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Dynamo 'Magician Impossible' interview: 'I did magic to a horse'

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When you think of magic shows, you tend to think of fluffy bunny rabbits, top hats, old men and Debbie McGee. One man out to change this perception is Bradford-born Dynamo, who grew up in one of the roughest estates in the UK. He is now a globe-trotting star, who has performed tricks for some of Hollywood's finest and he's just landed his own show Magician Impossible. We caught up with him for a chat about what we can expect:

How would you describe your new show?
"It's four one-hour shows that follow me around on my crazy adventures. I get to travel all around and went to some crazy parties with crazy people wearing crazy outfits. I ended up doing magic to a horse. The bloke didn't take this horse's head off at all. He wore the horse's outfit all week. I also went out to the States for a few weeks, performed at a few pool parties out there with their ladies, went around Hollywood and partied out there Bradford style. Do you ever watch the TV show Entourage? It's kind of like Entourage with magic."

Magic has a bit of a bad image these days. Do you hope you can change that?
"I've always tried to go against the traditional clich├ęs of what magic is or was. If I'd performed old school magic stuff when I was a kid and I was growing up, my friends would have said, 'That's not cool, what are you doing?' I've always had a great group of friends around me and if they don't think it's cool, then what's the point in me doing it. My audience is people from my generation and what I do is something new and different, which is relevant to them."

You've met lots of famous people. Do you get starstruck?
"I wouldn't say that I get starstruck and I think that's why I get on so well with people. A lot of the time, I have met people because other famous friends have told me about them in the first place. That word of mouth thing has really worked for me. One of my favourite people that I've met is Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I spent the night just talking with him rather than doing magic when we first met. When I met him, I was with a music producer called Nellee Hooper in LA. I was out there shooting a commercial and went to one of Nellee's parties and was expecting normal people like you and me, but there was Sacha Baron Cohen, the Hilton sisters, Anthony Kiedis, Lil Bow Wow, literally wall-to-wall of some of the most famous people in the world. I just sat next to Anthony and he just started talking to me about his kids and his life and it was really weird; we had a great connection."

Did you show him some magic?
"Well at first, he didn't know I was a magician, but when I showed him one trick, he was getting everybody around and everyone wanted to see it. Sacha Baron Cohen was like, 'I've heard about you, show me this trick'. It was a really strange and surreal experience for me."

Do you get sick of people asking for tricks?
"I try to take time off. My friends and people around me are quite good and want to hang around with me and don't always want tricks. I tend to try not to do magic when I'm just out and about down the pub, because as soon as you stop and do it for one guy, his girlfriend comes over five minutes later and says, 'Oh can you do a trick for me' and then suddenly the whole pub wants to see one."

Watch a preview of Dynamo's new show:



Are you someone who enjoys revealing how tricks are done or are you secretive?
"To be totally honest, if I tried to explain it to people, they would think I was mad."

Is it too complex to explain?
"To be honest, I was never an exceptional student, but my mind works in mysterious ways. Where I grew up, I couldn't really go out and mess around on the streets, even in broad daylight. I spent a lot of time indoors watching VHS. Then I got a job as a 14-year-old working in a video shop and I could take home any video that I wanted and I spent a lot of my childhood watching these amazing special effects and sequences and I didn't realise they weren't real and I just thought that I wanted to be able to do these stunts. Even when I realised that they weren't real, I thought, 'I want to make them real'."

Is David Blaine a rival or a hero?
"I've got a lot of respect for David. When I was growing up, I had a lot of people telling me that I had to get a proper job and that I had to sort myself out and that I couldn't ever get a career doing my kind of magic. But then David came along and proved that it could be done to everyone. It proved to everyone that my talent was potentially going to go somewhere. I hope I can be somewhere near as successful as him. I've met him a few times and he's a really cool guy."

What were your favourite magic shows as a child?
"I don't want that much television. I'm from the YouTube generation and I watch stuff on boxsets or online. I don't have a recollection of watching magic shows as a child. The first magic I saw was from my granddad. He was my real inspiration. He was in the army and he showed me some tricks and techniques that he picked up and he was a very wise man. If there was any inspiration in my magic, it was my grandpa."

Why do you think magic acts always flop on Britain's Got Talent?
"I hope my show can make magic more prominent and bring it to a new generation. The thing with Britain's Got Talent is that I don't think it's the right platform for a magician. The whole point of magic is the element of surprise. Going out on that stage and revealing that you are going to do magic creates expectations and limits what you can do. The stage itself and the audition process restricts what you can do. You can't do little close-up tricks because it's for a large seated audience and it's just not a great environment for a magician to be in. I haven't watched much of that show, but I can't imagine you being able to make it work."

Dynamo: Magician Impossible airs on Thursday nights at 9pm on Watch.

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