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Shaykh Sulaymaan bin Abdullah bin Abdul-Wahhaab is the author of the great work, "Tayseer al-Azeez al-Hameed Fee Sharh Kitaab al-Tawheed", an explanation of Kitab al-Tawheed. In the chapter dealing with magic, the author (rahimahullaah) states (Dar al-Simmeemee 1428H, 1/681):
And they differed as to whether a magician disbelieves or not, so a faction from the Salaf held the view that he disbelieves and this was said by Maalik, Abu Haneefah and Ahmad, whose associates said, "Unless his magic was with potions and fumigation and giving to drink that which harms, then such a one does not disbelieve." And it is also said that he does not disbelieve unless there is shirk in his magic, then he disbelieves, and this is the saying of al-Shaafi'ee and a group (of others).
This is clarification from another Scholar that not all of what is labelled as "magic" actually constitutes disbelief that expels from the religion. Refer also to the following:
And from these discussions it is clear that those who use potions and likewise make use of the special properties of things allowing them to bring about certain effects (to trick, deceive or harm the people) and likewise those who use trickery (like sleight of hand) all of which is done without the use of devils, then this does not constitute disbelief, rather it is something unlawful and severely prohibited.
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