Bishopston magician has a super show up his sleeve

December 20 2016

MORE than 1,000 magic fans will be treated to a performance by some of the top names in the business when the Redgrave theatre hosts Stars of Magic.

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MORE than 1,000 magic fans will be treated to a performance by some of the top names in the business when the Redgrave theatre hosts Stars of Magic.

Organised by Bishopston magician Rob James, the New Year event from December 27 to 29 will see families flock to Clifton to be astounded by illusionists.

Rob, 38, said: “For years I wanted to bring a proper magic show to Bristol at Christmas. I’d have loved to see this kind of thing when I was 14 or 15 and just getting interested in magic.

“It’s the perfect time of year for a fun, family-friendly show and I booked some incredible world-class acts that I was really excited about people seeing.

“In the last couple of years there have been shows like this in the West End but this Christmas nobody else is doing anything to this scale.

“The fact that its happening in Bristol makes me very proud.”

Since starting working as a magician more than 14 years ago, Rob has turned it into a full-time career and performs at events all over the country.

And despite knowing the secrets behind magic tricks, he still manages to find other magicians’ performances entertaining, focusing on how they deliver their show and keep the audience engaged.

Other than Rob, who won first prize for close-up magic from the International Brotherhood of Magicians for his parlour-style magic, the show featured four other acts performing very different types of magic.

Alan Hudson is known in the UK for appearing on television programme The Next Great Magician, and combines magic with comedy.

German magician Alana was the first female to win the Grand Prix of Magic and gives the audience the illusion she has an extra arm.

Taiwan’s Anson Lee specialises in card tricks, and UK illusionist duo Young and Strange have performed at the Edinburgh fringe festival and on This Morning.

Rob, who has also performed in Bristol’s Tobacco Factory and Colston Hall Lantern, said: “In a world of smart phones and Netflix I love the fact that magic can still provide wonder. If it’s a great trick, people can’t get their heads around it, and that’s entertaining.”