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Shane Warne's cigarette party trick resurfaces before state funeral


Shane Warne’s cigarette party trick resurfaces as his mate Michael Vaughan asks Australia to give the ‘king the send-off he deserves’

Rare footage of Shane Warne performing his famous ‘ciggie flip’ party trick has resurfaced ahead of his state funeral in Melbourne.

The cricket legend, who died of natural causes in Thailand on March 4 at age of 52, will receive a huge send-off at his beloved MCG on Wednesday night.

In the lead-up to the televised memorial, Shane’s mate Michael Vaughan posted a video on Instagram of the leg spinner entertaining a group of friends at a party by balancing a cigarette on his nose then tipping his head and catching it in his mouth.

Entertainer: Rare footage of Shane Warne performing his famous 'ciggie flip' party trick has resurfaced ahead of his state funeral in Melbourne

Entertainer: Rare footage of Shane Warne performing his famous ‘ciggie flip’ party trick has resurfaced ahead of his state funeral in Melbourne 

After two unsuccessful attempts at the well-practised party trick, Warne grabbed the ciggie between his lips and stood up to celebrate as the table cheered.

Vaughan, England’s Test captain from 2003 to 2008, captioned the video: ‘AUSTRALIA please give the King the send-off he deserves tomorrow…’

‘Emotional it will be but I am sure he would want you all to remember all the great times,’ he added, alongside the hashtag #RIPKing.’

Rivals to friends: In the lead-up to the televised memorial, Shane's mate Michael Vaughan (pictured) posted a video on Instagram of the leg spinner entertaining a group of friends at a party by balancing a cigarette on his nose then tipping his head and catching it in his mouth

Rivals to friends: In the lead-up to the televised memorial, Shane’s mate Michael Vaughan (pictured) posted a video on Instagram of the leg spinner entertaining a group of friends at a party by balancing a cigarette on his nose then tipping his head and catching it in his mouth 

Fun loving: the cricketer attempts to catch the cigarette in his mouth with him first having two unsuccessful attempts. On the third try Shane manages to catch the cigarette in his lips

Fun loving: the cricketer attempts to catch the cigarette in his mouth with him first having two unsuccessful attempts. On the third try Shane manages to catch the cigarette in his lips

Yep, he did it: In the clip, he then gets up and cheers from the table before giving his pal a high-five and goes to light the cigarette

Yep, he did it: In the clip, he then gets up and cheers from the table before giving his pal a high-five and goes to light the cigarette

Despite being fierce rivals on the field, Vaughan said Warne were great friends.

The Englishman previously said Warne’s many friends in Britain were devastated by his sudden death from a suspected heart attack.

He told Fox Cricket on March 5: ‘Here in the UK he’s got so many really close friends. I spoke to a lot of them yesterday. They’re gutted.’

‘He’s going to be hugely missed over here,’ Vaughan added, breaking down in tears. 

Warne’s state funeral at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday evening will see more than 50,000 attendees bid farewell to the sporting legend.  

The event will feature an ‘unprecedented’ star-studded line-up, with Warne’s friend Eddie McGuire saying on Tuesday: ‘It’s building into something quite spectacular.

The king: 'AUSTRALIA please give the King the send-off he deserves tomorrow...Emotional it will be but I am sure he would want you all to remember all the great times,' he wrote

The king: ‘AUSTRALIA please give the King the send-off he deserves tomorrow…Emotional it will be but I am sure he would want you all to remember all the great times,’ he wrote

‘The stage has been set on the MCG now. This is going to be one of the great events in the history of the city and this country in many ways.’ 

The big names coming to the ceremony include Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue, Allan Border, Eric Bana, Greg Norman, Michael Clarke, Sam Newman, Sachin Tendulkar, Andy Lee, Ray Martin, Mark Taylor, Stephen Fleming, Ian Botham, Aaron Hamill, Glenn McGrath and Kelly Slater.

International artists Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, Robbie Williams will perform alongside local musicians Anthony Callea and Jon Stevens.

Warne died of a heart attack in his luxury villa on the island Koh Samui, Thailand, on Friday, March 4. He was 52.

Memorial: Shane Warne's MCG memorial service on Wednesday is expected to be Australia's biggest ever broadcasting event. The MCG is expected to have 50,000 attendees

Memorial: Shane Warne’s MCG memorial service on Wednesday is expected to be Australia’s biggest ever broadcasting event. The MCG is expected to have 50,000 attendees 

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