John Archer on Comedy, Magic, & Nuclear Submarines: Interview

Reach comedy magician John Archer's mind in his answers to our interview series.

John Archer on Comedy, Magic, & Nuclear Submarines: Interview
John Archer: Photo by Steve Ullathorne.

Many magicians know comedy magician John Archer as the first to fool Penn & Teller on the hit show Fool Us. If you grew up in the UK, you might have seen him undercover on TV fooling kids with incredible tricks on the BAFTA-winning show Help My Supply Teacher's Magic!

His talents have earned him the title of Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year and a spot as a Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist in 2019.

Known for his unique blend of comedy and magic, John Archer has been recognized as one of the top comedy magicians in the UK. He's a versatile entertainer and can effortlessly transition between roles as a comedian, magician, actor, singer and musician.

John was kind enough to answer our questions:

When were you most starstruck?

Meeting Mac King on the stairs at The Magic Circle Centenary competition. He was waiting for me to tell me he had enjoyed my spot.

What is your favourite magic trick?

Just about any trick could be my favourite if it were done well. I did love Harry Blackstone Jnr's performance of The Floating Light Bulb. So many great tricks out there, though.

Who is the most famous person you could text right now?

Not sure how I would rank them by fame. Maybe Lee Mack... or Noel Qualter.

Do you have a nickname?

At school, it was 'Froggy'. Many magic friends call me Archini due to the stage name I had for about ten months; The Great Archini.

Has a trick you perform ever gone wrong?

Lots of them, many times.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Oooh, that will never happen, but if it did, I think Jonah Hill might do a good job. Or John Candy if he were still around.

How much is a pint of thumb tips?

I haven't bought one for years. They were about £4 the last time I remember.

When did a magic trick most fool you?

The first time I saw Yann Frisch perform his cups and balls routine at Blackpool.

What books do you recommend?

My first book was Henry Hays's "The Amateur Magician's Handbook", which is a great starter. Other than that, you couldn't go wrong with a set of Tarbell's courses in magic.

Where is the strangest place you've ever performed magic?

Possibly a nuclear submarine.

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