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Darren McQuade

Darren is a professional magician and actor. He studied acting at LAMDA and RADA, and has appeared in various TV and stage productions including Loaded, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Anniversary and Widdershins. He became interested in magic at a very young age. His fist magical experience was seeing the legend Paul Daniels on TV when he was four. He soon became obsessed with studying the art of magic and learnt his first tricks from 'Ali Bongo's Book of Magic', a gift given to him from his Nan, which he still has to this day. It was not long after this that he received his first magic set for his birthday and he soon began putting on shows for his friends at school. He kept learning all the new tricks he could, and tried to watch as much magic as possible. His favourite magicians were, and still are the bad boys of magic, Penn & Teller. After leaving college Darren got a job working for a magic shop at the Lakeside Shopping Centre, selling beginners tricks to the public. This was an important part in his career as it gave him plenty of experience performing for strangers on a constant basis (he was a pretty good sale man as well) After a couple of years he decided to take his magic to the next level, performing at various events and advertising his services, bringing in plenty of private bookings including weddings and birthday parties. He then went on to become the resident in house magician at Castaways Entertainment Restaurant for five years, another important step in his career development, giving him plenty of experience that other magicians can only dream of. Most recently he has become a producer, putting together The Magicians Showcase at The London Improv Theatre, which has become one of London’s top magic nights, with magicians all over the country applying to perform there. He has worked for thousands of clients throughout the UK including Royal Mail, AIG, Shangri-la at The Shard, Genting Club, Aspers Casino and The London Palladium!! His next big show could be yours!

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