I was watching “Strange Inheritance” a show about folk who receive handed down, willed inheritances. This episode dealt with books on magic, from a great grandfather, magician who had grown up in the Houdini era.
I was taken by the name of an ancient book, the 1000 year old history of “magick” and the idea of being “cut in half” as love so often does to people. So I wrote this additional sonnet which is sheer artifice where the others come mostly from another place. An issue with its inclusion has to do with parts being anachronistic. Being “cut in half” and “slight of hand” may be part of the 18th century though given some research, such tricks may come from an earlier ancient world some 4000 years ago. It also made me think of the need for footnotes. In this instance, necessary for without it, the reader wouldn’t see or understand the historical connections.
Hocus Pocus in Perfection, Spirit
Invisible, You conjure me by Charm.
What legerdemain? What ring in walnut?
What magick potions cast to do such harm?
I am cut in half by this Queen of Hearts
Phenomena! Why must you unmask me?
“I will create the word,” but no speech starts
The dark arts, mute prayer, I still can’st see
What has become of me? I am vanished?
Into the ether, limbo, make believe
A form of witchcraft has me suspended
Above, below, besides, I hover, weave
A magician’s oath, never to reveal.
Say “Abracadabra,” make this spell real.
Note: “Hocus Pocus in Perfection” is the name of an ancient magician’s book. “Hocus pocus, or The whole art of legerdemain, in perfection : by which the meanest capacity may perform the whole without the help of a teacher : together with the use of all the instruments belonging thereto : to which is now added abundance of new and rare inventions,” by Henry Dean, 1795. https://www.loc.gov/item/90101687/
Legerdemain: French for “slight of hand.”
“Ring in walnut” is one of the oldest magician tricks, some 1000 years old.
“Magick” is an old spelling based on an ancient book of magic, dark arts = magic.
“Abracadabra,” history thereof: “Abracadabra” is of unknown origin, and its first occurrence is in the second century works of Serenus Sammonicus, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Several folk etymologies are associated with the word: from phrases in Hebrew that mean “I will create as I speak”, or Aramaic “I create like the word”, to folk etymologies that point to similar words in Latin and Greek such as abraxas.
History from Wikipedia: Abracadabra written in a triangular form as represented in Encyclopædia Britannica. The first known mention of the word was in the third century AD in a book called Liber Medicinalis (sometimes known as De Medicina Praecepta Saluberrima) by Quintus Serenus Sammonicus, physician to the Roman emperor Caracalla, who in chapter 51 prescribed that malaria sufferers wear an amulet containing the word written in the form of a triangle, or “abracadabrangle”:
The power of the amulet, he explained, makes lethal diseases go away. Other Roman emperors, including Geta and Alexander Severus, were followers of the medical teachings of Serenus Sammonicus and may have used the incantation as well.
It was used as a magical formula by the Gnostics of the sect of Basilides in invoking the aid of beneficent spirits against disease and misfortune. It is found on Abraxas stones, which were worn as amulets. Subsequently, its use spread beyond the Gnostics.
Decided about over:
Say “Abracadabra” and make love real. hoping
Will “Abracadabra” and make love real? his pt of vw, hope
By “”Abracadabra” and make love real. hoping for her to state, yet he may try to state it to consummate the alliance.
Say “Abracadabra” make this spell real. hoping for the spell to be for him. She has to have the power. Still considering “love” in lieu of “spell”. May change out “oath” and replace with “spell.” Any trick is like a spell and doesn’t love put one in a trance?