The Dynamo magic willing giantkillers Bradford all the way to Wembley after shocking Arsenal
18:22 GMT, 12 December 2012
Bradford beating Arsenal in the League Cup was a huge shock – but they might have taken the 'magic of the cup' literally with the biggest magical football fan in the world behind them.
Magician Dynamo has been astonishing audiences and stars around the world with his magic tricks.
But he could've pulled off the biggest one of career willing his hometown club Bradford to a win against Arsenal.
Mind games: Bradford fan Dynamo was willing his team to victory over Arsenal
Backing: Dynamo took time out from his stage show to support his team last night
His real name is Steven Frayne
He was born in Bradford on December 17, 1982
He first learnt to perform illusions from his grandfather and developed the skill during trips to New Orleans.
Dynamo's first TV appearances were on Richard & Judy, followed by a Channel 4 special entitled Dynamo's Estate Of Mind
In May, 2009, Dynamo levitated Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas four feet off the ground in front of a crowd at the Emirates Stadium.
In June, 2011, Dynamo was photographed apparently walking on water, crossing the River Thames on foot in front of the Palace of Westminster.
He has performed with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and David Haye.
Later that year, he announced that he had joined the magicians' society the Magic Circle.
The 29-year-old had a claret and
amber bedroom growing up from as early as he can remember – two walls
claret, two amber, Bradford wallpaper and bedspread.
And he said: 'I definitely like to think I had a little in-put. My
main focus last night was the match even though I was on stage doing the
biggest show of my career. I wanted to get off stage to see Bradford.
It was all I could think about, I was willing my team to win.
'I'd like to think Thomas Vermaelen missing that penalty could've been
something to do with me. I'm going to give Bradford the credit they
deserve but I was thinking about them.
'I was invited as a guest of honour,
to walk out on the pitch before the match, and I tried to get my manager
to change my schedule but he said if it was any other event he would
but not this one.'
were considering taking a helicopter to make it to the match but the
clash with an annual show at Claridge's Hotel – whose speakers and
performers have included Will and Kate last year and Diana back in 1992 –
made it impossible. But everything in the diary will be shifted if they
make it to the final at Wembley.
The League Two side have won nine penalty shootouts in the past three
years – mysteriously coinciding with the years the Bradford magician has
risen to become a huge performer.
That's magic! Bradford celebrate dramatic victory over Arsenal
Dynamo Magician Impossible Series 2 out now on DVD
And Dynamo, real name Steven Frayne, added: ' 'If you check the dates it's probably on a par. If we get to the final and you see any crazy things happening with the ball, that was me.'
Even though he was performing on stage he had an assistant at the side flashing up how the match was going. He had an Arsenal fan friend in the back row and could tell there was a late equaliser when their mood instantly changed.
He will be back in Bradford on Saturday to share in the celebrations – but admitted there is one down side to it all: 'The only thing is this does mean it is going to be more expensive to live my dream to own them one day. But it just means I've got to work harder.'
Keep an eye on Bradford, the magic of the cup means something completely different to them.
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