The Prestige

Halfway through the West Indian innings against India, I could think of nothing but an uncanny reference to the 3 famous acts of magic.

Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called “The Pledge”. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course…it probably isn’t.


Chris Gayle scores brilliant 100 off 48 balls against England in the group match


The second act is called “The Turn”. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary.


Bumrah bowled Gayle

Now you’re looking for the secret… but you won’t find it, because of course you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn’t clap yet. Because making something disappear isn’t enough; you have to bring it back. That’s why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call “The Prestige”.



The focus was on Gayle throughout the match. We thought these lads were wasting their time and we were going to script another Lagaan in Eden Gardens. But while you weren’t looking, West Indies pull off their final act – The prestige.

Though, it was a tough match to lose, I wish all the luck to the deserving Carribean magicians to take another WT20 trophy home! 🙂


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