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Magic mouth, originally known as Carbury's mouth,[1] was an illusion spell, that created the glamer of a mouth upon a creature or object that would deliver a message when a trigger event occurred.[5]


This spell allowed the caster to create an illusion of a speaking mouth upon a chosen object or creature within close proximity. The spell would remain in effect until the triggering event occurred, which could be any visual or audible trigger chosen by the caster that took place within a limited distance, which depended upon the power of the caster but was at least fifteen feet.[5]

When triggered, the mouth would appear and speak a recorded message of 25 words or fewer in any language, but such a message was incapable of acting as a trigger for another spell or magical item or as a verbal component.[5]

The message could not propagate across the void of wildspace.[11]


Verbal and somatic components were required to cast this spell, along with a small amount of honey and jade dust.[5] Amethyst could be used as a substitute for jade.[12]


The spell was invented by the Netherese arcanist Carbury in −871 DR, the same year in which he also created his spectral force spell.[13]



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  2. Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford (2014). Player's Handbook 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 207, 210, 257. ISBN 978-0-7869-6560-1.
  3. Jeremy Crawford, James Wyatt, Keith Baker (November 2019). Eberron: Rising from the Last War. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 56. ISBN 978-0-7869-6692-9.
  4. Rob Heinsoo, Andy Collins, James Wyatt (June 2008). Player's Handbook 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 309. ISBN 0-7869-4867-1.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, Skip Williams (July 2003). Player's Handbook v.3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 251. ISBN 0-7869-2886-7.
  6. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (March 2006). Power of Faerûn. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 72. ISBN 0-7869-3910-9.
  7. David "Zeb" Cook (August 1989). Player's Handbook (2nd edition). (TSR, Inc.), pp. 143–144. ISBN 0-88038-716-5.
  8. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 121. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.
  9. Sam Witt (January 1994). The Complete Sha'ir's Handbook. (TSR, Inc), p. 124. ISBN 978-1560768289.
  10. Len Lakofka (May 1981). “Leomund's Tiny Hut: A recipe for the Alchemist”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #49 (TSR, Inc.), p. 59.
  11. Jeff Grubb (August 1989). “Concordance of Arcane Space”. Spelljammer: AD&D Adventures in Space (TSR, Inc.), p. 79. ISBN 0-88038-762-9.
  12. Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd (1996). Volo's Guide to All Things Magical. (TSR, Inc), p. 36. ISBN 0-7869-0446-1.
  13. slade, James Butler (November 1996). Netheril: Empire of Magic (The Winds of Netheril). (TSR, Inc.), p. 27. ISBN 0-7869-0437-2.