Wingrave magician wins national award

Paul Megram won Children's Entertainer of the Year
Paul Megram won Children's Entertainer of the Year

A magician who has been in the business for 25 years has been awarded Children’s Entertainer of the Year at a the largest magic convention in the world.

Paul Megram, also known as Colonel Custard, came first place at this year’s competition, hosted at Blackpool Magicians Club, which saw nearly 4000 magicians from across the globe gather together.

The 45-year-old entertainer, who had reached the final six on the evening after impressing judges through a short film clip to beat off the stiff competition, performed his 15-minute act in front of 2000 people.

Paul said: “I am still finding it hard to believe that it’s happened and I’ve won. It’s such a nice thing to have happened. It really is fantastic.”

“For me, I’m lucky because I don’t get nervous and it is a chance to have a good laugh. There are always people having digs, especially with how social media works nowadays, so you are really up against it but I got the chance to perform in front of thousands of people.

“The act I performed is magic mayhem. Although it is, of course, all choreographed, it appears like there is just absolute madness going on stage. “It’s pure bedlam like it has all gone wrong, so there is lots of energy and a feeling like anything could happen.”