Your time is greatly appreciated if you could answer this super-fast question for me to help me dislodge my design block I have right now:
What are the first 2 sounds you think of when I say the words "Magical Mystery"?
Different kinds of chimes, glass, clay, aluminium
Dust or scattering confetti layers
Poofs, darker poofs, not comical cartoon ones
Puffs, like powder puff
A musical element, like harp, glock, belltree, tubular bells.. bowed glass works too, as you mentioned, depends on how scary you want to go ;)
+1 for chimes. Other thing that comes to mind are the kinda flash pop things like an old style camera flash burst. The powder igniting for the flashes or whatever it was they used! Maybe used at the end of a magic trick when something disappears...Kazzam!!! "pop"
I have used eno in a thin metal bowl and rotated the water as the bubbles reverberated off the sides. Very cool sound.