I've had an interest in Magic for as long as I can remember. I was given a Paul DanieIs' Magic set when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I remember it containing a small plastic set of cups and balls, a 'shrinking wand', a dice tunnel and some other things that escape my memory.
At this age however, I didn't take learning magic seriously at all and pretty much just played with my Magic Set as a toy. I still loved magic however and some of my fondest memories are of watching David Copperfield specials on TV with my grandparents. I also enjoyed watching the masked magician, not because I wanted to see how some of the illusions were supposedly done but because it was just another chance for me to watch magic being performed.
Fast forward quite some time and a gentleman by the name of David Blaine appears on TV on Channel 4. With Blaine, I saw magic in a different light. He was wearing just a t-shirt and jeans and was out on the street performing for every day people with small ordinary objects such as cards, coins and bank notes. Seeing Magic like this really captivated my teenage imagination. I thought the things Blaine did were incredible and were worlds apart from magic performed by the likes of Paul Daniels and David Copperfield. Blaine made magic cool!
A short time after this, another performer by the name of Derren Brown leapt onto our telly boxes.
Derren could seemingly read minds and influence/predict peoples choices, using what appeared to be a highly advanced understanding of Human Psychology, coupled with persuasive skills and charm. All of this new Magic on telly really re-sparked my interest in Magic.
Some time in late 2004 my friend showed me a card trick whilst we were having our lunch in the canteen at college. He wasn't a magician but happened to know a few card tricks. I remember being blown away and thinking this was something I had to do. I searched for magic shops in London and found Davenports Magic in Charing Cross. I started to visit the shop on a weekly basis, buying books and new tricks, striking up a friendship with the staff. Little did I know, all of these events were footsteps on a long and winding path which would bring me to where I am today.
l have now been seriously practising, studying and performing the art of Magic for over 10 years. At first I never set out to be a London Close up Magician, I just enjoyed magic as a hobby, devouring any book I could get my hands on. Whilst I was at College and University I focussed a lot of my time and energy on perfecting my technique and my performance skills. This was time that should probably have been spent studying for my for my A-Levels and Degree but Magic's grip on me was too strong.
In 2009 I graduated with an Upper Second Class Degree and went on to spend 2 years struggling to get employment, finding it very difficult to get a job within the industries I wanted. The jobs I did have were temporary and unfulfilling.
In 2011 I was asked to join the team at the world's oldest family run Magic business. This was a name known the world over within the Magic industry - 'Davenport's Magic' in Charing Cross.
Four years on I am still there and am now making a living from Magic - performing, teaching and in some way, hopefully helping new magicians find their own path through the advice I give them when they come into the shop. I get to do what I love and be paid for it and I wouldn't have it any other way!