What do you do?
Casey Bopp

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I’m the owner, resident wizard and crafter (depending on the hour) of Merlin’s Realm, a retail gift store in Old Colorado City. We offer wizarding goods such as magic wands, amulets, robes, wizard hats and amulets.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       Besides being responsible for the entire store, I craft magic wands, jewelry, dowsing tools, and sacred geometry devices.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       Over 20 years – 2 on the Westside, 8 in Manitou.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       Having a workshop filled with many different types of wood and gemstones waiting to be crafted into wonderful new wands. I also greatly enjoy the ability to offer information on manifestation and magic through our written articles and instructions offered with each device.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       To have a sustainable full-time retail employee. Most of our business is based on crafting, website and wholesale business, so our retail hours tend to be unstructured.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       Well, originally I hadn’t gone to school for witchcraft and wizardry. There wasn’t an online school (or otherwise) available until about seven years ago. There are not many schools that can prepare you for the jobs and tasks of a wizard. Here are a number of tasks that traditional schooling had not prepared me for: spirit possessions, gemstone metaphysical meanings, wood metaphysical meanings, sacred geometry junctions, writing about metaphysical subjects, crafting aetheric jewelry, website html and website SEO.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       The people and the community, I love it here!

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