Ma­gi­cian is tricked out of his tak­ings

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Robert Dalling @RobertDall­ing [email protected]­di­awales.co.uk 01554 700811

A STREET ma­gi­cian from Llanelli may re­sort to get­ting a se­cu­rity cam­era – af­ter thieves re­peat­edly stole his tak­ings.

Jonathon Jones per­forms his act, which in­volves sleight of hand, prob­a­bil­ity and mind tricks, with a deck of cards in shop­ping ar­eas across South Wales.

On Fri­day, the 29-yearold trav­elled to Cardiff where he was per­form­ing his magic when some­one sneaked up be­hind him and grabbed a large amount of his tak­ings from his hat be­fore run­ning away.

It is the fourth time it has hap­pened to Mr Jones, who says he is now con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a GoPro cam­era to stop it hap­pen­ing again.

“Some­body came from be­hind me and snatched a load of change from my hat,” he said.

“I had started per­form­ing my magic and had a few peo­ple around me, and no­body saw any­thing. When I looked at my hat, there was sig­nif­i­cantly less change in there than there was pre­vi­ously.

“That money, in par­tic­u­lar, was go­ing to­wards a Christmas present for my wife, some­thing spe­cific she had asked for.

“At this time of year, it means I’m go­ing to have to go and have an­other day of street per­form­ing to make that money up.

“It’s one of those things, it’s an oc­cu­pa­tional haz­ard. There are no cam­eras pointed at where I was per­form­ing and know who did it.”

Mr Jones said he did not hold any grudges to­wards the peo­ple who stole from him.

“It’s a dif­fi­cult time of year for a lot of peo­ple,” he said. “Des­per­ate times call for des­per­ate mea­sures, I don’t hold any grudges.

“I do think I’m go­ing to have to get my­self a GoPro cam­era now or start emp­ty­ing my hat reg­u­larly.

“This is the fourth time this has hap­pened, and it’s time maybe I do some­thing to dis­suade peo­ple from do­ing it.”

The ma­gi­cian, who lives in Bynea, Llanelli, per­forms his tricks up to four days a week from around 10am un­til 6pm. He said that in colder weather it can be quite tough.

In 2016 he had his flat I don’t cap, which be­longed to his late grand­dad, swiped along with his day’s tak­ings as he per­formed at Llanelli’s Step­ney Precinct.

It prompted him to launch an ap­peal to track down the cap, but it was never re­cov­ered.

“But I was given a new hat by a lady in Llanelli who had read about what had hap­pened,” he added.

“I feel be­cause Llanelli has been so sup­port­ive of me, us­ing the hat I was given in­stead keeps that ap­pre­ci­a­tion and re­minds me of where I started, no mat­ter where I go.”

Pic­ture: Jonathan My­ers

Jonathon Jones per­form­ing one his tricks.

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