Paul Kieve

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Paul Kieve is the only illusionist to have been connected to the Harry Potter films - as physical magic consultant to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (in which he also appears) and as a pre-production consultant on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He privately tutored Daniel Radcliffe who became hooked on magic and has written the introduction to Paul's innovative book Hocus Pocus - a Tale of Magnificent Magicians and their Amazing Feats published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Germany in October 2007. The title has been published in the USA by Scholastic. Further editions are planned in Brazil, Spain, Denmark, The Netherlands and China.

Paul's has been passionate about the subject of magic since the age of 10 but his professional career started at the age of 16 by performing magic in the video for Sade's hit Your Love Is King. He was runner up in the international Young Magician of the Year competition in 1985 and after leaving school toured the globe for 4 years performing his acclaimed magic act in Japan, Italy, the QE2 and The Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Since 1991 Paul has mainly concentrated on creating innovative illusionary effects for theatre productions, and is now considered to be one of the leading international designers in this field. He started with the first ever stage production of H G Wells' The Invisible Man which received great critical acclaim. This became the first of many West End (London) productions featuring his work including Zorro (currently running),The Lord Of The Rings, Alice In Wonderland (English National Ballet at The Coliseum), Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman In White, Our House (winner of Lawrence Olivier Award for best new musical); The Witches Of Eastwick (produced by Cameron Mackintosh); Angela Carter Cinderella; Scrooge, the Musical (recently at The Palladium starring Tommy Steele), The Witches starring Ruby Wax, and Theatre Of Blood starring Jim Broadbent. Paul has also worked on many productions with The Royal National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company including Sam Mendes' production of The Tempest. He has worked on opera productions at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Paris Opera House and in Scandinavia, France and Germany.

Work on the American continent includes The Lord of the Rings in Toronto, The Woman in White on Broadway and Leslie Bricusse's Scrooge, the Musical tour (starring Richard Chamberlain). Paul also designed an 'online wizardry course' to promote Sci Fi's US TV project Earthsea (still online at www.scifi.com). He was a consultant to Walt Disney Theatrical Productions in Burbank for two years, developing a stage project with them as magic designer.

He has worked as a consultant to many magicians including David Copperfield's Unseen Forces TV special, Hans Klok's Las Vegas show and Derren Brown's Trick of the Mind series and Sance special.

He is considered to be a leading expert in the subject of magic history and his extensive collection includes over 2000 books on the subject dating back to 1620. He is often asked to provide historical information on the subject and advised on and appeared as an on-screen contributor to the definitive BBC History of Magic series. Paul has tutored many celebrities and even supervised the sawing in half of Pop Idol American Idol star Simon Cowell live on BBC TV! He recently trained Joan Rivers to be a magic assistant for a UK TV show.

As a consultant to Guinness World Records Paul created magic spreads for the 2005 and 2006 books. He holds two Guinness World records for his work within magic theatre design. He is the recipient of the 2006 British Magical Society Award for outstanding contribution to Magic and is a Gold Star member of The Inner Magic Circle.

His latest project is the stage musical of 'GHOST' based on the 1990 movie of the same name. He is collaborating with original 'Oscar' winning screen writer Bruce Joel Rubin and multi 'Grammy' award winning composer Glen Ballard.