Richard Jones is a soldier-turned-magician who thundered to victory after beating back the eleven other finalists in Britain's Got Talent 2016. In the tenth anniversary series, Richard became the first ever magician to win the competition, following both Jamie Raven and Darcy Oake reaching the finals in previous years.
Performing an emotional military themed magic trick, Richard moved many in the studio audience to tears as he used a series of card tricks to tell the story of Britain's oldest magician, Fergus Anckorn – who became known as ‘the conjuror of the River Kwai’ – and how he kept himself and other prisoners alive in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, by using his magic skills to perform for their captors in 1942. Richard then brought the 97-year-old war legend out onto the Britain's Got Talent stage and introduced him to the judges - earning him and Mr Anckorn a standing ovation.
In his “day job”, Richard is a Lance Corporal serving the British Army within the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, which is part of the Household Division and Her Majesty The Queen's official bodyguard. They are made up of the two most senior regiments of the British Army, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons). Due to their role as the monarch's official bodyguard, the Household Cavalry is regarded as the most prestigious in the British Army.
A master magician and associate ‘Inner Circle’ member of the elite magicians society, The Magic Circle, Richard Jones presents modern cutting-edge close-up magic, mind reading effects and psychological illusions. From private parties and weddings to grand corporate dinners and award ceremonies, Richard Jones offers an unforgettable magic performance to ensure your event is the talk of the town!
In addition to being a sought-after close-up magician, Richard Jones also presents a full stand up comedy magic show tailored in length to your event.