‘We witnessed and felt a moment of pure magic during the Malpas Yesteryear Rally this year and I am writing to you because it occurred during your final show of the weekend. At the start of this performance of your close up magic with coin, crystal ball and handkerchief you chose a little girl to assist you. It was a silent performance so I don't think we ever knew her name. At the moment that crystal ball vanished and the sadness on your face at its loss we were both drawn to this little girl. The sadness she shared and worry for you was palpable and in all honesty from that moment I'm not entirely sure what magic you were performing as we were all, without exception, captured by the absolute focus on her face. This changed from worry to concentration and hope then wonder when she was guided to waggle her fingers in the direction of your closed hand and then she realised she was going to be part of the actual real life magic and make something appear from nothing. No words will ever be able to express that expression we saw but it is something that I believe will always stay with us and I'm not ashamed to say that along with goosebumps we both welled up a little at how adorable this moment was. We are convinced that she will go on to have a fondness in her heart for magic for the rest of her days. We have been captured by the warm embrace of your shows for many years now from the very first time at Hollowell Steam Show seven or so years ago to Malpas this year. I hope that everyone who experiences your show has at least just a moment, even a flicker of the magic that little girl expressed so openly on her face. If they do, there is hope for wonder in the world once again.’
It is rare that I stop to watch a street performance (last time was at The Fringe) but today we were all captivated by your performance. Your enthusiasm and energy were infectious (an infection that no antidote is called for)! You entertained my family aged from 8 to 73 for the whole of your performance.
Thrilling, amazing and exceptional are just a few words that spring to mind.
As they say in Scotland - Lang may your Lum Reek.