The Ectoplasm Trap

The Ectoplasm Trap

The Ectoplasm Trap is a supernatural enchantment that can decelerate the movement of anything it hits via a mass of ectoplasmic energy and it is one of the many magical spells in the 2010 Disney fantasy movie The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

The only known spellcasters who uses this magic are both the Merlinean wizard Balthazar Blake and his former best friend-turned-sworn enemy Maxim Horvath.


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Ectoplasm Trap in action.

All spellcasters who uses this spell blasts a transparent, liquid-like energy ball out of ectoplasm that when hit a moving target, the target will have their movement, even their spells, decelerated as though time were slower. This is because time within the cocoon of ectoplasm that engulfs the target upon being struck moves at 1/20 times of normal speed.

However, this only works for less than 1 minute, but gives enough time for a conjurer to run from his or her affected foes. Though named Ectoplasm Trap, the spell itself only shown once and therefore, only shown used in direct combat means by Balthazar. It's unclear whether the spell itself can be used in the manner of a booby trap like either the Persian Quickrug or the Hungarian Mirror Trap enchantments, though implied it can be used for such purposes.

Known Users

Balthazar uses this spell so Dave Stutler can have enough time for him to ride on his animated, flying steel eagle statue as well as to prevent Horvath from attacking him.



  • In the early script of Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice , this enchantment was originally named "Temporal Displacement Spell".