Its charm is invoked by the following incantation, which is written inside the cap:
- First, stand upon the left foot and say "Ep-pe, Pep-pe, Kak-ke."
- Then, stand upon the right foot and say "Hil-lo, hol-lo, hel-lo."
- Finally, stand on both feet and shout "Ziz-zy, zuz-zy, zik!"
The Golden Cap was made as a wedding present by a princess named Gayelette for her intended, Quelala, and was said to have cost half her kingdom. When the Winged Monkeys played a trick on Quelala, Gayelette, who was also a sorceress, punished them by making them slaves to the Golden Cap. Quelala, being the first owner of the Golden Cap, commanded the Winged Monkeys to stay away from Gayelette.
Over time, the Golden Cap fell into the hands of the Wicked Witch of the West, who used it first to conquer the Winkie Country, then to fight off the Great Oz, and finally to capture Dorothy Gale and her companions.
The Golden Cap made a Cameo in the 1939 film of the Wizard of Oz.