Video: Spellbinding Leeds siblings with the magic touch

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THIS dynamic Leeds duo have cast a spell over talent contest judges to beat more than 2,100 other youngsters to the winners’ podium.

Reece and Abi Steedman made the other 10 finalists vanish into thin air with tricks including conjuring up a live rabbit from an empty box and passing a needle through a balloon

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

Their triumph in the national final of the Under 11s Park Resorts National Talent Competition in Essex was all the more enchanting because they only learned their first trick three months ago.

Dad Paul, a Warrant Officer Class 2, from 9 Regiment Army Air Corps, said: “I was absolutely amazed.”

And he said he and wife Samantha were “ecstatic” when they took first prize.

As well as a family holiday and trophy, the pair scooped £500, which Reece, eight, is keen to spend on magical props while Abi, seven, wants to buy a glamorous magician’s assistant’s dress.

Talent contest winners  Reece and Abi Steedman

Talent contest winners Reece and Abi Steedman

The family, from Seacroft, was on holiday in Scotland when the pair first decided to enter a talent competition. Mr Steedman, 39. scoured the internet for basic tricks and the determined youngsters set about honing their skills. Four hours later they had bagged first place – putting a coin in a bottle and turning water into ice. The White Laith Primary pupils then started practising up to three times a week.

Mr Steedman said: “They wanted to do everything from putting Abi into a box and putting swords through it – which we didn’t get to.”

After whizzing through the first two stages of Britain’s Got Talent auditions, the duo are now waiting to hear if they are through to the live TV show.


The Magic Circle is the world’s premier organisation for magicians. and counts Bradford superstar Dynamo among its members.

The Magic Circle crowned Alwoodley 17-year-old Sebastian Walton, below, Young Magician of the Year in 2013.

Previous winners of Young Magician of the Year include Dominic Wood of Dick and Dom fame. Dom took the title in 1995.

David Copperfield was the first living magician to have a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

The most dangerous magic trick is said to be the Bullet Catch – caught between a performer’s teeth. It has killed 12 magicians and wounded many more.

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