That's why I put the word "tricks" between " " - because few today consider it as magic.
Though I'd like to bring, for illustration & further discussion, two passages I found on Wikipedia from a 1961 interview of Wolf Messing (the full interview is nowhere to be found unfortunately).
"... It's not mind-reading, it's, like the "reading of muscles" ... When human thinks hard about something, the brain cells transmit impulses to all muscles of the body. Their movements, invisible to the eye, I can easily feel."
"... Often I'm performing mental tasks without direct contact with the inductor. The pointer to me here is the breathing frequency of inductor, the beating of his heart, voice timbre, his walking nature etc."
I love success story's too. While it would be helpful..that doesn't mean we'll have it. Pet would be needed to talk to, and it would kinda need to be agreed on. However the spells bring traffic and the mods try their best to put fluff or fake spells in the fantasy section.
If it sound fake or too good to be true type.. um common sense would say its fluff
Many people choose to believe saying a series of words in a rhythm with make it happen or true. Spells arent just something you recite when you want something done. There are rules and alot of things just arent possible because they are based on fiction. Hypnosis, magic, and spells are real but not everyone can do it as others.
The best thing you can do is try what you see and/or make your own but research what you are trying to do (materials and etc) and go from there.
Sidenote, if you believe in what you are saying you can train your mind to believe it is working. Spells and magic can be subjective if you are naive. But then again, without belief, what is magic (or anything of that sort)?
I don't get it... Changing?
Changing like water to wine, metals into gold, someone's state like from joy to sadness or like what exactly?
P.S. the fact that my profile is empty means that I'm cautious about people I meet online - and being cautious is no bad thing. I may not say which books (concerning the topic) I've read, but that doesn't mean I haven't read any.
Arcadian,what you must do about magic, and what I have said about changing things, is to think! You ask about changing water as though it is about the biblical miracles. So let me go further.
There are two types of magic. Natural magic; such as a caterpillar changing into a butterfly. Or "applied" magic; done by the accumulation of thousands of years of experiments and knowledge.
Now, in a tone of derision, you ask about water into wine. Well, we poor humans cannot do it. But Nature does it! The Earth feeds the grapes until they are full of water! Wine IS 90% water!
If I take some fruit (almost any fruit) and add water; it will turn into wine;the fruit is no longer fruit,the water is no longer water; both have changed into something else. That's magic!
Ask any grower of grapes, " How do the grapes turn into wine?"
And he will answer truthfully, "I don't really know! It's magic!"