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Ben Hart

Biography

Ben Hart

Awards & competitions

Ben Hart

Appearances & credits

Ben Hart

Biography

West End Star and unique magician Ben Hart is a unique artist: a teller of tall tales, mad inventor and sleight-of-hand master.

His utterly enchanting performances are a dark, beautiful, baffling and wickedly funny treasure trove of impossible mysteries, visual alchemy, outrageous lies and brutal honesty.

"Makes sceptics become believers" – ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

"Ben Hart will have you believing in magic " – ★★★★★ Glam Adelaide

 

Ben has starred in numerous UK and International TV series, including his own BBC3 online series "Life Hacks Hoax". Ben was as the writer and star of Killer Magic, a hit BBC3 show, which was awarded Best Non-Competitive Reality Show at the 2014 National Reality Television Awards. For BBC Click and Objective Productions, Hart created the "world's first 360 magic trick" for the Royal Television Society. He has also performed on the hit BBC One show "Now You See It" and has been seen live on "The One Show" on BBC One, and as a Finalist on ITV’s "Britain’s Got Talent".

At the age of just 16, Ben won the Magic Circle's "Young Magician of the Year". Ten years on and he is a Member of the "Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star" and was the recipient of the "Marvin Rising Star" award at The Magic Circle, in 2018.

"quickly and deftly establishes his authority through deceptively simple tricks carried off with elegance and charm. Hart’s persona is key to the show – playful yet edgy, sophisticated yet boyish, cheeky smirks alternating with wolfish snaps – and, when it comes to narrative, he has a powerful way with words” – ★★★★The Scotsman

 

"I'm now a believer! Spellbinding!" – ★★★★The Curtain Up Show

 

"he did things that left me, a man who sees a lot of magic, dumbfounded” – ★★★★Broadway Baby

 

Ben’s one-man show "The Outsider" played the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2013 to rave reviews and was nominated for the Time Out TO&ST Cabaret award.

"Highly impressive hour of technical excellence and irresistible charm…devilishly clever" – ★★★★ The Scotsman

 

"Mind-blowing... supreme master of the vanishing act. He really is a must see. Don’t miss him" – ★★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser

 

Since then, Ben has created a further 4 sold-out Edinburgh Fringe shows, including 'The Vanishing Boy' in 2014, and 'Belief' in 2017, which have received awards and many 5 star reviews. His show 'The Nutshell' was a total sell-out in Edinburgh in '18 and '19, and was recipient of the Bank SA weekly “Best Magic Show” award at The Adelaide Fringe in Australia in 2019.

"Hart is a charismatic stage presence.. a beautifully put together show" – ★★★★ The Scotsman

 

"Both the cohesiveness of theme and the pervasiveness of Hart’s personal style set this show apart and make it both enjoyable and worthwhile to watch.” – World Magic Review

 

"Master of sleight of hand and a captivating host” – ★★★★The List

 

Multi-award winning magician Ben continues to make a triumphant return to Edinburgh Festival Fringe each year, due to phenomenal demand. Produced each year by Gag Reflex, his performance never fails to gain huge praise from audiences and critics, with his shows shining a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of our imaginations.

"perfect blend of magic, theatre, psychological commentary and a dash of humour" – ★★★★★ Glam Adelaide

 

"jaw-droppingly amazing, beautiful and perfectly set up.. Hart is indeed a master of his art and that’s simply the best way to describe him" – ★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

Ben has starred in the hit west-end and international touring magic show "Impossible" which played at The Noel Coward Theatre in the heart of London's West End in 2015 and 16 and has been seen in Singapore, Dubai, and the Philippines.

Ben Hart invents magic tricks, special effects and impossible illusions for the world of theatre, film and television. Ben’s role as magic designer has seen him create special effects and impossible illusions for theatre, film and television. His clients include The Old Vic and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

He is well-respected as a highly original magic creator and the go-to guy if you need to decapitate, vanish, levitate, transform etc - no task is too unusual or impossible.

"Magic tricks and special effects that should have Derren Brown reaching for his notebook" – The Stage

 

"Bold and fittingly mind-blowing… The year’s most sensational coup de theatre " – The Telegraph (on WILD for the Hampstead theatre)

 

As a writer and director, he has worked with some of the world's top performers, including legends Penn & Teller, regularly being called upon to provide creative, unique and rebellious ideas. He has written and devised material for some of the most well-known magicians in the business. Outside the world of performance, he has devised presentations and advertising campaigns for businesses that want to express their key messages through magic and has delivered amazing product launch shows.

