"Hocus Pocus" is a SpongeBob SquarePants episode from season four. In this episode, SpongeBob thinks he turned Squidward into an ice cream cone.



SpongeBob is preparing popcorn for himself and Gary. The popcorn flies into his living room, and he settles down to watch television, when a commercial comes on for a magic kit, which SpongeBob decides to order.

Four to six weeks later, SpongeBob receives the kit in the mail and decides to show Squidward his skills in the magical arts. He tries to demonstrate a card trick to Squidward, but Squidward heads out of town on a bus passing by. Meanwhile, a boat passing by hits a crack and a kid's pistachio ice cream flies onto Squidward's chair. Because of this, SpongeBob thinks he has turned Squidward into the ice cream, and promises him that he will still be able to live a normal life.

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Some time later at Goo Lagoon, SpongeBob notices 'Squidward' is melting, forcing SpongeBob to rush him home and puts him in the freezer. Patrick shows up, and SpongeBob explains what has happened to him. Patrick attempts to eat 'Squidward', but the ice cream cone melts. Just then, SpongeBob realizes that Mr. Magic can help them, so him and Patrick pay him a visit. The floating fish head tells them that he cannot help SpongeBob, and Patrick notices a leg sticking out from behind a curtain. Behind the curtain, a fish is talking into a microphone, and saying exactly what Mr. Magic is saying. The fish claims he is technically Mr. Magic, but he cannot help SpongeBob. SpongeBob is angry because of this, and exclaims loudly that his faith in the magical arts is ruined, before Mr. Magic gets security to kick him and Patrick out.

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Back in the neighborhood, SpongeBob is still grieving, when Squidward shows up, making SpongeBob believe he really is magic. Squidward then runs away, yet again. Patrick later requests SpongeBob to turn him into a jar of mayonnaise, SpongeBob does so, and amazingly, it works!


Deleted Scene

The original ending of this episode had SpongeBob and Patrick brutally assaulting Mr. Magic and Squidward shows up to stop them. This was not used due to an extreme level of violence. This scene was never made nor was it aired on television.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) SpongeBob music

  Happy Sponge Chase Vibes - Nicolas Carr [title card]
  You're Nice - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob making popcorn]
  The Two Ronnies - Alan Stanley Tew [TV show]
  Fly by Night - Montague Ewing [Mr. Magic commercial]
  Grass Skirt Chase - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob goes to the post office]
  Steel Licks (a) - Jeremy Wakefield [Mailman arrives.]
  Steel Licks - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob shoved into mailbox.]
  Star Premiere - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["Here it is: Mr. Magic's Magical Magic Kit!"]
  Steel Licks (e) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Look at all this!"]
  Whisky Sour - David Morse [plays on radio]
  Seaweed - Steve Belfer [SpongeBob's card trick]
  Hey Buddy - Nino Nardini [SpongeBob juggling]
  Slippery Sid - Roger Roger ["I don't like pistachio!"]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [ice cream cone lands on Squidward's chair]
  Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["My simple card trick has turned you into an ice cream cone!"]
  Circus Flourish (c) - Daniel Jean Jeannin ["I am a level ten wizard!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Presto!"]
  Steel Sting - Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob gasps]
  Drama Link (e) - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob trying to change Squidward back]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield ["Oh, I am so sorry, Squidward."]
  Hula Festival - George Elliott [SpongeBob and "Squidward" at the movies]
  Rescue - Cecil Milner [ice cream starting to melt]
  Trombone Cha Cha - Don Lusher ["Hey, Squidward, I got something for ya."]
  Toy Soldiers - Ron Aspery ["I promise to stand by as an eternal guard over my buddy."]
  Steel Licks (d) - Jeremy Wakefield [Patrick appears]
  Dramatic Cue (d) - Ronald Hanmer [Patrick licking the ice cream cone]
  Wooden Bear - Gil Flat, Tony Tape, Florian Voelxen [ice cream melts]
  Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer [SpongeBob screams]
  Dramatic Cue (f) - Ronald Hanmer ["Patrick, Squidward has melted!"]
  Nude Sting - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, that's it!"]
  Harp Ding - Nicolas Carr [Mr. Magic's address]
  Fairies (a) - John Fox, Otto Sieben [brown tile road]
  The Quest (a) - Will Schaefer ["ENTER!"]
  The Haunted Castle - Paddy Kingsland ["Who dares to see Mr. Magic?!"]
  Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr [melted ice cream in jar]
  Furtive Footsteps - Paddy Kingsland ["Have you ever thought of a different hobby?"]
  Goofy Conversation - Nicolas Carr, Barry Anthony [Mr. Magic's a fake]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [SpongeBob, Patrick kicked out]
  Hawaiian Breeze - Jon Jelmer [SpongeBob crying]
  Hawaiian Adventures SpongeBob Theme - Jeremy Wakefield, Sage Guyton ["Squidward, you're back!"]
  Born to be Dumb - Nicolas Carr [motorcycle]
  Lap Steel - Nicolas Carr [ending]



