AS we walk along the quay towards the boatyard we pass beside rows of restaurants serving Mediterranean specialities. We can hear snippets of different conversations in many languages, along with more I’m not so familiar with. Happy people having a beautiful time. Waiters moving at full tilt. It’s busy, busy. This is Port Adriano, the super-luxury super-yacht harbour on our island.
A key element to the increasing popularity of the Port has to be its events plan. This year alone they’ve brought Gloria Gaynor, The Orchestra, Omara Portuondo, Diego ‘El Cigala,’ 2 Cellos and now the magician Jorge Blass who we are on our way to see.
We wind around the restaurants, gaze at the squillion euro boats and briefly pause at the ice cream stand, just to check of course.
Jorge Blass isn’’t just any old magician, he’s worked with the best of the best: David Copperfield introduces him via a short video clip before Jorge takes the stage. Jorge performs in English and Spanish, he’s funny, quick, and mind-bogglingly good. My daughter is transfixed by him throughout as is the rest of the 1,000 strong audience.
We’re sitting under the stars with the sea to our left. It is really quite lovely. A breeze ripples through, cooling us off and my mind wanders a little as Jorge does a clever trick joining and rejoining ropes. Perhaps we could just live our lives in the evenings in August in Majorca.
It really is very pleasant after all. Maybe, I wonder, I could just sleep all day tomorrow and get up again as the sun goes down… I could just sit here for a while… I’m pulled out of my daydreaming as an acquaintance of mine is in the audience and she is being invited onto the stage. I watch as she is surprised with an elaborate trick which ends with a friend of hers being revealed in a box and she goes into jaw-aching shock.
Then Jorge calls up a little girl who charmingly sits on a high chair swinging her ankles whilst Jorge does a conjuring trick with paper and money. His sleight of hand is astonishing as he pulls first a 50 then a 500 euro note out of the torn up page of a show programme. He promises the little girl that if she puts the programme for the Port Adriano events under her pillow in the morning she will find a €5 note. My daughter looks expectantly at me and then carefully puts her own programme in her pocket. I try to remember if I have a €5 note in my wallet for later. The show ends as it begins with a good dollop of glamour and glitter, razzmatazz, flair and showmanship. It’s fitting for the Port Adriano team as everything they have done this year has been top quality. Congratulations to them, I can’t wait to see who you will bring to the island next year.
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