With the combined swagger of the Gallagher’s, leading the singing and hugging any Brazilian girl in an exchange for a quick go wearing the bucket hat, newfound friendships were born.
It helped that one of our group was a pretty decent magician, yes magician. It also helped our friendship forming that he looked like a young Tom Cruise.
Levitating was no bother for him (levitating is not for the half drunk amateur), disappearing cigarettes was a trick we all mastered in the coming weeks. Walking up to someone and asking if you could take a light off someones fag, you could still smoke indoors in those days, and pushing the lit cigarette into your hand for it to disappear never failed to impress.
The game aside, it was a legendary day for our new found bucket hat/magician pulling skills that were practised and perfected over the next few years.
Of course, the bucket hat never really had any mystical powers, more the confidence it gave you from looking good and other people wanting to get involved.