Before you watch
Think about the following questions:
- What do you know about British Hallowe'en traditions?
- Can you do any magic tricks?
Now watch Stephen and Ashlie preparing for their Hallowe'en party.
Stephen: OK, just the mouth to go and there we go. Wow! What do you think? Looks like Ashlie.
Ashlie: Stephen, can you give me a hand here, please?
Stephen: It’s Hallowe'en this weekend and we’re getting ready for a big party.
Ashlie: We’ll be dressing up and having fun with all the Hallowe'en traditions.
Stephen: And that means we’ve got lots of work to do, starting with these apples and pumpkins.
Ashlie: Yes, but before that we need to get our costumes. Nice pumpkin, by the way. Looks just like you! Come on then, let’s get going.
Ashlie: So, come on then, Stephen, let’s take a look at you.
Stephen: Well, what do you think? I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of a magician.
Ashlie: Very nice. But I think it’ll take a little more than a costume to turn you into a wizard!
Stephen: Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that. They actually sell magic tricks here. I reckon I should learn a few. You know, to help with the character.
Ashlie: I think it may be a little harder than you think. Magic takes a lot of practice.
Stephen: I’m a natural. Come on, let’s have a look and see what they’ve got. Hmm. And I’ll need a wand, of course.
Ashlie: Err, are you sure you have enough there?
Stephen: I think so. Look, I’ve got my wand! What’s that?
Ashlie: So, do you think he’ll be able to do any of these tricks?
Man: Well, it does require a lot of practice. And of course you also have to read the instructions very carefully.
Ashlie: Oh dear.
Man: It takes a lifetime to be good magician.
Ashlie: Hear that, Stephen?
Ashlie: It takes a lifetime to become a magician.
Stephen: Oh, I don’t need to be a full magician. I’m a trainee. I’ll be on to the big stuff in no time: catching a bullet, sawing a lady in half, disappearing lady. That reminds me, I may need an assistant.
Ashlie: Don’t even think about it! Come on, we need to get home so we can start preparing for the party.
Stephen: And I need to start practising. Hazam Falam, take me home!
Ashlie: Err, OK. Maybe we’ll get the bus.
Stephen: Put the lid on. Abracadabra, ta-da! Ash, I think this trick might be broken. Nothing’s happening.
Ashlie: Are you sure you’re reading the instructions properly?
Stephen: Maybe my wand's broken.
Ashlie: OK. Well, you can’t spend all afternoon on this. We have work to do. We have a party tonight.
Stephen: OK, just give me ten more minutes. I need to make this work.
Ashlie: OK. What’s this? Oh, well, that was easy.
Stephen: Yeah, dead easy.
Ashlie: OK. Ten more minutes. I’m going to start on the food.
Ashlie: Stephen, I said ten minutes. You need to come and help now.
Ashlie: Oh, Stephen!