hocus-pocus


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hocus-pocus

magician’s parody of Hoc Est Corpus Domini. [Western Folklore: Espy, 76]
See: Deceit
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Let Sorciere work its magic ENGAGE in some moisturising hocus-pocus with SteamCream's limited edition Sorciere tin.
It''s the setting for a lot of hocus-pocus and for John McIntyre''s play A Funny Kind Of Day, which was the latest production by Linthwaite Methodist Players in May 1992.
And a careful analysis of her 'ugly' portrait made me wonder: how in the world did she get there in the first place, with hocus-pocus, snotty attitude like that?
HOCUS-POCUS is coming to Tyneside with the South Tyneside International Magic Festival.
com It would be easy to dismiss the wand as a mere gimmick, as there's been quite a bit of hocus-pocus in the press about it of late, but can it really perform its claimed magic?
The Old Testament (Bible): "War, plague, sex, torture, death, hocus-pocus .
There's a real anti-science trend at the moment and a leaning towards New Age, hocus-pocus remedies.
No hocus-pocus is necessary to think, says Anderson (psychology and computer science, Carnegie Mellon U.
Do they really expect us to believe this hocus-pocus mumbo-jumbo?
It was the drive to escape the warp and woof of the canvas, to project painting into space and time, that animated all the hocus-pocus of colored-light projection, from Castel's eighteenth-century color organ to Scriabin's Promethee to Thomas Wilfred's Untitled, Opus 161, 1965-66, to Leo Villareal's Lightscape, 2002.
This may sound like counterintuitive hocus-pocus, but Johnson is a careful thinker, and he cleverly uses neuroscience to buttress his analysis.
Even the New York Times in 1938, for instance, noted that the Social Security funding was essentially "financial hocus-pocus.