Hornchurch magician stars in one-man show

Magician Jake Banfield

Magician Jake Banfield - Credit: Archant

Amazing bewildered audiences during one man shows have been a kind of magic for one university graduate.

Magician Jake Banfield, 27, of Cavendish Crescent, Hornchurch, is the star of Sprezzatura, a show featuring card tricks, illusions, and mind games at The Charlotte Street Hotel in central London.

He said: “I wanted a venue that was quite intimate so I would be able to speak directly to people in the audience and as there is a small cinema at the hotel, I thought that would be perfect.

“It has been an ambition of mine to have my own show so I’m really proud that I’ve finally made it a reality.”

The former Sanders School pupil has loved everything magic since he was 12 years old, looking up to magicians such as David Blaine and American double act Penn and Teller.

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He said: “David Blaine was always on telly when I was younger, doing these amazing tricks and wowing crowds. Watching him made me want to go out and do tricks myself.”

Since leaving the University of Essex with a first in business management he has been performing magic up and down the country.

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Jake, who is a member of The Magic Circle, has also released a YouTube video during which he performs magic in the streets of Shoreditch, shocking passers-by by reading their minds and making a £5 note float mid-air.

He said: “The best thing about street magic is that you get to see different people’s reactions to tricks when they’re not expecting it.

“Teenagers freak out a lot of time, but there have been adults that don’t stay much calmer!”

Jake’s next ambition is to star in a television show during which he would travel to different countries to perform magic.

He said: “I’m in talks with producers at the moment who know how popular magic is, but want to do something different.

“Hopefully we can put something together that people would like to watch.”

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