A second-handed spell store has been in operation for more than 60 years, with thousands of wand-making machines in the state.
Now, a small company in Sydney is trying to change all that with a first-ever magic wand.
Key points:The business sells magic wands, which are used for spellcasting and healingSecond-hand magic wand maker The business has been operating in Sydney since the 1950sMagic wand maker Alastair Smith says the business is still very much alive”I’m not sure what we’ve done in the last 10 years, but it’s very much still alive,” Alastas Smith said.
“There’s still people working there, still people buying wands and people making wands.”
The business is now run by a couple of locals, but the business has grown to become a full-time operation, selling magic wares in the ACT, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
Smith said there was no reason to think the business would go out of business.
“We just hope that it continues to grow,” he said.”[It’s] really about changing the culture in our area, about changing perceptions.”
Smith said he had spent many a day in the shop, where he found customers waiting for minutes on end to get their hands on a wand, or a wand for a particular spell.
“It’s been an experience I’m really proud of, we’ve had a lot of people come in and tell us what a great experience it’s been,” he explained.
“I’ve got to say, it’s changed my life.”
The only way I could ever really describe it is that it’s just been like a dream come true.
“The first magic wand sold in NSW, and the only wand in the entire country to sell for more in one weekThe business also has a second-generation business in Queensland, and Smith said he was confident they would have a successful relationship with the Queensland Government.”
They’ve been fantastic, they’ve really done an incredible job, so we’re going to keep it going,” he predicted.”
If they can see we’re doing this right, I think they’ll see that it is a good thing.
“Smith has a long history of running a magic shop.
He started selling magic spells in the 1970s, when he was in his teens, and he was able to convince a few teachers to work with him.”
That’s the thing, when you’re doing a shop, there’s a certain time that you’re going, you have to make sure that you can do it safely,” he laughed.”
You have to know how to get it done, and make sure you’re not putting yourself in danger.
“He said it was a good business to do, and said he would be happy to work again.”
Absolutely, I would love to, it would be great,” he replied.
Topics:magic-wand,crafts,crafting,trade-and-industry,sydney-2000,nswFirst posted October 08, 2019 09:59:48More stories from New South Welsh