Famous Conjuror's Punishment of an Innkeeper for Overcharging Him, Conjurors, Magicians, Wizards in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Henllan Wales
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Category: Conjurors, Magicians, Wizards
Sub Category: Dick Spot
Title: Famous Conjuror's Punishment of an Innkeeper for Overcharging Him


A famous conjuror, Dick Spot, was on his way to Llanrwst, and he turned into a public house at Henllan for refreshments.  He called for a glass of beer and bread and cheese, and was charged tenpence for the same, fourpence for the beer, and sixpence for the bread and cheese.  This charge he considered outrageous but he paid the demand and before departing he took a scrap of paper and wrote on it a spell, hid it under the table and went on his way.  That evening, soon after the landlord and landlady had retired for the night, leaving the servant girl to clear up, they were surprised to hear in the kitchen an unaccountable noise, shouting and jumping. The good people heard the girl shout at the top of her voice—| “Six and four are ten, Count it o’er again,”| and then she danced like mad round and round the kitchen.  They sternly requested the girl to cease yelling and to come to bed, but the only answer they received was—|“Six and four are ten, Count it o’er again,”| and with accelerated speed she danced round and round the kitchen.| The thought now struck the landlord that the girl had gone out of her mind, and so he got up and went to see what was the matter with her, with the intention of trying to get her away from the kitchen.  But the moment he placed his foot in the kitchen, he gave a jump and joined the girl in her mad dance. With her he shrieked out—| “Six and four are ten, Count it o’er again.”| Now the noise was doubled and the good wife, finding that her husband did not return to her, became very angry, if not jealous.  She shouted to them to cease their row, but all to no purpose, for the dancing and the shouting continued.  Then she left her bed and went to the kitchen door and greatly disgusted she was to see her husband and maid dancing together in that shameless manner.  She stood at the door a moment or two observing their frantic behaviour and then determined to put a stop to the proceedings, she bounded into the room, but with a hop and a jump she joined in the dance, and sang out in chorus with the other two—| “Six and four are ten, Count it o’er again.”| The uproar now was great indeed and roused the neighbours from their sleep. From outside they heard the mad dance and the words, guessing that Dick Spot had been the cause of all this.  One of those present hurried after the conjuror, who fortunately was close at hand, and desired him to return to the inn to release the people from his spell.  “Oh,” said Dick, “take the piece of paper that is under the table and burn it. They will then stop their mad singing.”  The man returned to the inn, pushed open the door, rushed to the table and cast the paper into the fire. At once the trio became quiet.  But they had nearly exhausted themselves by their severe exertions before they were released from the power of the spell.


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