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sympathetic magic

magic predicated on the belief that one thing or event can affect another at a distance as a consequence of a sympathetic connection between them.
1900-05 Unabridged
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  • They belong to that branch of sympathetic magic which may be called contagious.
  • The show itself is arranged as a piece of sympathetic magic.
British Dictionary definitions for sympathetic magic

sympathetic magic

a type of magic in which it is sought to produce a large-scale effect, often at a distance, by performing some small-scale ceremony resembling it, such as the pouring of water on an altar to induce rainfall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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