Tag Archives: magic

Back in the High Life Again

Robert R. Pattrick’s Unexplored Territory in Oz was a seminal work in the field sometimes known as Ozian Research, which is basically research that treats the Oz books as true history rather than fiction. Not a very practical field of … Continue reading

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Magical and Mechanical Modification

When discussing Oz and its motley assortment of characters who are alive despite not containing genetic material (at least as we know it), or as in the case of Tik-Tok NOT alive although they can perform pretty much all the … Continue reading

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The Language of Magic

When magic words appear in books and other media, they’re usually either total nonsense or based on some dead language, often Latin. The common term “abracadabra” is thought to be based on Aramaic, with the phrase “Avra Kadavrai” meaning “I … Continue reading

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Stereotype of the Stubborn Skeptic

I mentioned while talking about Once Upon a Time that the protagonist, Emma Swan, was yet another skeptic who wouldn’t believe what was in front of her face until something major happened. This is a pretty common trope, with the … Continue reading

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Wizardly Education in the Dark Ages

One of the most memorable parts of Disney’s animated version of The Sword in the Stone is the wizards’ duel between Merlin and Madam Mim. If you read The Once and Future King, however, you’ll find no hint of this … Continue reading

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House of Smoke and Mirrors

One of the strangest and creepiest bits of an Oz book occurs in The Patchwork Girl of Oz, not too far into the story. Ojo, the Patchwork Girl, and the Glass Cat have left the Blue Forest to find an … Continue reading

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Magic vs. Military

As a nation, Oz doesn’t have much of a military force. It’s often stated that the Soldier with Green Whiskers is Ozma’s entire army, although we’re never told for sure what happened to the other officers and privates mentioned in … Continue reading

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