Steve Spade was born in Limerick, Ireland, and has quickly established himself as a firm favourite on the Irish celebrity circuit. He combines top-drawer sleight of hand skills with psychological subtleties and great comic timing. His daring escapes – being burnt at the stake or escaping from a sealed box underwater – have garnered national headlines.
Spade has been doing magic since his childhood, performing at every opportunity on the streets and in the pubs and clubs of his native city. He also worked the kids’ party circuit, honing his skills in front of the toughest audience of them all!
Spade has been heavily influenced by the masters of the past, including Harry Houdini. His Houdini tribute show Beyond Magic packed the City Limits Comedy Club in Cork in Summer 2011, as well as playing the college circuit across Ireland. He followed that success with a stunt Houdini would have been proud of – he was sealed in a wooden crate and dropped into the River Shannon in front of over 2,000 people. He escaped safely. This led to a regular slot on The Daily Show (RTÉ 1) in Spring 2012. Spade has also appeared on Come Dine with Me (TV3).
For Spade, the intimate miracle of close-up magic is at the heart of his art. He has wowed many celebrities, including Mike Tyson, Russell Brand and Rihanna. No after-show party is complete without his manipulations – just ask Florence & The Machine, Calvin Harris, Metallica, The Coronas, Bressie, Glen Hansard, and many more. He also stunned 10,000 people with his illusions at Electric Picnic.