Mag­i­cal end to term for stu­dents

Ex­clu­sive

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Farewell To Staff - By Molly Mile­hamChap­pell

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.

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