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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ho’cus Po’cus.
The words uttered by a conjuror when he performs a trick, to cheat or take surreptitiously. The Welsh, hocea pwca (a goblin’s trick, our hoax) is a probable etymology. But generally supposed to be Hoc est oorpus.   1
   Ochus Bochus was the name of a famous magician of the North invoked by jugglers. He is mentioned in the French Royal Dictionary.   2



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