August 26, 2015 5:15 PM EDT

A London magician had an especially romantic trick up his sleeve on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

After appearing to swallow a piece of string and a wine glass full of alphabet soup, Neil Henry, 37, proposed to his girlfriend Charlie Gardner, 23, by pulling a string out of his mouth with letters that spelled out “MARRY ME.” Then he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. Fortunately she was not overcome with alphabet soup, and she blurted out ‘yes’ repeatedly.

The couple told the Scottish Daily Record that they have been going to the arts festival every year since they first met at the event in 2013, but Gardner claims she never thought an on-stage proposal would be in the cards. As she told the news outlet, “At first I thought he was going to spell out Marmite with the letters.”

(h/t Uproxx)

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