Frank is a teenager with ADHD, which he channels into his passion -- his magic tricks! Seeing an elder cousin perform card tricks, Frank became hooked on learning how to perform his own tricks. He takes a pack of cards around with him wherever he goes.
This film is part of 1000 Londoners, a five-year digital project which aims to create a digital portrait of a city through 1000 of the people who identify themselves with it. The profile contains a 3 minute film that gives an insight into the life of the Londoner, as well as their personal photos of London and some answers to crucial questions about their views on London life. Over the course of the project we aim to reveal as many facets of the capital as possible, seeing city life from 1000 points of view.
1000 Londoners is produced by South London based film production company and social enterprise, Chocolate Films. The filmmakers from Chocolate Films will be both
producing the films and providing opportunities to young people and community groups to make their own short documentaries, which will contribute to the 1000 films. Visit chocolatefilms.com
Can you reach in and pick a card. Oh, yep, so you've chosen the eight of hearts, yeah.
I love magic, it's my favorite thing in the whole world.
Blow that card. Have a look.
It's not a talent that a lot of people have, like football, it's just really rare and amazing. And then it brings people together. That's what I like about it, I like making people happy.
Is that your card, no?
Okay I'll try something.
Your slight of hand is way better than mine.
I've been doing it for ages that's why.
I showed them a few magic tricks and I couldn't show them how to do it 'cause I'm a magician.
Don't, you'll ruin it for him.
You're way better than me.
I've got dyslexia, which, I find it hard to read and write. And then with my ADHD I'm normally really hyper but because I can do all this with the cards and stuff I'm sort of putting my ADHD, channeling it into the cards so that way I'm spending it all on the magic. When I wake up I know where my cards are, and then I'll get ready and make sure I have the cards on me. If I don't have the cards on me it's a nightmare. I always have the cards on me, I practice while I'm walking down the street, when I'm shopping. When I'm doing anything I'm just practicing. Anywhere I can get a reflection I'm practicing, I'm practicing my snap-change, I'm practicing loads of different things.
Can I try Fulton's clip joints please.
I had a Phoenix pack of marked ones and I think because I'm dyslexic I found them easier 'cause they actually had the numbers on them.
At my cousin's wedding, my mum hired me. She said "I'll give you twenty pounds for the night if you go round and do magic to the tables". So I was going round doing my magic, my magic, my magic and everyone loved it. And then my dad's friend might be hiring me for my son's birthday soon. When I'm older, I would love to be a professional magician. It would be wicked. It's just so cool how I am doing something that I really like.