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Magician Hugh Shields, also known as Hughdini!

I specialise in close-up card magic. My stage name reflects a little-known fact: Houdini started out as a card magician and quickly became one of the world's great exponents of card magic.

I am the only magician in the UK with a world ranking in memory and formal training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

I am a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

I am based in London but also perform at the Edinburgh Festival.

Where the Magic Began

I started to do magic at the age of seven when my grandmother gave me a magic set for Christmas. I soon started to do shows for family and friends.

Entering the World of NLP

In 2009, I trained in NLP under Richard Bandler, one of the co-founders of NLP. Described as the world's greatest hypnotist, Richard has trained Paul McKenna and Derren Brown among others. Elements of NLP feature in my shows.

Memory Champion

In 2013, I decided to pursue my interest in the world of memory and competed in the World Memory Championships. Competing for Scotland, I set one national memory record.