One of the greatest witch hunt practices in history took place in Scotland in the years 1661-1662. Brian P Levack (2014) explained, no less than 660 people died due to the rampage. Before being killed, they were led to the field on charges of having carried out various rituals of black magic.
The hunt began in the rural areas east of Edinburgh, Midlothian, and East Lothian. Initially, there were 206 people who were accused of being witches. However, mass rage spread not only to the three regions. Of the approximately 600 fatalities, history records that 206 of them died as a result of being burned alive.
That's how medieval people "cleansed" society from the influence of magic. Furthermore, Nachman Ben-Yehuda through his article, "The European Witch Craze of the 14th to 17th Centuries: A Sociologist's Perspective" gets an astounding number.
In the span of the 14th century to 1650, as many as 200 thousand to 500 thousand magicians died as a result of mass action on the Plain of Europe. The majority or 85 percent of them are women.
However, along with the rise of broadcasting technology, magic has again experienced a shift in meaning. Entering the beginning of the industrial age, magic practices became part of the entertainment show business.
The US magician, Eugene Burger, described his opinion in the book Performing Magic on the Western Stage. He admitted magic has been seen since ancient times as an evil practice.
However, he continued, outside the religious beliefs of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, magic has been accepted as an art. "This is mainly due to the efforts of advertisers and marketing," said the man born in 1939.
One of the entertainment industry giants who are credited with raising the value of selling magic is The Walt Disney Company and colleagues. Such corporations believe that magic expresses everyone's deepest desires.
With magic as an art, Burger continues, the audience experiences pleasure or suspense that is satisfied because it does not require any rational efforts, even if it is only for a moment.