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I performed Britain’s Got Talent’s best ever magic trick – but my final performance had unexpected problems | The Sun
MIXING magic, breakdancing and… history would seem an odd combination for any Britain’s Got Talent hopeful.
But for Richard Essien, known as Magical Bones, it proved a hit – with his tantalising tricks landing him a spot in the ITV talent show’s final.
It’s been three years since the Peckham performer’s first audition back in 2020, which saw him branded “absolutely outstanding” and “one of the best” by judges.
Richard, now 41, placed ninth in Britain’s Got Talent final but has gone on to showcase his tricks for celebrities like Anthony Joshua and even the England football team’s families.
The star, who’s currently touring with his new show Soulful Magic, reveals how the auditions really work, behind-the-scenes secrets and his odd Madonna encounter in an exclusive interview with The Sun.
'Annoying' Madonna gig
Richard’s fascination began at 10 years old when he was bought a Paul Daniels magic set and soon he was hooked on seeing spectators “smile in astonishment”.
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But before he made his name as one of Britain’s best illusionists, he worked as a breakdancer and performed alongside Madonna, Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys and Plan B.
Richard was the lead dancer in the music video of Mint Royale’s remix of Singing In The Rain, which went to No.1 in the UK Singles Chart in 2008 – three years after it was initially released.
His skills also bagged him celebrity gigs including performing in a surprise dance-off for Madonna’s son on his 10th birthday.
Richard recalls: “She hired some of the best break dancers in the world to compete against each other and her son chose the winner of the battle.
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