Ten years ago, TV cookery shows were about a man or a woman following recipes. Now, it's all about journeys and campaigns and less about the actual chopping and dicing. That's what I'd like to do with magic.
I arrived at school pensive, introverted, and not very sporty, so magic became a place of mystery and intrigue, an escape for my boyish mind.
I would like to do things like I did in Tanzania, going somewhere and exploring a theme and investigating as well as performing for those people.
I would wish eventually to be able to make television that informs and educates as well as entertains.
Being able to elicit the feeling of the unfathomable in intelligent adults is like falling in love.
Magic touches people in the way great art does. It lets them see the world with new eyes.
Magic, historically, has been a man doing tricks with no wider story behind it.
From a young age I was obsessed with the mysterious, the esoteric, the paranormal.
I think that magic, at its root, is a very abstract notion. There's no real, approved definition. And, in that sense, it's like love; you can only see magic by the effect it has on people.
I think there's a huge amount of magic on television, which is slightly vapid: there's no real meaning or message behind it; it is simply a trick.
I've never categorically been a banker. I had two internships while I was at university. The decision was more banking, or magic, and I went with the latter.