Video: Leeds teenager set for a magic TV debut on BBC

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A young magician’s latest trick will be to appear as a guest on a popular BBC children’s show.

Sebastian Walton, 17, from Alwoodley, Leeds, will find himself in the limelight again after recently returning from working in the House of Illusions in Spain.

Seb Walton.

Seb Walton.

The Slammer is a BBC One children’s talent show where entertainers must gain the approval from a judging panel made up of 9 to 12-year-olds in order to earn their “freedom”.

Sebastian, a former pupil at Cardinal Heen Catholic School, won acclaim as a top magician after he finished second in Britain Does Variety competition this year. He was named Winner of the Young Magician of the Year Award 2013 by the Magic Circle. The teenager has also been named the youngest ever president of the Leeds Magic Association.

Sebastian said: “I would like to thank all members of the LMA for their support and guidance over the last couple years and it is a real privilege to become the President of such a prestigious club.”

He is still focused on rising to become one of the best magicians by honing his art next March as he studies in the Jeff McBride Magic School in Las Vegas. As well as playing in The Magic Castle for three shows in a week.

He added: “I am really looking forward to be able to perform at such a special venue as The Magic Castle, only the world’s best magicians get the chance to entertain there.” Sebastian is waiting to turn 18 to take up his membership in The Magic Circle. His appearance in The Slammer is set to air on November 8 at 5.30pm.

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