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YourLIFE: I'm a real life witch! MARIE RECKONS SHE CAN MAKE ANY WISH COME TRUE.. SHE JUST HAS FIND THE RIGHT SPELL.

Byline: BY MONICA CAFFERKY

IT pays to be friends with Marie Bruce. She's a witch who claims to make dreams come true by calling on ancient powers and casting powerful spells.

"One woman was told she was infertile but with my help she fell pregnant with twins. Others asked me to cast spells to make sure they secured jobs. One person even turned to me to help them find love.

People think witches are evil but that's not the case," says Marie, 32.

"I became interested in the craft when I was 17 after finding a book in a shop.

"I'm not part of a coven - I'm called a solitary witch because I work on my own. All that poncing about in robes, which you often get in covens, is too much for me.

"I don't even own a robe. When I work magic I just wear my normal clothes. You would never catch me going to the supermarket in ceremonial clobber which is what some witches do and I'd never dream of having a huge pentagram hanging round my neck.

"Although I don't look like a typical witch, and you would have no idea I cast magic if you passed me in the street, I'm open about my spiritual beliefs.

"All my friends know I'm a witch and it's never caused me any problems."

But it is tough to find a man who will accept a witch as a girlfriend.

"Men fall into two camps, they either don't like the idea or they find it funny," says Marie, from Sheffield.

And it comes up in conversation pretty quickly.

"There's no point hiding the fact that I'm a witch because as soon as you walk into my house you know.

"I've altars in every room, books on witchcraft are piled up and crystals and candles are everywhere. Plus I've made a career out of magic and witchcraft helped me secure my first book deal." For five years Marie sent manuscripts to publishers but she couldn't get a book deal.

"Then it occurred to me, 'Why not do a spell to help me achieve my own dreams?' So I inscribed the name Foulsham', the company I wanted to publish my books, on the side of a candle.

"Then I rolled the candle in mint, which signifies prosperity, I wanted the book deal to give me a good living. Finally, I made sure I did the spell on a full moon when it would create the most powerful energy and be sure to succeed."

After the simple candle spell, Marie sent Foulsham an outline for a book on candle spells.

"In the past all I received were rejection letters but the spell worked. Within four weeks I had a book deal which was amazing."

Marie has since had eight books published and is currently working on her ninth.

"I've since used magic in all areas of my life," she adds. "After failing my driving test three times I put two crystals in my pocket the night before the fourth test. I empowered them using visualisation to be full of positive energy and they did the trick, I passed.

"Modern witchcraft is about self-empowerment. I might not look like your average sorceress, but I weave powerful magic.

"Like all witches up and down the country, on Halloween I'll be casting a good luck spell for the coming year and toasting the dead."

Men are often put off by me being a witch

The Witch's Almanac by Marie Bruce, pounds 9.99 is now on sale.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 2006
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