Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Suffolk magician Matt Edwards ‘overwhelmed by love and support’ after Britain’s Got Talent success

PUBLISHED: 20:37 16 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:32 17 May 2017

Matt Edwards on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV

Matt Edwards on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV

A Suffolk entertainer who has risen to fame after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent has hailed his wife his “biggest inspiration” and told how he has dedicated his life to magic.

Matt Edwards, 34, stole the show on Saturday night with a wacky routine, which impressed presenters Ant and Dec so much that they pressed the coveted golden buzzer, sending him straight through to the semi-finals.

Speaking to this newspaper, Matt said the reaction he had received since the programme aired had been “crazy”.

He added: “I have had so many messages on Facebook, Twitter, text and email.

“The love and support I have had has been incredible, it’s been better than I thought it would be.

Matt Edwards after Ant and Dec pressed the golden buzzer on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV Matt Edwards after Ant and Dec pressed the golden buzzer on Britain's Got Talent. Picture: TOM DYMOND/SYCO/THAMES ITV

“It seems that the whole world has reached out to me. I have been so overwhelmed.

“It’s what I wanted but it’s hard to believe in yourself sometimes and to see so many people get behind you and say ‘go on boy’ has been amazing.”

He has since been named one of the favourites to win the show.

Growing up in Needham Market, Matt took up magic at the age of five and got his first “professional gig” at 14, performing tricks for diners at a restaurant in Ipswich.

His father, Alan, would wait for him at the bar every Friday and Saturday night until he finished his shift, then take him home.

Matt said: “It was one of the makings of me.”

At 16 Matt moved to Spain where he worked for 10 years on and off as a magician at his friend’s bar, The House of Illusion.

With his foot in the door, Matt then met and was able to work alongside his “favourite magician”, Wayne Dobson, who he now calls a friend.

But Matt said he wouldn’t be where he is today without the support of his wife, Kat.

“She is one of my biggest inspirations, she is my hero really,” added Matt, who now lives in Hereford.

“For her to stand by me and watch me fly all over the place trying to make it big, she couldn’t be more supportive. I just want to keep a smile on her face.”

If Matt makes it to the final of Britain’s Got Talent, he said he had a “special” act up his sleeve, which will “make you say wow”.

However, Matt said even if he doesn’t get past the next round, he will continue to work in magic.

“From this point onwards I don’t really mind what happens, I love my job so much and I know I will do it forever,” he added. “I‘m just trying to enjoy it while I’ve got it. Of course I would love to win, but if I don’t I’m still having fun now.”

On Monday, Matt was on the ITV show, This Morning.

10 reasons why you need to watch ITV’s Gone to Pot – Bobby George’s toe in vodka, John Fashanu’s karate threat and Pat Butcher smoking a bong while painting a cactus

The Illegal Eagles are perennial favourites at the Regent, bringing country rock to Ipswich where it seems to have found a home.

Movies that tell a good story and have engaging characters provide that all-important re-watch value necessary for a great film. Arts editor Andrew Clarke presents a series of idiosyncratic suggestions for movies which may entertain if you are in the mood for something different.

Locations in Ipswich have emerged as the latest sets to feature in the new series of BBC series Detectorists – with one even doubling for London.

The Christmas lights in Ipswich were switched on last night, November 16 - we asked people in the town what they thought of the switch-on.

Ed Sheeran has shared a video of himself playing music as a child as part of his collaboration with charity Hope and Homes for Children charity.

Pop on your Christmas jumper and get ready to feel festive at one of these Suffolk and north Essex Christmas markets.

The Dragons’ Den star will be visiting Suffolk next year.

Star Wars has become a welcome cash cow for the cinema industry. Arts Editor Andrew Clarke worries that the announcement of a yet another new trilogy will undermine the quality of this culturally important film series

Essex-artist Grayson Perry opens a new exhibition at Firstsite this weekend. Arts editor Andrew Clarke takes a look at a spectacular show celebrating the life of Essex every woman Julie Cope

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24