London Jones has been in love with magic since she saw a magician at the age of six. Since then, the nine-year-old has mastered over 50 tricks and assumed the stage name ‘London the Magnificent.’ She’s been wanting to see her magic idols, Penn and Teller, and this weekend she got her chance when they brought their show to Calgary. Her parents had already bought her tickets, but London wrote the pair a letter asking to meet them too.
In her handwritten note, she told them that she watches their Fool Us show where aspiring magicians perform tricks and the pair try to replicate them. She then asked if she could meet them and show them a magic trick of her own. She concluded her letter, ‘Why is there not many girls doing magic? I hope to hear from you.’
On October 13 Penn Jillette tweeted a photo of the letter saying it was ‘hard to stop crying to type’ and that ‘women are the future of magic.’
Ever have the slightest question of why we do this? Hard to stop crying to type. Women are the future of magic! pic.twitter.com/3tv6dXW4GP
— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) October 13, 2017
At last night’s show, London the Magnificent met her idols and performed the ‘Find the King’ trick for the duo which Penn later tweeted was ‘perfectly done.’ Afterwards, he spoke about how happy he is to see a growing number of girls show interest in magic.
Met London the Magnificent and she did a wonderful “find the king” trick for us. Complicated routine, perfectly done. Now we need to go on.
— Penn Jillette (@pennjillette) October 21, 2017
‘My daughter is 12–my daughter Moxie–and my daughter’s also into magic,’ he told CTV, ’20 years ago, you’d be very hard pressed to find two girls who were into magic, it was strictly a boys’ thing, and now they’re all over the place.
‘One of the reasons there’s so few women magicians [is that] the magicians didn’t let them into the magic clubs. It’s a really horrible thing. If they did let them in, it was really a boys’ club atmosphere.’ He added that the growing inclusivity is likely due to more open access to learning resources. Girls can look up a trick tutorial online just as easily as boys, without needing to be part of the exclusive club.
‘Now, because of the internet and, I like to think a little bit because of shows like Penn & Teller: Fool Us, girls are starting to understand that the secrets are not just for boys and there’s a lot of good girl magicians coming around.’