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Wishes come with a cost, Alice. The bigger the wish, the greater the consequence.

Cyrus to Alice src

Genie Magic, and its access Wishes, is a type of magic featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the eleventh episode of the first season.

Genie magic is based on the magic of the genies[1] from the "Aladdin" story, and the genie magic and wishes from the Disney film Aladdin.


Genie magic can only be used by genies, who have the power to grant three wishes to any human that picks up their residing lamp or bottle. There are, however, some wish restrictions. One cannot wish for another person's demise by death, bring back the dead, make someone fall in love, change the past or use one wish to ask for many more wishes. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree", "Trust Me")

While the genie grants the wishes, they happen immediately, without the genie actually to do anything themselves. Also, while the wish is granted the genie has no control over what happens, therefore if the wish is not specific it can have dire consequences. Once the wishes are granted the genie goes back into the bottle for the next person to use them. ("Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" et al., "Nothing to Fear")

Known Practitioners

List of Wishes

S Ep Master Genie Wish Side Effect(s)
1 11 King Leopold Genie of Agrabah To free the Genie of Agrabah from his lamp. The Genie falls in love with Leopold's wife, Regina.
To give his last wish to the Genie of Agrabah. Leopold is killed by the Genie, after he was manipulated by the Queen.
Genie of Agrabah
(originally Leopold's wish)
To never be separated from Regina. The Genie is trapped as Regina's magic mirror.
6 10 Evil Queen (Serum) Aladdin To grant Emma's wish to have never been the Savior. She is turned into a snake by Gideon.
Regina Mills
(as part of the Evil Queen)
To be sent to the same place as Emma. Regina is sent to the Wish Realm, where people think she is the Evil Queen they knew.
David Nolan To get the Evil Queen what she deserves. Gideon arrives at Storybrooke to kill Emma.
Jasmine To be taken to Agrabah with Aladdin. Jasmine and Aladdin are taken to the Enchanted Forest, and Jasmine receives the Crown Jewel of Agrabah.
6 15
To take Jasmine, Aladdin, Hook, Nemo and Liam on Hangman's Island. Nemo and Liam did not want to leave the Nautilus, and decide to return to it.
W 02 Farzeen Shahmed Cyrus To send Cyrus far from Agrabah. Jafar kills Farzeen for having done this wish.
W 04 Gerard Taj To not be harmed by Jafar. X
Alice Cyrus To die if Will Scarlet dies. X
W 07 To send Edwin back home. Edwin thinks his time in Wonderland was just a dream.
W 08 Will Scarlet
(originally Alice's wish)
To end Alice's suffering. Will is trapped as the bottle's new genie while Cyrus is freed.
W 09 Lizard
(did the wish for Will)
Will Scarlet To get beers for everyone in the village. X
Lizard To be a girl noticed by Will. As Will does not have his heart, he is still not attracted Lizard.
To have Will feel something for her. Lizard is killed as Will feels sadness.
W 10 Red Queen To have her crown. The Red Queen is tortured and forced by the Jabberwocky to do her wishes.
To have her jewels.
To make the Jabberwocky stop.


On-Screen Notes

  • Genies are injured when they come into contact with silver, which burns their skin. When Cyrus was imprisoned by Jafar, he was locked inside a silver cage to keep him from escaping. ("Trust Me")
  • The tradition of breaking a wishbone so the one who gets the larger half gets a wish, is a story created long ago by genies to make people believe that they do not have to seek out a bottle to get what they desire. ("The Serpent")
  • Similar to genie magic, the Wishing Star has the ability to grant a wish to its user. However, they are dissimilar in that the Wishing Star needs the user to be pure of heart to obtain a wish while genie magic only requires the user to be the owner of a genie's lamp or bottle. ("Fall")
  • Once a wish is granted, it can not be undone. ("Wish You Were Here")



Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

See also


  1. The exact spelling varies, depending on the translation. This article uses the version found in the first edition of the "Aladdin" story, a story which was not found in the original Arabic manuscripts of One Thousand and One Nights, but was set down on paper for the first time by Antoine Galland (the French orientalist who was the first European translator of One Thousand and One Nights) in 1712; Galland heard the tale from a Syrian storyteller. (Source) The first edition, which can be read here (scroll down to "HISTOIRE D'ALADDIN, OU LA LAMPE MERVEILLEUSE"), uses the word "génie", which is French for "genie".

    Note that many publications cite Richard Burton's English translation of One Thousand and One Nights (source); his translation of "Aladdin" (published in the third volume of The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night with Notes Anthropological and Explanatory from 1887), which can be read online here, uses "Jinn" and "Jinni" instead of "genie".
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