Illusionist Darcy Oake on the art of hiding your skill

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.
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 trained for years before getting his big break on Britain's Got Talent. After wowing the talent show's judges, Oake's life changed in a matter of days, and hasn't stopped since. Today he joins Shad to discuss the craft of magic as well as his new book, Beyond the Illusion. 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. 

Illusionist Darcy Oake stuck around after his interview to wow us with his impressive card trick. 1:40



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

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

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