Mixing a potion
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Laurie Cabot, 76, has been mixing potions since she was 16. The "Official Witch of Salem" learned the craft years ago from English witches and now runs her own shop, The Cat, The Crow, and The Crown, on Pickering Wharf in Salem. She still mixes her own potions, like this love concoction that she has made by combining rose and ambergris oils, then charging the blend "with magic." "They both have the components to attract love," Cabot said, explaining the herbal oil choices. Her potions can have different purposes, including love and money, she said.