Magical Bones, finalist of Britain’s Got Talent, perform a fascinating magic show at South Mill Arts in Bishop’s Stortford on Thursday 28 April

Audiences are ready to be captivated by a magical blend of hip hop and illusion as England has an incredible talent Finalist Magical Bones will take to the South Mill Arts stage next week.

As the popular ITV show returned to our screens this weekend, the Street Magician’s arrival at Bishop’s Stortford on Thursday 28 April (7.30pm) came at an opportune time as the talented performer continues to rely on the success of his television appearance in 2020 following the pandemic.

Magical Bones, real name Richard Essien, 39, started out as a street dancer and turned to magic in an effort to attract passers-by, earning the nickname Bones due to his hard-hitting style of dancing.

Magical Bones arrives at South Mill Arts in Bishop’s Stortford on Thursday 28th April

His talents quickly got him noticed and he became a highly respected artist. He starred in the pop video for Mint Royal’s #1 hit Sing in the rain, danced for singers Alicia Keys and Plan B and starred in the hit West End magic show Impossible and those of Sky Around the world in 80 laps. And he performed at Madonna’s son’s private 10th birthday party and the Brit Awards.

His debut in 20 dates Black Magic Spring Tour has its penultimate performance at Bishop’s Stortford.

In an interview with the Indiahe explained how a Paul Daniels children’s magic kit ignited his passion for the art form.

Street magician and dancer Magical Bones was Britain's Got Talent 2020 finalist
Street magician and dancer Magical Bones was Britain’s Got Talent 2020 finalist

“My mum bought me a magic kit when I was little and I started practicing magic as a hobby,” said Richard, who grew up in Peckham, south London. “My acting teacher at the time was also a magician and so encouraged me, but it was nothing more than a serious hobby.

“As a teenager I started dancing in the streets and later became a professional dancer, appearing in music videos and working for several celebrities, but it was in the streets that I started to incorporate new ideas. , adding magic to the dance. as you try to draw a crowd, you come up with interesting ideas to get their attention!”

Richard studied Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London, performing his unique style of magic with dance in his spare time, self-taught but gradually catching the attention of the wider industry. It was noticed by the producers of Impossiblewhich was the first West End magic show in 100 years.

“I was progressing in terms of magic outside of England has an incredible talent and had great success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It was at the time when the producers of BGT saw me and asked if I wanted to audition for the show,” he said.

“It was really nerve-wracking. I did a lot of great performances, but I was never really judged that way. You feel like your whole career is being evaluated in front of millions of people!”

He added: “It was a great opportunity to take a risk and put yourself out there and the reward of doing that is the exposure you get.”

Magical Bones performs at South Mill Arts on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Go to to book tickets.

Brian L. Hartfield