used to introduce an extraordinary deed, story, or transformation: She prayed for his arrival and shazam! There he was
1940s: an invented word, used by conjurors
The audience realized that
might actually have meant something when the magician released the flaming baton and stood with his arms folded while the baton slowly faded and finally disappeared. The flame continued to spin, changing colors and directions, rising and falling, changing from a circular motion into a figure eight and several precise geometric shapes.
They winced and gasped when the flame finally swept forward, then overhead and, after spiraling upward in smaller and smaller circles, popped out of existence just below the very center of the chandelier which came alight at that very instant. Their applause, slow to start, gathered momentum and swept over the magician who still stood, arms crossed, with just a slight tilt to his head and a raised eyebrow.
Words are a game. Sometimes I play alone, but you are welcome to play, too.