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The gemarah (Yerushlmi Hagigah 2:2, Sanhedrin 6:6) recounts a story of Shimon ben Shetach who captured 80 witches. In the story he instructs those assisting him to lift the witches off the ground to prevent them from being able to use their magic. Similarly according to the Daas Zekeinim (Shemos 8:14) the reason Pharaoh's sorcerers couldn't replicate the plague of lice was because they were not on the ground.

I would like to know why it is that a person needs to be directly connected to the ground in order to perform kishuf (magic).

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