The Young and Fun Trickster

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Fred grew up as Frédéric in France. He wasn’t the typical shy little boy. From a very young age, he had an outgoing personality. He was always the first one to sign up for school plays like classic comedies by French playwright Molière.
Things took a turn for Fred when one of his great grandmothers introduced him to card games. Fred quickly mastered two classic French card games, Belotte and Manille. Because he often played with adults—and, you know, children hate to lose—Fred developed a penchant for cheating! He was a natural.


A CAREER IN THE MAKING...

One day, one of Fred’s older cousins took him to one of the very few magic shops in France. This is where things really started. After buying his first “professional” book on the sleight of hand with cards, coins, and mentalism, Fred knew he’d discovered his true passion. From then on, he was never without a pack of cards in his pocket, always ready to show his friends and family a new trick.
What started as a hobby would someday become a true profession. Fred completed a degree in Business Studies and Foreign Languages which took him to the UK. While studying in Manchester, he began to do magic shows part-time in a few upmarket French restaurants across the city as well as in an opera-themed restaurant. Here, he perfected his skills and began his training in close-up magic, a powerful type of magic performed directly in front of the audience.


A True Magician

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By the time Fred graduated, he was in high demand as a magician. Because of this, he decided to extend his stay in the UK for a little longer, taking advantage of the vibrant British magic scene. At the International Brotherhood of Magicians (the British Ring) competition, he won the award for Best Card Trick (the Rovi Cup). When his cocktail-themed magic act was spotted by one of the judges, he received an invitation to the FFFF Convention, an exclusive invite-only gathering of 100 of the top close-up magicians in the world in Buffalo, New York. There, Fred presented his award-winning cocktail magic act and wowed his peers. Since then, he has been invited back every year.


THE FOOTBALL YEARS

Norman Whiteside Football Genius

While in the UK, one of Fred’s greatest achievements was maintaining a contract as the resident magician for Manchester United Football Club for ten years. Fred performed up to 500 shows in the corporate lounges and private boxes over a decade of working for the world-famous football team. He performed at major international tournaments, entertaining the world’s most famous footballers.  


THE THREE MAGICIANS

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Always on the lookout for new ways to entertain, Fred teamed up with a pickpocket magician and a comedy magician to form The Three Magicians.
Together, the three performed as undercover waiters in a show called “Magic on the Menu.” Fred, Matt, and Barrington would surprise guests at events pretending to be waiters only to conclude the night with a surprise stage show, blowing their cover! (PHOTO with the British Davis Cup Team)


Corporate Magic and a Move to Dubai!

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With his Business Studies degree in tow, Fred knew how to combine the entertainment industry with corporate messages. Now, Fred performs at trade shows and corporate events, mixing information and entertainment: “Info-Tainment!”
His popularity has led to international performances spanning across Europe and even farther afield. After multiple engagements in the UAE, Fred decided to make the move to Dubai to start a whole new adventure. He’s a popular choice for both corporate and private events in the UAE and GCC countries. Although Dubai is his new home, Fred still makes time for various international performances.

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