Magical teen’s operatic changes
PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 December 2016
Lewis Fuller has already performed breathtaking magic to stars and even royals. Now the 18-year-old has added singing to his range of talents.
A magician for the stars has recently unveiled a new, unexpected talent, and taken the plunge of expanding his stage show to include it.
Lewis Fuller, 18, from Tenterden, has wowed big names such as BBC Radio Two’s Chris Evans, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Princess Beatrice, chatshow host Jonathan Ross and The Who’s Roger Daltrey with his magic but now aims to delight fans with his opera singing skills as well.
The young businessman, who suffered from childhood bone cancer, began practising magic from his hospital bed after his dad Jason bought him a magic set.
“From then I carried on practising and met up with other magicians who agreed that I should try to make a profession from it,” says Mr Fuller. “I saw an opportunity and I grabbed it.”
His love for magic actually began after he started singing.
“I’ve always sang, from when I was a child,” informs the performer. “I joined the band The Tuesdays not long ago and then I had a couple of sessions with their tutor Maxine. She told me that because of my vocal range I would suit opera. We tried a few songs and went from there. Since then I’ve recorded and released them on Soundcloud.”
Mr Fuller’s decision to combine his talents was purely a business decision.
He says: “It’s a unique thing to offer for my age and comes as a surprise package.
“When I’m on stage I do three hours of magic, introduce speeches via some mind reading tricks, and then I proceed to tell the audience that the booked singer hasn’t arrived and that I’ll be taking on the challenge. I unexpectedly sing opera, and that is where the surprise element comes in.”
His combined act is a way for him to “reinvent myself, push myself and become more professional”, and along with the new act comes a state-of-the-art website.
“Since I launched my new website last week I’ve been inundated with inquires and the social media promotional video has had a few thousand hits and share,” says Mr Fuller. “I’m really proud of it.”
Despite the star-quality audience Mr Fuller receives, he claims he “doesn’t get nervous” and that “they’re just another person to entertain, it’s exciting.”
Chris Evans proves to be his biggest celebrity fan. He shares his claim-to-fame experiences saying: “I was invited onto The One Show twice when Chris presented it. The last time Chris presented he asked me to come back as one of his top ten most memorable guests. I even got to go to the after party with him.
“I met Sarah Ferguson at her Children in Crisis charity gala dinner, that’s also when I met Princess Beatrice.
“Roger Daltrey heard me sing and inspired me to keep going. I met him at an event at the BBC Tower in London and we talked about singing. He asked me to sing for him on the day and when I did he said ‘it brought tears to my eyes’.
“As for Jonathan Ross, that was at another event, and he’s lovely and chatty. Literally the same person you see on TV.”
Mr Fuller often performs at charity events, and has three chosen charities - Teenage Cancer Trust, Rays of Sunshine, and Bone Cancer Research Trust - which he constantly carries out work for.
His charity work stems from his own personal experience of the important work the charities carry out. He overcame bone cancer, osteosarcoma, which manifested itself in his right collarbone, as a child, and is now passionate about working with these organisations.
Without the magic set Mr Fuller received in his hospital bed as a child, he claims his act may not have “come together”.
You can now listen to the performer’s version of the Andrea Bocelli classics Because We Believe and Can’t Help Falling In Love, together with Un Giorno Per Noi made famous by Josh Groban, all of which have been recently recorded at the digital recording studios Ten 21 in Bearsted.
They are available to hear on his website www.lewisfuller.co.uk