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Meet Magical Bones, the hip-hop dancing magician from London

IT’S A KIND OF MAGIC: Richard Essien AKA Magical Bones in action

LET’S BE honest, there’s nothing exciting about seeing a rabbit being pulled out of a hat or a pretty assistant being sawed in half. We’ve just seen it too many times.

But when it comes to south London magician Magical Bones, he’s got plenty of new tricks up his sleeve.

Real name, Richard Essien, from Catford, Magical Bones and has become well-known for his blend of innovative magic and hip-hop moves that leave audiences spellbound.

Starting out in the music industry as a dancer for the likes of Madonna and the Black Eyed Peas, Bones has since turned his attention to wowing the public with expert sleight-of-hand, and there’s no doubt the tricks in his top hat will stump any seasoned sceptic.

“I think becoming a magician was my natural evolution as an artist,” he explains to The Voice. “I reached where I wanted to reach as a dancer and I had always been enhancing my magic skills since a child and I just thought I wanted to try and somehow merge these two skills and passions together.

“I thought ‘let me go into magic and bring the skills I learnt as a dancer into this new arena.’ So it was just me growing as an artist really.”

The 34-year-old magician recently left This Morning hosts Holly and Phil speechless with an astonishing card trick, where he caught their chosen card whilst doing an impressive backflip in the air.

“I think that’s the best part of being a magician, wowing someone and seeing the wonderment in their face,” says Bones, who is one of the performers in this year’s Impossible magic show in the West End.

He continues: “When you listen to a singer like Whitney [Houston] and she hits that crazy, big note, you’re like ‘wow, that was incredible’. I want to be the Whitney of the magic world. If I can wow you, that’s what I enjoy.”

Bones, who has a degree in maths, has travelled the world, sharing his street magic on several continents, as part of the TV show, Around the World in 80 Tricks.

“That was a big highlight for me. I got to tour around the globe to places like South Africa, South Korea, Barcelona, and India to share my magic.”

“What was great, is that the visuals can translate across any language barrier so you don’t have speak the language to share magic. People can see magic and feel the experience of magic. They can be astonished no matter their language or culture.”

This month, Bones, performs at “the world’s greatest magic show”, Impossible at the Noël Coward Theatre in west London. The show blends death-defying escapology, grand stage illusions, state-of-the-art technological magic and up-close-and-personal sleight of hand, and features the world’s greatest illusionists including Josephine Lee, Sabine Van Diemen, Jonathan Goodwin, Ben Hart and Chris Cox.

Soldier and magician Richard Jones is also on the line-up, after winning this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Bones says: “I think it’s amazing that a magician won Britain’s Got Talent, and really bring magic back to the forefront, across British television and amongst people in their homes.”

So why should people head down to the show?

“I’m very proud of being a magician,” Bones adds. “I think it’s on of the most unique art forms out there. Most people have never seen a magician in real life.

“People should come down because live entertainment is a dying art form and we’re trying to revive it. This is a chance to experience magic right in front of them – no camera tricks – and have a great time.”

Magical Bones stars in Impossible at the Noël Coward Theatre until August 27. For more information, visit: www.impossiblelive.com

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