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Issue 4 : The Magician

Issue four reminds us that there is magic in world. It is all around us. It is within us.

You know, I do believe in magic. I was born and raised in a magic time, in a magic town, among magicians. Oh, most everybody else didn’t realise we lived in that web of magic, connected by silver filaments of chance and circumstance. But I knew it all along. When I was twelve years old, the world was my magic lantern, and by its green spirit glow I saw the past, the present and into the future. You probably did too; you just don’t recall it. See, this is my opinion: we all start out knowing magic. We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. We get put on the straight and narrow and told to be responsible. Told to act our age. Told to grow up, for God’s sake. And you know why we were told that? Because the people doing the telling were afraid of our wildness and youth, and because the magic we knew made them ashamed and sad of what they’d allowed to wither in themselves.

— Robert McCammon

Editor's Note

By definition, magic is the apparent power to influence a course of events, by using supernatural and mysterious forces.

The many shapes it takes offers an endless source of inspiration. My childhood memories include those of the man with the tall black hat, who pulled out a stream of endless colours from his hand at friend's parties, to fairytales about witches - both the good and the bad ones - my mother used to read me. As I grew into a young woman, I even looked to the stars for magic answers to questions I thought I couldn't answer myself. 

I still seek out magic everyday. We all do; whether we realise it or not. From ways of coping with the modern world to the little bottles of lotions and potions we lather ourselves in, in the hopes of that they will magically alter our appearance. 

As a makeup artist, I have always been more interested in the illusions that makeup provides and mastering the skill of the trickery, rather than the makeup itself. However, since beginning this journey into the world of UNTAINTED beauty, I have begun to fall in love with not only the art of the illusion, but the alchemy of the products too. 

And while I know we all chase the concept of eternal youth and the recognition from others that we are magical beings, I would like to share with you these beautiful words that remind us that the "magic" comes not from outside, but is within us.


“What’s the greatest lesson a woman should learn? That since day one, she’s already had everything she needs within herself. It’s the world that convinced her she did not."

                               — RAPI KAUR

So, join me as I head down the rabbit hole of our fourth issue, aptly entitled "The Magician". I delve into the wonderful world of magic and mystery with a little help from some incredible contributors. From alchemists to white witches and everything in between - I explore nature's supernatural powers, pagan crafts, optical illusions, alchemist's potions and the best makeup artist tricks around and share them with you.

I hope that reading this issue you brings even just a sprinkling of the magic that curating it as brought to me.

K x

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not contaminated, polluted, or tainted: the paper was untainted by age.

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