Inspired by my parents who both performed magic and the Paul Daniels magic show on BBC TV, I started learning magic when I was 8 years old, through my teens I provided cabaret/stage magic shows. However, due to the rise of TV street magic by David Blaine, it was in my early 30s that I started learning close-up magic.
I now perform close-up sleight of hand magic throughout the UK at weddings, festivals, charity events, pubs/restaurants, trade shows and corporate throughout the UK.
Most people I meet, have never seen close-up magic live. Most have seen magic on the TV. Some have seen magic in the theatre with a distance, maybe through a big screen either side of the stage. But to watch people’s amazement and wonder as I perform the impossible, right in front of them, centimeters away and they still can’t work it out is so so special.
People recon that TV magic is full of cuts, re-takes, stooges, etc…and theatre magic is so grand, they think if they see it close-up for real, they will work it out. But when they see my magic, they are spellbound. Often saying it is “amazing” or “beyond belief” or simply “I don’t understand [how that has just happened]”.
Every time I perform magic, whether it is at a wedding, party, charity event or even busking, I feel like I am giving a gift. Not a gift in the literal sense, but a gift of wonder and magic.