Talk Magic With John Lenahan | Living Legend Talks TV, Magic Circle, Stuff The White Rabbit & More

For our last Talk Magic of the week, Craig Petty invited a living legend of magic to break down his career in magic. John Lenahan breaks down in great detail about his whole career, going through performing magic on TV, comedy magic, misdirection and much more. This is less of an interview and more of a masterclass in being a professional magician.


Talk Magic With John Lenahan | Living Legend Talks TV, Magic Circle, Stuff The White Rabbit & More


John Lenahan came to Britain from his native Philadelphia for a short trip and has never quite made it back. John originally grabbed the headlines as the first person in 85 years to be expelled from the Magic Circle. The 3-card trick he exposed on How Do They Do That? is no more than a gambling con, but John took the rap and enjoyed the publicity.

2004 saw him starring in a new primetime BBC1 show, Secrets of Magic. His own BBC2 series, Stuff The White Rabbit, achieved record ratings for the slot. Other TV credits include presenting the travelogue Open Road, playing the voice of the toaster in Red Dwarf, and guest appearances on everything from TFI Friday to Celebrity Squares. He also fronted HoaxBusters, an ITV network show lifting the lid on scams and hoaxes.


John has performed onstage all over the world, from Beijing and Dubai to Dublin. He has toured alongside Jack Dee, Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry and Michael Ball. Besides all this, Lenahan is one of the most successful corporate entertainers in the country. Apart from his show-stealing cabaret, he has made kitchens appear, taught Bank of England staff to juggle, read thousands of minds and levitated a 20-pound Toblerone bar. He was the first person on record to perform magic live over the Internet, for BT.


John has been described by The Guardian as ‘the mascot of a magical renaissance’ - and by Jackie Collins as ‘extremely good looking’. John Lenahan lives in Cricklewood, London. In a world dominated by awards, he is proud to have once been voted Time Out Street Magician of the Year.

John's novels: Shadowmagic , The Prince of Hazel & Oak and Sons of Macha are now available in one omnibus -The Shadowmagic Trilogy - published by Harper Collins and is out in paperback iBook, Nook and Kindle formats. The Magic Circle has finally recognised their mistake and reinstated John!


This is without a doubt one of the greatest interviews to ever be produced on Magic TV. Watch the full episode below or tune into The Talk Magic Podcast in a few days time. Let us know what you think.





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