One more cabalistic performance and the hocus-pocus was ended.
They regard it fixedly as hocus-pocus, childish if not wicked.
But it's plain to be seen there's no hocus-pocus about this thing.
Theres your own prestige too, and all the hocus-pocus and mummery that you know how to work on them.
I did so, and he began to perform all sorts of hocus-pocus over me.
His holiness made his hocus-pocus with the greatest devotion.
Only the witch-doctors could visit him, and their visits were official and hedged about with much flummery and hocus-pocus.
What the bewildered members of the Brigade made of all this hocus-pocus I had no idea.
Invisible, he could assist Mystiffio with the hocus-pocus and really produce some wonderful effects.
There was something behind the hocus-pocus; something that moved one's curiosity and tempted one to rash experiment.
1620s, Hocas Pocas, common name of a magician or juggler, a sham-Latin invocation used in tricks, probably based on a perversion of the sacramental blessing from the Mass, Hoc est corpus meum "This is my body." The first to make this speculation on its origin apparently was English prelate John Tillotson (1630-1694).
I will speak of one man ... that went about in King James his time ... who called himself, the Kings Majesties most excellent Hocus Pocus, and so was called, because that at the playing of every Trick, he used to say, Hocus pocus, tontus tabantus, vade celeriter jubeo, a dark composure of words, to blinde the eyes of the beholders, to make his Trick pass the more currantly without discovery. [Thomas Ady, "A Candle in the Dark," 1655]
Sleight-of-hand; trickery; monkey business
[1694+; originally a term for a juggler, and probably derived fr a juggler's spoken formula imitating the Church Latin phrase hoc est corpus, ''this is the body'']