Kerry Scorah, Magician

Close-up, sleight-of-hand performances which mix magic and comedy to leave audiences spellbound!

As a young girl growing up in Hull, I used to watch Paul Daniels and Debbie McGee performing magic tricks together on the telly. I became enthralled by the glamour and beauty of it all, but I never thought it was something I could do. That showbiz wonderland which Paul and Debbie came from was a million miles away!

I left school and got a job – working alongside a guy who did magic as a hobby. I expressed my own interest and he introduced me to the Hull Magicians’ Circle. I joined and met some amazing people there – most notably the president, Eddie Dawes, who I later learned was royalty in the world of magic after attending a convention.

Eddie took me under his wing and introduced me to lots of wonderful people within the industry. He was, undoubtedly, a formative influence on my career and I still follow his work. It means the world to me that Eddie continued to monitor my path with interest because he is so highly revered by his peers.

The Magic Circle has 1,500 members – of which only 88 are female. Of those 88, only 20 women in the world currently hold the highest degree of membership possible, which is only given by call of the president: Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star.

Last year, I reached the pinnacle of my career when outgoing president Scott Penrose presented me with that very accolade during a Magic Circle awards evening. To say I was in shock was an understatement – not only because of the status that had been bestowed upon me by Scott, but also because it’s extremely rare for that particular award to be given out at that event.

Having been a professional illusionist for 17 years now, I feel very blessed and fortunate to have had so many amazing opportunities come my way through magic – from performing at lots of wonderful events around the UK and abroad to achieving what I never thought was possible: appearing on TV.

I have carried my memories of watching Paul and Debbie throughout my own journey, and I am excited by the thought of what is still to come.

Kerry Scorah

Photo credit: Jon Bonner, BonPhotography