Physics and the Voodoo Doll…

Occasionally my dyslexic brain and the weird way it makes connections, goes off on an odd tangent and I find my self-thinking about something in a new way. New for me that is, not necessarily new because no one else has ever thought it, but new and decidedly odd all the same.

I have a passing interest in many subjects, among them physics and magic. Not the rabbit from the hat kind of magic, but the ‘real’ stuff for want of a better description. The idea of magic, and the way it has been practised by humanity, hokum though it is for the most part. These are two subjects that should not interact and have nothing in common, physics being the king of sciences ( so physicists tell me at any rate), and magic being well a made up concept to explain the unexplainable, or is that physics again…. Occasionally, in the modern world of quantum physics, you could be understood for confusing the two. A universe made up of 90% dark matter we can not actually explain or point to but we believe is there, well that’s as good description of magic as it is of physics, but what got me down this particular culdesac of thought was ‘spooky particles’  and quantum entanglement…


For those who don’t know, in quantum physics, entangled particles remain connected so that actions performed on one affect the other, even when separated by great distances. The phenomenon so riled Albert Einstein he called it “spooky action at a distance.” … Entanglement occurs when a pair of particles, such as photons, interact physically.

Meanwhile, according to a basic definition of sympathetic magic, such as, to give the perhaps most well-known example, a voodoo doll… All sympathetic magic is based on two principles: first, “likes produce likes,” or that an effect resembles it cause; and, second, that things have been in contact with each other continue to react upon one and another at a distant even after they have been severed or disconnected. The Law of Similarity, and the Law of Contagion.

So, ‘spooky particles’ behave in a manner to which you can apply the principles of sympathetic magic, and the Law of Similarity and the Law of Contagion can be said to apply to Einstein’s photons, in exactly the way they are supposed to apply to a Voodoo Doll…

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Indeed, spooky particles are not just a theory its a theory backed up by experimental proof.  Which also means, as my dyslexic brain decided when the thought occurred to me, that’s these same experiments have also proved that the laws of sympathetic magic, the laws of the Voodoo doll, do actually have some basis in the physical universe…

So anyway, I just thought I would share this odd revelation of my dyslexic brain… I am off to make voodoo dolls of Teresa May and Donald Trump … (anyone got access to their finger nail clippings or a strand or two of hair at all?)


About Mark Hayes

Writer A messy, complicated sort of entity. Quantum Pagan. Occasional weregoth Knows where his spoon is, do you? #author #steampunk
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3 Responses to Physics and the Voodoo Doll…

  1. oztinato says:

    I’ve thought similar ideas. Please let me know your thoughts about this article.


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  3. hehe, I love the way you spun this idea. It’s fun to imagine the entangled spooky particles roaming the universe. I play in my time travel book with some magic as scientific speculation, and the inventor in the story says, “Everything has a mechanism and follows rules. It’s just a mater of rules yet unknown when we label something uncanny.” And he quotes William Blake, “What is now proved was once once, only imagin’d.”
    Seems like you’ve got a great start to a new explanation and – who knows – a famous theory. 😀

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