After I sit down with British magician, mentalist and illusionist, Drummond Cash-Coutts, or DMC as he’s popularly identified, in a Delhi resort foyer for this interview, I can’t assist noticing his tattoo. It options three Hindi phrases and is positioned proper above his left ear, peeking out from behind his gold-rimmed Harry Potter-round glasses.
“The tattoo says hausla, pyaar, vishwaas (braveness, love, religion)!” Drummond smiles. “Throughout my third journey to India, once I was travelling throughout Rajasthan, I purchased numerous books from little bookstores. I used to be studying so much about spirituality and having the correct mindset for all times. One night, I sat down and wrote three mantras for myself and determined that it doesn’t matter what, I’d all the time persist with them. Upon arriving again in London, I wrote to my pal Mohammad in Udaipur, asking him that, if he had been to seize every of those phrases in a Hindi phrase, what would they be? That is what he mentioned they’d be. It’s my little piece of India!”explains the 35-year-old star of the 2018 Netflix present, Demise by Magic.
Though Drummond is understood to the general public as a magician, mentalist and illusionist, he prefers to name himself a magician, as a result of it’s one thing of an umbrella time period for what he does when he performs.
“For me, the phrase ‘magic’ captures the whole lot,” he says. “Whereas mentalism is extra focussed on psychology, thoughts studying, and psychological powers, and illusionism offers usually with optical illusions. It’s bigger, visible magic.”
He started his profession as a magician after executing a French drop on his profession in finance at Goldman Sachs, London. He calls this his “Plan A”.
“Whereas climbing a mountain in Africa, once I instructed my father about Plan A, he requested me what Plan B was. I mentioned it was to make Plan A piece!” Drummond chuckles.
Drummond is the son of Lord Crispin Latymer, and belongs to the monetary dynasty of Coutts & Co., the eighth oldest financial institution on the planet and personal bankers to British royalty.
His father can’t complain about Drummond’s curiosity in magic. In spite of everything, it was his father who had taken him to the oldest magic store within the UK when he was all of eight. Fascinated with all of the magic props and enjoying playing cards, Drummond felt he might each study magic, and introduce the world to it. He’s been so successful since he gave up the spreadsheets, he ‘s now a star in his personal proper, and a magician to the world’s who’s who.
A visit to Delhi, when he was 19 years previous, to fulfill household associates marked the start of Drummond’s long-term relationship with India, which has solely grown stronger through the years.
“I landed in Delhi and went off to Udaipur the very subsequent day,” he recollects about his first go to to the nation. “I fell in love with town and found India whereas spending a month right here, working for a charity and travelling round villages doing magic. That’s why Udaipur is a deeply particular place for me. I additionally went to a magic conference in Kolkata, which I fairly loved.”
Actually, Drummond is simply again from one other present in Kolkata, stopping over in Delhi to meet up with household associates.
He visits India usually, performing not solely at ticketed and personal dos, but in addition at weddings. Nonetheless, he has one other particular motive to return many times. Drummond met his girlfriend at Soho Home Mumbai early this 12 months. She now helps him polish his spoken Hindi for the magic exhibits, and collectively they watch Bollywood motion pictures whereas having fun with sabzi-roti.
“Important Hindi parh raha hoon. Mere liye mushkil hai. Woh mujhe maddad karti hai (I’m studying Hindi. It’s powerful for me however she helps me),” says Drummond. “This 12 months, jadu ke liye, predominant Hindi bolna chahiye (this 12 months, whereas acting at my magic exhibits, I wish to converse in Hindi) as a lot as doable. I’ve been utilizing the Duolingo language studying app, the place I accomplished a Hindi course and learnt the script this 12 months, so it’s been a really huge step.”
King of arts
Drummond doesn’t spend all his spare time practising his magic and studying Hindi. Final 12 months, in the course of the lockdown, he utilised the time he bought to write down the primary draft of a e book and curate a card sport known as Zilch—he’s a card shark too!
“Pre-Covid, I used to be very magic-focussed. However Covid-19 actually expanded my horizon as a result of the lockdown gave everybody the time to consider numerous issues. So, I’ve been writing a novel which I’ve been wanting to write down for a few years, and I created a card sport known as Zilch, which may be very particular. It’s a kind of UNO with letters; a word-building sport, principally. A very easy, however fast-paced and enjoyable sport that sells so much. I like chess and pictures and I’ve all the time adored skydiving, leather-making—I make wallets, I made this Italian leather-based pockets—I’ve bought a stressed thoughts!” reveals the magician.
I circle him again to the subject of the novel. “After I was 19 and went to uni, I didn’t get pleasure from it in any respect and I reached out to a household pal in his sixties, who was very profitable, and sought his recommendation on whether or not college can be helpful,” Drummond says. “We’d met a couple of times, and he wrote again 1,500 phrases in probably the most lovely electronic mail with quotes, ideas and anecdotes—unimaginable knowledge. That started this very shut mentor-mentee relationship. He guided me by so lots of my questions on life in my early twenties; we’d go for lunch, and I’d simply load up on questions that he’d reply.
“After I was 24, he died of most cancers. Simply earlier than that he had mentioned to me, ‘perhaps we must always write a e book collectively’. I all the time thought he would’ve identified that he wouldn’t have had the time to write down a e book, so perhaps that was his method of telling me to seize all of the conversations,” says Drummond.
Since his mentor handed away, Drummond had been desirous about how he might put him and their deeply private story within the form of a e book, and really early into lockdown, he sat down, fleshing out the concept within the type of fiction.
“I completed the primary draft about four-five months in the past and hope to have a correct draft this 12 months to inform this deeply private story,” says Drummond.
From HT Brunch, January 30, 2022
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