Richard has had a lifelong interest in magic. He is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, and has written and staged several shows. This work combines his background in psychology and magic, and has often explored innovative forms of immersive theatre. He has also acted as a creative consultant on several well-known West End shows.
Good Magic Awards
Created in collaboration with The Good Thinking Society, Richard’s ‘Good Magic Awards’ celebrates the use of magic for social good, including work with disadvantaged groups, charities, hospital patients, and those facing physical and psychological challenges.
Magic In Theory
Co-authored with Dr Peter Lamont (Edinburgh University), this academic book explores the psychology that magicians use to fool and entertain their audiences.
The book was used by bestselling crime writer Jeffery Deaver to write his thriller, The Vanished Man.
An innovative comic exploring magic, mystery and the mind. Created with illustrator Jordon Culver and writer Rik Worth.
‘An utterly magical read ….. one of the most inventive and gorgeous comics we have read this year.’ Pipedream Comics
Richard acted as the creative consultant for both the stage show, and film, of Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s hit supernatural drama, Ghost Stories. The main character (parapsychologist Professor Goodman) was inspired by Richard and one of the stories in the show was based on his childhood experience.
Richard worked with magician David Britland to help devise the magic and other special effects for Neil Gaiman’s opera Coraline.
“At the climax, with the scuttling disembodied hand, the boy on my left leant forward, face glowing with wonder. He was clearly experiencing magic.”
The Twilight Zone
Working with magician Will Houstoun, Richard helped to devise the magic for the stage version of the cult-television show, The Twilight Zone.
“What particularly makes this show shine are illusions…they never fail to amaze” Everything Theatre
A large scape production that explores the mystery of the Victorian dark seance.
Staged at Magic Live (Las Vegas) and the world’s largest magic convention (Blackpool), this show involves infrared cameras, and much more.
Theatre of Science
Simon Singh and Richard’s ‘Theatre of Science’ show combined dangerous stunts with thrilling experiments. Staged to sell-out audiences in London and New York.
‘A unique master class on the mind’
An interactive experience like no other as the audience takes part in live psychology experiments designed to make them laugh, scream and gasp. There’s no performer. It’s just a group of people and the unknown.
Created by Richard and performed in Edinburgh, London, New York and Las Vegas.