Magician Matt Edwards has vowed to stay in the limelight after coming fourth in the Britain’s Got Talent competition.
Matt, who is originally from Needham Market, said he had been both ‘amazed and humbled’ by his BGT experience and the support he had received.
The 34-year-old, who the Bury Free Press first featured when he was launching his career in 2000, narrowly missed out on a top three place during last Saturday’s final.
Musician Tokio Myers was crowned overall winner.
But the flamboyant entertainer, who combines comedy and magic, said the encouragement he received from the public and the BGT judges, who compared him with stars such Tommy Cooper, Lee Evans and Jim Carrey, had spurred him on.
“It was an incredible experience and humbling to think of all those people who voted for me,” said Matt.
“I’d never expected to get as far as I did, so the whole experience has been amazing.
“I’m now just going through all the contacts I’ve made and am determined to stay in the limelight - and land that job on TV.”
Matt, who went to Needham Middle School, was one of the youngest members of Ipswich Magic Society.
After leaving school, he worked at a holiday camp in Spain but has since performed all over the world, including cruise ships.
He won a place in the semi-finals after presenters Ant and Dec pressed their Golden Buzzer, saying: “He’s 34-years-old and for some reason he hasn’t been given a break, until now.”
Judge Simon Cowell later tipped him as a possible future TV gameshow host and predicted offers of work would follow , based on his ‘star quality.’
“I’ve been a little off the scene over the past three or so years as I have been supporting my wife, Kate, whose father sadly died from cancer last year,” said Matt.
“I put my career on hold to an extent as it was a very difficult time for all of us and I wanted to be there for her.
“I was just getting started again, working at a couple of holiday camps when the competition came up.
“It was a whirlwind from that moment on, especially after Ant and Dec pressed their Golden Buzzer.
“Suddenly, I was performing in front of millions on live TV on the world’s biggest talent show.”
For the final, Matt devised a magic trick in which he used josticks to create silhouette images of hosts, Ant and Dec.
“You don’t get to see the other acts perform so I only saw the whole show later in the week,” said Matt.
“Until the final, it had been like working with a group of friends but on the night, everyone was crazy-nervous.
“As a performer, when you watch yourself, there are always things you would do differently, but I was proud of rope trick entrance and also of the silhouette trick, which is the first time it has been performed using fire.
“I think the nation made the right choice in the end and by coming fourth, I am still over the moon.”