A Quote by Dr. John Arbuthnot on history, people, and words
Hocus was an old cunning attorney. The words of consecration, "Hoc est corpus," were travestied into a nickname for jugglery, as "Hocus-pocus." - John Richard Green, A Short History of the English People, 1874. see Charles Macklin.
Source: History of John Bull, 1712
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