Originally Posted by JustaFanboy
I think Rumple's fear when the vortex appeared was that he would loose his power. The powers he received corrupted his soul and possessing these powers is something he was not willing to give up. The fear he showed may also been a effect of being close to the vortex that would take him where magic doesn't exist. I also, think that while his ultimate goal was to find Baelfire again his acquisition of powers to get to this world continued to corrupt him hence is malicious deeds in fairy tale world.
I still think that Regina has access to some form of magic. She crushed Graham's heart, but his heart was "outside his body", wouldn't that take some kind of magic? The apple tree seems to have some kind of strange properties. As for Sidney I think his devotion to Regina is a carry over from his other world self, the genie was so in love with her that he cursed himself to be with her forever even if it was as a mirror.
Thanks for the response; it makes sense.
I agree that there must be some sort of magic in Storybrooke. No one can leave, for one and also nobody ages or notices it. As time has begun again in Storybrooke however, Im thinking that they can age now. Also, Gold holds power over Regina whenever he says 'please', carried over from the other world. But its definitely limited. Perhaps while there is a thin veil of magic over the town and its occupants, the possession or acquisition of magical powers and wizardry like in Fairytale world is what Gold was specifically referring to.