The Canadian thread piqued my interest in dish wands and now that I have one, well, it’s great. As for the name, it seems an obvious reference to magic and evidently the idea of a magic wand has been around a long time.
From online etymology: “Magic wand is attested from c.1400 and shows the etymological sense of “suppleness” already had been lost.”
I did some wild card searching for * wand, and every wand reference I found was, like the dish wand, playing off the magic idea.
I’m curious if it is possible to know how long it took for magical to become an inherent property of wands, once the association was originally made.