Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hocus Pocus, 1656 edition

...I will speak of one man more excelling in that craft than others, that went about in King James' time, and long since, who called himself, The King's Majesties most excellent Hocus Pocus, and so he was called, because that at the playing of every Trick, he used to say, Hocus pocus, tontus talontus, vade celeriter jubeo...

--From A Candle in the Dark--

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