David Penn - Illusionist Wins Britain Does Variety
David Penn, an illusionist from Northampton has won the grand finals of Britain Does Variety 2013.
Following eight regional semifinals, the grand final of Britain Does Variety 2013 was held on Saturday night at the Palace Theatre in Watford.
The competition was judged by an impressive line up of judges with a wealth of industry experience across a variety of disciplines. Head Judge was Giles Cooper who is the executive producer of The Royal Variety Performance.
Other competitors included Dancers, Singers, Jugglers, Mime Artistes, and Beatboxers but it was David Penn, the theatrical grand illusionist from Northampton who took first place.
David performed three large scale illusions in his act including an incredible, modern version of the 'Sawing A Lady In Half' effect using clear boxes! The acts incredible finale featured David's assistant Juliet, being shackled and locked in a tank underwater. In a split second the performers changed places and received a prolonged standing ovation from the six hundred strong audience.
"It was certainly a career highlight. To win such a well-respected competition in the entertainment industry is truly an honor." David said after receiving the trophy and a cheque for one thousand pounds.
Jack Applebaum, a well respected television director, who also judged the competition said: "The standard was very high indeed but David Penn was just incredible! Where has this guy been hiding?"
David Penn has had many career highlights. He has got further than any other magician or illusionist in history on ITV's Britain's Got Talent and has previously won The British Magical Championships.