Magic is seen as an art and also a way of life by many people; magic can either be cleverly designed tricks designed to fool an audience through the use of hallucinations, or it can even take on a more sinister form like voodoo and black magic. Magic spells that work are either verbal formulas or specific rituals believed to have some sort of controlled or uncontrolled effect on people and object. On the other hand magic is a well practiced aspect of many cultures in which people use incantations or rituals as way to interpret and experience the world around them- you could say that it has religious value to them.
Many modernists see magic in two ways; on one hand, magic is a result of worldly understanding and sympathy a single action can have an effect on something elsewhere on the other hand, magic is an association with spirits who control these results.
Magic tricks as seen on stage enthrall people by utilizing a clever collaboration of chemistry, physics, levers, traps in way so that you would think that a person is floating in mid- air, or being sawed in half, disappears from one end of a stage and re-appears on the other end. Magic spells that work are also a large aspect of deep rooted cultures, take for example Haitian Voodoo, this is considered to be witchcraft by many, but is in fact actually the main religion in Haiti, where the followers believe in the presence of a god and practice the associated chants, incantations and rituals. The views on magic and religion are subject to the different mindsets and personal beliefs of different individuals.
Magic has rituals are specific actions and words that form part of a chant. The actions may be performed using special objects and gestures, in a defined location accompanied by phrases or words that may be uttered. The belief in rituals as spells that work has been reinforced by time and the cultural mindset in which the individual has been raised and is also subject to the opinions that people have, on other words, some people believe in it while others don’t.
Many people believe that magical symbols are also magic spells that work when placed on certain locations and people, they are categorized by anthropologists on the basis of association of ideas into the principle of similarity, where a specific action leads to a specific result; and into the principle of contagion, where two object coming in contact with each other will have a specific effect on each other until this contact is broken.
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Magic is seen by many as having the ability to influence a sequence of events or actions by applying some sort of strange and mysterious force, while others see it as an art where you use devices, gestures in order to create illusions when you want to entertain an audience. A large number of people would choose to believe the latter, that is magic is more about creating illusions through deceit rather that a person having supernatural powers. People are also skeptical about magic spells that work, since there is no evidence to prove that people have powers and abilities that control supernatural forces or fate.
Spells that work may be found in Voodoo, many people have considered this to be some type of cult or witchcraft, but is actually a chief religion in Haiti. Followers seem to cast spells or rituals, the effect of which may be affected by powerful herbs causing you to go into a trance, certain symbols may bring you luck, or keep away evil spirits. Again, even in this situation we cannot say much because that would be criticizing a particular culture, since Voodoo is more of a religious practice than just ‘magic’.
Another type of magic that many may consider to be a more sinister form is witchcraft or black magic; this also has spells, incantations and prayers to spirits, this type of magic involves the use of supernatural forces. Witchcraft also takes on various forms in various cultures.
Witchcraft is often seen as a more fiendish art because of the fearful image created around it during the Middle Ages where it was considered to be in defiance of Christianity and those practicing it were tortures and executed. In modern times it falls under the branch of contemporary Paganism or Wicca. One the things that witches do is to cast spells, which may be either verbal, symbolic or both. Spells that work are designed to produce some sort of after effect. Witches may use a clay or wax of the targeted person, or amulets, herbs and stones, each medium having its own value in spells or rituals.
Not all Wiccan witches cast spells; this system of beliefs is seen by many as a way of deviating from the norm. Whether it is Haitian Voodoo or witchcraft or theatrical magic, the concept of spells that work has no evidence that to support it; certain herbs or a mixture of them may have a hallucinogenic effect on the person using it. Any other effects of spells that supposedly work are purely coincidental.