A budding local magician has won the junior category at Burnley’s Got Talent, stunning audiences on the night with his gasp-inducing trickery.
Jasper Cherry won the fundraising competition at the Burnley Youth Theatre on Queen’s Park Road with a dazzling display of illusions.
The Briercliffe Primary School pupil has been practising magic for over a year, having impressed friends and family with early attempts after being inspired by a certain famous television magician.
“I got into magic when my dad asked me if I wanted to watch Dynamo,” said Jasper, 10. “I thought it was really amazing and I wanted to have a go. That’s how it began.”
Jasper and his mother, Clare Cherry, 39, of Stirling Court, heard about the competition after Jasper’s performance as Alfred Perks in The Railway Children at the Youth Theatre, which prompted the blossoming performer to jump at the chance to wow the audiences with his magic.
“[I’m] super proud,” said Clare. “I was absolutely buzzing [when he won]. He’s gaining more and more confidence.
“At the Youth Theatre, he showed some of them a few of his tricks and they said ‘there’s this competition coming up, why doesn’t he enter?’”
“What’s fab with how Jasper is, is he’s a really quite boy [but] there’s a showman hidden in there somewhere!”
Jasper, whose favourite trick is called the eight and nine, said: “[The show] was really fun. I was really really pleased [when I won].”