I would think that the strength of two different magnets can create a focusing effect where they overlap most strongly, however I'm wondering why we can't extend these fields to distant focal points in the same fashion as a laser (or maybe more where many lasers converge on a point, creating a "hotspot") I did a google search for "magnetic laser" (which would of course be a misnomer) and turned up nothing. I recently learned that we can even focus sound in a similar way (by a different process) to the focused power effect of a laser. A series of weights transmit force through a metamaterial which focuses the sound into a "hot spot", so although magnetism may be a force rather than an "object" like a photon, can it not also be focused either onto a spot, or even made into a beam where the field lines actually come straight out of the device towards a distant point? Magnetic field lines normally cause things to follow a loop like pattern (See plasma on the sun, iron filings on paper with a magnet beneath), but can they create a laser like effect? Obviously, the magnetic field cannot be fired as if it were a projectile (though it can fire magnetic projectiles as seen in certain hypervelocity guns), but such a device could transmit the effect to a distant point. A magnetic pointer (as opposed to a laser pointer) could be pointed at a distant piece of metal and either attract or repel it. We could even use the negative and positive fields together to levitate something in the air at a distant point. Now, I wonder... Is this device outright impossible according to physics? If so, why? If not, then why haven't we made devices like these yet? Is the technology required vastly beyond what we have today?