David is a Member of The Magic Circle and a leading commercial arbitrator, mediator and barrister.
His advocacy and legal skills led him to being appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2006, and he is recognised as a leading figure in the world of dispute resolution. Developing communication skills has always been an integral part of his work. He has trained lawyers to become effective advocates and now trains groups and individuals on presentation and communication techniques, as well as communicating in situations of conflict.
David was elected into The Magic Circle in his teens and has performed and taught magic at corporate and private events around the world as well as on television. His lifelong interest in using magic performance skills in other contexts, and as a way of empowering individuals by increasing their confidence, is what led him to be one of our founding Board of Directors.
One of the founding magicians of Breathe Magic, Richard is a Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and a former World Open Champion for Close-Up Magic.
He performs for private and corporate clients worldwide and feels fortunate to have appeared at several events hosted by HM The Queen, including a private party to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, which was attended by forty Kings and Queens. He has also created magic for other performers, most notably a Derren Brown TV show which won the Silver Rose of Montreux.
Richard’s approach is recognised by other magicians, so he is often booked to lecture on the performance and presentation of magic at prestigious magic conventions around the world, and was a guest presenter on the first live global online magic event EMC. He now spends much of his time teaching and speaking to the business community on the impact of body language.
In the field of medicine, Richard has taught in seminars at London’s Ministry of Health and worked with senior oncologists in Spain, France, Hungary and Brazil, helping them to deliver scientific data more effectively and improve awareness and inter-personal skills with patients.
DR WILL HOUSTOUN
Will was The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year in 2015 and the youngest ever European Champion of Close-Up Magic. He is Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star and holds a PhD on Victorian Magic.
Will edits The Magic Circle’s 105 year-old magazine plus other specialist journals. He has written two books on the history of conjuring and released a three DVD instructional set for magicians which teaches his original creations.
Away from the magic world, Will has acted as a consultant on productions such as Martin Scorsese’s multi Oscar-winning film Hugo and the BBC’s Golden Globe-winning TV series Wolf Hall. He has been featured as an expert on magic by numerous newspapers and radio programmes, and advised organisations including The Wellcome Trust, KPMG, The Victoria & Albert Museum and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
Will has combined his interests in magic and history by writing and internationally performing his one-man show Dr Houstoun’s Conjuring.
Laura is a successful magician, compere and sleight of hand artist who performs to a wide range of audiences in an eclectic mix of venues worldwide.
In 2003 aged 18 she became a member of The Magic Circle and landed her first TV series Playing Tricks within six months of turning professional. Other TV work includes The Magic Party for BBC Northern Ireland, Children in Need and Penn and Teller’s Fool Us on ITV1.
Laura has performed in places as diverse as Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s 80th birthday and parties for HRH Prince Charles, an off-Broadway show in New York and VIP backstage parties at top festivals including Glastonbury and Download. Her work has taken her across the globe to appear for clients including Formula 1, Porsche, Universal Records, Soho House, DKNY, Champney’s, the House of Commons, Bentley’s Entertainment and Warner Brothers.
Christopher’s magic is influenced by his studies in theatre arts and further training as an opera singer in Bologna, Italy.
An Associate of the Inner Magic Circle, Christopher appears regularly at events internationally. His diverse experience includes close-up magic, theatrical stage magic shows, corporate creativity training as well as acting as magic consultant for special projects.
He has performed live on international television, worked with Punchdrunk Theatre, has performed magic with the London Symphony Orchestra on stage at the Barbican, appeared as a ‘Victorian magician’ for the BBC, and has featured his vaudeville style double-act Norvil & Josephine internationally and around the UK at the Hackney Empire, Eden Project and at Leeds City Varieties.
Christopher has also worked as a ‘magic hands model’ for fashion magazines and has been featured by Britain’s Got Talent, Canali and Hackett in television and internet commercials. He has also performed at The Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Edward is a writer, director and the youngest of the Breathe Magicians. He is an Associate of The Inner Magic Circle and holds a first-class degree from University College London where he studied Psychology with an emphasis on perception. He has presented his ideas at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University and at the inaugural Science of Magic Conference held at Goldsmiths University.
Edward is a previous recipient of several awards: The ‘British Champion of Magic’ voted by The International Brotherhood of Magicians, the ‘International Rising Star of Magic’ award bestowed by the renowned American Magicana organisation and the prestigious title, ‘The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year 2018’.
Edward’s one-man show ‘Edward Hilsum: Genie’ won critical acclaim at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and for five years he starred in the record-breaking ‘Champions of Magic’ show, touring theatres throughout the UK and North America.
In addition to his performing, Edward is the founder of production company Love Variety. He co-wrote and directed the sell-out show ‘James Freedman: Man of Steal’, which subsequently transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End.