In Abergele in the sixties, your birthday party was a non-event if you hadn’t booked Dai Magic.
He was brilliant! He could even make packets of crisps appear out of thin air. Well, out of a saucepan of flames actually. We were all well and truly mystified. Yes, David Copperfield makes the Statue of Liberty disappear, but can he conjure up bags of salt ‘n vinegar out of thin air?
Dai Magic was the late Dai Davies who had a busy greengrocer’s in Chapel Street in the days when the veg was packed in brown paper, not poly bags. He always wore a brown overall – Clark Kent style – at work, but for children’s parties he’d appear – transformed – as Dai Magic.
He had a trick where he’d hold a narrow box with two doors on the front. Into a slot at the top of the box he’d drop a round disk painted to look like the sun. He’d tilt that box and you’d hear the sun roll down. He’d open the uppermost door and, as you’d expect, the sun had disappeared.
‘Open the other door, Dai!’ we’d all yell.
‘Can’t hear you.’
‘The other door!’
He opened it. No sun there either! Wow.
Nowadays, if you want your kiddies’ party to go well, you book a bouncy castle; we had something far better at parties in Abergele in the sixties. We had Dai Magic.