Magic Al

September 26, 2010

in Diner Stories

I was enjoying a fairly simple lunch at one of my favourite restaurants one afternoon when a man dressed in a cowboy suit entered the dining room. I didn’t know this at the time, but I eventually learned that this man was known in my hometown as Magic Al, and that he was an eccentric deaf man who liked to perform magic tricks for people.

Eventually he stood up from his seat and strolled over to the woman sitting at the table next to me. He started making strange noises and waving his hands around. The woman was clearly quite alarmed and had no idea what to say or do. When her husband arrived he asked what was going on. Magic Al then proceeded to whip out the poker cards and make them disappear in his hands. Next came the old handkerchief-appearing-in-my-hand trick, followed by a variety of strange magic acts. Half the dining room stared at this strange man and the disturbed couple he was attempting to entertain. When he got no applause and only some wild stares, he gave up and went back to his table. There were no more incidents after that but it was still a little bit entertaining!

– Peace Lover

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack September 27, 2010 at 11:51 am

I think the manager of the restaurant should have intervened. Magic Al was out of place. He may have meant no harm, but I can understand the couple being disturbed by his actions. When I'm in a restaurant I don't expect to be harassed by the town clown.


tim September 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

I know a guy like that, and he goes to places where people congregate…like restaurants. He pulls out the tarot cards and gives everyone the same basic reading. Very general info, nothing specific. The sign of a true scammer. He always expects a tip for his "readings". Probably the same is true with this deaf guy…only he probably makes good money capitalizing on his disability.


College Kid November 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

wtf is a "cowboy suit"


Jack November 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm

It's a suit that makes you look like a cowboy. How dumb are you?


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