We love this story in the Echo here about Tory councillor James Cottis and his magical skills:
POLITICIANS often promise to wave their magic wands to improve people’s lives.
But when young Rochford councillor James Cottis talks about performing magic tricks, he means it.
The amateur magician has returned from a conference in Las Vegas with an idea for helping hospital patients and people with disabilities get better by teaching them simple magic tricks.
Mr Cottis, 25, is keen to introduce Project Magic to hospitals across south Essex, including Basildon and Southend, which would see local magicians visit wards teaching patients magic….
….. Ros Mortis, a spokeswoman for Southend Hospital, said: “It sounds an interesting idea and we are happy to consider anything demonstrated as beneficial to our patients.
“However, we are scrupulous about who we allow into our wards due to the risk of infections….”
Judging by the photo attached to the article , James seems to have done a disappearing act on part of himself …. well done.
But he could have a magic rival soon…. we know there’s an even younger Lib Dem helper who does some pretty good tricks….