VIDEO: See magical Valentine’s rose trick from Leighton illusionist Matthew

Leighton’s Matthew McGurk is casting a spell on audiences worldwide with his ability to create illusions.

But his Valentine’s rose trick was how the 32-year-old ended up magically wooing his fiancee Katherine Stainton.

L14-163 Matthew McGurk, magician

L14-163 Matthew McGurk, magician

Performing on a cruise ship, Matthew pulled Katherine from the crowd and performed the trick in front of the 29-year-old.

Now Matthew has moved from his native Merseyside to set up home with Katherine, who ended up working alongside him as his aerialist.

Matthew’s interest in magic began at the age of 14 when he spotted a student in a corridor at his school performing tricks.

By the age of 16, Matthew, originally from St Helens, became the British Magical Champion.

L14-163 Matthew McGurk, magician

L14-163 Matthew McGurk, magician

By the age of 18 he had been honoured by the Magic Circle with the title of Young Magician of the Year and was invited to join the world’s largest magic brotherhood at the young age of 18.

After several years performing all over the world on luxury cruise ships he has now started to focus on providing amazing illusions at corporate events within the UK.

Matthew, from Townbridge Mill, Leighton Road, fulfilled a dream of his by recently performing an illusion (the Fire Spiker) that was created by his hero Mark Kalin before a worldwide audience.

Although the Fire Spiker is his current favourite illusion, he also loves the rose trick from his youth, which he still incorporates in his shows.

He said: “I use a piece of tissue paper, make it levitate on a ladies’ hand and set fire to it and then it changes to a real rose.

“I used to use that to impress the ladies when I was 16.”

> See Matthew perform his amazing trick with a rose on a levitating table in the video with this article.

> For more about Matthew see the February 18 issue of the LBO and check back on this website next week to see the Fire Spiker being performed.

Find out more about Matthew at his website