December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
He shares his name with one of the most famous wizards in the world but now Norfolk’s very own Harry is about to make his magical mark.
Young illusionist Harry Smith is set to dazzle the nation with his magic tricks when he appears on TV screens today.
The 10-year-old, who lives in Besthorpe Road with his parents, Andy and Carol, and brother, Thomas, 11, will showcase his own special kind of conjuring when he appears on CBBC’s Turbo Boost.
But while Harry Hilarious may be about to hit the big time, his meteoric rise has its roots in the magic of brotherly love.
He first turned his hand to sleight-of-hand to emulate the children’s entertainers he and Thomas would spend hours watching together.
Mrs Smith said: “Thomas has Down’s Syndrome and he has always loved children’s entertainers so we have seen lots over the years. Harry liked them, too, but he soon started to grow out of children’s entertainers.
“He really enjoyed the magic side of things and in April 2012 he did his first show for a group of Thomas’s friends.
“He was brilliant and they loved him.”
With the arrival of Christmas and birthdays, Harry’s collection of tricks started to grow and after seeing an advert on the CBBC website for talented children to take part in a new show, he applied.
Turbo Boost is a new CBBC programme of 10 episodes where, each week, a different child with a particular skill or talent is provided with a professional mentor to help them improve their skills.
“He had a Skype interview and then a team from Manchester came down and filmed him for four days for a pilot episode,” sair Mrs Smith.
He didn’t make it but in May they decided to make it into a series and we had to keep it a secret from Harry until July.”
The family was whisked away on a trip to Harry Potter studios where Turbo surprised them and delivered the news that Harry had been chosen to be a part of the show.
Filming took place over the summer and it saw the 10-year-old take part in a mini challenge performing at Covent Garden in London and a main challenge, which saw him take to the stage at Lollibop, the country’s largest children’s festival.
During the process, he worked with comedian Russell Kane, who helped him inject comedy into his routine.
“He absolutely loved it and he showed no nerves throughout the whole thing,” Mrs Smith added.
Harry, who is in Year 6 at Attleborough Junior School, said: “I love magic because I love to see people’s reactions.
“My favourite trick was the stage illusion I did at Lollibop but I also like using sponge balls because there are so many effects you can do.
“When I am older I definitely want to be a magician and I want to keep on doing shows.
“It was fun to work with Russell Kane, he is a really funny person. The programme has definitely helped me improve my magic.”
To see a video of Harry, see www.mustardtv.co.uk