Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather was left speechless by a trick from 18-year-old magician Luke Lenihan.
Pound-for-pound king Mayweather is never usually short of a word or two but was left flabbergasted by the Huddersfield trickster as he performed for the Money Man’s crew on his Undefeated tour of the UK.
Illusionist Luke has been performing magic since he was 11 and travelled to London to meet Mayweather, who was talking at a show at The O2 Arena.
VIP tickets for the bash were £1,000 which included a VIP meet and greet, a personalised glove, a meal and entry to the show which was a 45 minute interview with Floyd hosted by Sky Sports boxing pundit Johnny Nelson.
After performing some tricks backstage for Floyd’s entourage Luke said he hung around in the VIP area until Mayweather himself appeared in the early hours of the morning and Luke took the chance to wow him.
Luke got Floyd to choose a card and hid it in the pack and with a click of his fingers, it jumped to the top.
Then, Floyd put the card back in the pack before fast-fingered Luke flicked the card into his outstretched hand from the middle of the pack leaving Floyd, who has never lost a boxing match, quipping about who has the fastest pair of hands!
But the part of the trick that left Floyd scratching his head was seeing his own card appear in Luke’s phone before being pulled out of the device and handed back to him.
A starstruck Luke tweeted at 3.30am on Tuesday: “At 18 years old one feels truly blessed to have performed for one of the greatest fighters ever @FloydMayweather thank you sir.”
He told the Manchester Evening News: “It was the best feeling in the world performing for someone like Floyd.
“With him being known worldwide it was a privilege to be able to show him some of my work. It just proves that all my hard work is paying off.”
Luke didn’t get paid for his work but says it was more about the opportunity than the pay day.
He added: “These events are good for opening doors for other things which could lead to more work and a video on Fight Hype Youtube channel has had more than 100,000 views!”