Aaron Crow (danger act)

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Aaron Crow
Born
Ronny Verbeke [1]

1968/1969 (age 49–50)
ResidenceBelgium / Ruiselede [2]
Other namesThe Silent Mentalist, The Warrior, Mystical..
OccupationMystician / danger act
Websitewww.aaroncrow.com

Aaron Crow, also known as The Silent Mentalist, The Warrior or Mystical, is a Belgian mentalist, magician and danger-act, known for his appearances on "Le Plus Grand Cabaret Du Monde", Britain's Got Talent and America's Got Talent.

Crow is known for adopting a strong, silent stage persona. He was featured in The Sydney Opera House and on Broadway New York with two of his signature acts in the biggest touring magic show in the world "The Illusionist" , alongside fellow magicians as Dan Sperry, Kevin James and Jeff Hobson. In 2016, he premiered his full evening show "FearLess" in Malaysia.

Early life[edit]

Crow's official website states: "At the age of three, Aaron was rushed to hospital with a needle stuck in his throat. It was a frightening experience, although luckily he made a complete recovery."

At the age of five, Aaron was startled when a mouse crawled on his back while he was in bed. "Aaron says it made him think about how people overcome their fears – and that the key is to confront them."[3]

On his twelfth birthday, Aaron's parents gave him a book about the legendary Harry Houdini. From the book, Aaron learned that Houdini – the greatest showman of his era – used to perform a famous routine in which he swallowed many sharp needles."[4]

Career[edit]

He won first place Mental Magic at the "World Championships of Magic"[5] and since then multiple highly coveted awards like "Le Mandraque d'or" in Paris.

He has performed on numerous television shows around the world, but is mainly known for his appearances on Britain's Got Talent, during which he performed a blind-folded swordsmanship act, in 2013.[citation needed]

Crow auditioned for the seventh series of Britain's Got Talent. His audition aired on 27 April 2013.

Crow led two audience members and host Ant McPartlin onstage. He gave the woman a bag to hold, the man a board to hold upright, and McPartlin a pineapple to hold on top of his head. Next, Crow poured hot candle wax over his eyes and covered his face with bandages, black tape and foil. He then used a Knife to slice the bag, nunchucks to break the board, and a Katana to slice the pineapple in half – all with deadly precision of course.[citation needed]

The Daily Mirror reported, "A BGT insider said: 'Aaron's performance went down a storm with the judges and viewers'."[3] Simon Cowell stated "That's a great act. I love the idea of watching something where there is a possibility that someone could actually die, and the fact that it was Ant made it more exciting."[6] The other judges also praised the performance. Alesha Dixon added, "I find you really intriguing. Just the way you commanded the stage and your presence alone was exciting. It was dangerous, I was like oh this is great and you were just fantastic. Loved it." Amanda Holden stated, "My heart was like pumping through my ribcage. The suspense and the intrigue and the mystery, it was absolutely terrifyingly brilliant."[citation needed]

On 27 May 2013, Crow returned for the semi-finals, during which he shot an apple sitting on host Declan Donnelly's head.[7] He finished fourth.

Since then Aaron Crow has been traveling the world with the bestselling magic show in the world "The Illusionists". He performed in The Sydney Opera House and started an eight-month tour in the US with four week on Broadway New York where the show was a major hit.

In 2016, Crow focused on his own full evening show called FearLess! The show premiered in Genting Malaysia.

He competed on the thirteenth season of America's Got Talent in 2018. He was eliminated in the semi-finals. [8]

In October 2018 his show "Mystica" was one of the main Halloween attractions at Walibi Belgium [9]

Personal life[edit]

Aaron Crow has a science degree and was a teacher in a juvenile institution for many years, where he eventually became head of campus.[citation needed]

He has earned a black belt in Taekwondo.[3] and was for a short while part of the National Belgian Tae Kwon Do team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vanhooren, Eric. "Geen sant in eigen land: illusionist is wereldster, maar in geboortedorp kent niemand hem".
  2. ^ "Privacy settings". www.hln.be.
  3. ^ a b c Watts, Halina; Hill, Patrick (Apr 28, 2013). "Britain's Got Talent 2013: Silent mentalist Aaron wants to throw knife at Simon Cowell". London: Daily Mirror. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  4. ^ Crow, Aaron. "Early Days". www.aaroncrow.com. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  5. ^ FISM – The Book, Ghiurmino, Aldo, W. Meister & Co. Editori, ISBN 9788890607424, page 268}
  6. ^ "Britain's Got Talent 2013: Ant McPartlin fears for his life as 'mentalist' Aaron Crow takes to the stage". Metro. Kensington, London: DMG Media. 27 Apr 2013. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  7. ^ Dave (2013-05-27). "Aaron Crow Channels William Tell in Britain's Got Talent Semi-Final (Video)". Daily Picks and Flicks. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
  8. ^ "eSpeakers Marketplace". www.espeakers.com.
  9. ^ AARON CROW [@ItsAaronCrow] (2018-10-22). "twitter.com/ItsAaronCrow/status/1054314111000023040" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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