As part of the BBC’s FA Cup semi-final build-up this weekend, magician Jamie Raven made a trip to the Crystal Palace training ground to perform a remarkable trick for Joel Ward, Scott Dann and Joe Ledley.
The FA Cup has always been a competition that provokes a sense of nostalgia for football fans across the country, following on from an era when the final was one of the few games that were televised live into the living rooms of the nation, and now, with the help of a willing magician, the BBC are happily entering into the carnival atmosphere that arrives with the semi-final weekend.
The trick itself involves the trio’s manager Alan Pardew, with Raven prompting Ward to select the colours that will make up the gaffer’s suit, shirt, tie and shoes on Sunday afternoon via the use of some felt tip pens and a cartoon image of the 54-year-old, all of which is done out of the magician’s sight.
If you happen to be one of the cynical souls who remains highly sceptical about the methods used by those who occupy a place in the magic circle, (I confess, I am too) then simply ask yourself whether or not Scott Dann is likely to play along with an amazed expression had he in fact not been floored by the act of deception that Raven had just pulled off in front of his eyes.
There’s a very good chance that you’re beginning to feel the nerves ahead of what is an absolutely huge game for our football club at Wembley on Sunday afternoon, so do yourself a favour and indulge in some light relief courtesy of a genuinely impressive Palace-themed trick.