De transmogrificar - "transformar, especialmente de maneira surpreendente ou mágica"
Uma explicação visual das origens do termo na página da AMAT em Transmogrificação parece apropriado:
Changing something into something else the easy way (without much effort and painlessly, of course) is an old dream of everybody...
- Here is a present day expression of the need to dream about transmogrification from one of my favorite books dealing about children and how to raise them:
Well, a working version of a transmogrifier has not been invented yet. So if you really want to change yourself into a person who knows about defects in crystals, you must still do it the hard way!