Drummond Money-Coutts

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For the poet & librettist see Francis Money-Coutts, 5th Baron Latymer
The Honourable
Drummond Money-Coutts
DrummondMoneyCoutts.jpg
Profile photo of Money-Coutts in 2008.
Born (1986-05-11) 11 May 1986 (age 30)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Occupation Magician, Cardsharp
Parent(s) Crispin Money-Coutts, 9th Baron Latymer
Lucy Deedes
Website www.dmcmagic.com

Drummond William Thomas Money-Coutts (born 11 May 1986), also nicknamed "DMC", is an English magician and specialist card sharp. Money-Coutts is the heir apparent to the Latymer Barony. He is currently in a programme on National Geographic Channel with several magic tricks and deception, aired to over 175 countries, named "Beyond Magic with DMC".

Biography[edit]

He was born in London, the son of Crispin Money-Coutts and his first wife Lucy Deedes, the daughter of Bill Deedes. In 2003, on the death of his grandfather Hugo Money-Coutts, 8th Baron Latymer, his father became the 9th Baron Latymer, and as such Drummond Money-Coutts the heir apparent.

Money-Coutts became interested in magic in 1994 after visiting Davenports, London's oldest magic shop located on the Strand, underneath the family bank Coutts where his father worked at the time. He was interested in Magic from his childhood[1] He was educated at Westbourne House School, and then Eton College, where he founded the Eton College Magic Society and also arranged a visit by Uri Geller, from whom he learned how to bend spoons. His first professional performance came in 2000 while he was still at school, at the Royal Horticultural Society.[2]

When he left Eton in 2004, his conjuring career was already well under way. By 2005, when he was at Leeds University, he had already performed before Queen Elizabeth II, Hugh Grant, and Michael Parkinson. That year he made two visits to Asia, speaking at an International Brotherhood of Magicians convention in Calcutta, and subsequently spent several weeks in Bangkok learning from local professional hustlers. Also in 2005, while on a visit to New York City, he studied with the professional magicians Jamy Ian Swiss, Simon Lovell, and Billy McComb.

In July 2007, he published a booklet called Mr Magnificent: Highlight of the Night!, a concise guide to the professional and financial aspects of magic, written for magicians.[3]

In 2009 he completed four months of training and qualified as a professional croupier and card dealer at the London Gaming College.

As a Brixton resident, DMC is a regular on the London party scene.

Film productions[edit]

In August 2007 he travelled to Kenya with his school friend and fellow performer Tom Lyon to film Kenyan Conjurations: the School Built By Magic, a DVD documentary released early in 2008 and sold to raise funds to build a primary school on the Kenyan coast. The project has raised over ₤17,000 to date.[4]

In August 2008 he travelled again with Tom Lyon to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics, where the pair filmed their second DVD together.

In August 2010 he spent a month in Tanzania, both performing and investigating the widespread beliefs in witchcraft. The short film, Tanzanian Devil - The Dark Truths B'hind the African Witchdoctors, was released on the internet on 26 October 2010. In February 2011, the film was featured on Derren Brown's blog with an article detailing the witchcraft issues in Tanzania and Swaiziland.[5]

In January 2012, following the murder and ritual sacrifice of a young girl in southern India,[6] he returned to the country to film the short film, Why Do We Believe?, which looked at why human beings today still believe in superstitions, rituals and beliefs in the face of modern-day technology and evidence.

In May 2012 he travelled to the supposed birthplace of magic, Egypt, in order to film his fifth solo short film, "DMC: What is Magic?". Staying in Cairo whilst the city was under military curfew, owing to the ongoing unrest after the 2011 Egyptian Revolution - the film seeks to find quite what magic really means today after so many thousands of years of development.

In June 2013 his first mainstream television special was aired worldwide on the National Geographic Channel. 'Card Shark' follows the story of the Three-Card Monte in which he travels from London to Paris and Bangkok to both perform and to meet with international card masters.[7]

Public stunts[edit]

On 11 July 2011 he announced a public treasure quest to take place in London's Natural History Museum, in which over the course of one week, ten envelopes would be hidden throughout the museum - each containing a £50 note.[8] Towards the end of the week, an eleventh envelope would then be concealed somewhere in the museum by an anonymous assistant - inside which was £1000 in cash.[9] As he states in an online video - the contents and money would belong to whomsoever located each envelope. Once hidden in the museum, the £1000 envelope was not found for 72 hours - finally located by Chris Howard and Javier Trapero on the first floor of the Central Hall, on Monday 18 July.[10] Although the Natural History Museum was not made aware of the stunt prior to its launch, staff and management confirmed record admittance numbers during the week of the treasure hunt.

In November 2011 he spent 8 consecutive evenings sleeping rough in London as part of a wider campaign for the youth homeless charity, Centrepoint (charity) - a campaign which went on to raise over £250 000 in total.[11] In 2013, DMC attempted an escapology stunt in which he was injured. He was situated between two golf carts and planned to escape handcuffs and ropes before the carts accelerated away from him in opposite directions. He had still not undone one of the ropes and was dragged away by a cart and scraped badly up his torso. He called the performance "Torn Apart". He performed the stunt successfully in second try but this time with two trucks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McPhee, Rod (11 October 2005). "Standing out from the pack". The Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Bryony (27 August 2004). "Card Sharp". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2007-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Mr Magnificent". Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  4. ^ Middleton, Christopher (30 August 2008). "Conjuring up a school by magic". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 
  5. ^ Derren Brown Blog, UK (8 February 2011). "Magic meets Mysticism in Tanzania". Derren Brown official website. Retrieved 2014-11-21. 
  6. ^ The Daily Mail, UK (12 January 2012). "The murdered Indian girl, 7, whose liver was cut out in a sacrifice to the gods for a better harvest". Mail Online. Retrieved 2012-03-30. 
  7. ^ National Geographic Channel International, UK (3 June 2013). "Card Shark, National Geographic International". NGI. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  8. ^ Derren Brown Official Blog, UK (14 July 2011). "Take part in a treasure hunt and find £1000". Derren Brown official website. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  9. ^ Evening Standard Diary, UK (12 July 2011). "Now for the Money man's latest trick". Londoner's Diary, Evening Standard. Retrieved 2011-07-12. 
  10. ^ Evening Standard Diary, UK (19 July 2011). "A welcome disappearing act". Londoner's Diary, Evening Standard. Retrieved 2011-07-31. 
  11. ^ The Independent, UK, UK (18 November 2011). "Drummond Money-Coutts: Hitting the streets to raise awareness". Blogs, The Independent. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 

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