Slightly Unusual have been described as “The UK’s answer to Penn and Teller”. They are known as Comedy Illusionists and are a three person illusion act based in the UK. Since forming in 2011 they have won Brit Idol 2012 and reached the Grand Final of Britain Does Variety. They have also appeared several times on ITV 1 and Sky TV. Two of the members, Craig Petty and Russell Leeds, have performed professionally for over a decade mainly in the field of close up magic and parlour magic.
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Between them they have won numerous awards including having the honour of representing the UK in the European Close Up Magic Championships three times. They have also published over 40 books and DVDs on the subject of magic and lectured to magicians worldwide, including at the prestigious Magic Circle Headquarters. In fact Craig is an Associate Member of the Inner Magic Circle with a silver star.
Grand Illusions act is unique in that they combine custom designed Grand Illusions with laugh out loud comedy. After developing the act and cutting their teeth in Working Men’s Clubs they soon moved onto bigger stages. In May 2012 they performed a sell out two-week critically acclaimed run at The Brighton Fringe Festival. Summer 2012 was spent touring holiday parks.
They have also performed for some of the biggest companies in the world which include: Cadbury, Pepsi, Hilton and Price Waterhouse Cooper. In fact PWC were quoted as saying “Fantastic, you should book this act NOW” In August 2011 Craig and Russell teamed up with Russell’s wife Anna Leeds to form this act. The name came about because their style is totally different to other illusion acts. They place more of an emphasis on characterisation and comedy than the more traditional illusionists.
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