Magic has been a part of Philip's life since the age of 8 when he was given a magic set for Christmas. It was while at Manchester University that Philip's interest began to become more than a hobby. In 1992, he was a co-founder of the Merseyside Junior Magic Club. The MJMC became the most successful club of its type in Great Britain.
Philip started his magic business in December 1997 with a £1,500 loan from the Prince's Trust (he is now a volunteer Prince's Trust Mentor to Arts-related businesses). By this time, his enthusiasm for magic had overtaken his pharmaceutical interests.
Highlights in his early career included:
Starring in a Night Of Magic with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Performing at a Trade show at Manchester Central for ConvaTec UK, a Pharmaceutical Company
Giving a Lecture on Motivational Magic at a UK Magic convention
Delivering a team-building presentation for Shell UK
Philip moved to East Didsbury, Manchester in 2000. Highlights of his performing career to date include:
Providing the entertainment at Brooklyn Beckham's birthday party
Entertaining HRH The Prince of Wales
Performing at trade shows for PC World Business & Netgear
Appearing on the Entertainers' Special of BBC's The Weakest Link
Appearing on Ian Wright's prime-time ITV show I'd Do Anything, performing magic with Lance Burton from Las Vegas
Performing at the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai, the world's only seven-star hotel
Being elected President of Manchester Circle of Magicians