Edward Hilsum is acknowledged by his peers as one of the brightest of the current crop of emerging magic entertainers, praised by the likes of Derren Brown and Dynamo for his engaging personality and mind-boggling performances. Read more...
Still can't quite believe that last night I became The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year!
The Circle has been such a huge part of my life - from the first time I ever stepped on stage with my doves level years ago to meeting some of my best friends, without whom this would have never been possible.
The International Brotherhood of Magicians is a very special organisation. The largest magic society in the world, I have so many happy memories of the IBM including one of the first ever performances with my doves in the 'Stars of the Future' show at the British Ring convention (the UK part of the organisation) back in 2008!
Having toured with Champions of Magic since the very first performance back in 2013, I've made the decision to leave the show.
It's been an incredible adventure. After multiple UK tours, we completed a two month tour of America and Canada last Autumn, returning over Christmas and New Year to perform eight shows at the beautiful Connor Palace Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio.
Allan Slaight is a remarkable man who, while building up the largest, privately-owned network of radio stations in Canada, has loved magic his entire life! He has toured throughout Western Canada as a performer, written a number of magic books, co-hosts an annual magic convention and also supports the magic world with his enormous generosity.
The live performance of the eighth part of Harry Potter is shrouded in more secrecy than most magic shows! And if you haven't seen it yet, I'm not going to be the one to spoil it for you. All I'll say it's definitely worth the wait and it features some of the best magic I've ever seen on stage.
David Blaine hasn't had the best reputation in the UK since he decided to live in a glass box above Tower Bridge for 44 days back in 2003. However, he is a great magician and I still remember being inspired by his first TV show, Street Magic in the late 90s. It was incredible magic presented in a new way - simple and strong, focussing on the audience's reactions.
Frank Brooker sadly passed away last month. He was a lovely man with an amazing story. A magician and a taxi driver, when international magicians came to work in England, Frank was their go to chauffeur! He met all the greats of the time, but the one who had the biggest impact on him was Channing Pollock, a man Frank described as "the best magic act to come to this country".
I went to Amsterdam with 10 magicians to see a magic show. What an adventure! Hans Klok is a true showman and I don't remember the last time I had so much fun watching a magician. Two hours of insanity with the biggest illusions, so much energy and wind machines (mainly to keep his hair looking like he's in a music video).
I loved everything about this new show. Based on the cult film, Groundhog Day is an intelligent musical featuring stunning design, a fantastic cast and some incredible magic (from the genius Paul Kieve) woven into the story.
Champions of Magic is coming to London! After three years of travelling all over the UK with the show, I'm very excited that we're finally coming to London. Part of the Just For Laughs festival, the show runs 17-24 July. Tickets available here. Hope to see you there!
Three years ago, I spent my summer in Belarus. I worked with an amazing team which led to some fantastic opportunities, from putting together my first full show, helping some incredible charities and ending up on national TV!
During the recent Champions of Magic tour, we had a very special performance for the Rays of Sunshine Children's Charity. The charity grants wishes to seriously ill children and it was amazing to perform the show for over 500 of these incredibly brave children and their families.
2016 couldn't have started any better... I went to Munich to see one of my heroes perform! From the moment he steps on stage, Marko Karvo captivates the entire room, as one by one his feathered family appear. Words don't do his act justice... All I can say is nobody does it better.
If you want to see something incredible, don't miss Phil Hitchcock performing with his doves... One of the finest magicians this country has produced, this is a rare chance to see how it should be done!
In my last year at uni, I spent most of my time (maybe a little bit too much!) putting together some variety shows! I love variety and it makes me incredibly happy to see proper variety shows becoming increasingly popular.
I think it's fair to say that no magician has faced more criticism over recent years than Dynamo! Many have dismissed Dynamo's magic as camera tricks... It seems to come with the territory of being on TV.
Over the last year, listening to the Magicians' Podcast has been a highlight of my week. A project run by the brilliant Richard Young, he's been busy interviewing some of the magic world's most interesting characters! Now coming to the end of it's second series, there's an incredible archive to listen to.
The equivalent of the 'magic olympics', FISM is a huge event which takes place every three years. Named after the organising society (The Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques - International Federation of Magic Societies), having been to FISM Blackpool in 2012, I knew the drill - lots and lots of magic! This time it was held in Rimini, Italy, so there was a little more sunshine than before!
Just over a year ago, I started working with James Freedman on his new show 'Man of Steal'. After a debut run at the Edinburgh Festival last year, it was amazing to see that people liked it as much as we did! Since then, the show's had the most incredible journey and I'm extremely proud of what it's achieved.
What an adventure - 8 shows, 9 days, 10 cast and crew and one tour bus! With shows all over the UK, including travelling to Inverness and back, being on the road with Champions of Magic was the most amazing experience, made even better by being able to share it with the best group of people.
My nan got a new dog. What's my reaction? I did some magic with him!! At just 10 weeks old, he's the cutest little thing, and you can see the result below. Believe it or not, this took over 100 takes to get! Keep scrolling down for the outtakes... Introducing Kevin!
Last week, Dynamo performed one of the most beautiful pieces of magic I've ever seen. Part of the campaign to launch the new Fiat 500X car, this illusion really is history in the making. Dynamo formed a 3D blueprint of the car, got inside and spun it around, before turning it into the real thing! It was an absolute honour to be there to witness this moment... it looked even better live!
The Session this year featured the most incredible collection of the biggest names in magic! Where else can you find Derren Brown, David Blaine, Dynamo, Troy and Ben Hanlin all in the same room alongside some of the greats well known to magicians, including Juan Tamariz, Luke Jermay, Asi Wind and Michael Weber!
The International Magic Convention is one of the big events I look forward to every year. A week full of magic, this year's had even more surprises than usual! The David Berglas International Magic Award has become one of the most highly anticipated awards in magic and always a special part of the convention. Recent years have seen the award go to Derren Brown, Jeff McBride and Lu Chen.
What a day! I spent my birthday preparing and performing in Champions of Magic in Kingston. An amazing audience, buzzing from the start, and got to share my birthday with some of my favourite people on the planet :)