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© 2016 Chris Dugdale, Created by Larkspur Graphics Lab

At the age of 18 Chris became the youngest member of the world renowned Magic Circle and successfully levitated a presenter on BBC Television's BLUE PETER live in front of 6 million people.  Shortly afterwards he was promoted to the highest honour possible by award, becoming an Associate of the Inner Magic Circle.  The day he graduated from Leicester University, armed with a degree in Psychology, he became a full-time magician. Within a few years he was working for Lance Burton in Las Vegas performing close up magic and helping create his magical product empire.

 

He hasn't looked back since and has become a world famous author of his own magic and lecturer on the psychology of magic.  But performance is his real passion and in 2003 he became the first magician in history to entertain Her Majesty the Queen and The United Nations in the same year.  He was a guest of honour along with Angelina Jolie

 

 

In December 2005 he returned to New York to entertain at The United Nations for a second time.

 

Chris’s original approach to the performance of close up magic has taken him around the world entertaining some of the wealthiest and most famous people on the planet.  In 2006 he co-starred in the world premier of theatrical production THE NAKED MAGICIANS at the Hudson Backstage Theatre in Hollywood and earned himself and his fellow cast members three standing ovations in one night. 

 

2007 saw him entertain at the “Richest Gathering Of Human Beings Ever”, and the following year he was asked back by UEFA to entertain at the UEFA Cup Final.

 

He is the co-author of  CLOSE UP SUCCESS, the definitive guide to close up magic along with colleague Phil Jay.  He also recently completed his first book SLEIGHTLY DISHONEST – TALES AND OBSERVATIONS FROM A GLOBE TROTTING MAGICIAN.

 

In 2010 he was flown to Rio de Janeiro to entertain the 1970 Brasil World Cup Team on Sugar Loaf Mountainand they even let him hold the World Cup!

 

He is the star, creator and face of the Britain’s Got Talent Stage Magician kit which was sold throughout the UK in Toys r us, Marks and Spencer, Debenhams and many other major stores.

 

His theatre show has played three times at London’s Riverside Studios to rave reviews and packed houses. He has also played the West End with his production “2 Faced Deception” at the Leicester Square Theatre.

 

In 2011 he performed on ITV’s Penn and Teller Fool Us and ITV gave him the quote “The most unbelievable ending of any trick ever.” He fooled millions of people on prime time tv with an original and shocking piece of magic. 

Penn and Teller understood the theatricality of the effect, but to this day the method remains unsolved.

 

In 2012 his Edinburgh show became the best selling new show in Assembly One and it was selected to be filmed in entirety for the Fringe Performance Archive.

 

In the same year editing finished on his first one hour special for television, CHRIS DUGDALE'S MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR was distributed by SKATTA at the BBC to a worldwide audience as a mini series...

 

In 2013 his return to Edinburgh saw his show “Magic and Mischief” breaking all of Chris’s box office records and as a result of this show he was flown to the Seychelles for an exclusive one night performance to a very select audience. He has since become one of the very few acts to be invited back three times...

 

Supporting The Who's Roger Daltrey and Queen's Roger Taylor Chris Dugdale was voted the top act at the IFS World Conference in Gothenburg which took place in front of 1500 people...Chris was extremely proud to beat such prestigious competition!

With the aid of a 60ft LED screen, 3 cameras including a steadycam and live feed Chris was able to perform a couple of close up pieces in his stage show to devastating effect...

 

Chris's magic has taken him around the world many times, from Dubai to Las Vegas.  His schedule has included more than 100 appearances in the Monte Carlo Casino in Las Vegas and numerous appearances at the world famous Hollywood Magic Castle. He is probably also the only magician ever to have been given a standing ovation by Simon Cowell!

 

He recently signed an exclusive 18 month Hollywood contract and was seen in 2013 in the prime time hit NBC show Dracula, which saw him as an actor, magician and consultant.

 

At the end of 2013 he was featured on ITV national news as an expert commenting on the new style of bank notes to hit the UK in 2015.

 

2013 saw Chris support Simple Minds and Madness in Barcelona for the IFS World conference...

and supported the World's most successful comedian Michael Mcintyre in Spain…

 

2014 saw a truly triumphant return to Edinburgh with More Magic and Mischief, which achieved his best Edinburgh reviews to date and his return to Las Vegas to star in The Naked Magicians live on the strip in the Tommy Wind Theatre next the MGM Grand. The Naked magicians received universally outstanding reviews and is now potentially set to move off Broadway...

2014 also saw him appear on the cover of Magicseen magazine with an 8 page spread...

With a brand new show for Edinburgh 2015 and Chris recently being successful as being cast as lead in a new major London production, 2015 is gearing up to be the most exciting one yet... keep you eyes on this space...

 

Chris currently lives between his homes in the USA and the UK with his wife Alexis and his baby girl Lara...