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What magic phrase allowed Ali Baba to enter the cave of the forty thieves?

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October 15, 2009 4:48PM

The magic phrase that allowed Ali Baba to enter the cave of the 40 thieves was:

"Open, sesame."

"Khulja simsim" in Hindi.

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From "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" Sir Richard Francis Burton was a 19th century English explorer, author, and translator. In the late 1880s Burton translated and published a multivolume collection of Indian and Middle Eastern folktales already popularly known as The Arabian Nights. In the following excerpt, Burton tells the tale of Ali Baba, a poor man who stumbles upon a thieves' cache of goods and money, hidden in a cave. To gain entrance to the cave, Ali Baba must utter a magic phrase. Although Burton translates the famous command as "Open, O Simsim," many know it better as "Open, sesame."