Dates from the 17th century when used by jugglers and magicians as a nonsense magical incantation. Some believe it is a corruption of words from the Roman Catholic liturgy of the Eucharist, hoc est enim corpus meum, although this is disputed.
- A phrase used as a magical incantation to bring about some change.
- A specific act of trickery or nonsense.
- What kind of hocus-pocus is this?