Thursday Doors – Open, Sesame!

“Open, Sesame!” is a word I’ve wanted to use since I first heard the magical phrase being spoken in the story of ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’ in Antoine Galland’s version of One Thousand and One Nights.

Ali Baba is a poor woodcutter who secretly watches as 40 thieves hide their treasure in a cave, the door to which can be only opened by the verbal command of “Open, Sesame!” He later uses this magic phrase, steals riches from the cave, and lives a prosperous life.

I’ve never spotted a door I thought ‘Open, Sesame!’ would work on. However, when I happened to stumble upon this door that begged the words ‘Open, Sesame!’ to be shouted at it, I wasn’t pleased when my vocal efforts failed. Why had those words worked for Ali Baba and not me?

Photo of a blue door decorated with some mystical symbols
Open Sesame

Nothing would open this door. I pulled it, I pushed it, but it wouldn’t open. Maybe it was locked? I couldn’t even spot a keyhole, but I loved the handles.

I never found out what was behind the door, but given the look and style of it, I imagined it led to a mystical world that could only be reached by a ride on a magic carpet. Would anyone like to join me? That is, if we can open the door.

If you saw the door I published for ‘Thursday Doors’ last week, the ‘Open, Sesame!’ door is only a short walk from ‘The Tower Of The Ecliptic‘ in Swansea, South Wales.

Let me know if you manage to open it.

What do you think is on the other-side of the ‘Open Sesame’ door?

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24 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Open, Sesame!

  1. Like for you, “open sesame” became part of my childhood vocabulary, Hugh. There’s definitely something magical on the other side of that door… a crystal ball perhaps, a portal, or yes, a magic carpet, all rolled up and dusty and waiting for you!

      1. I hope so, too. I wish I could be there with my preschoolers. They are far better at investigating, and they see more than we see. Thank you, Hugh.

  2. I agree that this door looks as if magic words would work to open it. Many years ago one of my husband’s co-workers told the story of his son asking for something. The co-worker said, “What’s the magic word?”, hoping to elicit, “Please”, but what he got instead was “Abracadabra!” Hey, that is a magic word if not THE magic word for all situations. 🙂


  3. That is a fabulous door! Where is this door? Perhaps it is better not to open it, because maybe what is behind it is not as exciting as the door itself!

  4. It must be a storehouse of exotic foods, oils and spices. Oh the meal we could make, Hugh. Maybe, if enough of us get together and yell Open Sesame, it would work.

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