St. Albans Director has ITV success!


Sonic - St Albans magicianA St Albans-based theatre director and magician has spoken of the ‘tremendous success’ of his latest endeavour, which appeared on Primetime TV on Saturday night.

Tony Middleton, AKA Sonic, has worked closely with world-class magician Chris Dugdale for many years, and the two performed an astounding feat on ITV’s Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

Sonic was particularly pleased with the reaction they got from Jonathan Ross, who hosts the program. He said “The show was a tremendous success. Jonathan Ross couldn’t believe his eyes, and Penn & Teller said they would be very proud to perform the trick in their own show.”

The trick involved Chris Dugdale directing two volunteers in a prediction routine from a projected screen, only to reveal he was one of the selected volunteers and was wearing a mask and disguise. According to Penn, this trick was “worthy of Mission Impossible.”

Although the routine did not win a trip to Las Vegas, it won critical acclaim on, among others, social media site Twitter. Users praised the original routine saying “wow”, “unbelievable” and “best trick of the whole series.”

The duo are now opening a show, “2 Faced Deception”, in the Leicester Square Theatre in London’s West End, running from 13th September to 1st October. Director Sonic is also completing his book for magicians entitled ‘Performing Magic; a Handbook on Performance for Magicians, with a forward by veteran magician Paul Daniels.

Until then, Sonic can be seen every Sunday from 1pm at the Veer Dhara Indian Restaurant in St Peters Street, St Albans. These weekly spots are growing ever popular so don’t miss out!

For more information or to book Sonic for your private party, wedding or corporate event, please visit

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