Rev Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly, handy for Fortnum and Mason

And in the Big News today from a Faith Perspective, magic. Magic performed by conjurers is just a bunch of tricks. But magic in the Big Book of Magic Stuff is real magic performed by the Invisible Magic Friend. He’s brilliant, isn’t he.


9 thoughts on “Rev Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James Piccadilly, handy for Fortnum and Mason

  1. This woman is from a church which consorts with pagans. Her talking about women joining the Magic Circle might as well read as sympathy for witchcraft I found nothing edifying in what she chooses to say about this sort of magic and just what is the environmental stuff she purports to be interested in. Debbie Magee was a more spiritual person than Lucy Winkett and she was an old fashioned magicians assistant. Pagan priestesses lead us nowhere.


  2. Is he really to be known as Reverend Doctor Doctor Professor as if anyone would forget these obsequious titles they all now tote in the management speak C of E.


  3. Dear Richard Dawkins
    My name is Lucy Winkett and I am interested in magic. I heard that you wrote a book aimed at children of about 12 years old that is very easy to understand called the Magic of Reality (, but when I read it I noticed that it is all wrong.
    You say that there are three types of magic. The “stage” magic done by entertainers such as David Blaine and Derren Brown, or any medium or psychic, where it is not really magic, just a trick that can be explained.
    The second is “poetic” magic, which you call the magic of reality, where something such as knowing that the human species has evolved over billions of years from single celled creatures is real knowledge, but is a source of wonder.
    The third is “supernatural” magic, which is the one that I really believe in, even though you call it unprovable and not based in reality. This is the magic where, in pre-modern times, someone makes something up, persuades other suggestible people that it is true, then suppresses their independent thought by threatening them with pain and death if they don’t believe it. But it must be true because look at me, I’m clever but still believe in it. Although you think you know everything, you clever Dick (see what I did there) you don’t get chance, like me, to talk absolute nonsense on the Radio in our special “magic” slot at 7.45 so stick that in your genes and smoke it.
    Yours sincerely


  4. Sorry, Lucy, but this was hardly news. I recall the announcement of Megan Swann’s appointment about a week ago – because it was the news item immediately before TFTD; a juxtaposition that could hardly have been accidental; which is why I remember it.

    Lucy is on very thin ice. It may be true that practitioners of magic have been guilty – in a more susceptible age – of bamboozling people for wicked purposes. But I’m afraid she can’t get away with dismissing centuries of religious bamboozling of the credulous as simply ‘bad religion.’ Nor can she claim that ‘proper’ religion doesn’t expect people to believe three impossible things before breakfast, or that her faith is open to being questioned or challenged. Any disinterested outsider reading accounts of talking serpents, asses and bushes; blokes walking on water, spitting into a blind person’s eyes to restore their sight, turning water into wine or leaping back to life after a particularly nasty execution; would not think -“Ah! Very clever magic! I wonder how they did that!” They’d think, “What load of ridiculous tosh.”

    Since Lucy’s faith depends utterly upon all this ridiculous tosh (in spades), there’s no way she can seriously compare the (impossible) stories in her BBOMS with the skilful, inventive and entertaining magic of the professional magician.

    Finally – does Lucy’s IMF actually have arms?


    1. “does Lucy’s IMF actually have arms?”

      Of course it does — look around you, religion’s far from [h]armless !! (sorry!!)


      1. Hahaha! Indeed!
        I only asked because the Christian faithful these days seem to go for a non-corporeal deity, which is more of a ‘spirit.’ Yet, like Lucy, they often drop their guard by saying things like ‘safe in my IMF’s arms.’


      2. Not wholly unconnected but you would probably recognise the theological mess found in Graham Kendricks attempt to describe the hands that throw stars into space. Unless I am mistaken the preincarnate Word cannot have such so the hymn cannot effectively say that these were also nailed to the Cross any more than some helpless babe came from Heaven and not His mother’s womb. This terrible description is taken up in Townends array of non Trinitarian cliches called In Christ Alone which is far short of what people really believe except that it sounds good.


  5. Come on Lucy. We all know who was the Master of Magic. Water into wine, walking on water, raising the dead. No contest.

    To quote [if I recall correctly] the late, great Spike Milligan: For my next illusion I shall look intelligent.


  6. Lucy is indeed on thin ice, because as a CofE Vicar she has little choice but to swallow the biggest magic trick of them all – the resurrection – hook, line and sinker. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians: “And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty”. Lucy has to cling tightly to this central pillar of belief, because without it her faith would indeed be empty. And if it could be shown – as it can – that coming back to life after death has taken place really is impossible? Her cognitive dissonance doesn’t bear thinking about.


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