Achieving the impossible

21st January 2016

At 18 months old Dean contracted meningococcal meningitis. He lost his right leg and most of his fingers.

Now 18 years old, Dean is living his dream, something he used to think was impossible. 

Performing as a sleight of hand magician is both a passion and a job for Dean. You may have already seen him perform on YouTube where a video of him, recorded by illusionist Sean Heydon, has received over 65,000 hits.

We caught up with Dean to tell us what inspired his love of magic and how he became a YouTube sensation.

“I don’t remember much about contracting the disease as I was so young, but I am living with the after-effects of this disease every day.”

“Although I use a prosthetic leg, I have never let this hold me back. At school I was an active member of my local Army cadet force, and I have always enjoyed swimming and outdoor pursuits. I also received a Diana Award for promoting disability awareness in my school.”

“But my big passion is magic. I saw some people doing tricks at my twin brother and sister’s christening and the next day I got myself a deck of cards. I thought that it was completely impossible so decided I wanted to try it for myself.”

“I feel like I've come a long way because to start with I couldn't even pick up a pack of cards and I really had to practice every chance I had.”

“I looked at videos of magicians online and adapted them. I’ve been building up the tricks I know and people seem to like them – the response I’ve had to videos online is incredible.”

“I've always been fascinated with magic and was bought up to not let anything stop me from achieving my dreams.”

Not only is he fooling some of the world’s most knowledgeable magicians, Dean is also studying for a degree in Illustration and has just be picked to represent Great Britain in sledge hockey. 

If there’s one thing you can learn from Dean (and it’s probably not going to be how he does his tricks), let it be this: Achieving your dreams is not impossible. With the right support, perseverance and belief you can do, or be, anything! Dream big!