Magician Thomas Anthony has conjured up an impressive honour by achieving the highest entry into the world-famous Magic Circle.
The Ossett illusionist has been accepted in to the prestigious club on the same level as TV’s Dynamo.
And the 27-year-old has come a long way since he bought his first magic set as a teenager from Merlins of Wakefield, on The Springs.
He now entertains audiences across the globe, recently returning from a three-week cruise in India and now jetting off to New York, San Francisco and Vegas.
But the former Silcoates School and Wakefield College student said it is not all about clowning around.
He said: “The key to success is practice and always coming up with new ideas. I still practise new tricks at least two hours a day.
“It is a huge honour to be in the Magic Circle and I am shocked to be at this high level.”
Tom was inspired to become a magician at the age of 15 after seeing a performance on a cruise ship. He soon set up his own act and toured parties and events.
At the age of 16 he became the youngest person to win a competition at the Leeds Magic Association and he has never looked back since.
He has now become an Associate of The Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, the highest degree achievable through examination, after being nominated by two current members.
He specialises in close-up magic, including card tricks, but also performs bigger acts on stage as well as attending corporate events.
He is currently putting the final touches to a new mime act and has set up his own business called The Corporate Magician with John Danbury, with the aim of hiring out magicians.
But Tom, who is often supported by wife Sophie Hodgson, added: “I still love being fooled.
“It makes you feel like a kid again when you see a trick and don’t know how it was done. You just think ‘wow’ and I enjoy making others feel like that when I perform.”