Photo: David Venni
Bradford-born Dynamo is known as one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the magic scene in many a year.
Having started off his career by promoting his tricks on his YouTube channel, Dynamo’s videos quickly gained widespread popularity and he has continued to grow his online presence through his one million-plus Twitter following.
The last couple of years have seen Dynamo travelling the world, astonishing celebrities such Damon Albarn and Labrinth, during the recording of his Magician Impossible series on Sky.
Discover grabbed some time with Britain’s favourite street magician to find out about his career and how he uses social media to stay in touch with his ever-growing fanbase.
What do you think you’d be doing now if you hadn’t become a magician?
I think I would have liked to have gone into media, as I like to think I’m very creative. And I don’t know why but I love the idea of being a music video director. I think that would be a really cool job.
Your grandfather was the person who got you into magic: what was the first trick he taught you?
The first thing he ever showed me was with two matchboxes. There was a green matchbox and a red matchbox, with green matches and red matches. He got me to put the green ones in the red box and the red ones in the green box, and I don’t know how he did it but he snapped his fingers over the boxes and gave them a little shake and the matches changed places. I’ve got my theories, but even to this day I still don’t really know how he did it.
You get to travel around the world meeting lots of amazing people; do you really consider what you do to be work?
I think that because of the schedule I work to it does feel like a job, but I’ve got the best job in the world. I get to perform magic, which is the thing I love more than anything, and I get to put smiles on people’s faces. What more can you ask for?
You’ve performed magic in front of a lot of different celebrities: who have you left the most awestruck?
Definitely one of my favourite reactions came from Stone Roses legend Ian Brown. He featured on the first series and I got to read his mind and tell viewers lyrics for an unwritten song. He’s one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met, and I was able to break through that coolness and see him react like a little kid again. He must have toured and seen everything over the years, so to bring him back to that childlike state of mind was just an incredible feeling.
Dynamo: Magician Impossible Series Two, is available now on Blu-ray and DVD
Follow Dynamo on Twitter: @Dynamomagician