Where are the magic cucumbers discussed in the Gemara by a Rabbi proud of his knowledge? Are magic cucumbers discussed elsewhere? Thanks.
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These were some of the final words of R' Eliezer, as he lay on his deathbed.
R' Eliezer had been placed under a ban, which lasted until he died, so he was bemoaning the fact that all his specialized knowledge was going to waste.
This story is brought by the Gemara in response to the mishna that Ariel quoted.
The Mishnah about Magic cucumbers appears in Sanhedrin. It discusses the case of whether a person used an actual maseh or just "achizas enayim" to raise cucumbers: