The current winner of Britain’s Got Talent, magician and soldier Lance Corporal Richard Jones has announced his first UK tour. The tour starts on 23rd April at the MK11 in Milton Keynes and culminates at the Arts Centre in Haverhill on Friday 5th May. Richard will be showcasing his new breathtaking tricks never been seen before and will have you falling off your seats with amazement – a show not to be missed. The tour coincides with some exciting TV news yet to be announced….
After receiving a standing ovation at the Royal Variety Show in December last year where he read the mind of HRH Prince Charles, Richard’s new show will go that step further combining magic & mind-reading, taking the audience on a journey through their own imagination and uncovering the unsolved mysteries of the mind. Richard has recently been promoted to Member of The Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star, the most prestigious honour in The Magic Circle.
Richard Jones quotes: “I cannot wait to meet the audiences of my upcoming tour as I have lots of big surprises in my show for them. After reading the Mind of Prince Charles at The Royal Variety, I'm now looking forward to involving people from all over the UK in something very special. Combining my experiences of being a Soldier with my passion for Magic.”
East End born Richard, who grew up in Essex, stole the hearts of the nation with his captivating performances on Britain’s Got Talent. He was the first magician to ever win the show. Richard wowed the judges and public with his mind-reading skills that involved a David Beckham cut-out and turning a can of fizzy orange into hot tea, and a trick that gave Amanda Holden and David Walliams electric shocks! Another centred around Amanda’s biography caused Simon Cowell to call him a “wizard” and Amanda herself proclaiming it “the best magic trick in 10 years that we’ve seen on this show”. After more than 2.5million people voted in the final, Richard was crowned the winner of BGT’s 10th series.
At the age of 19 Richard signed up to become a Bandsman in the British Army before undergoing four months combat training and then 12 months studying at the Royal Military School of Music. He was then posted to the Parachute Regiment in Colchester, Essex. In September 2014 he transferred to The Household Cavalry, where he had to complete six months of the Army Mounted Dutyman Training. The musicians of The Band of The Household Cavalry are considered specialists as the Cavalry have the only band in the British Army that performs on horseback. Richard has since performed at some of the UK’s biggest parades and functions, including the Queen’s 90th Birthday Parade and Garden Parties at both Buckingham and Holyrood Palace.
Despite his success and the multitude of media appearances and interviews following his win, Richard continues to be in the army alongside performing full time as a magician. One of the proudest moment in Richard’s military career came when he performed at the D-Day Memorial Ceremony in Normandy, Northern France, in June 2014 in front of Her Majesty The Queen, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
24 April 2017
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