The phrase “better late than never” is no truer than when it refers to birthday presents; doubly so when that present is a magic trick.
Ex-Philadelphia Eagle Jon Dorenbos stopped by the set of Ellen yesterday to talk about being awarded a Super Bowl ring in honor of the team’s recent win, and he brought with him a special magic trick to honor Ellen’s birthday. The two go through a deck of cards and throw them around wildly, chucking them into a box, dumping them out of the box, until only one card remains – but there’s another prize in store. Check out the full performance below:
He also performs a second bonus trick, involving a deck of cards and two wine glasses (no wine, unfortunately).
Dorenbos also briefly mentions that a film about his life is currently in the works. The pro-football player was forced into retirement due to a heart condition, and made the leap into professional magic shortly thereafter, making a few other appearances on Ellen, as well as making it all the way to the America’s Got Talent season 11 finals.
Who does Dorenbos hope to play him in the movie version of his life? Oh, only Zac Efron or Chris Pratt. You and me both, dude.
Ledley King was one of the Tottenham Hotspurs’ best defenders before retiring due to knee injuries back in 2012. While he may no longer play soccer (or football, as it’s know literally everywhere else but the United States), he still acts as the official ambassador for the team, representing the Spurs on social media and at various engagements. For this particular event, King wanted to do something a bit more… magical.
🧙♂️ We know @LedleyKing could perform magic on the pitch…
👀 Can he provide the same spellbinding performance off it?
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 5, 2018
The plan was to roll into a special lunch hosted at Wembley Stadium for some contest winners, dressed up in a special costume, complete with wig and make-up. The guests only knew that they would be visted by a “Mr. Tottenham”, who would swing by, shake some hands, and perform some tricks. To prepare, King enlisted the help of illusionist and dancer Magical Bones, who taught King a few tricks to perform for the fans at this event.
A bunch of practice and a few hours of costume prep, and he was all set for the big day, the fruits of which you can view in the tweet embedded above. The way they work the last card trick into the moment King reveals who he is is pretty inspired, I must say.