Bradford magician Dynamo's new TV show Beyond Belief to chart Crohn's recovery

Dynamo has released a new trailer for a programme that will chart his road to recovery from a career-threatening illness brought on by Crohn’s disease.
Dynamo. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA WireDynamo. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
Dynamo. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The magician’s new series Dynamo: Beyond Belief will show how he learnt hundreds of new tricks while he was recovering from the illness in hospital.

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The trailer shows him displaying magic tricks to awe-struck spectators.

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Dynamo said: “I’ve always been a great believer in magic as a unifying force and so three years ago I set out to make a show for people who felt isolated from society, in the same way as I did during my struggles with chronic illness.

“I believe that the resulting trilogy is my best work to date and I hope everyone enjoys watching it just as much as I did making it.”

The magician, 37, has previously said that his illness left him at times unable to shuffle cards.

The illusionist, real name Steven Frayne, earned a reputation as Britain’s answer to the American star David Blaine, with a series of outlandish, televised stunts that saw him apparently defying gravity and sometimes death.

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He was born on a Bradford estate to an English mother and a father with Pakistani roots.

He has performed on both sides of the Atlantic and in front of the Prince of Wales, whose Prince’s Trust advanced him a £2,000 start-up loan. He developed his skills with the help of his late great-grandfather, who knew how to make matchsticks disappear, and used them to help deal with the bullying to which he was subjected at school in Bradford

Dynamo: Beyond Belief airs on Sky One and NOW TV on April 9.