Wednesday, November 13, 2013

[Resources] Abracadabra

Abracadabra is a magical word used in modern times for stage magicians. But it's history stretches all the way back to Ancient Rome.

The word first appeared in Liber Medicinalis by Quintus Serenus Sammonicus, as a healing amulet. Sammonicus was a physician to Emperor Caracalla in the third century.

Some people think it is a Hebrew phrase A'bra (I create) ca (what) dab'ra (I speak) but the etymology is obscure.

As a magic word, it's one of the best known. It's appeared in books, movies and even TV shows (Harry Dresden has a poster of it on the wall in the Dresden Files TV show).

You can even find it on Etsy.

It could be used as a codeword in a urban fantasy game or as a cipher in a spy game. As to what the cipher means, well, you'd have to work that one out yourself.

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