By Lori Pyne
My husband, Chris, had no idea how challenging it would be for a romantic and creative soul to be involved with a logical and practical gal. I can still remember his expression of horror as I sat there with a calendar before me and discussed the dates that would work for our wedding. I explained that I had checked the schedules of our parents and siblings and had narrowed our choices down to three dates. I then told him why I liked a date a year and a half in the future. I asked what he thought.
He stated that we could not discuss a wedding date since he had not proposed yet.
Worried that I had read the situation wrong, I was relieved to confirm that he did want to get married. I did not understand what the problem was. He had a year and a half to propose.
He protested that I had eliminated any suspense or surprise. Everyone would be waiting. He could not just take me out to a nice dinner and propose. He would have to do something unexpected.
I shrugged, said do your best, and turned my mind to wedding planning.
My husband’s best turned out to be incredible. He spent months plotting and planning. Long after our discussion, he had everything in place.
As a surprise for his mother while she was visiting, Chris arranged for a magician friend to procure a number of tickets for the Magic Castle, a private magician’s club in Hollywood. He then had all of my girlfriends call me and ask what I was doing Friday evening. Each then gushed that she had always wanted to go to the Magic Castle. I knew we had extra tickets so I kept inviting friends to join us.
His mother’s face was priceless when we pulled up to the Magic Castle. She had wanted to go since hearing about it from our friend. After enjoying a few smaller shows and performances, our group of fifteen decided to see the show in the largest room. I was disappointed when the room filled before we got in the door. Everyone decided to wait for the next performance.
Our group filled the first two rows of the next performance. I whispered to my husband that this magician was known for taking assistants from the audience and that we would have to make sure that the magician tapped Chris’ mother. The girlfriends, who overheard my comment, agreed with my idea and we chatted about how to draw the magician’s attention. I never noticed that my normally gregarious guy was mute.
Throughout the performance, the magician picked many of our group to assist in his magic. I was very disappointed when he finished his act and had not pulled Chris’ mother on stage.
As the clapping slowed, the magician announced that he had one last bit of magic to perform and needed a special lady to help him. I squealed and pointed to my future mother-in-law. Even as he stood in front of me with his hand extended, I kept pointing to her. I was shoved on stage by my friends. Once there, I fell into the role. I pointed, examined and marveled as the magician took an ordinary sheet of paper and cut it with ordinary scissors into a row of connected heart. I gasped when the hearts burst into flames revealing a slender chain on which an object dangled.
The magician revealed that the object was a ring, turned to me and asked me to marry him. I stood on the stage with my jaw agape as he explained to the audience that he was not proposing for himself but for the gentleman in the front row.
To thundering applause, my future husband leapt onto the stage and bowed. The magician clasped him on the back and handed him the ring. Chris then pulled me to his chest and gave me a fierce hug.
I pulled myself from his arms and pointed to the ground. Before the roomful of people, he knelt in front of me and asked me to be his wife.
I burst into tears.
I do not remember leaving the stage. The next thing I remember was being congratulated by friends as we all stood in hallway. After minutes of hugs and tears, the magician stood beside me and said that as I had not said yes to either of them, he figured he was still in the running.
I spun towards Chris and said, “Yes.”
I explained to the grinning magician that I had to go with the guy who knew how to create real magic.
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Wow-oh-wow, what a way to get a proposal!
– Sue P
Lori, your man went above and beyond! A wonderful engagement surprise!
I thought my DH was romantic! Yours definitely takes the whole cake…
What a wonderful story!! Magical!
What a great engagement story! After reading many of these, small wonder that we write romance! There are so many endearing stories to tell and so many of them are TRUE! What a wonderful way to begin your life together — with magic!
I echo the others, Lori. Perfectly romantic story that brought tears to my eyes.
You are a real jewel.
You girls are killing me. Every morning, the choking up and the tears and these stories. This blog thing is a great way to get to know all of the members better and find out that they had no choice but to write romance. Great story.
Lori, whether this was a true story or fictional, it was magic. Thanks for sharing.
Absolutely lovely Lori. It brought a lump to my throat.
Wow Lori, that was a proposal straight from a romance book (sigh). Great description of a great moment.
How romantic! I even got sniffy.
How cool! The Magic Castle. What a great idea. And you know what? I can totally picture you being so logical and practical about the wedding date–you’re so organized. 🙂
Chris sounds like a great guy.
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