HEY PRESTO! The Dispatch district has produced an award-winning magician — and he is only 13.
Daniel Dore, of Farleys Lane, won two prestigious accolades at the annual competition evening of the Nottingham Guild of Magicians, held at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street, Hucknall.
In achieving this success, he beat off rivalry from a number of international prize-winning performers.
Daniel has a special talent for prestidigitation (sleight of hand) and is self-taught. He has only been performing for a year and has been a guild member since the beginning of 2012.
This is a very special weekend for Daniel as he will be competing in the big-time Edinburgh MagicFest and he has been greatly looking forward to this opportunity to show what he is capable of.
Before moving to Hucknall, Daniel lived on Neston Drive, Bulwell. He went to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Catholic School on Piccadilly, Bulwell, and now goes to Trinity Comprehensive School at Aspley.
His mum, Andrea Dore (38), said: “He is very quick and adept at problem-solving, and he works on his magic every day. He even does magic tricks at school and he always has a crowd of fellow pupils around him at break-times.”
Daniel’s skills do not include such tricks as pulling rabbits out of hats. He specialises in close-up sleight of hand, including with playing-cards, and he works on a one-to-one basis with observers of his trickery.
Daniel has two sisters, Amy (17) and Emily (nine).
His father, Timothy Dore, tragically died in April 2009 after a long battle against cancer.
He was a shining role model for Daniel, who feels that becoming a magician is a way of paying tribute to his dad.
The other prize-winner at the guild show was Shane Morrison, of Nottingham, who has been Daniel’s mentor.
Daniel is already becoming a seasoned performer and is hoping to develop his talent into a stage career — just like that!
Anyone who wants to book Daniel for an engagement can contact Andrea on 07871505502.