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27 October 2020 – Magic Trick

27 October 2020 – Magic Trick

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. 

I really don’t remember this video being so readers’ wives.


Published by Liza Frank

Author of My Celebrity Boyfriend. Obsessed with hula hooping, sons of preachermen and fresh dates, sometimes all at the same time. Curator of Folklore Agony and The Everyday Lore Project.

4 comments on “27 October 2020 – Magic Trick”

  1. Glorious Barbara says:

    If you’d sawed something in half that would have been impressive. You have a cat don’t you?…

  2. Susannah says:

    I particularly like the reveal of the leopard print headband in the abracadabra video! Generally I think it’s aged well

    1. That’s your Christmas present sorted!

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