During a break in the lecture Boyd reflected on his involvement in the Scottish magic scene over the years, including an encounter with Dai Vernon who he once picked up at the Edinborough airport and drove to the nearby town of Dundee. On the way they made a pit stop, which Boyd recalled in a wryly recounted anecdote.
"I had Dai Vernon at my house in Scotland. It was quite funny I was at the Magic Castle one year and i sat in his seat in the Magic Castle and somebody over there objected to me sitting there, so I turned around and said 'quite honestly, he came to Scotland, he came to my house, he sat in my seat in my house drinking my whiskey--and he liked Scotch whiskey--and entertained my son, making a mouse out of a handkerchief, so I said that's why I'm sitting in this seat, here.' I'm a typical Scot. If someone says ' you can't,' I object." Boyd has run local magic clubs in Scotland and was President of the Scottish Association of Magical Societies in 1974 and 2001.