Stan and Jean think their new home is magic!

14 February 2014

Stanley Reynolds - McCarthy & Stone's Corbett Court

Respected amateur magician Stanley Reynolds has enjoyed performing magic since he was 12. But his latest trick is perhaps his most impressive. He has made 50 years of household clutter disappear and turned his three bedroom detached home into a spacious, modern retirement apartment at McCarthy & Stone’s Corbett Court development in Burgess Hill.

Mr Reynolds and his wife Jean moved into their new home in November.

He said: “Well I am 85 and my wife is 81. We loved our family home – we’d been there for 50 years – but it was beginning to become too much for us. Jean loves gardening but we had to get someone in to tend to ours, so we knew it was about time to move.

“Our son Barry suggested we looked for somewhere. We felt we weren’t quite on the list for a nursing home yet! So we wondered if not that - then what? Barry spotted McCarthy & Stone was beginning to build just a quarter of a mile from our home and went and had a look for us. He suggested it might be a good option.

“When we saw the development we were convinced from the start. We were there quite early on so we had a choice of apartments – we chose one overlooking playing fields with a little balcony for us to enjoy.

“Although originally we didn’t think we’d need the Assisted Living option, we thought about it and actually decided it was better to opt for that while we are fit and able and then we won’t have to move again. Assisted Living means we are self-contained with our own kitchen, but we have the option of eating in the restaurant on site. We do take advantage of this about twice a week at the moment.  We also have an hour a week of home help and if we need it we can ask for personal care to be added to our requirements.”

“Before we even thought about moving I joked – ‘if we ever move we’ll need two years to get rid of our clutter!’ But we did end up moving and we had to do it in less than two years! We ended up filling a six cubic yard skip and having to order another one. You can’t believe what you collect in your house over 50 years. A lot of my larger magical equipment has gone into storage and everything else we didn’t need has gone. It was difficult to begin with but having gone through the process, we’re pleased.”

Mr Reynolds magical talent was soon in demand after he moved to Corbett Court. Last December, when children from a local school came to sing carols for the homeowners and their guests, he performed a short magic show for them in return.

He said: “I’ve been involved with magic for over 70 years. It’s always been a hobby not a profession and I’m always pleased to perform if asked. I was delighted to show the children a few tricks last December, but since then it’s been the talk of the town here. The staff kept talking about it – and anyone who wasn’t there keeps stopping me and asking me to show them! But I’m used to that. I do carry a few things around in my pocket because you never know where you’ll be able to perform a trick.

“I had the pleasure of flying on Concord once – and I couldn’t resist nudging the gent next to me and saying – ‘do you mind if I do a quick trick for you?’ It was the highest and fasted trick I’ve ever performed – MACH 1 magic – beat that!”

Mr Reynolds worked in electronics and computing and was employed at Gatwick Airport for 17 years. He is a member of the Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians – British Ring. He is also an instrumental member of three local societies – the Sussex Magic Circle, the Associated Conjurers of East Sussex (ACES) and the South Downs Magicians.

He said: “I never wanted to become a full-time entertainer, it’s my hobby and I do it for the love of it. I’ve done close up work at tables on cruises when Jean and I have been on holiday. I’ve done charity work for Gatwick Airport which involved going to the USA – in those days you could get two chrome tables and 13 daggers through customs – in fact they asked me to show them a trick while I was there!”

As Mr Reynolds starts to retire from of his societies and commitments he knows he will always have one very keen spectator to watch his performances.

He said: “Jean still loves watching the tricks. When we went to see the Magic Circle shows in the 60s she always used to volunteer for the other magicians. She’s levitated and been sawn in half and has no idea what happened to her. People think she’s a plant because she’s married to me, but she is still genuinely mystified by it all!”

McCarthy & Stone developments offer the independence of retaining home ownership while living in an apartment specifically designed for later life. The two complexes in Burgess Hill offer two different types of lifestyle that have designed specifically to meet the varying needs of the over 60’s in the area.

Clayton Court, a complex of 46 stylish Retirement Living properties, is exclusively for active over 60’s. Meanwhile, Corbett Court, a collection of 56 Assisted Living apartments, offers those over 70 a host of optional care and support packages, including domestic assistance, that help make life that little bit easier.

Both Clayton Court and Corbett Court have a shared lounge, a hotel style guest suite, landscaped gardens and a laundry room. As standard in all McCarthy & Stone properties, each individual apartment incorporates thoughtful features such as 24 hour emergency call points, electrical sockets at a raised height to reduce bending, a camera entry system, easy grip lever taps in the bathroom and kitchen and energy efficient heating.

Those opting for Assisted Living at Corbett Court can also benefit from an hour of domestic assistance each week as part of their service charge, and flexible personal care can be organised for those individuals who require it. An on-site restaurant is also provided so that homeowners can enjoy a hot meal 365 days a year.

Anyone wanting to find out more about either development in Burgess Hill is invited to register their interest with McCarthy & Stone now on 0800 201 4743 or visit the show complex’s open daily 10.30am until 5pm. Alternatively, please visit or  for further details.


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