If you need a little magic in your life, we have just the thing.
You can now purchase a Spell Box, crafted in York, complete with everything you need to create your own piece of sorcery!
They would make a unique Christmas gift – and even better, all profits from the sale of the boxes will go to help homeless people in York.
The Spell Boxes have been magicked up by the team from Hocus Pocus, the tiny hotel boasting five unique rooms on Patrick Pool.
Camelia Andrei and Vincent Roberts have always had an interest in history and the supernatural, which is why they created Hocus Pocus.
After making a huge success of the hotel – it has a 97% occupancy rating – they set about creating unique merchandise to go with it.
So they created the Voodoo Dolls, including
- the Love Hurt Revenge Voodoo Doll – ‘use as many pins as you desire!’
- the Betray Me Not Voodoo Doll – ‘it possesses the ability to bring forth manifestations in your life’
- and the Love Me Forever Voodoo Doll – ‘visualise with elevated emotion the moment they will come back to you with a loving heart’.
The dolls are meant to be a bit of fun. “Do not take it seriously, we like to believe in magic as other people believe in science! Life is better with a sprinkle of fantasy!” the website says.
The hand-crafted figures cost £95 each.
So Camelia and Vincent dreamed up the spell boxes, which are a little less pricey at £59. Inside the black leather, velvet-lined box is a smaller doll, known in witchcraft circles as a poppet, a hand-written spell and other magical accoutrements:
- sage for burning whilst casting spells
- a Romanian burning candle
- a black pin tub box, gold embossed with pins for manifesting
- a certificate of authenticity, and more.
Charged with energy
The Voodoo dolls are made by Cristina, “a very experienced Italian taylor who lives in York,” Camelia said.
As for the poppets, she said “my mom makes them and none of them is similar to the other…
“My mom is a witch too, and she says that these poppets are very cheeky and they make her work hard when they mix the threads.
“They are all charged with a different energy and they have a soul too. Whoever will get one, they must learn to live with them. Only then the spell will be activated!”
The boxes and the dolls are on sale at the Hocus Pocus online shop here.
“We thought the Spell Boxes would be a nice idea – we wanted to create something different for Christmas,” Vincent told YorkMix.
“No doubt there’ll be plenty of manifesting over Christmas, whether it’s black magic or white magic. It can be love, or something darker! It can be anything really.”
Vincent and Camelia also decided that all the profits from the sale of Spell Boxes will go to homeless people in York.
Vincent noted that the former Home Secretary Suella Braverman “made some suggestion to the effect that it was more of a lifestyle choice to live on the streets.
“That’s rather unfair. We’re always in town, and there’s a few homeless people on the streets. And it’s really freezing outside at the moment.
“We want to make a difference.”
And that really would be a magic thing to do.