Ben Hanlin rose to prominence as a YouTube sensation, making the Magic Boy Finds series through his own channel. Using social media to hunt down celebrities, he performed his fresh style of magic to David Hasselhoff, Frank Skinner and Michael McIntyre. It was not long before these adventures caught the attention of TV executives. But he hasn’t forgot his roots. He currently has over 2.1 million followers online, with almost 3 million YouTube views, and an astounding 35 million likes on TikTok.
After landing a presenting gig on CBBC, he was one of four magicians picked to star in Breaking Magic for the Discovery Channel, a ground-breaking show that looked at the science behind magic and illusions, fusing showmanship and the mystery of street magic with the raw power of science. The show wowed audiences in over 200 global territories. He has also performed in the West End’s ‘The Illusionists’ and on Live at the Palladium.
Since then, he has gained bags of television experience, with his magic featuring on Celebrity Juice (2015), This Morning (2018-20), Good Morning Britain, Soccer AM, Loose Women (2014-20), Blue Peter, Lorraine (2018-20), and The Xtra Factor (2013). He appeared as a contestant on the 12th series of Dancing on Ice (2020) finishing in fourth place, and was the first magician to win a unanimous ‘yes’ from the Britain’s Got Talent judges.
Ben Hanlin wowed audiences with his eagerly awaited jaw-dropping debut show ‘Trickhead’ at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 – it ended up being one of the biggest selling shows that year. He has since performed at events all over the world, from close-up intimate shows to large-scale stage tricks and illusions. His warm, cheeky style makes him an instant hit. He also became one of the youngest members of the prestigious Magic Circle.
Ben Hanlin is becoming a popular and in-demand corporate star, offering close-up magic, after-dinner speeches, conference presenting, hosting, virtual magic, trade show presentations, and wedding entertainment.
Ben changes his performance depending on the client, and often includes their products into his magic. But even if there isn’t a particular product, Ben will still wow audiences on location, and also brings on special guests. He understands that magic is not always appropriate at corporate events, and so offers keynote speeches, including:
Engagement & Connection: How to Magically Engage and Connect With Any Audience, Any Size, Anytime!
Failing to connect with your employees in the workplace will have negative effects across the company and to its client relationships and profits. Ben has spent decades mastering the skill of grabbing and holding an audience’s attention. In this talk, Ben provides a number of situations where this is vital, and offers some key principles that have seen success in his professional life.
Mindset: Failing Forward, Resilience, Goal Setting
“A magician, by definition is able to make the impossible…possible. How?”
It’s clear that Ben doesn’t have real magic powers. Instead, he has created a clear process that he has thrown hard work and resilience at, resulting in exciting skills he has presented to venues and audiences of all sizes. Ben can split his mindset into some key skills: set goals, learn how to fail, find your resilience, and succeed, and explores how this mindset can be used in all professional environments.