of BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame.


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