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It's magic paper. A little something I picked up on my travels.
Cyrus to Alice src

Magic Paper is a magical item featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the second episode.


Before First Curse

In Wonderland, Alice meets a genie named Cyrus. They spend time together at a tavern at night, where Cyrus shows her a piece of magic paper in the form of an origami rose, which he came by on his travels. Alice thinks that it's beautiful and is impressed that the paper actually smells like a rose. ("Trust Me")

After First Curse

Trapped in a silver cage in Jafar's lair, Cyrus wakes up sensing his love, Alice, nearby after she finds his necklace. An idea suddenly comes to mind as Cyrus takes out a piece of magical paper, scrawls a message to Alice and folds it into an origami swan. Then, he works up the nerve to push his own arm outside of the cage, though the silver burns his skin and is very painful, to release the swan into the air. It flies off as he tears his arm back into the confines of the cage.

Alice, believing that Cyrus has left her, is camping outside for the night. She is depressed over Cyrus leaving her just like how everyone else she has loved, but her spirits lift when she receives his message. Cyrus asks her to leave Wonderland for her own safety, writing: "My dearest Alice. It took several lifetimes to meet you but only seconds to love you. And it is a love that cannot be broken. Not by a thousand spells or swords. So it is with my heart in your hands, that I ask you to grant me one wish. Leave Wonderland. You are not safe here. And you cannot save me. The only thing worse than my own demise would be knowing that I caused yours. I beg you to go home. And know that I am with you always. Forever thine. Forever mine. Cyrus."

However, Alice refuses to do what he says and writes back, "I am coming for you". ("Trust Me")

Later, the origami swan is floating around the hall in Jafar's lair, on its way back to Cyrus, but unfortunately, Jafar sees it and confiscates it. Afterward, he and the Red Queen are dining at a table as Jafar informs Cyrus that he found his message and tells him what Alice wrote back and states that she didn't heed Cyrus' warning. He then tears the paper swan apart.

Jafar and the Red Queen then make their way into a Bandersnatch den, intending to set the animal on Alice in order to force the girl to use one of her wishes. Knowing that Bandersnatches can pick up a smell and aggressively pursue their prey until the hunt is finished, Jafar holds out the paper crane containing Alice's scent for a male Bandersnatch to sniff. ("Forget Me Not")


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Fairytales and Folklore



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