|Meet the man who walks on water|
|Tuesday, 10 July 2012 15:58|
He’s just 5ft 6in and softly spoken. His waist is teeny, his arms are bird-like and his hands are small, pink and currently rummaging in his enormous Louis Vuitton bag for a pot of hair-styling wax.
“I was going to put a bit in for the photos, but I can’t find it now,” he said.
Or levitate both Lindsay Lohan and comic actor James Corden, turn Austrian snow into diamonds and Fanta into Coke, melt coins in his hands and make cardboard butterflies come alive.
Last week, he was awarded the magic world’s highest honour — Associate Membership of the secret inner sanctum of the Magic Circle — up there with Paul Daniels, David Copperfield and Derren Brown.
It is indeed. Very few magicians are awarded the AIMC with a silver star. “They say it’s the highest degree you can earn for examination in the Magic Circle, and I’ve not even been examined! My mum will be so proud — they just gave it to me. Can you believe it?”
His second series, Dynamo: Magician Impossible, started on Watch last week.
Jay-Z, Chris Martin and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow (Dynamo blagged his way backstage at a Coldplay concert and impressed Chris Martin’s mum with his card tricks), Will Smith, Jonathan Ross, Wayne Rooney, Paris Hilton and the list goes on. Not forgetting his 1.5 million followers on Twitter and Facebook, and a dedicated band of fans called the Dynamites — who follow him anywhere. A recent personal appearance at Westfield shopping centre in East London attracted so many the mall had to be closed. And when he appeared at the Whitehaven Festival in Cumbria, instead of the anticipated 300-strong crowd, over 12 000 turned up, sending Health &
Safety officials into a right old lather. None of which is surprising given his mind-boggling tricks. Take walking on water, for instance. Last June, in front of hundreds watching from Westminster Bridge, he walked (not waded) very carefully halfway across the Thames in front of the Houses of Parliament, before being picked up by what appeared to be a police boat. Unless he was Jesus Christ, it is highly unlikely he actually walked on water. In June last year he stunned Londoners when he seemed to float unsupported on the surface of the Thames — the theories were many including hidden clear plastic underneath the surface and invisible wires.
Whatever the truth is, it was the product of a devilishly creative mind, which thankfully was not a casualty of his challenging childhood.
Thanks to severe Crohn’s disease — a debilitating inflammatory condition that required him to follow a diet excluding everything from vegetables to sesame seeds — Steven was small, thin and an easy target for bullies. It was his great-grandfather Kenneth Walsh — the role model and saviour he called Grandpa — who provided the escape route.
“He showed me some magic tricks that he’d used in World War II to supplement his bar money — any way you can make money in a dodgy fashion in a bar, he knew how.”
He also taught Steven a concentration technique that — don’t ask how — made his body impossible to lift so that however, much they huffed and puffed, the bullies couldn’t shift his slight frame any more. (He used the same trick last year on boxer David Haye.) — Daily Mail.