How Dynamo conjured his break in television
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You’ll know him as the mind-blowing master magician who defies logic and the laws of physics, but Dynamo is also a success story in the world of television.
(RTS/Paul Hampartsoumian)The story of taking his magic to the screen is an inspiring one of self-belief and perseverance that should help put television ambitions in perspective. I had a chat with Dynamo, perched on the throne from Game of Thrones, at the RTS Futures Ultimate TV Careers Fair, a unique event which saw over 800 young people from across the UK come together for the chance to meet and network with some of the biggest players in television. The magician, with his reassuring Yorkshire tones, admits his support for the event comes from how important it is to encourage young talent and that “there was nothing like this event, when I was starting out.” His skills as a illusionist got him early appearances on shows like Richard & Judy, Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Soccer AM and Sport Relief, but when it came to pitching to commissioning editors he faced a particular challenge. “It was hard because I can’t reveal how I do my magic, or even what that magic is going to be exactly. Only I can know. So I was asking for money to make a programme saying it was going to be the best magic show ever but wasn’t able to tell them anything about it! It’s definitely a risk for them.” Dynamo created further challenges by insisting on choosing his own crew and director for creation of his shows, people he already knew and trusted. “I didn’t want to just use people who were established in TV, I wanted to work with new people. Many of the people who worked on Magician Impossible first were the people who had shot my early bits for Youtube. It was a difficult sell but it all worked well.” To keep the necessary control over production Dynamo formed his own production company, which is now a risk that has paid off. He goes on to uncover the team-work nature of TV, behind the glitz and glamour a whole body of people are working away that are just as important as the star.
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