Born in Bellshill in the west of Scotland. All through his life he had an interest in art and music. After doing an apprenticeship in engineering he took these interests to college to study the subject of stringed instrument repair and technology. This soon got left behind as he found out it was going to be a fifteen hour a day job over many years building a reputation that a living could hopefully be made from.
His other life long obsession, playing cards, had recently turned into an interest in magic and his old collection of uncle Albert type card tricks were starting to take a new dimension.