USW: Tip the World Over on Its Side
Gutter magick — also called “reality bruising,” or occasionally, “tilting” for unknown reasons — is improvised magick using the principle of sympathy to symbolically tie things together for various effects, both foul and fair. Gutter magick is extremely subtle, and can typically be used to make certain actions easier or harder, to cause minor injuries to people, or to bind people together in a common goal. The most versatile use of gutter magick is probably aligning synchronicity to bring one’s goals to oneself.
Astute observers will note that this sounds an awful lot like prayer, or the ritual work of neopagans. That might be why these sorts of things work some of the time.