Magical end to term for students
Pupils and staff alike were left spellbound when a TV star performed magic as an end-of-term treat at his former school.
Magician Tom London visited Highworth Grammar School in Quantock Drive, Ashford, on Fri- day. The ex-sixth former at the school recently gained international recognition for his performances on America’s Got Talent in front of judges including Simon Cowell and Spice Girl Mel B.
Following his performance, the 25-year-old, who is originally from Ashford, said: “It was the best show I’ve ever done in my life. It was more rewarding than America’s Got Talent!”
Only Kentish Express reporter Molly Mileham-Chappell and a handful of staff at the school were in on the surprise visit, during which the young magician uses technology to stun the audience of more than 1000 teachers and pupils on the school hall stage.
Tom London, whose real name is Thomas Webb, left the school’s sixth form in 2012. He had been well-known in his role as a house captain.
Ahead of performing his trick, he gave a speech to students to about ‘chasing your dreams and never giving up’.
For his trick, Thomas randomly selected pupil Rosie Williams from the crowd and correctly predicted a topic and word she had chosen on her phone, causing the school hall erupt with applause.
Thomas said: “I came back to Highworth today to share my story.
“Five years ago, these kids were me and to give them an inspiring talk about chasing your dreams was just such an honour. It was really cool. I’d love to do it again.
“I’m definitely looking at trying to do some more magic in the States but also I really want to start doing more magic in the UK so I’m sure you’ll see much more of me in months to come.”
Thomas is also one of the youngest members of The Magic Circle, an elite international society for magicians.
For more about Tom London, search @TomLondonMagic on Facebook or Twitter. Visit our website, Kent Online, to see the magician in action.