interest in magic began when he was 11. In 1984, he met 13 year old
Gary Jay who amazed him with what turned out to be a simple card trick.
Gary taught the trick to Andrew and pointed him in the direction of Alan
Alan’s Magic Spot and Davenports Magic.
The magic bug had bitten one more innocent victim…
“I can remember many a Saturday morning watching unsuspecting visitors to
Alan Alan’s shop pick up the exploding coin! It was almost like an
initiation ceremony for newcomers. Alan was very good to my brother and I
who had become regulars. He recommended books and, most importantly, the
careful study of those books. I remember Harry Lorayne's ‘The Magic Book’
was my first purchase - it’s still a great starting point for any aspiring
magician! Several months down the line, Alan ordered the 7 volume ‘Tarbell
Course in Magic’ for me. I was hooked.”
Aged 13, Andrew began taking magic lessons with Bobby Bernard. “What Bobby
really taught me was the discipline of practice. Of course I learnt
routines from him, but the most important thing he taught me was how to
At 16, Andrew became fascinated by hypnosis. For the next three years,
magic took a back seat. Reading as much as he could about the subject,
Andrew managed to hypnotise a couple of friends at his first attempt –
quite a coup! In 1991, he took a gap year from his studies and travelled
to the USA. Settling with relatives in Florida, Andrew presented a 1 hour
hypnotic show twice a week for four months at a local resort hotel. This
was his first taste of professional performance.
Returning to the UK to resume his studies in 1992, Andrew rediscovered the
magic collection that he had left behind. “I remember being totally
consumed by ‘The Classic Magic of Larry Jennings!’” Within 3 months,
Andrew had started performing close-up magic semi-professionally. Andrew’s
university years saw him working part-time at Hamleys and Harrods as a
demonstrator for Marvin’s Magic. “I have many fond memories of working for
Marvin. Bruce Smith took me under his wing – he is the best magic
demonstrator I know. Marvin’s was a great training ground for me.”
Graduating with a 2:1 BA Honours Degree in Business Studies and Economics
in 1996, Andrew embarked on a career in Chartered Accountancy. This led to
him working for a financial publisher in the City which in turn led to an
Associate Director’s role in Corporate Finance with The Royal Bank of
the while, Andrew continued to develop his magic. In 1998, he presented
his first ‘non-hypnotic’ stand-up cabaret. “I never wanted to integrate
hypnosis and magic. It’s too easy for an audience to be flippant and pass
off the hypnosis as another trick! I still use a lot of the techniques I
learnt as a hypnotist in my cabaret show though, because nowadays it’s
content is 90% mind reading/psychological illusion and 10% magic.”
Despite an ever-increasing number of cabaret performances, Andrew’s first
love is still close-up magic. Last November he became The Magic Circle
Close-up Magician of the Year 2004. “To hold the title during the
Centenary Year makes it even more special.”
2005 is business as usual for Andrew who continues to perform his close-up
and cabaret acts at a host of private parties, corporate events and trade
shows. “I have a real affinity for the tradeshows. I used to sell
financial products to investment banks so I learned how to vary the pitch
depending on the client and the deal. Using magic as a sales tool at trade
shows is not easy, but it seemed like a logical step for me.”
Andrew's first DVD, Thirteen, was released earlier on this year by
featuring 13 easy-to-do professional card tricks and, ever the salesman,
Andrew is releasing seven products from his Now You See It™ range
of magic for magicians, later this year.
Guy Hollingsworth's ‘The Reformation’. In 1995, I saw Guy perform this
close-up in the bar at Ron Macmillan’s International Convention. It
absolutely floored me! The effect is uncluttered, instantly comprehensible
and totally impossible. Enough said!
Derren Brown’s Absolute Magic. Refreshingly, this is not a book of
tricks but a book of presentational theory. What makes it a ‘stand-out
piece’ is the sarcasm and wit that Derren injects in to the narrative.
Hilarious and totally engrossing, this is the only book I’ve ever read in
a single sitting!
There are so many magicians I admire for reaching the pinnacle of their
chosen field: Dai Vernon, Channing Pollock, David Berglas, Fred Kaps,
David Copperfield, Penn and Teller etc. However, if I had to nominate just
one person, I would have to go for Juan Tamariz. He is totally unique - a
true magician’s magician.
Top Magic Quote
“An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs
against it.” William Bernbachon
Top Magic Moment
The birth of my son, Max. A true miracle!!