TAOISEACH Enda Kenny may well call on a Limerick magician to make the government debt disappear - if a letter is anything to go by.
Clonlara magician Leon Andersen met Mr Kenny when he was on the Presidential election trail last autumn in O’Connell’s cafe, Thomas Street.
Following the meeting, Leon sent a couple of pictures from their encounter to former Munster MEP John Cushnahan, who forwarded them onto the Taoiseach.
And Mr Kenny was so impressed, he wrote back to the magic man, stating: “I may have to call on you for some professional advice in order to deal with some of the tricky situations involved in my business.”
Leon was delighted at the letter from the Taoiseach, which he has framed and plans to put up at home.
He recalled the Fine Gael leader telling him of his love for magic as a youngster himself.
“He told me he really liked magic as a kid, he had a magic set when he was a kid,” Leon recalled.
“The letter really shows a humorous side to the Taoiseach above everything else. It is not every day you get a letter from the Taoiseach, let alone like this with a bit of humour!”
And he joked: “If the Taoiseach wants to take on some magic lessons, he can give me a shout!”
Meanwhile, Leon is gearing up to open a magic school in the Bays, Moyross.
The first magic school in the country, he already has 20 youngsters engaged.
Leading magician Keith Barry will cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony, set for Friday, September 28, at midday
“The centre is about giving confidence, self esteem and social skills by teaching magic skills to young children. The main focus of the programme is to teach teachers on how to incorporate it into the classroom,” he said.
Leon says from his experience, children with autism or ADHD can get the most benefit from magic.
“It should encourage leadership skills, social skills, confidence and self-esteem by developing one magic trick,” he explained.
Each class will last between 60 and 90 minutes, on a ten week programme.
It is hoped at the end of this period, the children will have enough confidence to perform a magic show in front of their peers in one of the northside community centres.
Following this, he wants to go further - and show teachers how magic can be used in the classroom to inspire youngsters. For more information on the centre - located beside the Ceim ar Ceim project - contact www.lamagic.ie, or telephone Leon on 086-0873960.