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    Abracadabra Gilli Gilli Hoo!

    Hello!

    I am selecting an ecard to send friends for the upcoming Chinese New Year from an English ecard website.

    In the flash of the ecard, an older Western man is waving a stick over a pot, meanwhile he is murmuring, " Abracadabra Gilli Gilli Hoo"! Then, there's a horse comes out. (This year is Year of Horse. )

    I guess it is charm, but I am curious what Abracadabra Gilli Gilli Hoo means exactly, and whether or not it is related to any Western cultural background.

    Many thanks!

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    Re: Abracadabra Gilli Gilli Hoo!

    not a teacher

    In English, "abracadabra" is traditionally the word used by magicians when they are performing magic tricks.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abracadabra

    I've never heard of "Gilli Gilli Hoo".

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    Re: Abracadabra Gilli Gilli Hoo!

    It doesn't mean anything exactly.

    Illusionists on the stage wave wands or hands and utter all kinds of specious incantations in an effort to make the gullible believe actual magic is about to occur.

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