As a teacher of magic, Ben has mentored all kinds of people, from aspiring and experienced magicians and business executives to some of the world's best regarded actors.

As a theatrical magic consultant and Illusionist, Ben approaches problems from the view of both a performer and also as an inventor.

Ben has designed solutions to problems of all scales, from appearing cars to appearing flies, floating daggers, actors walking on the wall and everything in between... If you have an idea or problem that needs solving or are another performer seeking ideas, Ben is your man.

"We’re left dumbfounded by some highly accomplished illusions..." – The Independent (on Dr Faustus for WYP)

 

"Jaw dropping tricks and illusion" – EdinburghGuide.com (on The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society for Traverse)

 

In May of 2019, Ben performed on the UK’s largest-rated ITV show, Britain’s Got Talent. Ben transformed a piece of confetti into an egg, before cracking it into a glass, in front of the audience’s eyes. The trick gained him a standing ovation from the theatre audience mid way through his set, and he certainly worked his magic on the stunned Judges in his astonishing audition, which included teleporting a random audience member across the stage.

Simon Cowell was left dumbfounded, commenting simply: "That was unbelievable”.

Ben sailed through to the Semi Finals, performing close up magic including making a match disappear from his mouth into a pack of matches that were in Alesha Dixon's hands. After mystifying the judges, Simon gushed that Ben had a 'star charisma around him', which the other judges seconded as Alesha admitted his 'showmanship was brilliant'.

"Utterly Enchanting" – Daily Mail

 

In the grand Final, which took place at the Hammersmith Apollo, marvellous magician Ben's beautiful storytelling lead to a trick with a pack of cards, which got smaller and smaller right before our eyes.... It blew the audience away, and the judges comments were outstanding. Ben received millions of votes, and came third, an incredible achievement.

"There is an other worldly air about you.. I hang onto your every word.. a joy to watch"Amanda Holden

 

You’re an act that works in Vegas and on TVSimon Cowell

you are the living embodiment of magicDavid Walliams

BGT increased Ben's profile to a much wider audience, and the dates he currently had scheduled sold out within days, with extra dates urgently added.

"Eye-boggling…his sleight of hand is extraordinary" Time Out

 

"You’re better than David Blaine"Eamon Holmes

 

Ben Hart was invited to appear on smash hit talent series ‘America's Got Talent: The Champions’ which aired in the US at the start of 2020, on NBC. Viewers were treated to an incredible showcase of the very best from the global franchise, where Ben was pitted against the winners and most notable contestants from across the world.

Ben is currently on an enormous UK Tour, which has expanded time and time again due to shows selling out and venues clamouring for a date.

He also performs at private events with his astonishing close-up magic across the world, and has performed for celebrities, billionaires, royalty and heads of state at just about every kind of event imaginable.

At events, Ben is extremely popular. His profile boost on BGT excites guests who are fans of the show, however he is a master at providing a personal performance, and will leave people truly amazed by his magic. This very special magician is extremely charming and personable, his magic is fresh and unique, and he veers away from tricks performed by his peers, instead opting for his own style, to continuously amaze. 

Ben can either mix and mingle with your guests, performing his infamous sleight-of-hand close up magic, perform a show ‘on stage’, or host, depending on what suits your event.

Outside the world of performance, he has devised presentations and advertising campaigns for businesses that want to express their key messages through magic, including Trident, Nicorette, Costa Coffee and Sky and has delivered amazing product launch shows.

Ben returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last August, and sold out his entire run, including four hastily added shows in a much larger venue, weeks before the Festival even started. He was scheduled to perform at the prestigeous Pleasance Grand in August 2020, with his hit show Wonder, however the global pandemic has meant the Festival has had to be cancelled. It would have seen Ben follow in the footsteps of smash hit performers Colin Cloud and Tape Face, to take the coveted spot at one of Edinburgh Fringe's largest, beloved and popular venues, the much larger space more than worthy of his continued success, however this is on hold for now.

This is a man who is beyond committed, and who works completely tirelessly at his profession, and who is reaping the (well deserved) rewards.

