Early life:

Darren was born on 16th March 1983. He spent most of his early life living in Grays, Essex, attending Thameside and The Grays School before moving on to Thurrock Technical College to earn an A-level in Art and a National Diploma in Graphic Design.


He had various interests as a child, but the only thing to stick was magic (apparently being a Ghostbuster or a Ninja Turtle wasn't a viable career option) which he moved straight into after leaving college.

Start in magic:

Darren became interested in magic at a very young age. His fist magical experience was seeing the legend Paul Daniels on TV when he was four. He soon became obsessed with studying the art of magic and learnt his first tricks from 'Ali Bongo's Book Of Magic', a gift given to him from his Nan, which he also still has to this day.


It was not long after this that he received his first magic set for his birthday and he soon began putting on shows for his friends at school. He kept learning all the new tricks he could, and tried to watch as much magic as possible. His favourite magicians were, and still are the bad boys of magic. Penn & Teller.


After leaving college Darren got a job working for a magic shop in the Lakeside Shopping Centre, selling beginners tricks to the public. This was an improtant part in his career as it gave him plenty of experience performing for strangers on a constant basis (he was a pretty good sales man as well)


After a couple of years he decided to take his magic to the next level performing at various events and advertising his services, bringing in plenty of private bookings including weddings and birthday parties.


He then went on to become the resident in house magician at Castaways Entertainment Restaurant, the largest entertainment restaurant in the UK, for five years, another important step in his career development giving him plenty of experience that other magicians can only hope for.

Since then he has worked for thousands of clients throughout the UK including Royal Mail, AIG, Shangri-la The Shard, Aspers Casino, Genting Club and has even appeared at The London Palladium!!

His next big show could be yours..........

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