Cynthia Lennon and John Lennon met at the art school they were in. They both fell in love and for six years they were married. John met the artist Yoko Ono two years before the end of his marriage, and she became very interested in him. When Cynthia Lennon found John at home with Yoko, the marriage between John and Cynthia was over. That night, the angry wife slept with Yannis Alexis Mardas, also known as “Magic Alex,” who was one of John’s best friends. Or maybe not. Depends on who you ask.
Cynthia Lennon discovered John with Yoko after a trip with Magic Alex.
Cynthia Lennon went to Greece for two weeks with “Magic Alex,” whose nickname came from how good he was with electronics, and Jenny Boyd, whose sister Pattie was married to George Harrison at the time.
When the three of them got to John and Cynthia’s Kenwood home, it looked like no one was there. Even though the lights were on and the doors were open, it was very quiet inside. When she heard what sounded like a muffled laugh coming from the kitchen, Cynthia started looking for signs of life. John and Yoko were both wearing bathrobes. Yoko was wearing Cynthia’s.
Cynthia Lennon was so shocked that she could only think of the question she had planned to ask John when she got home from her trip:
We were all thinking of going out for dinner tonight,
she said, as reported in The Love You Make by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines.
We had breakfast in Greece and lunch in Rome, and we thought it would be lovely to all have dinner in London. Are you coming?
John simply replied with a
THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO.
It’s just the story of us getting married, going to Paris, going to Amsterdam, all that. It was very romantic.
Gibraltar was like a little sunny dream. I couldn’t find a white suit – I had sort-of off-white corduroy trousers and a white jacket. Yoko… pic.twitter.com/q3Em7R1Ffr
— John Lennon (@johnlennon) April 14, 2023
Cynthia Lennon’s emotional night with Magic Alex that either did or didn’t end in s*x.
After John’s short answer, Cynthia Lennon quickly packed a few things and left the house. Jenny and Alex, who were roommates at the time, got her into a taxi and told her she could stay with them until she figured out what to do next.
TLYM says that she and Magic Alex stayed up all night drinking wine at a table with candles at his and Jenny’s apartment. Cynthia and Alex had never been close, but on this night, Cynthia needed a shoulder to cry on. So she told him about John and how they were getting married. Cynthia and Alex are said to have gone to his bedroom around dawn.
Symbolically, it was a way of ending her relationship with John forever,
Cynthia says that Alex practiced black magic and that he hypnotized her into doing it; probably she was just drunk.
But from what other people say about that night, it sounds like Cynthia and Alex never did sleep together. Cynthia went to sleep in the apartment’s spare room after she got sick from drinking too much wine. Alex tried to get her to sleep with him there, but she pushed him away.
More about Magic Alex.
The Greek engineer Magic Alex worked closely with The Beatles for many years. Alex moved to London in 1965. To pay his bills, he worked as a TV repairman. Lennon saw his Kinetic Light Sculptures at the Indica Gallery, which is how he found out about him. The Beatle was very impressed by his “Nothing Box,” which was a small plastic box with lights that flashed at random. Alex joined the group after Lennon gave him the name “Magic Alex” and made him a member. He eventually became one of the first people to work for Apple Corps. He was even given his own lab, Apple Electronics, to work on his ideas.