Late to discover close-up magic, David first became interested in the art at
around 18 years of age. During one of many quests to give up smoking David
thought he may have a better chance of kicking the habit if he could occupy
his mind and give his hands something to do at the same time. Always having
had a passing interest in card tricks, David went to a book shop and
purchased Great Card Tricks by Bob Longe. David did manage to stop smoking (briefly!) but also inadvertently gained a far more expensive habit in card
After the inevitable ‘pub gigs’ some real opportunities began to rear their
head and soon, in between his real day job as a Graphic Designer, David’s
evening’s were mostly spent trying to convince drunks to watch card tricks
in return for a miserably poor monetary sum. After being made redundant and
staring the prospect of trying to find gainful employment in the face, David
boldly announced to his loved ones that he was going to have a go at being a
professional magician. It was obvious to David at the time that to the loved
ones in question, this was equivalent to announcing that he had decided to
become a circus clown! And, unfortunately, they weren’t too far off the mark!
Soon after, David sold the rights to some packet tricks before independently
releasing his Card Through Window effect – ‘CTW’. The effect was very well
received and its success led to the birth of David’s magic publication
business Full 52 Productions. Full 52 continues to thrive to this day and is
so far surviving the battle between the written word and DVD! Being
something of a neutral in the argument of which is better and seeking to
basically hedge his bets, David formed Big Blind Media with Owen Packard
late last year after collaboration on David’s acclaimed ‘Trickery’ DVD.
David currently lives in Berkshire with his wife Jo and his cat Buddy.