When pharmacist Adam Patel decided to make a drastic career change, he had a trick up his sleeve.
The 30-year-old former Huddersfield student had been interested in magic since receiving a book as a Christmas present when he was 12.
So he decided to turn his back on his secure day job and follow his dream of becoming a professional magician.
And now he is being tipped to become the next big thing in the British magic scene, and is set to star in his own television series.
Adam put his magic to one side while doing his A Levels at Greenhead College in Huddersfield, and then went to the University of Bradford where he studied to become a pharmacist.
“I worked as a pharmacist for about six years, and it was a very safe job, but wasn’t really what I wanted long term.
“I have been interested in magic for a long time, and by the age of 14 or 15 I was dabbling as a magician.
“It never left me, and when I was approaching my 30th birthday I realised I had reached an age and confidence level where I thought it was worth giving it a go.”
Adam, who lives in Dewsbury, spent last summer touring the country performing street magic in 11 different cities around England, He has also performed for a number of private clients including University College London, and performed at the British Independent Film Awards after-party.
He describes his magic as a cross between Dynamo, who uses a lot of visual tricks, and Derren Brown, who often uses mind control.
“I’m more a mix of both. I do the psychological along with the visual.”
From April, he will be followed by a TV crew filming a four-part series, “Adam Patel: Real Magic”, in locations across the UK and hopes it will be screened later this year.