The words hocus pocus are probably a corruption or parody of the words of consecration started by scoffers and heretics:
HOC EST CORPUS MEUM (This is my Body...)
Magic tricks of the entertainment variety—e.g., sleight of hand, quick change—are harmless enough. Though, they still do not belong in the Divine Liturgy.
Magic of a kind assisted by diabolical preternatural forces is deadly to the soul. Dark powers demand expensive payment for sharing their power. The price of flirting with dark powers is the corruption of one's soul. Souls ensnared by evil desperately need our prayers. Invite the help of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, to accompany you in prayer to Almighty God for the liberation of souls from evil.
I’ve been seeing, feeling, and sensing Spirit since I was four years old, but it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I learned to communicate with souls in Heaven (Demons can simulate many things, including souls in heaven.). After suffering from debilitating anxiety and trying to manage it on my own and with a therapist for years, my mom introduced me to a spiritual healer and teacher named Pat Longo. After just one session, she told me that I was suppressing Spirit’s energy, which caused a lot of my anxiety, and helped me learn to channel Spirit through my chakras and release it with my words. (This woman could have been suffering and may very likely still be suffering from a demonic attack of some kind. The fact that she appears to have acquiesced to and is cooperating with the influence of some preternatural power suggests that she may very well have become dependent upon that same power, like a person addicted to drugs is dependent upon a drug dealer for a fix. The 'perfectly possessed' rarely realize there is a problem. Exorcists will tell you that many problems start with encounters such as those described above. Never consult with "spiritual healers". Seek out a good and holy Catholic priest known for authentic spiritual counsel. Be mindful of the fact that a good spiritual director may ask you to consider difficult truths about yourself that you do not want to hear!)Clients, fans, and the media always ask me to describe how I receive information, and it’s hard to put into words because I see, hear, and feel things differently than we do in the physical world. Sprit (sic) mostly speaks to me through a sixth sense—a kind of feeling and knowing. When I get information, it feels like very strong intuition, or recall. Spirit also uses a vocabulary of signs and symbols that they show me during a reading; over time, I assigned words, phrases, and meanings to certain images I was shown, and then through trial and error, Spirit helped me add new ones until we created an entire vocabulary for us to work with. I translate my signs and what I feel as best I can, and then deliver the messages, but it’s the client’s job to interpret how the meaning is significant. It’s like piecing together a puzzle, and can sometimes sound like guesswork, but Spirit speaks “another language,” at another speed, and in another dimension.—Theresa Caputo.
Why is it that so-called mediums always dodge the quality of precise communication? In other words, why do they speak about their supposed gift and the content they present to their clients as "a puzzle"? An attempt by a so-called psychic or medium to create wiggle room for interpretation is asking one's "clients" to engage in mental evasion and an attempt to mitigate responsibility for error or inaccuracy. Why do people pay good money for what amounts to charlatanism?
2116 All forms of divination are to be rejected: recourse to Satan or demons, conjuring up the dead or other practices falsely supposed to "unveil" the future. Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, interpretation of omens and lots, the phenomena of clairvoyance, and recourse to mediums all conceal a desire for power over time, history, and, in the last analysis, other human beings, as well as a wish to conciliate hidden powers. They contradict the honor, respect, and loving fear that we owe to God alone.