Is it possible to create a remote, targeted magnetic field without having a physical magnet in the center of it? If so does anyone have suggestions on how I could manage this.
DrewDad is correct. So, wrap a piece of wire around a pencil, apply a voltage at both ends, and you're good to go.
Technical notes: You want to make sure the wire is coated so as not to short-circuit the coil you're making. Also, you want a resistor between the battery and at least one end of the wire so as not to short-circuit the poles of the battery. But in principle, that's all it takes to create a magnetic field like that of a bar magnet.