09:21 Friday 14 February 2014

Disneyland on the cards?

Written byHELEN KREFT

A CONJUROR could be taking his talents to sunnier climes after being spotted playing a trick on Mickey Mouse – and is hoping the children of Burton can help him in his mission.

Eddie Young said it still felt like a dream after a theatre manager at Disneyworld, Florida, spotted the reaction of the crowd when he pulled a shiny dollar from the ear of the famous cartoon character while on holiday, and has asked him to make an audition video of his magic show – with the possibility of a three-year contract at the theme park waiting.

Branston resident Mr Young, who previously battled depression and contemplated suicide before turning his magic hobby into a business called Phat Magic, will hold a fund-raising first birthday for his business, which will be videoed and viewed in Florida.

He said: “We had a family holiday in Florida in November last year. I was in the magical theatre at Disneyworld and went to see what was in there.

“My wife said I was not allowed to do magic, but I saw Mickey Mouse and a queue of children, so I just went over to him and pulled out a shiny dollar from his ear. He was shocked and so was everyone else – and then I made it disappear. We had our photo taken with him and then left. Then two men behind said ‘excuse me’ – I thought they were going to ban us, but they said the reaction of the crowd was amazing and said they would like me here.

“I was gobsmacked. I’ve gone from wanting to commit suicide to setting up my own business, and then possibly going to Florida. It feels like it’s a dream.”

Eddie, who attended Lansdowne Infant and Paget High schools, has now turned his attentions to celebrating the first birthday of Phat Magic with an afternoon of children’s entertainment, which he plans to video and send to Florida as the audition tape.

“They basically said they want to see how I react with children, and if they like me then I live in Florida,” he said.

He will charge £5 for a family ticket and the money will go to charity Clic Sargent and the children’s wards at Burton and Derby hospitals.

There will be cakes, balloons, a bouncy castle and magic shows as well as circus skills, party games and a disco to round things off.

The party is due to take place from 2.30pm to 6pm, on Saturday, March 1 at St Mary’s Church Hall, in Hillfield Lane, Stretton.

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