Market Harborough-based magician talks ‘Got Talent’ appearance

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 12 October 2020

THIS YEAR’s edition of the smash-hit TV talent show ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ was a notable series due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic surrounding it, however it didn’t stop the show from going ahead and acts from entertaining fans across Britain on live TV.

Britain’s Got Talent star Sean Heydon (Britain’s Got Talent for ITV)

One performer who had taken part on this year’s show was Market Harborough-based magician, ‘The Card Trick King’, Sean Heydon.

Heydon appeared on Britain’s Got Talent Unseen, where he surprised and shocked  both audience members and the panel of judges, including Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, and David Walliams.

To start off his act, Heydon performed a card trick on-stage. He later performed a first of its kind stunt on English television, where he changed everybody’s mobile phone clock time backwards simultaneously.

The stunt shows Sean is a modern-day magician and is in touch with the audience.

Heydon has connections to many contacts and venues throughout Leicestershire.

He said: “In the run up to my Britain’s Got Talent appearance, I practiced my performance over at The Shed in Leicester.

“My dad knew the owner of Aspects at the Plough in Enderby, so I performed my tricks to those inside of the restaurant.”

“I’ve also performed for diners at Cuisine of India in Wigston and the Chef and Spice in the middle of Leicester.

“I visit Market Harborough every week.”

During lockdown, Heydon was being asked to take part in Zoom calls where he would show off his magic skills. Sean even performed a few magic tricks online for The Malone Family from Gogglebox.

Retired Leicester Tigers rugby player, Martin Johnson, is another celebrity name who Heydon had the privilege of working with, where Heydon performed an illusion on him at the Leicester Tigers rugby ground.

Sean says that Leicester’s very own magician, ‘It’s A Kind of Magic’ host Wayne Dobson is his biggest inspiration and they have now been in touch for 20 years.

David Penn, a Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist from season five who was one half of the double-act magic duo, ‘David and Karen’, is now good friends with Heydon where they host an online show together each week named the World Magic Review.

At a young age before becoming a magician, he found their contact information at the back of a magic book in a local library.

The Magic Circle hold public shows where visitors are given a guided tour of usually unseen areas. Usually three to four magicians headline a show, with 150 seats.

Heydon has once met television show host Paul O’Grady, where he arranged an illusion which O’Grady could take part in.

Sean also met Harry and Jamie Redknapp on Soccer AM with a trick where a card would appear inside of the ball.

“Harry has terrible eyesight, so it took him ages to find the card inside of the ball!”, he said when explaining his appearance on the show.

Sean is an ambassador for Balls to Cancer, a charity who aim to ‘fight cancer with fun’, whilst raising funds for male cancer awareness and education.

Heydon has taken part in a charity football game as a goalkeeper for them in the past. Celebrity Big Brother star, Dee Kelly, is a friend that he made through the charity.

Speaking about his audition, Sean added: “In that situation I was really quite nervous. As the act went on, I got into it. They were all super nice.

“Ant and Dec were great, and I had to practice the trick on them.”

Sean’s audition has become the most-viewed video on the official Britain’s Got Talent TikTok account, hitting a whopping grand total of 3.44 million views.

To follow Sean online, follow @SeanHeydon on Twitter, or visit To sign up for his own exclusive members-only card-trick learning site, visit

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