The Tinkerbell effect is an American English expression describing things that are thought to exist only because people believe in them. The effect is named for Tinker Bell, the fairy in the play Peter Pan who is revived from near death by the belief of the audience.
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- Aleksander, Igor (2005). The World in My Mind, My Mind in the World. Imprint Academic. ISBN 1845400216
- David Astle. "Wordplay". The Sydney Morning Herald. 04/13/2013. Quote: "Or the Tinkerbell effect, whereby an entity (or pixie) is true if you thoroughly believe it exists, not unlike most religions." (Database: EBSCO)
- Adriel Bettelheim. "Tinkerbell Effect, Part 3: Obama's Job Creation Efforts". CQ Politics (Congressional Quarterly), May 27, 2009
- Greg Pierce. "Nation Inside Politics". The Washington Times. June 8, 2009. Quote: ""To think that wind and solar or other alternative fuels can fill the energy gap requires a belief in what Adriel Bettelheim of Congressional Quarterly has called the ' Tinkerbell effect ,' as in Peter Pan." (Database: NewsBank)