Ben Hart (magician)
19 October 1990
|Alma mater||Kings' School and Peter Symonds College|
Ben Hart (born 19 October 1990) is a magician and Gold Star Member of the Inner Magic Circle. He grew up in Winchester. In 2007 he was awarded the "Young Magician Of The Year" award by The Magic Circle. He is known for his work on British television and as an inventor and designer of magic tricks and illusions. He is a close-up and stage magician.
In 2014, Hart wrote and starred in Killer Magic on BBC Three which was awarded "Best Non-Competitive Reality Show" at the National Reality Television Awards. In 2016, Hart starred in Ben Hart's Life Hacks on BBC Three the first episode of which was directed by Matt Edmondson, and later Ben Hart's Life Hacks with The Voice which saw him pranking the celebrity judges of The Voice UK, including Boy George, Paloma Faith and Ricky Wilson of the Kaiser Chiefs. Hart also appeared in a regular slot within Now You See It on BBC One hosted by Mel Giedroyc. Other television credits include The Sorcerer's Apprentice for CBBC, The One Show for BBC One where Hart teleported a human to the top of Broadcasting House, Partners in Rhyme hosted by Len Goodman for BBC One, and ASAP, and Umagang Kay Ganda live in the Philippines. He has also presented his favourite music videos on Myx. For BBC Click and Objective Productions, Hart created the "world's first 360 magic trick" for the Royal Television Society. Hart has also performed his magic live on the radio for BBC Radio One and has created advertising campaigns for Trident, Nicorette, Costa Coffee, and Sky TV.
In 2019, Hart auditioned for series thirteen of Britain's Got Talent. His first round aired on 11 May 2019, and he was later selected by the judges as one of the 40 acts to perform in the live semi-finals. On 30 May, he won the public vote at the fourth semi-final and competed in the final against 10 other acts on 2 June. He came third place on the show. During the judge's feedback, David Walliams described Ben as "the living embodiment of magic".
Hart has written and performed 4 solo shows, each premiering at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is known for his unusual performance style that mixes unusual, original magic with storytelling and theatricality, his performance style having been described as somewhere between Hannibal Lecter and Tim Burton His shows include:
- The Outsider (2013) (directed by Anthony Owen, the executive producer of Derren Brown) which was nominated for the Time Out (magazine) and Soho Theatre TO&ST cabaret award.
- The Vanishing Boy (2014) (co-written by Al Joshua),
- Belief? (2017) which was a total sell-out and appeared on The Scotsman's list of top magic shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017.
- The Nutshell (a highly-unusual magic show inspired by the work of Frances Glessner Lee) which was critically acclaimed,running at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018, The Adelaide Fringe Festival 2019 and will return to Edinburgh for 2019.
Since 2015, Hart has performed as part of Impossible produced by Jamie Hendry, playing two seasons at the Noel Coward Theatre in London's West End, Dubai Opera, Singapore, and Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines. He has also performed his act at The Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium and Wembley Arena.
As a magic consultant and illusionist, Hart has written and created magic tricks and special effects for tv, theatre and film. His credits include Trick Artist for Channel 4 starring Benjamin Earl, The Egg Trick starring Ian McKellen, Killer Magic for BBC Three, BBC1's Now You See It, and Not Going Out.
In the world of theatre, Ben Hart's special effects design credits include:
- The Exorcist directed by Sean Mathias,
- I and You directed by Edward Hall,
- A Christmas Carol (2017) adapted by David Edgar for the Royal Shakespeare Company,
- Fanny and Alexander by Stephen Beresford at The Old Vic,
- Dracula by The Touring Consortium
- Woyzeck (2017) adapted by Jack Thorne and starring John Boyega for The Old Vic,
- WILD (2016) by Mike Bartlett at the Hampstead Theatre,
- Wonderland by Gyles Brandreth (a musical about the life of Lewis Carroll
- Out of My Head (2013) by Paul Merton,
- The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society by Steven Canny and John Nicholson for The Traverse Theatre
- Darker Shores at The Hampstead Theatre.
Awards and accolades
- The Magic Circle's Young Magician of the Year in 2007
- The Magic Circle's Irving Schneider Award Scholarship
- The Magic Circle's Marvin Rising Star 2018 awarded by Marvin Berglas
- National Reality Television Awards "Best Non-Competitive Reality Format" for Killer Magic
- Time Out and Soho Theatre TO&ST cabaret Award nominee 2013
- "Ben Hart on his new career as a magician". Daily Echo. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- "Ben Hart: The Magic Man -". 24 March 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- "Magic touch - Ben Hart on his new career as a magician". The Northern Echo. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Brennan, Andrew. "Young Magician of the Year". The Magic Circle, the world's premier magic society. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Brennan, Andrew (22 March 2015). "Results". The Young Magician of the Year. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Walker, Danny (28 April 2015). "What happens when you let two TV magicians loose in the Mirror Online offices?". mirror. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Gannagé-Stewart, Hannah (25 January 2016). "Magician Ben Hart to front BBC3 Objective series". Broadcast. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- ben hart the voice
- "PHOTOS: MYX DAILY TOP 10 INTERNATIONAL EDITION WITH VJ JC OCTOBER 10, 2017 (BEHIND-THE-SCENES)". YOUR CHOICE. YOUR MUSIC. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Tabalo, Sandrine. "RTS Cambridge sees the first 360 degree magic trick". Royal Television Society. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- "TO&ST Announce Shortlist For Edinburgh Fringe's Only Cabaret Prize". > This Is Cabaret. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- "Top magic shows to see at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe". The Scotsman. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Creative, Feast (8 July 2016). "Impossible Official Website". Impossible Official Website. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Hart, Ben (28 October 2016). "I've had sleepless nights over the spinning head in The Exorcist". WhatsOnStage.com. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Urwin, Rosamund (30 October 2017). "How a stage version of The Exorcist is recreating its biggest scares". Evening Standard. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- Armstrong, Stephen (22 October 2017). "Theatre: The Exorcist and The Elvis Dead". The Times & The Sunday Times. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
- "Cast and creative - A Christmas Carol". Royal Shakespeare Company. Retrieved 18 December 2017.