It’s just a bit less common than “Real Magic Spells That Work Free.” These give some insight into what is being sought by your typical seeker of spells online. “Real Magic Spells” as opposed to fake magic spells—immediately indicating that there’s skepticism and doubt in the seeker’s mind about the authenticity of what’s on offer.
Now, I think we can all agree there are some scam artists who pretend to cast spells in order to con people out of money (these cases frequently make the news when they’re discovered) but, it’s doubtful that any such scammers would have ever advertised themselves as casting Fake Spells, or admitted to doing so if they were asked. Yet, with something as undefinable as magic, what constitutes a “real spell?” The answer to that seems to lay in the eye of the beholder, or maybe better put, the mind of the perceiver.
Magicians will have different ways of performing spells, even if they practice within a single spellcast tradition (and make no mistake, there are lots of different traditions.) Wiccan magic is not the same as Santeria which is not the same as Nigerian Voudou which is not the same as American Voodoo, et cetera.
Even in the strictest spellcasting traditions, a practitioner will usually have his own preferred tactics; and, as Zora Neale Hurston wrote, “all of the conjure masters have more than one way of doing every job. People are different and what will win with one person has no effect upon another.”
Those who seek spells to be cast on their behalf also have ideas about what a magic spell should be—and based on my interactions with clients, potential clients, and just with people talking about buying magic spells, the average person-on-the-street type seems to only think it’s a real spell if it works. No credit is given to how traditional the spell might be, or if it was actually performed: the only thing that counts is the result. Anything else is a fake. Thus, “Real Spells That Work” is a redundancy; a single thought.
When I was starting out, I used to try to sway people.
I’d be contacted by potential clients demanding proof that I was “not trying to scam” them; I’d give them some reassurances of my credentials or expertise, and we’d move along. Over time, though, I’ve learned this to be a waste of energy; for I have been finding that the person who starts out on this foot, is usually someone who cannot be satisfied; and even if they decide to buy my service they will become a problem client for me.
They’re suspicious of all magical practitioners—and I conceive that the reason is, most likely, that they believe the definition of “real magic” to be something that even most real magical practitioners wouldn’t claim to practice. Thus, they think anyone who can’t deliver is a conman. Furthermore, the only people who will probably claim to be able to perform their unreasonable demands are conmen.
It’s not that unusual for these clients to complain that they’ve already been scammed several times in the past, which really can be a red flag that this person, one way or another, has inappropriate expectations regarding spellcasts.
Another hoodoo worker has complained that people who don’t come from a culture where magic is practiced and used for day-to-day problems, will often have a warped sense of what magic really is and their understanding will have been formed from watching movies like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. Their expectations are not grounded in any reality.
In Hollywood, spells produce unquestionable results instantaneously; but if magic could do that in real life, surely there wouldn’t be so much doubt as to whether or not magic actually was “real” or not.
This leads us to the final piece of the popular search.
People don’t just want “Real Spells That Work”—they want “Real Spells That Work Fast.” The necessity of entering this, suggests that the seeker is a person who is already aware that most magical practitioners will insist that a spell takes some time to manifest. This, however, is not what they want. They want that Hollywood spell—they want Aladdin rubbing his lamp, and with a poof, the Genie delivers whatever was wished.