12:00PM, Thursday 05 February 2015
A budding magician from Windsor is hoping to pull a rabbit out of the hat by becoming the Magic Circle's Young Magician of the Year.
Dean Leavy is taking part in a national competition which is being run by a youth initiative of the Magic Circleon Sunday, February 15.
The event will take place at the organisation's headquarters in London, where Dean already takes part in monthly lessons to master his magic touch.
The 15-year-old said he plans to wow the judges with his comedy and card tricks routine.
"My routine has a lot of humour in it and is meant to get the audience involved and hopefully impress them," he said.
"Hopefully the tournament will give me a lot of confidence and experience of performing in front of the general public."
Jerry Leavy, Dean's father, explained how his son's quest to become a magic man began.
"It all started when he got a Marvin's Magic set for Christmas. After that he just wanted to go that little bit further," he said.
Dean plans to work for the company that fuelled his magical dream this June as he is set for a week's work experience performing magic demonstrations for Marvin's Magic at Hamleys toy shop in London.
While he stopped short of revealing the inner secrets of The Magic Circle, Dean said one of the keys to his performances was mastering the sleight of hand.
"I just practice all the time and try and make myself better and impress everyone with my talent," the Windsor Boys' School pupil added.
If the teenager progresses from the heats of the competition, he will compete in the final at the Magic Circle Headquarters on Sunday, March 29.
Full membership of The Magic Circle is on offer for the lucky winner.
Watch a video of Dean showing off his tricks to our reporter David Lee below.
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