Simon Drake

 

Simon Drake first dazzled a wide audience with his own unique style of magic and illusion in Kate Bush's award winning tour in 1980, for which he co-devised visuals and played seven characters.  He, along with two more House of Magic artistes were invited to appear in the Kate Bush video, 'Deeper Understanding' which Kate directed. This has caused a flood of requests for press interviews about her tour which is now 30 years ago!

In his two seasons of the highly acclaimed 'Secret Cabaret' for Channel Four, a series which he conceived and starred in, he won an international cult following as one of the most original and shocking illusionists in the world, setting a completely new style of presentation for magic internationally.

He has performed and consulted with a host of names including: Elton John, Phil Collins, Madness, David Gilmour, Madame Tussauds, Kenneth Branagh, Meatloaf, Richard Branson, Steve Miller's Abracadabra for BBC's Top of the Pops, Darryl Hall, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Julian Lennon, Ringo Starr, Dame Edna Everage, Peter Gabriel and Princess Diana.  Recent consultations have included an acclaimed production of Dr Faustus. Simon was also the brains behind making £5 million in cash vanish while it appeared to still be there for the most recent series of the BBC prime time hit, 'Hustle'.  He was the magic and effects supervisor to Cameron Mackintosh for the West End production of The Witches of Eastwick.  Simon was the first, and so far the only, British illusionist to go out live on coast-to-coast American TV in his special, 'Raising Hell', in which he co-starred with Iron Maiden

In 1996 he opened his own 4000 square foot venue, 'Simon Drake's House of Magic', in a secret central London location, specialising in light-hearted amputations and decapitations of senior executives and celebrity guests. In 2006, The House of Magic was voted 6th in the top 300 venues in the UK, and is now firmly established as the finest venue in the UK for enchanting, mind-blowing, magical entertainment unrivalled in its atmosphere and attention to detail.