Featured as round 1 at the Old Pequliar on June 2, 2009
(While researching this round, I came across Craig Conley’s Magic Words: A Dictionary, which I didn’t read ahead of time but have found very enjoyable since. Recommended for the incantophile!)
1) What Washington city is mentioned in the witch doctor’s spell in the 1958 song “Witch Doctor”?
2) Sesame Street’s resident magician, the Amazing Mumford, refers to what popular lunch item as he casts his spells?
3) What Disney movie combining live action and animation features the spell “Filigree, apogee, pedigree, perigee”?
4) Jambi the Genie said “Mekka-lekka-hi, mekka-hiney-ho” when granting wishes on what kids’ show?
5) If you’re dueling with Dumbledore and he casts “expelliarmus” on you, what will you do?
6) What magical acronym from comics became a catchphrase for Gomer Pyle?
7) What two-word incantation is the title of a Kurt Vonnegut novel and the name of the magician’s rabbit on Frosty the Snowman?
8) “Sarsaparilla,” “Saskatchewan,” “septuagenarian,” “saddle soap” … what magic word is on the tip of Hassan’s tongue in a popular Bugs Bunny short?
9) How does DC comics magician Zatanna usually transform ordinary English words into magic words?
10) What popular magic word begins phrases including “send me someone to love,” “Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em,” and “don’t squeeze the Charmin”?