Paul is obsessed with magic. Ever since he was given a magic set at the age of ten, he has been buying magic books, props and posters and honing his skills as a magician. He keeps all his magical paraphernalia in his house in Hackney, right around the corner from the magnificent Hackney Empire, a venue played at by all the great illusionists of the golden era of magic, some hundred years ago. One day, Paul is on the phone to his friend, sitting in his 'Poster Room', and chatting about how well his magic show from the night before went, when he gets a strange sensation ...Suddenly, the huge figure of Alexander steps out of the poster and starts telling Paul off for getting too big for his boots! Alexander and the other brilliant magicians in the posters are going to show Paul what magic is really about!
Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe A completely unique book full of the wonder of magic and the amazing personalities of the greatest magicians of all time A beautiful gift package, the book comes with a magic envelope, full of magical curiosities to baffle and impress friends with Includes a miscellany of magic tricks inspired by the magicians who visit Paul, which take the reader through, step #45;by #45;step, the technical aspects of the tricks as well as pulling off a great performance Stunningly illustrated throughout by Peter Bailey
Paul's career began at the age of sixteen appearing in the video for Sade's hit 'Your Love is King'. More recently he was magic consultant to the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, in which he also appears. He privately tutors Daniel Radcliffe in magic. Paul creates innovative magical effects for theatre around the world, including West End productions of The Invisible Man, The Woman in White, Scrooge, Our House, The Witches, Theatre of Blood, and English National Ballet's Alice in Wonderland. His current work includes L'Heure Espagnol at the Royal Opera House and The Lord of the Rings. He has been consulted by magicians including David Copperfield and Derren Brown, and was an on-screen contributor to the BBC History of Magic series. He taught Pete Waterman how to saw Simon Cowell in half on Children in Need and has tutored numerous other personalities and actors as diverse as Ant & Dec, Graham Norton, Jim Broadbent and Ruby Wax. International performances have included The Magic Castle in Hollywood. In 2005 he became the first magician to perform in The Proms at the Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic orchestra. He was part of the Olivier-award-winning cast of C'est Barbican. As magic consultant to Guinness World Records Paul researched and created magic sections for the 2005 and 2006 books. He is the recipient of the 2006 British Magical Society Award and is a Gold Star member of The Inner Magic Circle. Paul lives in Hackney, London.