I’m a sucker for card tricks. Ricky Jay is some kind of sinister genius. I think I’d rather be a great card manipulator than a concert trombonist, or a seed merchant. Or an alcoholic podiatrist. Plus also, he’s lent his dark presence to some great movies. Do you enjoy a magic trick, readers? Perhaps you might find a YouTube clip of your favourite, or have an anecdote to share (without giving away any Magic Circle tricks – because you would be sawn in half with a real saw). Perhaps the whole business leaves you cold, except for Doug Henning. Or David Nixon. He was an odd cove, wasn’t he?