Bradford’s superstar magician Dynamo is urging people to support the group which put him on the road to fame.
And he has hinted he might put in an appearance at Bradford Magic Circle’s big family show in Bingley later this month.
The top illusionist, who has performed breathtaking stunts around the world – once appearing to walk across the Thames – credits the magic circle with helping him in his early career.
He has posted on his Twitter account: ‘love magic’? Then go see Bradford Magic Circle’s Hey Presto! on March 23 at Bingley Arts Centre.’ And in a message to the Circle’s entertainments officer Steve Gore, he added: “Bradford Magic Circle supported me and my magic when I was first starting out in my career and the show that they have been putting on for years is an amazing evening out for all the family. I’m hoping I’ll be free that evening so I can go.”
Dynamo – real name Steven Frayne – joined the Circle in 2002 and honed his skills in its competitions. He has kept in touch with a number of members.
“He’s living the magic dream,” said Mr Gore. “We have a few members who emulate him and would love to replicate his success. They audition using some of his famous card effects and moves.”
Last year Mr Gore travelled to London to be considered as a consultant for Dynamo’s TV show Magician Impossible, but clashing schedules meant he was unable to take things further.
He said: “I’d love to work with him one day. We are delighted that he keeps in touch and is supporting us. He has 1.5 million followers on Twitter and Facebook so hopefully the show will be a sell out. It would be great if he could come.”
Hey Presto! features fellow Bradford members who are also now professional, including Michael Jordan, known as illusionist High Jinx, who appeared on ITV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us and, for the second year running, is headlining at Blackpool’s Horseshoe Theatre. He is also an accomplished juggler, which he will be proving at the Hey Presto! show.
Bradford-born Russ Brown, who works at Blackpool Tower and Pleasure Beach, will also showcase his talents.
Other West Yorkshire performers include 17-year-old Sebastion Walton, a finalist in the talent contest Britain Does Variety, and Matthew Wright, who was a winner in the 2012 FISM World Championships of Magic and will be performing that winning act A stage, parlour and close-up magician, Matthew will be coming direct from The House of Illusion in Salou, Spain, where he has headlined and been creative director for many years. He will also be holding a lecture on magic on March 22, the night before the show, for Circle members and visiting magicians.
Ilkley-based Wright Theatre Arts dance company will open both halves of the show with a dance routine described as “sensational”.
Bradford Magic Circle was formed in 1948, after an advert was placed in the October 23 edition of the Telegraph & Argus which read: “Hello, magicians! It is proposed to form a Circle Society or a Club of Magicians in Bradford.”
Those interested were given a name and address to write to.
Since then, the Circle has seen hundreds of magicians go from strength to strength, performing visual and entertaining magic.
The Circle says that performing magic and improving magicians’ skills and presentation have always been at the forefront of its aims, whilst also maintaining a friendly, polite and helpful membership.
Today, the Circle has more than 80 members, male and female, ranging in age from 14 to in the 90s, and meets monthly.
It also hosts five competitions: Close-up, Junior, Merit, Presidential and Stage. The competitions allow group members to showcase their magical styles, as well as new illusions and ideas.
The Circle’s membership includes professional, semi-professional and amateur magicians who are all actively learning and studying the art of magic. Many are performing regularly, whether it be on the street, in clubs or at private functions.
The Circle has also raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years and says it will help raise funds for clubs, churches, charity organisations and schools, among others.
A practice manager at an optician’s, but a magician and entertainer at heart, Mr Gore ended the interview with the Telegraph & Argus with the question: “What do you get if you cross an optician with a magician?”
Answer: “An optical illusion.”