14 MAGIC WORDS
O Tarot Nizael Estarnas Tantarez
Origins: O Tarot Nizael Estarnas Tantarez is an antiquated magical phrase for
"reading the thoughts of all persons." These words come from an Egyptian
book of magical talismans entitled Treasure of the Old Man of the Pyramids,
"translated from the Language of the Magi" in the eighteenth century.1
Facts: In the original manuscript, the would-be mindreader is instructed to
place a talisman with the magic words on his head and chant the phrase.
Common Magician's Applications: Mentalism. When a magician
holds to his forehead a prop in the form of a papyrus talisman and intones
the mysterious words O Tarot Nizael Estarnas Tantarez, he can imbue his mentalism
routine with an ancient Egyptian mystique.
Figure 30. Emblazoned with hieroglyphic symbols, this mind-
reading talisman has an occult appearance but not an infernal
purpose. It is based upon the research of Arthur Edward Waite
in The Book of Ceremonial Magic (191 ).
Arthur Edward Waite, The Book of Ceremonial Magic (191 )