The illusionist Steve Spade was born in Limerick, Ireland, and has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the Irish celebrity circuit. He combines top-drawer sleight of hand skills with psychological subtleties and great comic timing.
Steve has been doing magic since his childhood, watching famous magicians and performing at every opportunity on the streets and in the pubs and clubs of his native city. He also worked the kids’s party circuit, honing his skills in front of the toughest audience of them all!
Steve has been heavily influenced by the masters of the past, including Harry Houdini. His Houdini tribute show Beyond Magic packed the City Limits Comedy Club in Cork in the summer of 2011, as well as playing the college circuit. He followed that success with a stunt Houdini would have been proud of – he was sealed in a wooden crate and dropped into the River Shannon in front of over 2,000 people. He escaped safely. This led to a regular slot on The Daily Show(RTE 1) in the spring of 2012. Steve has also appeared on TV3’s Come Dine With Me.
For Steve the intimate miracle of close-up magic is at the heart of his art. He has wowed many celebrities, including Mike Tyson, Rihanna, and Kevin Spacey. No after-show party is complete without his manipulations – just ask Florence & The Machine, Calvin Harris, Metallica, The Coronas, Bressie, Glen Hansard, and many more. He stunned 10,000 people with his illusions at Electric Picnic. After watching him perform actor Kevin Spacey just scratched his head, and asked: “Can I have my watch back?” Luckily Steve only picks pockets for entertainment purposes!