Illusionist in nostalgic trip to film tricks inside the former cinema for TV show

Matt Shaw of BORG with magician Dynamo (centre) and Mark Nicholson, also of BORG

Matt Shaw of BORG with magician Dynamo (centre) and Mark Nicholson, also of BORG

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Top magician Dynamo was back in his home city of Bradford yesterday as he filmed tricks for the fourth series of his hit TV show.

The 31-year-old vmade a nostalgic visit to the former Odeon cinema as part of filming for Dynamo: Magician Impossible.

The international star was also in Bradford on Sunday, performing tricks for people in City Park as part of the TV programme, which will air in September.

His manager, Dan Albion, said of Dynamo’s decision to film in Bradford: “He just fancied coming back to his hometown.”

The illusionist’s visit to the Odeon came after he asked Bradford Council if he could have a look around. His production crew filmed the internal tour.

Prior to the site visit, Dynamo met Mark Nicholson and Matt Shaw, of the Bradford Odeon Rescue Group (BORG). The group’s long-standing campaign to try to save the building had been explained to him by the Council, said a BORG spokesman.

Dynamo, real name Steven Frayne, said: “I think the Odeon should definitely be saved.

“It’s kind of a landmark in Bradford and there’s so many childhood memories for me. I used to go to the cinema here so to see it go would be a sad thing. This is one building I don’t want to disappear.”

BORG also asked Dynamo his opinion of the redevelopment plans for the Odeon. He said: “From what I hear it’s going to be a big concert venue, which is pretty awesome. I reckon that would drive a lot of traffic to Bradford, you know, get some big acts. Maybe I’ll come here and perform at one point, who knows?”

Dynamo’s producer, who had previously visited the Odeon’s interior to establish suitable filming locations, thanked BORG for its efforts and achievements in the campaign to save the building from demolition.

He said: “When Bradford Council showed me around the last time I was here they told me all about the work BORG have done for this building. I hope it can be saved.”

Dynamo’s production team was also believed to be considering Lister Park as a filming location for the TV show

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10:59am Wed 4 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Hope Stephen does perform at the Odeon in the future, don't think he'd have any problem filling the place. Great to see local talent doing well on the world stage!!! Well done Dynamo, you're a credit to Bradford and Yorkshire.
Hope Stephen does perform at the Odeon in the future, don't think he'd have any problem filling the place. Great to see local talent doing well on the world stage!!! Well done Dynamo, you're a credit to Bradford and Yorkshire. bcfc1903
  • Score: 13

11:27am Wed 4 Jun 14

Joedavid says...

Yes and look at the UK top album charts at number 38 it is a local Bradford Church with " Dance Again" from Life Church, Wapping Road.
First time a Church in the top 40 I would think and the T&A as not reported on it!
http://www.officialc
harts.com/albums-cha
rt/
Yes and look at the UK top album charts at number 38 it is a local Bradford Church with " Dance Again" from Life Church, Wapping Road. First time a Church in the top 40 I would think and the T&A as not reported on it! http://www.officialc harts.com/albums-cha rt/ Joedavid
  • Score: 5

11:38am Wed 4 Jun 14

rustynutz says...

You also have to hand it to Norman and the borg boys for keeping on top of the good odeon cause. They are a credit to bratfud too. Great news piece.
You also have to hand it to Norman and the borg boys for keeping on top of the good odeon cause. They are a credit to bratfud too. Great news piece. rustynutz
  • Score: 7

3:03pm Wed 4 Jun 14

tinytoonster says...

lets hope he can make council leader green disappear!
lets hope he can make council leader green disappear! tinytoonster
  • Score: -3

3:42pm Wed 4 Jun 14

micela22 says...

Dynamo is certainly a credit to Bradford: wish him success on his new tv show I`m sure it`ll be brilliant
Dynamo is certainly a credit to Bradford: wish him success on his new tv show I`m sure it`ll be brilliant micela22
  • Score: 4

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