Drummond Money-Coutts on His Pandemic Plans and Why Netflix Doesn’t Like “Death by Magic” Season Two
Drummond Money-Coutts remembers his first visit to India, when he was a wide-eyed 18-year-old who worked for Goldman Sachs investment bank in London. “India was offering everything that the dry business environment hadn’t been for so long,” he says. “It was the energy, the magic, the colors, the people, the faces, the smiles, the madness, the unpredictability … I fell in love almost right away.”
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Now 35, he has long left corporate corridors – unexpectedly, given that his family founded Coutts & Co, the private bankers of the British Royal Family – and made a name for himself as magician and card shark. He’s also returned to the country nearly a dozen times, to do magic in paid shows and private bookings (for Ambanis and Birlas, and stars like Ranveer Singh).
But most people recognize him as the star of Netflix Death by magic. On the popular 2018 show, he recreated stunts that caused the deaths of other wizards, such as the mysterious Karr’s attempt to escape a straitjacket and a moving vehicle in 60 seconds or the Gilbert Genesta’s failed underwater escape. Shot in five different countries, what viewers don’t know is that during its production he must have “seen paramedics at three of the eight stunts” because there were accidents both in front of the camera and off camera.
Everything about the look
- Money-Coutts is a clothes rack, and he has a thing for costumes. “They’ve always been a second skin to me,” he says. “I had the good fortune to work with Huntsman, one of the biggest tailors on Saville Row in London. They have been very generous over the years with a number of costumes and overcoats. But he also likes to travel to parts of Asia and India, and get something tailor-made. On a previous trip he visited “a little tailor in Udaipur and had a very simple Nehru jacket made that I will wear for months and months.” So, for me, it is not so much about money as to find these fabrics, these styles, these colors ”.
No wonder then that there are no plans for season two. “Netflix wanted to stop rolling the dice,” he said calmly.
But taking risks is something he embraces in his everyday life. “I love skydiving, snorkeling, scuba diving, you just have to push through all of these many spaces and experiences,” says Money-Coutts, who sports a tattoo around his left ear that spells out “Hausla Pyaar Vishwas “(courage, love, faith) in Hindi. His passion for travel allows him to easily satisfy his sense of adventure, although he admits that with the pandemic, he had to find other ways to channel his energies. In 2020, he starts writing a novel, “inspired by a mentor I had when I was 19-20” (he finished the first version), and develops a new card game, Zilch! “It’s a very simple but competitive word game with playing cards,” he explains, adding that it will soon be launched in India.
Very much like love
Currently in the country, Money-Coutts thinks the time has come for magic. “Everyone has been looking for a way to escape the realities of what’s been going on for 18 months now, whether it’s comedy, music, literature, movies or magic. ”
But does he never tire of illusions? No, he says, because in many ways magic is like love. “For me, it’s all based on that same feeling, that moment of astonishment, that moment of wide-eyed wonder when you see something impossible, you throw your head back and you soak up this incredible moment of wonder. wonder and wonder. “