Radio[ edit ] Berglas first became a household name in Britain through his regular performances on BBC radio, an unusual role for a magician. He conducted what he called "Nationwide Psychological Experiments", involving millions of listeners in their homes. This part of the show required listeners to write in to confirm their reaction. His weekly broadcasts included sensational stunts, including hanging a box over Regent Street, London for a whole week. It had been officially sealed by the Diplomatic Corps of the Admiralty, and when opened, it contained the passport of a randomly selected member of the studio audience, sitting in the Playhouse Theatre by the Embankment. The passport had disappeared just moments before.
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He escaped to Britain from Nazi Germany, aged At 16 he wanted to become a Spitfire pilot. He lied about his age and managed to join the RAF. When his true age was discovered he was not allowed to complete his training. Still keen to be part of the war, he discovered that the American Army was urgently looking for suitable recruits for an important role in the denazification of Germany.
The requirements were quite stringent. They had to have some previous military training, and to be able to pass strict physical and mental tests. Most importantly they had to speak 2 languages besides English, one of which had to be fluent German. The required minimum age was Berglas explained that he was only 19 but could meet all the other qualifications.
He was accepted into the Intelligence Service of the U. He then attended Bradford Technical College to study textiles with a view of joining his family business based in Wyke. He first became interested in magic in , through a chance meeting with Ken Brooke. Magic became an all-absorbing hobby for about 5 years, during which time he studied psychotherapy, specialising in medical hypnosis.
Although never performing as a stage hypnotist, his demonstrations gave him the experience of standing in front an audience and handling volunteers on stage. This gave him the confidence when he became a professional magician in , working prestigious nightclubs and then in appearing at the famous Windmill Theatre, performing 6 times a day, 6 days a week, for 6 weeks.
This was followed by an extensive tour of all the leading variety theatres and night clubs. He devised numerous unique and entertaining sales presentations and product launches for household name brands. His specialised seminars included personal development, motivation, and memory systems. Each show is indebted to his artistry and astonishing body of work. Thank you David". In the s, Berglas created what is now referred to as the "Holy Grail" of card magic, known as "The Berglas Effect.
The Award Committee had led Berglas to believe that the award was being presented to Dynamo.
The Mind & Magic of David Berglas