Being able to elicit the feeling of the unfathomable in intelligent adults is like falling in love.
From a young age I was obsessed with the mysterious, the esoteric, the paranormal.
Ten years ago, TV cookery shows were about a man or a woman following recipes. Now, it's all about journeys and campaigns and less about the actual chopping and dicing. That's what I'd like to do with magic.
I think there's a huge amount of magic on television, which is slightly vapid: there's no real meaning or message behind it; it is simply a trick.
I would wish eventually to be able to make television that informs and educates as well as entertains.
I think that magic, at its root, is a very abstract notion. There's no real, approved definition. And, in that sense, it's like love; you can only see magic by the effect it has on people.
Magic touches people in the way great art does. It lets them see the world with new eyes.
I've never categorically been a banker. I had two internships while I was at university. The decision was more banking, or magic, and I went with the latter.
I arrived at school pensive, introverted, and not very sporty, so magic became a place of mystery and intrigue, an escape for my boyish mind.
Magic, historically, has been a man doing tricks with no wider story behind it.