Applause is just magic to James, who’s set to perform on art trail
PUBLISHED: 06:30 09 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:17 09 May 2017
An Exmouth magician with Down’s syndrome, whose ‘heart melts’ when he is applauded, is to perform on the town’s art trail.
James Tetlow, 28, formerly of The Young Magician Club – part of The Magic Circle – fell in love with the illusionary art when he was 11. He is now looking to wow crowds when he performs his act, A Special Kind of Magic, at the Exmouth Art Trail.
The Exonian Magical Society member, who once performed in front of Lord Coe at a fundraising gala, said: “When people applaud me, my heart melts.
“I fell in love with everything to do with magic and I like making people really happy. My performances are absolutely awesome. I am very confident.”
“Comedy and tricks keeps me going. It’s easy to be myself when I perform,” James added.
“There are no camera tricks at all in my performance, I don’t need it.
“A long time ago, I was really nervous and my knees use to shake when I performed – now not so much.”
James’s mum and magical assistant, Michelle Tetlow, said: “My son is a real ambassador in showing that special needs don’t need to be limiting.
“He is able to show the arts of the possible and what can be achieved.”
The magician, whose favourite trick is making balls disappear and reappear in his pocket, jokingly added: “If I did the sawing in half trick with my mum, I would get it wrong.”
Curator of the Exmouth Art Trail Anna Fitzgerald said: “I am really excited to have James on board. It will be fun because we have comedians and artists but we had no magicians until now.”
James will be performing most days during the Lazy Lounge Film Club, which will see an hour of vintage films played at Sea Dog Art Gallery, 3 Gussiford Lane, from Saturday, May 27, to Saturday, June 3. The time of the club is yet to be announced.
To attend the film club, book a place at eventbrite.co.uk/e/lazy-lounge-film-club-tickets-33458050931, or turn up on the day.
Donations of £1 are welcome. A maximum of six people per showing.
To book James for a performance, visit https facebook.com/jamestetlowmagic
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