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How magic went from being his hobby to his livelihood, and everything in between

Profile magician zulueta2thumbA magician never shares his secrets. It's the cardinal rule of the profession, cloaking the field in an air of mystery and intrigue.

But on a cool evening at Higher Ground Café magician Malcolm Russell, 44, is going to share some secrets of the trade. Malcolm is a charming, dark-haired English gentleman. He's impeccably dressed, and his welcoming nature makes you feel as though you are in for something exciting.

"Do you want to see the first card trick I ever learned?" he asks, pulling out a deck of cards. He asks me to pick any card I would like. I choose the two of diamonds.

Malcolm requests that I place the card on top of the deck, and then cut the deck anywhere. I oblige, and then complete the cut as requested. He repeats what I've just done.

As Calgary's art scene continues to grow, designer Alex Krewiak is determined to set herself apart as a standout

braceltsImagine you live in a fairytale. Not your typical fairytale but instead a dark cold world.

Would you succumb to the darkness or find beauty in your surroundings?

Alex Michelle Krewiak — a.k.a A.M.K. — is helping you find the light in that world with her mystical, dark and stunning pieces.

Krewiak is an advertising student turned jewelry designer who is redefining local Calgary jewelry. Featured at the inaugural YYC Fashion Week held at the King Edward C-Space on Sept. 25, 2013, Krewiak wowed the crowd with her whimsical and romantic jewelry. She describes her newest collection as "the darkness inside fairytales, and demons, and finding the light and the beauty within that."

After suffering a broken neck as a professional wrestler, Titan battles back from his run as Razor Ramon

Razor-RamonthumbEvery little boy grows up wanting pretty much the same thing — to be a superhero. Once a young boy himself, Rick Bognar knew that in order to become a superhero, he would need superhuman strength. So he did what any eight year old would do... He started lifting weights.

While supportive of their son's early interest in fitness, Bognar said his parents bit back bemusement when he moved from plastic, sand-filled weights, to begging for an incline bench so he "could work his upper pecs."

"I've always been very decisive ever since I was a kid. Stubborn sometimes too I guess," Bognar said laughing. "I was really into muscle and fitness even as a little kid. I wanted to look like the guys in the bodybuilding magazines."

Associated Collegiate Press counts Calgary Journal feature among best

PamRocker thumbnailA Calgary Journal story, The Faith of Pam Rocker, received an honourable mention in a North American journalism contest. The Associated Collegiate Press announced that Mount Royal University journalism students Danielle Semrau and Hannah Kost's multimedia project received recognition in the Multimedia Feature of the Year category. The story was originally published in April 2013 on the Calgary Journal's website. 

Rocker, a self-described activist, struggled to reconcile her faith with her sexuality until finding acceptance at Hillhurst United Church – an affirming ministry that actively supports the LGBTQ community. Rocker says that the story's success is probably due to the genuine interest that Semrau and Kost showed in learning more about her journey.