As we reported back on the 12th April here SIM member Will McGrath (bottom right of picture) was one of the lucky few who was chosen to be an escort for this years Rose of Tralee Festival. Will was chaperoning the New Orleans Rose, Lizzy Wales. We asked Will how the experience was and whether he managed to perform his miracles over the course of the week in Tralee,
"Yah. I was a hit with the roses and the family and friends. It became my party piece. I did it everywhere, to the roses, the families, the friends, RTE, Rose TV, a few journos, lay people, maybe about 300 or 400 tricks a night. I went through about 8 or 9 decks down there and that is no joke, mind you the bar literally stayed open all night for us and I'd often crawl into bed with literally an hour left to get up. But it honestly was the best time of my life. I didn't try to network though, I wasn't there for that. I was just there to entertain and make people smile, and that was certainly the case. Particularly Bruised (by creative magic) and a ghost deck (Mesika loops), a couple of my own tricks and a few from Derren Browns repertoire. Particularly, and I have to give it a mention, cause it got me everywhere... Zamiels Rose, one of Derren's tricks I got permission off him to perform, and was hugely popular!"
Ed. note - Zamiel's Rose is a beautiful effect from Derren's Devil's Picture Book DVD which has been re-released through his website recently.