Daniel set for a magical summer

Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell
Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell

A CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH magician is to perform his very own disappearing act when he jets off to Spain for a six-month residency at the famous House of Illusion in Spain.

Daniel Wardle, a member of the High Peak Magic Circle, was picked during a talent search to perform at the magic theatre show in Salou this summer.

Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell

Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell

Auditions were held across the UK, and Daniel, 18, who is currently studying BTEC Business Studies at Buxton College, was chosen after performing his close-up act to a panel of three judges in Manchester.

“I am absolutely thrilled, speechless. One of my friends did the same thing and said it was a brilliant experience,” explained Daniel, who aspires to be as big a stage name as Derren Brown or Jeff McBride.

“This will be a great springboard and get me quite well-known to many people, because a lot of the visitors are from the UK.

“The company will also teach me different aspects of illusions or escapology, how to interact better with the audience and present things in a unique way, and hopefully it will make me a much better entertainer.”

Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell

Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell

At The House of Illusion, audience members pay a fee to enjoy a meal and a show, which includes stage and table magic.

Daniel, who goes by the stage name Danny Jewell, will jet-off on May 24 and remain in Spain until the autumn, performing two shows a night, six nights a week.

He has been performing magic for six years, entertaining audiences the length and breadth of the country.

“I saw a stage magician in the Dominican Republic. He blew up a balloon and popped it and a dove appeared from thin air, and that inspired me to be where I am today,” Daniel explained.

Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell

Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell

“I like the audience interaction and the performance side of it. I get a good buzz out of it because I enjoy making people happy.”

Cards, rings, doves and a rabbit make up his stage act, while for his close-up act he uses cards, ropes, money magic tricks and a smaller version of the rings illusion. His mentors include, Scott Christian, Neil Fletcher and Chris Stevenson.

In July 2009 he won the Northern Magic Circle Junior Close-up and Stage Competition, and has also performed at the High Peak Mayors’ Charity Ball at the Octagon. Daniel one day hopes to perform on the Buxton Opera House stage - or in the new Pavilion Arts Centre.

Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell

Daniel Wardle who performs as magician Danny Jewell