Portmarnock Man Wows Judges on Ireland’s Got Talent on TV3

by Sylvia Pownall

Magician Jamie Skelton is conjuring up a big future for himself and says his ultimate goal is “to make the Spire disappear”.

The 24-year-old from Torcaill in Portmarnock spooked all four judges on TV3‘s Ireland’s Got Talent with his spellbinding card tricks.

His sleight of hand earned him four yeses and Jamie, a kids’ entertainer with years of experience, shuffled his way into the next round of the competition.

He revealed: “My first magic trick was making my thumb come off, then I moved on to card tricks and mind stuff. It’s been a great journey.”

Jamie, who has a residency at Tayto Park, describes his close-up magic and mind reading as a blend of sleight of hand, psychology and misdirection.

He was inspired to take up magic at the tender age of 14 by his uncle Joe and compares himself to David Blaine and Keith Barry.

Jamie says the renowned illusionist purchased a trick from him, gave him a £20 note, and imparted some “great advice”. He’s been dreaming big ever since.

Jamie joked: “If I try to get the Spire to disappear one day, that will be my aim. I always wanted to do something like Britain’s Got Talent so when the Irish show came along it was perfect.

“I’ve done a few shows but this was by far the biggest stage. It was daunting.”

Jamie is hoping to make it through the selection process to the live semi-finals and is wracking his brains to come up with something spectacular.

He said: “I’m working on it. I specialise in closeup stuff so if I get through I might be doing a big box thing.”


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