Prince Charles Used To Be a Magician

Prince Charles hasn’t exactly been the most beloved member of the British royal family. As he matured, the royals tried to craft a playboy persona around him that he never really embraced. In fact, those were qualities that his father, Prince Philip, and younger brother, Prince Andrew had instead.

The future Crowned King’s reputation soured even further when his affair with his current wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was exposed while he was still married to Princess Diana.

Though Prince Charles has worked to rebuild his reputation with the press and the public, there are certain unusual aspects of his life that will remain with him forever, including the time he was a full out magician.

Official portrait to mark the 60th Birthday of The Prince of Wales, taken by photographer Hugo Burnand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Thursday November 13, 2008. See PA story ROYAL Birthday
Official portrait to mark the 60th Birthday of The Prince of Wales, taken by photographer Hugo Burnand. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date date: Thursday November 13, 2008. See PA story ROYAL Birthday | Hugo Burnand/PA Wire

Prince Charles has always had eccentric qualities

Since he had spent his entire life in the royal fold, Prince Charles knows very little about “everyday” life. Up until a few years ago, he had no idea what cling wrap was. He is known for his obsession surrounding his meticulous wardrobe. He considers every single detail down his shoelaces.

The prince had quite the affinity for animals, and not just cats and dogs. He keeps and raises chickens, and he’s known for inviting a squirrel or two into his home.

He’s also a creature of habit, who has to have specific things when he travels and who eats the exact same thing for breakfast every single day.

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Prince Charles hasn’t always been popular in his family or with royal fans

While royal fans were side-eying Prince Charles following the revelation of his scandalous affair, he’s also openly discussed feeling like an outsider in his family. Growing up, the prince has said that he was not as close to his parents since his mother was often working a hectic schedule.

Prince Philip also gave fans some insight into his relationship with his eldest son. “Charles is a romantic — and I’m a pragmatist.” Prince Philip said in 2004 according to The Daily Telegraph. “That means we do see things differently. And because I don’t see things as a romantic would, I’m unfeeling.”

In fact, the Duke of Edinburgh never quite understood some of his son’s hobbies including his work as a member of the Dryden Society, the drama group at Trinity College, Cambridge, or his delight in magic.

Prince Charles used to be a magician

Prince Charles has already expressed his delight with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter book franchise. “He does all the voices, because he is a brilliant mimic,” the Duchess of Cornwall told Daily Mail in 2017. “I’m not very good. I try to do the voices, but acting isn’t my forte. But he sits down and [the grandchildren] all sit with him.”

However, his love of magic goes much deeper than the Wizarding World. According to Mental Floss, back in 1975, when the future king was 27-years-old, he became a member of the Magic Circle. The Magic circle is a society of stage magicians founded in London way back in 1905. 

Apparently, Prince Charles auditioned using a “cup and balls” trick. The actual cup and balls he used are on display at the Magic Circle’s museum in London.