This children's program openly promotes witchcraft with spellcasting constantly portrayed . The spells need not be actual Wiccan or other variant occult spells in order to be effective . As in occult children's programming such as Tree Fu Tom , the practice of making basic movements and repeating a given mantra germinates in children admiration for witchcraft , as did Disney's occult work . The witches' pyramid has often been formed in Sesame Street programs . Just a few examples are included here . Many actors are probably not told the truth about peculiar hand formations they are told to make .