Date: Tuesday December 10, 2019 at 2:44pm
Thank you for agreeing to speak with NCNB today... You joined the British Army in 2010, what made you want to join?
For as far back
as I can trace, my family have all served in the Armed Forces so I was always
destined to follow that path. The Army was perfect for me as I love to travel
and I like the variety of work that being a soldier entails, no day is ever the
What was your most ‘magical’
moment in the Army? (Pun intended)
Over the last few years I’ve
put on shows for our troops all over the world. Most recently I put on a series
of shows in and around Kabul, Afghanistan. Every morning me and my team would
get on a helicopter and be taken to a different camp where we would spend all
day trying to create make shift theatres out of whatever we could find and then
in the evening we put on shows for our troops and coalition forces. Without
doubt the most grateful audience I’ve ever performed for, they really looked
after my team like royalty.
You did a lot of performing
within the Military as you spent your time in the Band of the Parachute
Regiment and the band of the Household Cavalry, what was this like and how many
instruments did you learn to play?
joined as a bandsman. I play the Trombone, Piano and sing. After studying at
the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall I went on to spend 4 years
with the Para band which took me all over the world. Then in 2014 I got posted
to The household Cavalry Band. Which meant I had to go through all the mounted
dutyman course where I learnt how to ride horses. It was a seriously tough 6
months but was worth it when I then got to ride on parade on the Queen’s
In fact, the
weekend after I won Britain’s Got Talent I had to go straight back into work to
polish my uniform and prepare for the Queens 90th Birthday celebrations. I was
also quite pleased when the BBC gave me a name check during the parade on TV.
In 2016, you won Britain’s Got
Talent as a magician, what made you want to go on the show and how did you get
into doing magic?
learning magic in 2014 while in Cyprus with the Para Band. I remember
performing a trick on the guys and they loved it, little did they know at the
time I only knew that one trick. But as word spread quickly that the Army’s
alternative to ‘David Blaine’ was in Cyprus I had to learn new tricks quickly,
as everyday people would come looking for me and asking to see magic. So due to
the pressure of keeping up with the demand I had no choice but to learn
quickly. So, after then I carried on performing pretty much every day, getting
bigger and better every time.
As you won Britain’s Got
Talent, you performed in front of members of the Royal Family. What was it like
going from performing in a band within the Military to performing in the Royal
I was very
proud that I got to have my colleagues on stage with me at the Royal Variety
Performance. It was important to me as they were the guys and girls who had
supported me on my journey over the years. When I found out it was HRH Prince
Charles at the show, I knew I had to involve him in some way as I know he loves
magic. In fact, he is secretly a Member of The Magic Circle! I’ve since
performed for the Royal family on many occasions and recently had HRH Prince
William on stage at one of my shows (There’s a clip of it on my YouTube channel
if you want to check it out).
What was more intimidating,
performing at the Royal Variety Performance or performing in the Trooping the
Haha, both have different
challenges. There’s a lot of pressure performing magic in front of thousands of
people, if one thing goes wrong then its game over! But Trooping the Colour is
also pretty nerve-racking especially as we have to perform music while riding
on horseback, certainly lots to have to concentrate on.
After winning Britain’s Got Talent,
you did your very first tour as a Magician, what was this like compared to
moving around and touring with the Military?
I certainly miss the
camaraderie and banter of travelling round with the band as now I travel round
in a very small team. But it’s totally worth it when I get onto stage. My tour
shows are by far my favourite type of show that I do now as I know that
everyone who comes along is excited to see magic. I always make a point of
standing at the exit after the show as I love to meet as many people as
possible. It’s always a great crowd and it’s always especially great when I
know we have some forces family in the theatre.
You have been doing your
“Escape, Breaking the Limits of the Mind’ tour this year. Tell us more about
So the show combines my stories
and skills that I’ve picked up in my Army career with my fascination with the
art of deception to create a show that I like to think is very unique. It’s a
very light-hearted show and very audience interactive. I am soon about to announce
a new leg of the tour for early 2020, it’s suitable for all the family, I’d
love to have you there! :)
tickets available at: richardjonesmagic.co.uk
- plug, plug, plug :)
Who has been most influential
to your Military & Magic career?
I’m very lucky that I have had
lots of support along the way from lots of people. My colleagues in CAMUS have
been incredible, especially my old boss at the HCAV Band as he helped me get
the suitable permissions to perform on TV. Also, along the way my family and
close friends have had a huge impact on my success.
Tell us something about Richard
Jones that no one will know?
I’m a keen musician! When I’m
not performing magic, I like to chill out with either the guitar or play the
piano. I find it’s a great way to unwind during the busy periods of the year.
I’m also a bit of an adrenaline junky, this year I’m hoping to do a skydiving
course, I love rock climbing & I’m currently getting my motorbike licence
(embarrassingly I failed my first test last week so now have to wait a few
weeks to get going again - apparently you’re not supposed to kick the cones
If you could magic 6 people to
a dinner party who would you have?
Will Smith - legend
- Prince Harry - Also legend
- Taylor Swift
- David Copperfield
- Taylor Swift - gets 2 votes,
someone out there could arrange this that would be greatly appreciated! :)
Thank you so much for taking
the time to talk with us, any final words or wisdom you would like to share
with the Armed Forces Community for 2019?
I have lots of
respect for the Armed Forces families, if you ever see me around please do say
Have a great
year & remember to - Always Believe in The Impossible!