Working for various groups means that I get to meet people from many different walks of life. Many times the people I get to chat with are relatively normal. They are professionals in the fields of medicine, law, education, etc. They have families and weekend hobbies and all in all, they are interesting people to get to know. One evening, I was performing close-up magic at a bar. Sitting at the end of the bar was a guy in his late forties. He wanted to see a little magic. After the trick was over, he was clearly interested and impressed (and inebriated). He asked me, "In your opinion, as a conjuror, what is your stance on witches and witchcraft?" Slightly taken aback by the oddness of his question, I answered, "Everything that I do is done by sleight-of-hand and psychology. There is nothing super-natural about it." "I know, I know," he continued, "but do you think that witchcraft is real? I'm Catholic, but I'm also a practicing Druid. I've been studying Druidism for almost 15 years, and my wife, who I'm in the middle of divorcing right now, is a witch. Not Wiccan, that's the pop-culture stuff. I mean, she is an active, accomplished Witch."
Interesting, but Bizarre I thought to myself. "And I've seen her stuff work! She does healings, and she has a wand and we host ceremonies..." He carried on for several minutes with several examples. Ultimately, he never really came back around to asking me what my stance on witchcraft was, but he was one of the more interesting people I've met on the front lines of magic.