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  1. Used to indicate that a magic trick or other illusion has been performed.
    Synonyms: abracadabra, alakazam, hocus-pocus, presto chango, presto, voila, ta-da
    • 1968, Michael T. Malloy, The Art of Retirement, page 74
      and before you can say "Shazaam!" he is translated into Sgt. Moffatt of the Laguna Hills security force.
    • 2004, Robert M. Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, page 125
      Suddenly, you find yourself worrying about the strength of the dollar versus the euro and — shazaam — you switch from parasympathetic to sympathetic far faster than you wanted.