I learnt three things today:
One: A magic trick
Two: I have no magician game, and
Three: According to my audience, I should have been wearing a cat suit and/or Playboy bunny costume to perform in
It was a tough crowd.
The trick was called the Penacoin and involved me pushing a coin through a sheet of rubber pulled taut over a glass. I shan’t tell you how it’s done because that’s cheating. But here is a video of me doing a dress rehearsal:
See Two above.
Then it was on to my debut performance as a magician. I say debut, I used to do a card trick when I was younger, but I cannot for the life of me remember how to do it. And I also played Tinkerbell in several magical guises as an Assistant Stage Manager at the West Yorkshire Playhouse during two years on Peter Pan. But this was the first non-card, non-theatrical-wizardry trick I’d performed.
See Three above.
Feedback included, where is Debbie McGee, where is the lovely Debbie McGee, what first attracted you to millionaire, Paul Daniels, am I going to be like the Great Suprendo, and I should wave my hands around more.
Like I said, it was a tough crowd. Luckily I’ve known them for 37 years, so it was all in jest. I think.
But the best fun about this trick was actually talking to the man in the magic shop when I bought it. He kept showing me all sorts of sleight of hand which I found utterly charming. I’ve always wanted to know how things work, but there really is something quite glorious about having to use your imagination instead.