Falkirk’s Magic Elliot

Magician Elliot Bibby
Magician Elliot Bibby

The bright lights of London beckon for one young magician after making the grand final of a prestigious variety competition.

Elliot Bibby was one of four acts that impressed a panel of industry experts at the semi-final of Britian Does Variety held last week.

The 19-year-old illusionist is now looking forward to winning the chance of performing at the O2 Arena in London - if he can emerge triumphant at the competition’s final, to be held in Watford on June 23.

Elliot, from Falkirk, booked his place in the last round after wowing both the audience and judges alike with his unique take on a classic mind-reading trick.

He selected audience members at random by throwing an inflatable beach ball into the crowd, before asking them to choose a suit and number of a playing card.

The Napier University student then stunned onlookers as he brought an audience member on stage to reveal the chosen card.

Elliot said: “It’s a trick that I’ve been practising for a while. The audience loved it and it seemed to impress the judges.

“I’m feeling confident about the final. But you have to expect the unexpected - you never know what type of acts you will be up against in this competition.”

In the meantime, Elliot is busy preparing for the Forth Valley Magic Circle’s annual performance, which takes place at the Falkirk Town Hall on May 22.