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- n. A verbal formula considered to have magical force.
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- n. a verbal formula believed to have magical force
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Allured by the magic spell of his presence, admiring crowds, unused for the rest to anything like popular preaching in the vernacular, followed Francis from place to place hanging on his lips; church bells rang at his approach; processions of clergy and people advanced to meet him with music and singing; they brought the sick to him to bless and heal, and kissed the very ground on which he trod, and even sought to cut away pieces of his tunic.
Ganelon aways imagined Majikistan as a lofty country peopled by spangled ladies and magicians in formal wear, walking about trying to remember the other half of the magic spell which had brought them to the place, and Hindu boys in loincloths carrying coils of the same rope they had used to escape their cruel fakir masters, scrambling skyward and pulling the rope up after them.