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The Close-Up Magic of Silverstone

22nd July 2022

The Close-Up Magic of Silverstone

The Close-Up Magic of Silverstone

As a working magician, I spend a good deal of time trying to convince friends and family that my working life isn’t as glamorous as it looks. This week was an exception! I was invited by Formula One Racing to perform two hours of close-up magic in the VIP Lounge at Silverstone race circuit, near Towcester, Northamptonshire.

Mika Hakkinen

Meeting Mika Hakkinen

Table Magic With Formula One Legends

Close-up magic is performed in close proximity with the audience, usually just a metre or so from where they are standing or sitting. As magician with over 20 years’ experience, I’m used to being the one who creates a stir as the ‘impossible happens’ right in front of people’s eyes. On this occasion, though, it was me who was having to pinch myself.

I got to meet Formula One 1998 and 1999 World Champion, Mika Hakkinen – also known as ‘the Flying Finn’. What a legend! I also saw British Formula One Managing Director, Ross Brawn’s presentation to his staff. After a difficult couple of years for racing, It was good to hear him sounding optimistic about the future of the sport. He also gave a tantalising glimpse of how the cars will look and work in 2026 – my lips are sealed!

David Coulthard, Damon Hill, the host, Mika Hakkinen and F1 boss Ross Brawn

David Coulthard, Damon Hill, the host, Mika Hakkinen and F1 boss Ross Brawn

Walking the Silverstone Circuit

Once my work was over – although, I have to admit, it didn’t feel like work at all – I got to walk the iconic Silverstone grand prix circuit. It’s just over 3 miles and was a truly magical experience. After years of watching my heroes racing this very track, it was hard to believe that I was actually there – earning my living!

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