Friday October 09, 2015

Illusionist Darcy Oake on the art of hiding your skill

Illusionist Darcy Oake takes us behind the magic 17:57

As children, many of us fall in love with magic — but growing up often means giving up on the illusion.

Not so for Darcy Oake, who quietly trained for years before getting his big break on Britain's Got Talent. After wowing the talent show audience, Oake's life changed in a matter of days, and hasn't stopped since.

Today he joins Shad to discuss the dimly-understood craft of magic as well as his new book, Beyond the Illusion. He also opens up about how his brother's death affected him as both an artist and a person. 

Darcy Oake has a trick up his sleeve for Shad1:40

WEB EXTRA | Watch Oake's jaw-dropping disappearing act on Britain's Got Talent, as well as his escape from a 30-foot drop. 

Darcy Oake

Shad talks to Darcy Oake about his career as an illusionist and why he's working to break magic stereotypes. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)