SOLIHULL magician Ben Hanlin is set to provide a fright for TV viewers this Halloween by airing a special episode of hit show Tricked.
Ben has been mesmerised by the magic ever since he was a youngster and since quitting university has worked as a full time magician, recording content on national TV and on his YouTube channel.
The 30-year-old, who describes himself as a mix between David Blaine and Derren Brown, has hosted hit show Tricked since its introduction to ITV2 screens in 2013.
The programme sees the borough magician prank various celebrity guests with a series of illusions and magic tricks.
And now, following three successful series, the show is set for a Halloween special – taking Ben into unknown territory as he aims to trick a handful of special celebrity guests.
Ben told The Observer he started performing magic in school and took inspiration from David Blaine, who he admits changed the game in the magic industry.
He added: “I used to sit in the back of classrooms performing tricks and decided I wanted to get into the industry while at university.
“I started by recording and producing videos on YouTube before ITV got in touch with me about working for them and I obviously jumped at the opportunity.”
Also a CapitalFM presenter, Ben said the fruits of his labour all started at TGI Friday Solihull – where he worked by performing in front of a range of crowds.
He said: “Performing in front of the camera is a completely different discipline – it’s great fun, busy and no two weeks are the same.
“The aim of the show is to make people as scared as possible, it’s that simple.
“We’ve already recorded three series for ITV2 and this Halloween special includes pranks on members of the public and celebrities.
“There’s plenty of high profile guests including Jamie Lang, Marnie Simpson, Megan McKenna and Blue’s Lee Ryan and Simon Webbe.”
Ben Hanlin’s ‘Tricked’: House of Horrors airs on Thursday (October 27) at 9pm on ITV2.