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Conjuring up a little Muddy magic in Cuffley

There’s something really intriguing to me about magic.  And I don’t mean the Hogwarts sort.  I mean magic like on the telly, the producing something alive-and-kicking out of a hat, that sort of thing.  And close up magic?  You know, where the fiver you gave him earlier in the evening ends up inside a walnut?  That’s just brilliant.

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I met Herts magician Chris Whitelock recently at a coffee shop in Cuffley, and I kid you not I was squealing so loudly at some of the tricks he was doing, I’m sure the woman on the next table spilt her skinny latte.

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Chris performs locally and internationally, jetting off to Dubai regularly for gigs – and has performed for the likes of Stephen Fry and Chris Evans.  Not too shabby, eh? But as well as the usual weddings, parties, corporate events, that sort of thing – and even one funeral (yes, really) — Chris also teaches magic.  You can buy lessons as gifts for people – you know, the ones who already have everything – whether children or adults, and he tailors the lesson right to what they want to learn, how old they are, what they’re interested in.  They’re completely bespoke and surprisingly affordable.

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So, that’s what I did.  I sat down with Chris for a lesson – determined to learn at least one thing that would make my kids go, “what the….?” and might, just might, elevate me to the status of being a ‘cool mum’ for a millisecond before reality kicked back in.  Oh, and maybe something that might make Mr C gasp in amazement as well.

I loved the lesson.  Loved it.  Laughed my head off.  Realised, once again, that I am shockingly uncoordinated.

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Chris ran through a couple of tricks that would win you a bet in a bar – were I the kind of girl to make bets in bars – and I think I’ve more or less got the hang of them.  Well, I did manage to make Mr C raise an eyebrow with my balancing-a-pound-on-a-tenner trick, and our eldest was impressed with my 3 cups manoeuvre.  There’s also a very cool trick that has you making spots leap from one little ‘paddle’ to another and back again, which was brilliant.

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Then it was on to card tricks.  I was so good (ahem…) that I actually managed to make the card disappear the first few times I tried it.  Except I was only supposed to make it turn over, so that wasn’t the strongest of starts.

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Can you see your card there? No? Oh….

But I kept going and – get me! – I actually managed it.  Will have to work on my patter, though – the whole ‘nervous laugh while glancing at the cards’ thing isn’t really going to wow anyone, now is it?

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And is this your card? The 2 of Clubs? Ta-da!

Tell you what, though: a magic lesson would make a cracking present.  I’m already wondering whether Mr C fancies a go (he’s impossible to buy for if you stray from socks) this Christmas.

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So, lovelies.  Pick a card, any card.  Don’t tell me what it is, will you?  Right, now pop it back in the pack.  Was it this one?  No….?   Er…  hold on….  this one….? 

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