GP magician retires with West End-style farewell

A North Lincolnshire GP has retired in style by putting on a magic show for his patients involving illusions, dancing, comedy, music, pyrotechnics and even a live tiger.

Magic: Dr Ajay Vora performs in retirement show

Dr Ajay Vora, a GP for 25 years in Barnetby and a member of the Magic Circle, described the atmosphere at the event as 'spectacular' and 'electric'.

All 3,000 of his patients were invited, and around 1,000 attended his farewell ‘West End-style’ show. Others performed alongside Dr Vora or helped organise the show.

His wife, Angela, retired at the same time from her position as nurse practitioner at the single-handed practice, which the couple had set up and run.

The two-and-a-half hour show chronicled the story of Dr Vora’s life and journey to becoming a GP in Barnetby.

Live tiger appeared on stage

‘As I said to the patients,’ he told GP, ‘for 25 years you’ve told me your stories, but today we’re going to give you a brief outline of our story.

At one stage in the show, Dr Vora made a woman disappear, with a live tiger appearing in her place.

Dr Vora and his wife are now looking forward spending time with family and travelling in their retirement, but there could be a few more magic shows on the horizon, he says.

He added that learning magic had been a good fit with a career as a GP. ‘Magic introduces you to the concept of telling a story, and improves your presentation skills and speech. As a doctor, we have to present our take on the illness and what the treatment plan is; we have to know who our audience is and adapt our presentation to fit that audience,’ he said.

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