Dynamo (magician)

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Dynamo in 2018
Steven Frayne

(1982-12-17) 17 December 1982 (age 36)[1]
Years active2002–present

Steven Frayne (born 17 December 1982), better known by his stage name Dynamo, is an English magician.[2] He has starred in his television show Dynamo: Magician Impossible which ran from July 2011 to September 2014 and won the Best Entertainment Programme award at the Broadcast Awards in 2012. In 2015 he began touring with his Seeing Is Believing Arena Tour.

Personal life[edit]

Frayne was born in Bradford, England to an English mother and a father of Pakistani Pathan ancestry.[3][4] 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.[5]

Frayne has suffered from Crohn's disease since he was a teenager and had half of his stomach removed when he was seventeen.[6]

In 2018, Frayne began working with the charity Theirworld, to promote the education of Syrian refugee children.[7]

Media appearances[edit]

Dynamo's first TV appearances were on Richard & Judy, followed by a Channel 4 special entitled Dynamo's state of Mind. He then released a DVD[8] and has since appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, Fatherhood, and at the MTV EMAs.

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 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. 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.[9]

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.

The second series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible was broadcast.

The third series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible began on Watch on 11 July 2013.

On 1 August 2013, Dynamo released an autobiography called Nothing is Impossible.

On 23 November 2013, he performed card tricks during the 1D Day, with One Direction's members, Harry Styles and Liam Payne.

On 14 December 2013, Dynamo appeared in the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing, as part of a dance routine.

On 2 February 2018, Dynamo appeared in an episode of Amazon's The Grand Tour.

Magic awards[edit]

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.[10] In the same year, Dynamo: Magician Impossible won the Best Entertainment Programme award at the Broadcast Awards.[11]

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.[citation needed]

Dynamo won the Magician of the Year award from The Academy of Magical Arts 48th Annual Awards Show.[citation needed]


  • Dynamo's Underground Magic (DVD)[12]
  • Dynamo's State of Mind Channel 4
  • Dynamo's Concrete Playground (DVD)
  • Dynamo: Magician Impossible (Series 1,2,3 & 4) (DVD/Blu-ray)


  1. ^ "Dynamo Biography". 10 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Celebrity answers with Dynamo". 6336.com. Archived from the original on 20 May 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  3. ^ McLean, Craig (4 September 2014). "Dynamo: 'Paul Daniels stayed on TV too long... and ruined the magic'". Radio Times. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  4. ^ Stadlen, Matthew (18 January 2016). "Dynamo: Dying on stage would be good for the legacy". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  5. ^ Sawyer, Miranda (2015-09-27). "And for Dynamo's next trick? A live tour". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 2017-12-28.
  6. ^ Williams, Sophie (27 March 2018). "Dynamo illness: Magician reveals Crohn's disease battle and food poisoning left him suffering from arthritis". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  7. ^ Shah, Bela (2018-04-18). "Dynamo's campaign for Syrian children". BBC News. Retrieved 2018-04-19.
  8. ^ Burt, Josh (17 May 2007). "Watch Dynamo's street magic". The Sun. London. Archived from the original on 19 April 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2008.
  9. ^ Press Association, "Trick or feat? Magician Dynamo 'walks across Thames'", The Guardian, 27 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Dynamo Wins Best Entertainment Programme", The Magic Circle, 31 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Fred West drama Appropriate Adult wins TV award". BBC. 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  12. ^ "The ace in the pack". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 6 July 2008.

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