GIFTED teenage magician Dean Leavy, 18, has achieved one of his biggest ambitions - performing at Las Vegas.

The Windsor based prodigy won the Young Magician of the Year competition in 2017, which led to an appearance on BBC 1's One Show and automatic membership on his 18th birthday of the Magic Circle - making him its youngest member.

He won the award after performing his act in front of the judges at the Circle's legendary Euston headquarters - tearing a newspaper to shreds, reassembling it miraculously, making billiard balls appear from nowhere and levitating a table.

It all started for the former pupil at The Windsor Boys School when his parents Sarah and Jerry Leavy bought him a magic set for his birthday when he was eight. They soon got used to him taking over the living room to practice and accompanied him all over the country as he gained experience by performing at venues large and small.

Dean is just back from Las Vegas where he went to study at the McBride Magic & Mystery School, operated by Las Vegas magic headliner Jeff McBride and Larry Hass. He met magic legends Mac King and David Copperfield and performed with the McBride magic school in Chicago and Amsterdam, even getting to do some of his favourite tricks in front of the Bellagio Hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

Dean said: "That was quite daunting, considering some of the best magicians in the world have headlined their acts there. It has always been a dream of mine and was quite surreal."