The following profile is of the Magician Richard Young
Written by Antonio Marshall
“One day I was really bored. I’d played every computer game in the house so I decided to get it out of the cupboard”. The object in question was a magic set, a Christmas present from his Godmother that had been consigned to the cupboard for several months. The fateful day that this set re-surfaced was the day that a then 9-year-old Richard Young developed a passion for magic, a passion still present to this day. Now 30 years old Richard has a philosophical view on what drew him to magic. Throughout school Richard regularly performed magic in front of his fellow pupils and teachers during morning assemblies. These early experiences of performing to a live audience were a vital part of Richard’s development as they helped him gain the level of confidence necessary to perform at the highest standard.
Well into his 21st year as a Magician Richard credits his sustained passion of magic to a sheer love of the art form and the personal qualities it provided him with. Richard’s crowning achievement as a child came when at the age of just 14 he was crowned the winner of the prestigious ‘Young Magicians Close-Up Magic Competition’. The competition consisted of members of the ‘Young Magicians Club’ (a division of The Magic Circle reserved especially for budding young Magicians) and was judged by a panel of elite Professional Magicians. His feat was even more remarkable by the fact that he was one of only two finalists without the benefit of professional tutoring.
Richard’s success in the competition paid immediate dividends. Following his win he received an offer of free tutoring from professional magician Bob Swadling who had developed tricks used by such greats as the late Paul Daniels and David Blaine. Regarding Swadling Richard says: “When Bob first approached me with his offer I thought O.K, how much? It turned out he didn’t want money; he just wanted to give back to the profession he felt had rewarded him so richly. Learning with him was fun. He taught me not just about the tricks themselves but also the performance aspect of magic”. Another consequence of Richard’s win was an offer to perform in front of a live studio and television audience on national television, an offer he accepted.
Richard continued performing magic throughout his later teenage years, utilising it to open new doors and make new friends. He studied at Oxford Brookes University and became a full time Professional Magician in his early twenties. He has been booked to perform for many different national companies and celebrities including Jeremy Clarkson, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton.
In 2008 after being nominated by two highly regarded existing members, Richard successfully passed the examination criteria and was offered full membership of the world famous Magic Circle in London. This is an exclusive club for professional magicians who can perform to the highest standards. In 2013 The council members and examiners of The Magic Circle promoted Richard to AIMC within the organisation, the highest membership level attainable through performance examination.
In 2010 Richard and another Magic Circle magician began putting on theatre shows across the country presenting some large stage illusions which are too big to be presented at the dinner table or in normal sized conference rooms. A double act between the two magicians became the logical evolution of the performances and in 2011 it became officially know as Young & Strange (The real surnames of the two performers).
in 2011 Young & Strange appeared on the hit ITV1 TV show Penn & Teller: Fool Us hosted by Jonathan Ross. The boys attempted to fool the most famous magicians in the world with their spin on an classic illusion (WATCH HERE).
In 2012 Young & Strange performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on theatre stages across the UK. The show Young & Strange presented at The Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 is still considered to be the largest magic show ever presented at the festival.
In 2014 Young & Strange began regularly headlining the touring UK theatre magic show Champions of Magic. In the summer of 2016, Champions of Magic did a short run in the West End of London and will tour the UK again nationally in the Spring of 2017.
In 2015 Young & Strange received international press coverage after video bombing the background of a Live Sky News broadcast outside the Houses of Parliament (WATCH HERE) You can read all of of the international press coverage HERE.
In 2016 Young & Strange appeared on the first episode of the ITV1 prime time TV show ‘The Next Great Magician’ hosted by Stephen Mulhern. Accompanied by their trusty sidekick Houndini the dog, Young & Strange created the worlds first magician dog (WATCH HERE).
In 2017 Young & Strange were invited to travel to Las Vegas to take part in the 4th Season of Penn & Teller: Fool Us and a second attempt at fooling the greatest magicians on the planet (WATCH HERE). In the fall of 2017 the Champions of Magic show travelled to the USA and Canada for its first international tour.
In April 2018 Champions of Magic presented its first ever Arena show in the UK to a Sold Out crowd at The Brighton Centre, in the summer the show returned to the USA and completed runs in some of the biggest cities including Boston, Houston, Philadelphia and Detroit. In October 2018 Richard was promoted by The Magic Circle to the highest degree within the society: A Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star. This degree is limited to only 300 members worldwide, other notable magicians with this level of degree include Dynamo, David Copperfield and Derren Brown.
Please visit the Young & Strange website for more information, video content and tour dates.
While all of the above has been going on Richard Young has been performing all over the UK and Europe at private parties, weddings and corporate events with his spectacular close-up magic, it is Richard’s favourite type of magic to perform as it the art form at its most pure and interesting. Check Richard’s availability for your event now HERE.
Richard Young also performs in these towns:
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