17 December 1982
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
Steven Frayne (born 17 December 1982), commonly known by his stage name "Dynamo", is an English magician, best known for his award-winning television show Dynamo: Magician Impossible which ran from July 2011 to September 2014.
Frayne was born in Bradford, England to an English mother and a father of Pathan ancestry. He suffers from Crohn’s disease, which has made him small in stature his whole life. He was bullied as a child, and one of the first magic tricks he learned was something his grandfather taught him to make it seem as though he was very heavy so that the other children could not pick him up.
Dynamo's first television appearances were on Richard & Judy, followed by a Channel 4 special entitled Dynamo's Estate of Mind. He then released a DVD and has since appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Fatherhood, and at the MTV EMAs (where he performed for the Foo Fighters, Nelly Furtado, and Joss Stone).
He has appeared in ads for Adidas, Nokia, and Pepsi and appeared on the catwalk for Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief. In May 2009, Dynamo levitated Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas four feet off the ground in front of a crowd at the Emirates Stadium in London.
On 25 December 2009, Dynamo appeared on the Soccer AM Christmas Special and performed magic for the show's presenters Max Rushden and Helen Chamberlain, as well as fellow guests David Haye and Neil Ruddock. On 19 March 2010, he appeared on BBC One in aid of Sport Relief, where he appeared to turn lottery tickets into cash in front of Robbie Williams and Davina McCall. Later in the show, he performed a levitation in front of James Corden and a live studio audience.
On 18 March 2011, Dynamo appeared on BBC One for Comic Relief to highlight the work that British Airways had done to raise money. On 25 June 2011, he was photographed and videotaped apparently walking on water of the River Thames on foot in front of the Palace of Westminster, to publicise his forthcoming series Dynamo: Magician Impossible. This series featured appearances by Rio Ferdinand, Ian Brown, Noel Fielding, David Haye, Tinie Tempah, Mat Horne, Travis Barker, Natalie Imbruglia, and Robert Sheehan.
In September 2011, Dynamo appeared on sports television program ESPN where he performed card tricks. On 23 October 2011, Dynamo announced that he had joined the magicians' society The Magic Circle. The next day, he appeared as a guest panellist for Noel Fielding's team on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In November 2011, he appeared on the BBC's Young Apprentice, giving a prize performance in the London Eye for the winning team. He also appeared on Children in Need, performing magic for Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.
On 1 August 2013, Dynamo released an autobiography called Nothing is Impossible.
On 14 December 2013, Dynamo appeared in the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing, as part of a dance routine.
On 5 July 2012, Dynamo was promoted by the magicians' society, The Magic Circle, to Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star for Performance. In the same year, Dynamo: Magician Impossible won the Best Entertainment Programme award at the Broadcast Awards.
Series 2 of Dynamo: Magician Impossible won the Broadcast Award for Best Entertainment Programme for the second year in a row and won TV show of the year at the Virgin Media Awards.
Dynamo won the Magician of the Year award from The Academy of Magical Arts 48th Annual Awards Show.
- Dynamo's Underground Magic (DVD)
- Dynamo's Estate of Mind Channel 4
- Dynamo's Concrete Playground (DVD)
- Dynamo: Magician Impossible (DVD/Blu-ray)
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