Burnley magician through to world championships

MAGIC: Magician Matthew Wright (S)
MAGIC: Magician Matthew Wright (S)

A MAGICIAN is proving that he has the magic touch after winning a place in the World Championships.

Matthew Wright (36) will compete against the cream of magicians from around the globe after being selected by the Federation of the International Society of Magicians.

The former St Theodore’s RC High School pupil finished in the top two places of the European leg of the championships held recently in Blackpool after gaining a place by impressing at a close-up competition in London.

“The World Championships are the highest accolade you can achieve in magic. It is every magician’s dream – they are like the Olympics of the magic world.”

Matthew’s act involves a coin and card trick, the latter being performed to an acoustic version of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”.

“Although the idea for the music is fairly recent the trick is one I’ve been working on for about 15 years. I would describe it as a comedy piece and involves a certain card which keeps re-appearing.

“The World Championships are exceptionally tough and very harsh. Around 40% of competitors do not even manage to finish their acts, the curtain is pulled down by the judges if they’re not impressed.”

Before the championships are held next year in Blackpool, Matthew will be keeping his hand in by performing at the House of Illusion in Salou, Spain, and at shows in Malta.

Held every three years, this will be the first World Championships Matthew, from Briercliffe Road, has competed in.

“Although it’s another year off I’m already getting excited. The winner will be a magic superstar,” he said.