wave a/(one's) (magic) wand (and do something)

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wave a magic wand

To provide the perfect solution to a given problem or difficulty, as if by magic. If I could wave a magic wand, I would just make it so the pipe had been installed properly in the first place. But I can't, so we're going to have to make a decision about how to fix it. We can't just wave a magic wand and make poverty go away. It will have to be a systematic effort by many stakeholders.
See also: magic, wand, wave

wave a/(one's) (magic) wand (and do something)

To provide the perfect solution to a given problem or difficulty, as if by magic. If I could wave my magic wand, I would just make it so the pipe had been installed properly in the first place. But I can't, so we're going to have to make a decision about how to fix it. We can't just wave a magic wand and make poverty go away. It will have to be a systematic effort by many stakeholders.
See also: wand, wave

wave a magic wand

If someone waves a magic wand, they quickly and easily make things the way you want them to be. As much as I would like to, I can't solve all your problems by waving a magic wand. The fans think that you just wave a magic wand and you get money. Note: This expression is usually used to talk about things which are not possible.
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wave a (or your) magic wand

exercise an arbitrary (quasi-supernatural) power in order to make something happen.
2004 Trinidad Guardian It is not realistic to believe or to say that a UNC government would wave a magic wand and crime would dissipate.
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wave a (magic) ˈwand (and do something)

find a quick and easy way of doing something that is very difficult or impossible; do something as if by magic: I’m sorry, but I can’t just wave a magic wand and solve your problems.If you could wave a wand, what sort of apartment would you really like?
A wand is a straight thin stick that is held by a person who is performing magic.
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References in classic literature ?
Finally I promised one little girl, who made a long journey to see me and prefer her request, -- and she is a "Dorothy," by the way -- that when a thousand little girls had written me a thousand little letters asking for the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman I would write the book, Either little Dorothy was a fairy in disguise, and waved her magic wand, or the success of the stage production of "The Wizard of OZ" made new friends for the story, For the thousand letters reached their destination long since -- and many more followed them.
To be honest I was skeptical during the colour correction but she waved her magic wand and it ended up looking bright, shiny and natural.
Since Hayley Taylor, below, waved her magic wand for the first time, she has managed to sort out a decent chunk of Britain's jobless - and also made a name for herself as the Gok Wan of the (un)employment world.
SINCE former Benefit Buster Hayley Taylor waved her magic wand for the first time in this three-part series, she's managed to sort out some of Britain's unemployed and made a name for herself as the Gok Wan of the working population, while she was at it.
The wife and the fairy looked at each other in disappointment, the fairy shrugged and waved her magic wand, there was a puff of smoke ...