MAGICIAN Steven Jackson is walking in his father’s footsteps on the path to earning a name as a great entertainer.
At just 20 years old, Steven has already performed his many tricks in venues across Europe and now back in Grantham he wants to build a career in the industry locally.
Readers might remember the Journal recently featured his dad, Tony Strange, a magician who has taken to stages across the world, including entertainment capital of the world Las Vegas.
Steven, of George Street, said: “I grew up with him doing magic from as young as I can remember. He picked up a pack of cards and taught me little kids’ magic, and it grew from there.
“I got the feel for it and got more into it, and expanded by learning with him, reading magic books and looking at other magicians.”
He was aged just 14 years old when he performed his first “gig”, earning himself £125. In a bid to build a reputation as a great magician, he began performing at restaurants and at events free of charge, handing out business cards.
After a spell in Spain, he was forced to come back to Grantham for personal reasons.
Both Steven and Tony, of Earlesfield Lane in Grantham, attend regular conventions for magicians, meeting new people and learning new tricks. It was at a convention that Steven met and befriended TV magician Dynamo before he hit the big-time.
Showmanship is key to being successful, said Steven.
He added: “I’ve got a name within the magic society but it’s important that I get a name among people I can get work with, especially locally.
l For bookings and information, call Steven on 07780 445733.