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The British Champion of Magic

Biography

Jonathan Shotton was born in England 1988. He developed a natural love for theatre and the performing arts working from an early age as a child actor. In 2001 he discovered the world of magic through a family friend who had been practicing the art as a hobby. His life would never be the same.

Jonathan joined “The Young Magicians Club” a youth initiative of The Magic Circle where his natural ability as a performer was quickly recognised. In 2003 he was winner of the club’s annual stage competition and the following year was scouted by The Society of American Magicians to appear on “The Stars of Tomorrow Show” in St Louis USA. At the age of sixteen Jonathan was awarded the title “British Junior Champion of Magic”. He then made his first national television appearances for BBC on programmes Blue Peter and Xchange. Demand for the young performer was beginning to develop.

In 2005 The Magic Circle celebrated its centenary with an event said to be the most prestigious in the society’s history. Although not yet old enough to be a member, Jonathan received an invitation from former ITV Head of Entertainment John Fisher to appear at the high profile celebrations. Jonathan was also one of five international artistes selected that year to perform in the society’s Centenary Christmas Show. As a result of these appearances upon reaching eighteen Jonathan was immediately elected an Associate of The Inner Magic Circle by unanimous vote of Council. The degree represents the highest award members can achieve through examination.

After leaving school Jonathan made the decision to become a full time professional entertainer. The Magic Circle awarded him a unique scholarship to train in Las Vegas at the renowned “Magic and Mystery School” under the direction of legendary entertainer Jeff McBride. On returning to the UK Jonathan won his most significant awards from The International Brotherhood of Magicians. He became “British Champion of Magic” receiving the trophies for “Most Entertaining” and “Most Original” magic act from the organization. Jonathan was the youngest magician in history to ever achieve this success.

Through these accomplishments Jonathan had quickly become recognised as a symbol of quality in the entertainment industry. In 2007 his technical abilities were acknowledged when he was chosen to work as a sleight of hand artiste and advisor on the blockbuster film Mamma Mia for Universal Pictures. His skill with playing cards has also been utilised in various television commercials.

Jonathan continues to make national appearances on television, recent performances include ITV1’s breakfast show Daybreak and CBBC’s BAFTA winning programme The Slammer. As well as being a key player in the corporate entertainment market Jonathan has made many appearances for the rich and famous with an extensive list of confidential celebrity clients.

With his strong theatrical background, Jonathan naturally became a favourite on the pantomime scene, performing in shows such as, Aladdin, Jack and The Beanstalk and Snow White at prestigious venues including Richmond Theatre with Jane Asher and Manchester Opera House with Tina O’Brien. Recently Jonathan has moved into the luxury cruise ship market. He is now a regular face on P&O’s largest vessel Ventura, where he headlines his own large illusion show in the state of the art Arena Theatre.