Britain’s Got Talent’s magician Jamie Raven to pay Dartford a visit

PUBLISHED: 14:26 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:26 30 September 2016

Jamie Raven outside London's Magic Circle

Jamie Raven outside London's Magic Circle


He came second in the ninth series of the talent show

He was a huge success on Britain’s Got Talent, coming second during the show’s ninth series, and now Jamie Raven is embarking on his own UK tour.

Magic hasn’t always been Mr Raven’s passion though as he says: “I used to watch magic as a kid, at parties and on TV, but I wasn’t too bothered about it.

“It wasn’t until a holiday to India with my family, that my passion really developed.

“A magician came over to our table and taught me and my brother some tricks. From then on I’d save up my pocket money to go into London and visit the magic shops there.”

From this hobby came Mr Raven’s profession.

He claims that he was a professional magician for 11 years before he entered BGT and that he’s “loved performing magic my whole adult life.” But when it came down to life goals, Mr Raven wanted more than a profession.

“I wanted to do theatre shows, but for this people need to know who you are or else they won’t buy tickets. This is why I entered BGT,” divulges Mr Raven.

In November and December of last year the magician headlined The Illusionists at The Shaftesbury Avenue Theatre, which went on to break box office records.

“The show was amazing. My friend who is in the same business as me but in Australia showed me the show’s brochure and it just looked incredible. I knew I wanted to take part,” he says. “The show broke box office records and was sold out over a period of eight and a half weeks.”

From that moment, Mr Raven knew he wanted to embark on a tour of his own over the UK.

“My show consists of a lot of different types of magic,” he tells KoS. “There will be close up magic, illusions, and audience participation where I levitate someone. It’s really just two hours of fun, laughing and tricks.”

Although Mr Raven also states that each show is slightly different, so if you see it once, then you could see it a second time and still be entertained.

“I could just take the same show and do it again but I always like to keep moving forward, not back,” the magician claims.

“But I add three or four new things. The second time someone comes to the show, there should be new things they’ve never seen before. This re-writing the show is a long process for me.”

When asked what he’d like his audience to get out of coming to the show, Mr Raven says “Magic is my way of entertaining, I want you to love it and t come back to see me again.

“There’s nothing like seeing magic live. It’s just completely different live than it is on TV, it’s pure live.

“I really want people to be amazed and to laugh a lot because that’s what entertaining people is all about and that’s why I do magic professionally.”

The Jamie Raven Live tour is coming to Dartford’s Orchard Theatre on November 5, following three special performances at London’s Magic Circle.

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