Lilli Murdoch, Communications Officer, recently caught up with Jez Rose, Author, Broadcaster, Speaker and Breathe Magic Magician to find out more about his Crowdfunder campaign, Midnights: a new dawn of playing cards. These cards are no ordinary playing cards, they represent a poignant, important, and meaningful story. Read on to find out why they helping to make a truly magical difference to people’s lives. But firstly, let’s meet Jez.
Jez’s love for magic started at the age of 4, with the most fabulous magic you’ve ever seen in your life! One day when Jez and his grandfather were in the car, Jez’s grandfather turned around and said “I’m going to make a fairground appear.” With a wiggle of his fingers, lo and behold, there appeared a fairground, just like magic! Jez now knows how his grandfather did it, but at the time it blew his mind!
Since then, Jez’s love for magic has grown and grown. Jez grew up at a time when there was a lot of magic on TV, it was readily accessible. The Magic Circle had a youth initiative, which Jez joined, and he managed to win a place in the finals of the Young Magician of the Year. He soon realised he could entertain people with something that he loved; it was a no-brainer.
Jez was introduced to Breathe by Richard McDougall, a key figure and magician at Breathe, as well as one of the first magicians to be involved with Breathe Magic, alongside Breathe Board Member and Magician, David Owen QC.
“Richard invited me to come and experience the Breathe Magic Intensive Therapy Programme in action and to see if I liked what happened. I was a blubbering mess by the end of the two weeks (and still now, I’m always the one crying!)”