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casting the runes

casting the runes: n. What a guru does when you ask him or
   her to run a particular program and type at it because it never
   works for anyone else; esp. used when nobody can ever see what
   the guru is doing different from what J. Random Luser does.
   Compare incantation, runes, examining the entrails;
   also see the AI koan about Tom Knight in "A Selection
   of AI Koans" (Appendix A).