Richard Jones (magician)

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Richard Jones
Born (1990-09-21) 21 September 1990 (age 31)
EducationWest Hatch High School, Chigwell
OccupationSoldier, magician
Years active2016–present
Height6 ft (183 cm)

Lance Corporal Richard Jones (born 21 September 1990) is a British magician and soldier, best known for winning the tenth series of Britain's Got Talent in 2016.[1]

Richard also appeared in The Chase in 2016 failing to beat the Vixen for £50,000 .


Jones was born in Leytonstone, London and grew up in Chigwell, Essex.[2][3] He joined the British Army in 2010 and studied for one year in Twickenham at the Royal Military School of Music.[4]

He spent three years with the band of the Parachute Regiment before being posted to the band of the Household Cavalry in 2014 as a mounted dutyman.[5]

On 15 March 2016, he appeared as a contestant on ITV's The Chase.[6]

On 11 June 2016, Lance Corporal Jones performed as a bandsman in the Trooping the Colour, as part of the 90th birthday celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He performed as a magician in the Royal Variety Performance at the Hammersmith Apollo in early December, in the presence of senior members of the British Royal Family. In April 2017, he had his own one-off show on ITV called Operation Magic.

Jones toured the UK with his Power of Imagination tour which began in Windsor in August 2017 and ended on the Isle of Wight in November 2017.[7]

On 9 February 2018, it was confirmed that Jones would tour at Butlins holidays during half terms and summer holidays throughout 2018.[8]

Jones competed in Britain's Got Talent: The Champions in 2019. He managed to reach the top 3 but failed to reach the finals after he finished second in the audience vote behind BGT 2014 finalist Darcy Oake.


  1. ^ "Richard Jones is your Britain's Got Talent 2016 winner!". ITV. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ "BGT Champion 2016".
  3. ^ Lance Corporal Richard Jones | Performers & Creatives | Impossible Official Website Retrieved 2016-10-23.
  4. ^ "Britain's Got Talent: Magician Richard Jones stuns public with his magic act". Anglia - ITV News. 29 May 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Corporal Jones Britain's Got Talent 2016 winner!". ITV. 28 May 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  6. ^ The Chase (15 March 2016). "BGT Winner Richard Jones Dazzles Bradley With A Magic Trick - The Chase". YouTube.
  7. ^ "ALL TOUR SHOWS PLANNED FOR 2020 HAVE NOW BEEN RESCHEDULED TO 2021". Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Butlins Bookings" (PDF). Retrieved 27 July 2020.
Preceded by Winner of Britain's Got Talent
Succeeded by