"What is it about Ben Hart that infuses mysteriousness into any room in which he walks? Ben Hart’s The Nutshell is an elegant, stylistic experience in truly beautiful magic. Hart is masterful at maintaining a sense of delicious tension.. Ben Hart is an exceptionally skillful magician and a bewitching performer." – ★★★★ World Magic Review

 

"a brand new heart-stopping spectacle.. a must for magic fans.. the final illusion is worth the ticket price alone!" – ★★★★ The Curtain Up

 

“justifies his worthiness of being officially recognised as one of the most talented performers Britain has to offer.. the best magic show out there” – ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

 

“This really is a must see show.. his skill is extraordinary, his theatricality astonishing” – ★★★★★ UK Theatre Network

 

Nationwide Tour 2020 - dates available here 

Awards/Competitions

  • 2020 – America's Got Talent: The Champions, NBC
  • 2019 – Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, ITV
  • 2019 – Third Place – Britain's Got Talent - ITV
  • 2019 – Winner – Bank SA Weekly - Best Magic Show Award - Adelaide Fringe Festival
  • 2018 – Winner – Marvin Rising Star Award - The Magic Circle
  • 2018 – Ten Top Fringe Act - Herald Scotland Luxury Magazine - Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 2018 – Festival Highlight - The Sun - Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 2018 – Winner – Mervyn Stutter's Sprit of the Fringe Awards - Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 2017 – Best Magic Shows to see - The List - Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 2017 – Pick of the Programme, Cabaret -Broadway World - Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 2017 – Top Magic Shows to See -The Scotsman - Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 2017 – Member – The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star - The Magic Circle
  • 2014 - Winner - Best Non-Competitive Reality Show for Killer Magic, BBC3 - National Reality Television Awards
  • 2013 – Nominee – Time Out TO&ST Cabaret award - Edinburgh Festival Fringe
  • 2009 – Winner – Young Magician of the Year - The Magic Circle
  • 2007 - Winner - The Irving Schneider Award Scholarship - The Magic Circle

Appearances & credits

Festivals:

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Outsider, 2013
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Vanishing Boy, 2014
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Belief?, 2017
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Nutshell, 2018
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Nutshell, 2019
  • Adelaide Fringe, The Nutshell, 2019
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Wonder, 2020

Television & film:

  • 2020 – America's Got Talent: The Champions, NBC
  • 2019 – Britain's Got Talent: The Champions, ITV
  • 2019 – Britain's Got Talent - ITV
  • 2019 – Lorraine - ITV
  • 2019 – This Morning - ITV
  • 2018 – Partners in Rhyme – BBC1
  • 2017 – ASAP Chillout – ABS-CBN Entertainment
  • 2016 – Now You See It – BBC1
  • 2016 – The One Show – BBC1
  • 2015 – Life Hacks Hoax – BBC3
  • 2015 – Killer Magic – BBC3
  • 2015 – Commercials for Trident, Nicorette, Costa Coffee, and Sky TV.
  • 2015 – The Sorcerer's Apprentice – CBBC

Currently appearing at:

  • UK Tour 2020, Festivals, Private and Corporate events worldwide

Writing credits

  • Consultancy work includes:
  • THE EXORCIST (2019)
  • MAGIC GOES WRONG - PENN & TELLER (West End, 2019 & 2020)
  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL (The Royal Shakespeare Company 2017)
  • THE EXORCIST (Birmingham Repertory Theatre 2016, West End 2017)
  • IMPOSSIBLE (International Tour and West End 2016)
  • WILD (2016 Hampstead theatre, James MacDonald)
  • "NOW YOU SEE IT" (2016, Objective Productions for BBC One)
  • "LIFE HACK HOAX" (2016, Second Star Productions for BBC Three)
  • "KILLER MAGIC" (2015, BBC Three)
  • BEN EARL "TRICK ARTIST" (2013, Magnum Productions for Channel 4, Simon Dinsell)
  • DR FAUSTUS (2013, West Yorkshire Playhouse/Glasgow Citizens Theatre, Dominic Hill)
  • THE ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE APPRECIATION SOCIETY (2012/13, Peepolykus/Traverse, Orla O'Loughlin)
  • PAUL MERTON "OUT OF MY HEAD" (2012, Tour and West End Run)
  • STAGEFRIGHT (2012, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Colin Blumenhau)
  • NICORETTE CAMPAIGN (2011 online advertising campaign for Nicorette, BBH)
  • CHRIS COX, FATAL DISTRACTION (2011, Phil MckIntyre)
  • THE EGG TRICK (2010 film starring Sir Ian McKellen, Neath Films, Stephen Kroto)
  • WONDERLAND (2010, Work of Genius, Iqbal Khan)
  • CARNIVAL (2010, Guildford School of Acting)
  • TRIDENT "TRICKY" (2009 international commercial, Th2ng, Simon Cracknell)
  • DARKER SHORES (2009/10, Hampstead Theatre, Anthony Clarke)
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