Trick question

Sure, they might be some of the City’s best-paid lawyers, but how many magic circle lawyers can actually do magic? Very few, Tulkinghorn wagers.

Step forward new Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) restructuring partner and amateur conjurer Rupert Connell. He has been a member of the Magic Circle (that’s the magicians’ union not the group of elite law firms) for nearly two decades.

One of Tulkinghorn’s scribes had the chance to speak to Connell following his move from Fladgate to BLG last month and couldn’t resist quizzing the great man on his favourite illusion. The trick is a ­version of the classic three-card monte, which involves the spectator ­placing bets on the ­position of various coloured cards in the pack. After several incorrect guesses, the magician reveals the coloured cards – which are marked with the exact amount of money gambled on the trick.

Sadly, Connell doesn’t do children’s parties. “They are far too quick off the mark,” he says, complaining that kids always want to look up his sleeves. ­Presumably his adult lawyer colleagues are far more easily duped.