This mass ritual took place at midnight on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, EST. I don't know how many people actually participated in this anti-Trump flakery, but the crowd at Trump Tower looked pretty small. Whatever the case, The Donald doesn't seem to have been affected one way or another, which seems surprising when you consider the awesome occult powers that must've been released by all these New Age Social Justice Warriors with their black robes and iPhones. Maybe the President was protected from their spells by the combined prayers of all the Christians who were appealing to the Forces of Light for his protection in what many are calling a case of "spiritual warfare."
It may seem surprising that so many people, including a lot of Christians, still believe in the power of spells, but the masses in the West have always been deeply superstitious. According to a 2005 Gallup Poll, for instance, "About three in four Americans [emphasis added] profess at least one paranormal belief ... The most popular is extrasensory perception (ESP), mentioned by 41%, followed closely by belief in haunted houses (37%)." Twenty-one percent of the population (app. 63 million people) said they believed in witches. I would imagine that these percentages have only increased over the last 13 years.
The belief in the paranormal seems to be spread about evenly across the political spectrum:
"In general, Democrats were slightly and in some cases significantly more likely than Republicans to believe in paranormal phenomena: 75.6 percent of Democrats agreed that positive thoughts could influence the physical world, compared to 68.6 percent of Republicans." Source: Washington Post (2014). "On the other hand, Republicans were significantly more likely to say that Satan causes most evil in the world, a reflection of the higher degree of religiosity in the Republican party."
Next video (2015) shows a "Real Salem witch" casting a love spell.
Binding spells (defixionis) like the ones raised against Trump the other night are very ancient, dating back to the Graeco-Roman world, at least. Despite the witches' claim that they weren't putting a hex or curse on Trump, binding spells are a type of curse, at least under certain circumstances, and are commonly found on ancient curse tablets.
"The term defixio is derived from the Latin verb defigere, which means literally 'to pin down,' 'to fix,' but which also had the more sinister meaning of delivering some to the powers of the underworld." Source: Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds, Georg Luck, p. 48. The next video describes the recent discovery of rare Roman magical scrolls and curse tablets in Serbia.
The costumes, chants and magical objects of modern witchcraft seem to be mostly improvised, but as it turns out that doesn't really matter.
According to the Oxford Classical Dictionary (OCD, 3rd ed. revised), magic "is essentially based on secret knowledge of sources of power. The most important are (a) utterances, (b) material objects, and (c) performance." The utterances "may consist of inarticulate sounds, cries, various types of noise (e.g. the use of bells), hissing or whistling" and "there is practically no limit to the selection of magical ingredients: any object or material may have a magical force -- iron, (precious) stones, pieces of wood, parts of animals, nails, hair, the blood of criminals."
Note: According to the OCD, the most powerful magical utterances are "strange, uncanny words, 'meaningless names,' and 'magical names/words whose (alleged) foreign origin and lack of normal communicable meaning were believed to enhance their magical power." In other words, the most effective incantations were also the most unintelligible.
Magical rituals have always been improvised to a certain extent, so these modern witches can do almost anything they want and call it a "binding spell." If you take the practice literally, though, their workings can't be all that effective from an occult point of view because even though they may have picked up some arcane jargon from medieval grimoires, none of these Western liberals has any secret knowledge of sources of power. And nobody really believes in the power of spells to begin with.
Despite what the witches and Christians say, they don't take this stuff all that seriously. This recent binding spell was just another form of street protest and "performance art." The witches staged their improvised rituals for the cameras and the Christians prayed for Trump, then everybody went home again. In the ancient and medieval worlds, witches who met in public to cast binding spells on the king or emperor would be put to death on the spot.
That's the big difference between now and then.