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Keelan Leyser
Born (1980-06-17) June 17, 1980 (age 39)
Occupationmagician, illusionist, theatrical producer
Websitewww.keelanleyser.co.uk

Keelan Leyser (*June 17, 1980 Coulsdon, Surrey, UK) is a British magician based in Las Vegas. He is known for his digital technology theme magic [1] and his quick change act.[2] He starred in the ten-part television series "Playing Tricks"[3] which was produced by Zeppotron [4] and has been broadcast in over 12 countries.[5]

Biography[edit]

Early life and Education[edit]

A native of Surrey, Keelan grew up in Coulsdon in Surrey and attended The John Fisher School in Purley and then went on to study Philosophy and Economics at University College London.

Keelan Leyser was first featured on primetime television in 1993 on Cilla Black’s Surprise Surprise where she surprised Keelan while he was working in Covent Garden in London. Keelan performed a magic trick with Geoffrey Durham in the Surprise Surprise studio pushing a can of pineapple chunks through Geoffrey’s head.

In 1994 to 1995 the Children’s BBC made a documentary about Keelan on the award winning "The Lowdown" Series called "The Magical World of Keelan Leyser".[6][7][8] During this documentary Keelan interviewed many famous magicians like the Ali Bongo and Harry Blackstone Jr.[9]

Leyser won awards as a junior magician for his magic act themed around scissors. He was awarded the title of British Junior Magical Champion at the Blackpool Magic convention 1995[10]. Keelan appeared on many UK television shows during this time including "Blue Peter" and "This Morning with Richard and Judy".

In 1997 when Keelan was 16 he interviewed the Paul Daniels for Cable 17.[11]

Career and Television Credits[edit]

TV shows

Advertising

Technology Magician[edit]

Keelan Leyser is best known as a magician and performance artist who combines magic tricks with technology. He performs stage magic acts with iPads, tablets, phones, drones, holograms, virtual reality and KUKA robots. [28]

Quick Change Artist[edit]

Keelan Leyser was known for many years as a Quick Change Artist magician and performance artist. As a quick change act Keelan reached the semi finals of Britiain’s Got Talent 2009[17] with Charlotte Marie. Keelan also performed his Quick Change act on the first season of Penn and Teller Fool Us and although failed to fool the duo the YouTube clip of their performance became the second most watched clip of Fool Us on YouTube with over 15 million views. [2]Keelan also performed this act on ITV’s Get your act together where he and his partner Shereen Lawlor trained up Emmerdales Matthew Wolfenden and Natalie Andersen.[29][26]

Awards[edit]

  • British Magical Junior Champion (1995)
  • British Magical Grand Prix Champion (2007) [16]
  • British Magical Champion of General Magic (2007)[16]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NEW Incredible iPad Magic Act - Masters of Illusion". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "CRAZY MAGIC TRICK! Unbelievably fast magicians - Penn and Teller Fool Us". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Playing Tricks on IMDb
  4. ^ With Zeppotron (Sorted by Popularity Ascending) on IMDb
  5. ^ "Playing tricks on the public". Your Local Guardian. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  6. ^ The Magical World of Keelan Leyser on IMDb
  7. ^ "The Magical World of Keelan Leyser (1996)". BFI. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  8. ^ "The Lowdown". BBC. Genome Radio Times 1923-2009. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  9. ^ "HARRY BLACKSTONE JNR interview with Keelan Leyser 1994". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  10. ^ "How it all began!". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Paul Daniels interview with Keelan Leyser 1997". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Magic Tricks on Nickelodeon by Keelan Leyser - 2002". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Keelan Leyser interview 2013-2014". Vimeo. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  14. ^ "The Fox Factor Tour". BBC. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  15. ^ "News. Number 319 - 5th August 2006". Magic Week. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  16. ^ a b c d "British Magical Championships 2007, Blackpool". Magic Week. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  17. ^ a b "Britains Got Talent Magicians". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Penn & Teller: Fool Us was fun but is 'quick change' really a thing". Metro.co.uk. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  19. ^ TV channel TF1 in France and met fellow quick change artist Arturo Brachetti
  20. ^ "Star performances, magic tricks, splits by Farah Khan's son: Music launch of 'Happy New Year' was a grand affair". News18. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  21. ^ Happy New Year on IMDb
  22. ^ "Happy New Year Music Launch with Pictures!". IMDb. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  23. ^ "AMAZING QUICK CHANGE Keelan and Shereen on Masters of Illusion". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  24. ^ "AMAZING iPhone Magic Trick - Masters of Illusion". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  25. ^ CW Channel
  26. ^ a b "Emmerdale's Natalie Anderson on new ITV show Get Your Act Together". Express. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  27. ^ "Rexona Quick Change Advert". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  28. ^ "MAGIC WITH ROBOTS with Keelan Leyser". YouTube. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  29. ^ "Keelan and Shereen Train up Matthew Wolfenden and Nathalie Anderson to perform Quick Change". Vimeo. costumechange. Retrieved 16 March 2019.


Category:Living people Category:British magicians Category:1980 births