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PUBLISHED: 12:40 06 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:00 25 August 2010

John Styles

John Styles

ONE of the country s leading magicians claims the Harry Potter movies have re-ignited the nations love for magic and wizardry. John Styles, MBE, has entertained everyone from north Kent youngsters to Prince William and Harry during a glittering 60-year c

ONE of the country's leading magicians claims the Harry Potter movies have re-ignited the nations love for magic and wizardry.

John Styles, MBE, has entertained everyone from north Kent youngsters to Prince William and Harry during a glittering 60-year career.

He even performed for Jordan's King Hussein, who flew him out to the Middle East for a special performance.

Last week we revealed scenes for the next installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part One were being filmed at the Dartford crossing.

Our story was picked up by respected fan sites around the world, proving the films based on the J.K. Rowling books are as popular as ever.

The 74-year-old said: "You don't get the variety shows on prime time TV featuring magic anymore, but there are still young magicians coming through the ranks.

"I have no doubt that they became interested by watching Harry Potter and that the highly visual tricks have fed their imagination."

Mr Styles is a former president of the UK branch of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and a gold member of the inner circle of The Magic Circle.

But despite having worked alongside Oscar winners Steven Spielberg and Danny Boyle he concedes magic's most high-profile days, when stars like Tommy Cooper and Paul Daniels became household names, are over.

But he is confident, with the popularity of Harry Potter fuelling interest, that magic will once again have its time in the spotlight.

He said: "No matter what age people are or what culture they are from people love to see illusions up close. A crowd of young talented magicians will come along again and it will be what people want to see."

Although he is a huge fan of the blockbusters and is highly-qualified in the art of wizardry and magic he claims to be no rival for Hogwarts legendary wizard Dumbledore, played by Meopham's Michael Gambon.

Mr Styles added: "On the back of Harry Potter magicians have been in demand to attend book signings and premieres. I have never pushed or expected a role though that would be nepotism in the extreme."

If you want to know more about John Styles a DVD charting his life is available priced £12. He says the book takes you on a 60-year journey from 'pubs to palaces, house parties to Hollywood'. Make Cheques payable to John Styles and send to 42, Christchurch Road, Sidcup, DA15 7HQ.

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