  • As of August 12, 2016, The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) gives this episode a rating of 7.7/10 based on 148 ratings by users.[1] users give this episode a rating of 8/10 based on 135 votes.[2]



  • It is revealed in this episode that the short blue fish with a red swimming suit's name is "Charlie."
  • This marks the first appearance of Mr. Magic and the Bikini Bottom Post Office.
  • The things that SpongeBob get from the Mr. Magic's Magical Kit is a book of spells, wand of whimsy, beard of Rasputin and the all important license to practice magic.
  • It is revealed that Monroe Timmy doesn't like pistachio (Or mint) ice cream.
  • Horace B. Magic's talking machine, his stool, and the foot that was in front of the curtain appear on the episode selection pages on the second disc of the Season 4 Volume 2 DVD set and the fourth disc of The Complete Fourth Season DVD set.
  • This episode is probably set before "InSPONGEiac" because at the end of this episode, SpongeBob says that his faith in the magical arts has been ruined, and in "InSPONGEiac," Patrick tries to send SpongeBob to sleep by using magic, and SpongeBob does not believe it can work and tells Patrick to 'get serious'.
  • In Brazil, this episode is called "Conversa Fiada," meaning "Idle Talk." Perhaps one of the names that is more differentiated of the English name.
  • This episode premiered on Andrea Martin's 60th birthday and five years after SuperSponge was released in Australia.
  • This episode was released on the Season 4 Volume 2 DVD box set a few days before it aired on TV in the USA.

Cultural references

  • This is named after the 1993 movie of the same title.
  • When SpongeBob was popping popcorn, the popcorn is a reference to Jiffy Pop and other stove cooked popcorn.
  • When SpongeBob opens the box with the magic supplies, he takes out the beard and exclaims, "Beard of Rasputin." This is a reference to Grigori Rasputin, the adviser to the Russian crown who had claimed to be a magician.
  • There are two references to The Wizard of Oz:
    • When Horace B. Magic says "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."
    • The Brown Tile Road is a parody of the Yellow Brick Road.


  • When SpongeBob checks out the Magic Kit, his socks are missing.
  • When Frank the Goldfish slid on the pistachio on the beach blanket, SpongeBob got it and put the pistachio back together to get the foot trail away. In the following scene, the pistachio still has the foot trail.
  • When SpongeBob put the pink ice cream in with the pistachio ice cream, one can see it has a foot trail to the right, but when Patrick takes it out, it goes to the left.
  • When Patrick finds the curtain leading to Horace, there is a piece of wood sticking out through the curtain that leads Patrick to open the curtain. However, once the curtain is opened, the elongated piece of wood disappears.

Patrick's cheeks error

  • When SpongeBob asks Squidward if he can turn him into something else, Patrick's cheeks are far out from his mouth.


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