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In 1963, Roger Corman directed The Raven, a horror-comedy written by Richard Matheson very loosely based on the poem, "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. It stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival sorcerers.
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In 1963, Roger Corman directed The Raven, a horror-comedy written by Richard Matheson very loosely based on the poem, "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. It stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival sorcerers.

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Magic is the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation, ceremony, ritual, the casting of spells or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature.

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Healing or harming others

  • One of the most widespread magical procedures for healing, harming or otherwise influencing someone from a distance involves making an effigy of him or her from any material. Actions performed on the effigy are believed to result in analogous effects upon the target person, so that, for example, a part of the effigy's body may be damaged in order to cause pain or disease in the same part of the target's body. This magical technique may be employed for maleficent or beneficent ends, and even for giving help to gods against malignant demons. --Freud (1950, 79).


Examples of magical, folk-magical, and religio-magical traditions include:

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