"Hiccius Doccius"
Early juggler (c. 17th or 18th century)
Public DomainEarly juggler (c. 17th or 18th century) - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The phrase ‘Hiccius Doccius’ dates back to 17th century England, and is a corruption of the Latin ‘Hicce est doctus,’ which means ‘Here is a wise man.’

It was used by jugglers during performances, in much the same way as ‘Hocus pocus’ or ‘Abracadabra’ is used by magicians.