Last Saturday I was booked as the magician for two events. I made two women cry at each event within the space of two hours… and they both thanked me! Maybe I should elaborate…
The Wedding Magician
In the late afternoon I was entertaining guests at a wedding. I absolutely love being a magician at weddings because while the wedding ceremony is a very serious event, everyone is looking to enjoy themselves at the party afterwards.
For the guests, I have a repertoire of magic tricks I have performed for many years. They are designed to be interactive, fun and highly magical. For the bride and groom, I have designed a couple of special magic tricks that are more personal for them. One such trick is the one that made the bride cry. It’s a card trick. Yes, it’s a card trick that is so powerful that it can make a bride cry.
I started by asking the bride and groom (Nikita & Abi) to each write down on a heart-shaped Post-it note what first attracted them to the other person. A pretty good start to a card trick, right? The bride said that they had never told each other so this would be very interesting. As each dealt through the cards the other was to say stop and this position is marked with their Post-it note. Two cards now have a Post-it note stuck to it. I turn the notes over to reveal what it was that first attracted the bride to the groom and vice versa. In this case it was ‘humour’ and ‘eyes’. With regards the latter, I didn’t ask if it was the colour, position or number.
Then comes the script and the moment that creates a truly unforgettable moment: I deal the rest of the cards face up revealing a person’s name on each card:
“As you go through life, you meet many people. Some people you will forget about. Some people become acquaintances; some become friends while some become good friends. However, there is always one person you meet who means more to you than anyone else. It could be because of their humour… or their eyes.”
I turn over the two cards with the Post-it notes on to reveal the names:
“These are the reasons that you found Nikita… and you found Abi.”
It was at this point that the bride reached for the tissues (already there due to her father’s speech) to wipe away her tears of joy. It was an honest and truly emotional moment for them both.
The Proposal Magician
Later in the evening, I was at a restaurant to help a man propose to his girlfriend. This was something I had never done before but was excited to be involved in. During the build up to the event, I had been in contact with the man to work out the details of what I would be doing and how it would be played out.
I arrived at the restaurant and texted him to meet me in the stairwell. He excused himself from the table and we met for the first time whereupon he handed me a very expensive diamond engagement ring. Luckily nobody was there assuming I was the lucky guy! He also handed me his phone to record the event. He was very trusting!
So… I approached the table and explained I was the house magician but I was having a trial so the manager was recording me entertaining some tables. Good ploy, eh?! The girlfriend didn’t think anything was amiss so proceedings were off and running. I did a few of my usual effects which, of course, they both really enjoyed. Then came the finale.
Neither of them had any rings so I had to introduce one of my own which I got them both to sign. After a routine whereupon it penetrates through a velvet cord (you had to be there) came the moment of truth. As to what happened, watch the video below.
After saying “Yes”, the newly engaged girl wiped away a few tears of joy.
Magic is seen by many laymen as ‘a bit of fun’ or ‘trivial’. Many magicians treat it this way too. While my approach to performing magic is heavy on the humour that comes naturally from presenting magic tricks, I know just how important the magical effect is too. As a magician, I can create powerful emotions within people using nothing more than cards, coins, rubber bands and other everyday objects. What makes the difference is the context, the premise and the message being portrayed.
For these two women, the magical effect was not what they saw; it was the level of emotional impact it had on them. This is when a magician can elevate it to a higher plain than ‘just a bit of fun’. I am sure these women will never forget the moment that this magician made them cry.
It’s one of the reasons I love my job.
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