What does “Sim, sim, salabim!” mean, please, guys?

Only, I heard it in an episode of 'Family Guy' a few weeks back. Any idea what it means, though? 'Cos I'm ʙuԍԍᴇʀed if I know! I'd really appreciate your angles on this one, please, guys. Much obliged! Peace and love! Be lucky! 🙂

Magician's talk, eh? So it's basically on similar lines to "Piff, puff, poof!", then, is it? :/

6 Answers

  • It doesn't mean anything, it's gibberish. On an animated television show called Jonny Quest, or the Adventures of Jonny Quest, a character named Hadji used to say it when doing magic.

  • It's was the stage trademark of Harry August Jansen (October 3, 1883 - June 15, 1955), a professional magician of Danish descent, to utter three nonsense words: "Sim Sala Bim", taken from the lyrics of a Danish nursery rhyme, to thank for applause. Some think this magic phrase originated in Scandinavian folklore, imitating Arabic or Turkish phrases, maybe imitating the prayer "b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi" ('In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful').

  • The Magician from middle east or south asia always say Sim salabim when conjure something like the magician from west say Voila. Sim salabim actually doesn't have any meaning.

  • In Dutch, "Sim sala bim" are nonsense words used by magicians, similar to hocus pocus or abracadabra.

  • It was a "catchphrase" sort of for the indian boy on the animated show "johnny quest" I am not sure if it really meant anything as much as hanna barbera were just racist lol

  • I think it's magician's speak a bit like abracadabra

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