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I've always loved entertaining so I've been to my fair share of auditions. My father taught me some basic magic tricks when I was a kid and by 18 I was a member of the Magic Circle.


I used to go to Butlins Minehead every year with my family - I've got two brothers and a sister - and it was after doing a magic act for their talent contest that they offered me a job. It was a great training ground, there's not many places you can learn to perform like that.


I was doing a stage show in Blackpool, and for the finale I'd get a guy up on stage, ask him for a fiver or a tenner, get him to sign it and make it disappear. One night this bloke hands over a tenner and as he's signing it I could hear this thudding noise, and his wife was walking up onto the stage – a big girl she was – and started having a go at him: 'Where did you get that from? You never had that this afternoon when I wanted a burger!' She snatched the money, slapped him round the face and stormed back to her seat. All I could say was, 'I can't beat that, thanks so much, all the best and goodnight.' I walked off stage and the guy's standing there with a huge hand mark on his face.


This year on BGT, the producers told me I was going to be talking to this lady called Julie, who had come cos she was my Number One Fan. She brought flowers for me and there was this bit where I was feeding her strawberries when she told me she dreams about me every night and fantasises about me every day. And I thought to myself, 'Ah, OK'. Er, that was quite 'special'.


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