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What is imitative magic?

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Imitative magic, also known as sympathetic magic or homeopathic magic, is a branch of magic that promotes the idea that actions produce results similar to those actions. Voodoo is an example of imitative magic. By stabbing the voodoo doll with a needle, the magician is attempting to cause the same effects to the person who the doll represents.

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The belief behind imitative magic is that by imitating the event that someone wants to occur, the event will occur because of a link between the event and the action. A person who performs a dance simulating food growth or rainfall is performing imitative magic. Someone who stabs a picture of his or her enemy is using imitative magic to attempt to defeat his or her foe.

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