“Comedian” Ruins Magic Trick – Angers Magicians

Peter Kay Poses with Safire in Blackpool

The IC North Wales (UK) reports today Peter Kay, described as a ‘Top Comedian,’ “pulled back a theater curtain to reveal a magician stuffing his assistant in a box as they prepared a trick.”  The story was recounted on a talk show hosted by Michael Parkinson. 

The theatre audience laughed – as did millions of Parkinson viewers during Saturday night’s chat show. But North Wales couple Stuart and Jayne Loughland watched in disbelief as Kay recounted the tale.

You will no doubt recall Inside Magic’s article profiling Mr. & Mrs. Loughland a/k/a Safire and their award-winning routine. 

Safire was performing at the prestigious Opera Theatre in Blackpool last summer and shared the bill with “comedian” Peter Kay. 

Mr. Loughland told reporters last night,  “He had deliberately got caught up in the curtain, saying he wanted a full stage and things moved. I was just pushing Jayne into a box and when I looked up all I could see was Peter standing there with about half the audience behind him.” 

Ever the professionals, Safire carried on. 

“I couldn’t believe my eyes. He is a brilliant entertainer and I reckon he knew we were behind the curtain and getting ready. Initially I just panicked when I saw him but in the end all went well and the 3,000 people in the theatre gave us a great ovation.”

The couple are Associate Members of the Magic Circle. 

Contrary to the comedian’s description, both Stuart and Jayne are illusionists in the act. 

“We both do illusions, whether it’s close up stuff or creating sets,” said Mr. Loughland.  Theirs is a match made in magic heaven.  A chance meeting while working at the same pharmacy developed into a marriage of their talents and their lives. 

The couple formed the act, Safire about a year before they became husband and wife.  Since then, they have traveled the world and appeared with big names. 

Their current presentation displays not only their magical talents, it also shows their theatrical innovation.  Their act fits within a story.  Mr. Loughland told reporters, “The production is loosely based on Pirates Of The Caribbean and not only do we get to perform our illusions in the act but we play parts with Paul and Barry (the Chuckle Brothers) in the comedy sketches. I even get involved in a sword fight.”

Visit Safire on the web here.



Peter Kay Poses with Safire in Blackpool

The IC North Wales (UK) reports today Peter Kay, described as a ‘Top Comedian,’ “pulled back a theater curtain to reveal a magician stuffing his assistant in a box as they prepared a trick.”  The story was recounted on a talk show hosted by Michael Parkinson. 

The theatre audience laughed – as did millions of Parkinson viewers during Saturday night’s chat show. But North Wales couple Stuart and Jayne Loughland watched in disbelief as Kay recounted the tale.

You will no doubt recall Inside Magic’s article profiling Mr. & Mrs. Loughland a/k/a Safire and their award-winning routine. 

Safire was performing at the prestigious Opera Theatre in Blackpool last summer and shared the bill with “comedian” Peter Kay. 

Mr. Loughland told reporters last night,  “He had deliberately got caught up in the curtain, saying he wanted a full stage and things moved. I was just pushing Jayne into a box and when I looked up all I could see was Peter standing there with about half the audience behind him.” 

Ever the professionals, Safire carried on. 

“I couldn’t believe my eyes. He is a brilliant entertainer and I reckon he knew we were behind the curtain and getting ready. Initially I just panicked when I saw him but in the end all went well and the 3,000 people in the theatre gave us a great ovation.”

The couple are Associate Members of the Magic Circle. 

Contrary to the comedian’s description, both Stuart and Jayne are illusionists in the act. 

“We both do illusions, whether it’s close up stuff or creating sets,” said Mr. Loughland.  Theirs is a match made in magic heaven.  A chance meeting while working at the same pharmacy developed into a marriage of their talents and their lives. 

The couple formed the act, Safire about a year before they became husband and wife.  Since then, they have traveled the world and appeared with big names. 

Their current presentation displays not only their magical talents, it also shows their theatrical innovation.  Their act fits within a story.  Mr. Loughland told reporters, “The production is loosely based on Pirates Of The Caribbean and not only do we get to perform our illusions in the act but we play parts with Paul and Barry (the Chuckle Brothers) in the comedy sketches. I even get involved in a sword fight.”

Visit Safire on the web here.

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