chances are it was bs.but on the off chance it wasnt chances are u just havent gone through the proper channels to power and just started randomly doing spells and havent gained the ability to see what you have done.not everything appears physically.
Try spell : Creatin a servitor .
Keep in mind that even though called spells , those are acctualy magickal operations that depend majorly on caters experience , visualization , will power , and faith . ?
The person who wrote spell creating a minion is obviously not informed enough about the very process.
Now , what may help you are the triangle of art and suffumigation , since boat help toughtforms materialize to some point.
To get a minion you must first be extremely experienced in magic. After you are you will understand how to have them come into your life and keep them. I suggest you first learn about the basics and be practicing with suitable outcomes for at least 5 years.