If I had a fiver for every time someone has mentioned the popular TV magician to me in the past couple of years, I’d be very wealthy indeed – perhaps almost as much as the Bradford-born star himself.
Unlike the general public, many magicians seem to treat him with derision at best and I’m not entirely sure why. While I may not be completely comfortable with some of the series content, I think he has done much good for magicians – not only by bringing magic to the masses, but also showing that it’s not all sawing women in half and pulling rabbits out of hats.
Some magi have suggested that he’s just a David Blaine wannabe, but Dynamo is (to me) eminently more watchable. If I view a magic show I want to see, well magic – not some utterly pointless feats of endurance. And who can forget Blaine’s incredible (for all the wrong reasons) interview with Eamonn Holmes on GMTV? If you’ve not seen it, it’s well worth a look on YouTube!
I personally think his success is much deserved – he has worked hard at his craft and has created a style that clearly resonates with his audience. I think all UK magicians owe Dynamo a tremendous debt of gratitude. Now, where’s my baseball cap?
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