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A Welsh town has just appointed its first resident jester in 700 years

Job requirements: Juggling daggers blindfolded, balancing a sword on your chin and making a gold coin disappear.

erwyd Russel Erwood - Erwyd le Fol - completing his tests before being named town jester in Conwy, north Wales. Source: Conwy_Jester via Instagram

A SMALL WELSH town has appointed its first resident jester in more than 700 years, naming him in an elaborate medieval ceremony.

Russel Erwood was officially dubbed Erwyd le Fol (French for ‘fool’) during an event in the main square in Conwy, north Wales, yesterday, which included falconry, knights and a parade.

The 34-year-old had to complete three challenges to get the job: juggling daggers blindfolded, balancing a sword on his chin and making a gold coin disappear during a conjuring trick.

The market town’s previous jester – Tom le Fol – was appointed by King Edward I of England, who was besieged by the Welsh within the town walls over the winter of 1294-1295.

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“It’s a huge honour to take up the role of town jester, there aren’t that many around,” Erwood, a professional magician and circus performer, told AFP.

He undertook his trials under the watchful eye of an executioner equipped with a large medieval axe to administer justice in case Erwood failed any of his tasks.

It was quite intimidating – he wasn’t a small chap.

Erwood will attend official functions wearing a hood with donkey ears, as part of his traditional 13th-century jester’s outfit.

He will perform tricks around the town while putting on two shows a day, three days a week until August 29.

Contains reporting by AFP.

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