To the side is an old video of me performing for the local news channel in Buckinghamshire, which was when I was practicing for Young Magician of the Year.
By 2005 I’d won many competitions and awards and had been seen on TV. I was in a pilot for Thames Television at the age of 15 performing magic with Stephen Mulhern for a programme called Wannabe Wizards. I also performed at the Open University for the Citizen Business Awards, Debenhams in Banbury, and had a long contract with the Hilton Hotel in Watford. This all happened before I was even 16. Magic!
I wanted to leave school and become a professional magician, so I did work experience for an entertainment agency named Magical Mayhems in Olney. I learnt about marketing, organisation, and the business side of the industry from a man named David Pibworth. The work experience placement originally called for basic business admin, but David soon learned that I was a magician – so he let me get hands-on to help set up staging, lighting and more... I loved it.
Moving from school to Sixth Form, I studied a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts and was awarded with three triple merits, and Stantonbury Campus said that our group were the “Highest achievers in the BTEC National Diploma that Stantonbury has ever experienced” – Stantonbury Campus.
After Sixth Form I moved to Staffordshire University, where I studied Drama, Performance and Theatre Arts. I didn’t entirely plan this move, but it gave me confidence, teamwork skills and more education about the entertainment industry. I still aim to be a professional magician, and I’m trying to turn this dream into a reality.
When practicing I become enthralled with fire magic – and I had access to lighter fluid, flash paper, and other flammable products. I thought it would be a great idea to fill a shot glass with all of those things and set it alight in the living room. The ball of fire flew upwards and left a black mark on the ceiling just as my mum walked in. She wasn’t impressed.