Dynamo: Health battles have set me up to be the perfect person to live in self-isolation (exclusive)

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Dynamo is making his TV return with Beyond Belief. (Sky One)
Dynamo is making his TV return with Beyond Belief. (Sky One)

Dynamo is making a triumphant TV comeback at a time when much of the nation is spending the vast majority of their time inside in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus - and isolation is something he’s all too familiar with.

The magician stepped back from the limelight and took six years away from TV work due to health problems relating to his Crohn’s disease, but the 37-year-old believes the extraordinary circumstances he faced then have left him able to deal with self isolation now.

Speaking in an interview with Yahoo UK, he shared: "I do feel like things I've experienced and been through has kind of almost set me up to be the perfect person to live in self isolation. I had to do a little bit myself when I was in hospital the last couple of years.

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"There was one point where actually, when I first went into hospital, they didn't know if I was contagious. So they put me on quarantine for two weeks. So I wasn't actually allowed to have people in or leave the hospital room for that time."

The magician goes around the world in his new series, which comes after he took time off due to health problems. (Sky One)
The magician goes around the world in his new series, which comes after he took time off due to health problems. (Sky One)

Upcoming Sky One series Beyond Belief sees Dynamo, real name Steven Frayne, perform the magic he began to learn from his bed when he was hospitalised due to food poisoning and his Crohn's disease, which also caused him to develop arthritis.

Although he began to feel "stir crazy", he went on to use the situation to his advantage by working on his craft.

"I started to kind of use that time to try and develop new magic ideas and to read books and just try and make the most of that free time and just use it to reflect on other times," he explained. "Obviously there were times when I was really sick and not able to focus on anything but my pain.”

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As for how he is coping in self-isolation now, he's taking precautions with his health in mind as he sleeps in a separate bed from his wife, Kelly. Although, he is taking the time to “brush up on his cooking skills” too.

But he reckons it's not just his time spent in hospital that has prepared him for isolation either, as the magic man said his childhood in Bradford, West Yorkshire also resulted in plenty of solitude too.

Dynamo remarked: "I realised actually, that I spent a lot of my childhood self isolating, but not realising that I was doing it. Because when I was little the area I grew up it wasn't the sort of area you could go out and play football with your friends, it was a bit too dangerous.

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"I'd have to stay in my bedroom with nothing but my imagination and a pack of cards to keep me entertained. And that's when I practiced all my magic."

He added: “I'm the poster boy of someone who's taken self isolation and made something positive from it.”

Dynamo used his time spent in solitude to think up new magic. (Sky One)
Dynamo used his time spent in solitude to think up new magic. (Sky One)

Now, he thinks others can seize this opportunity in order to make something from it, just as he did with magic.

"I think right now, I think everyone's going through a similar situation,” he stated. “I think it's easy to obviously look all the negatives and see a lot of people moaning, that they can't go out and live their normal lives.

"If you put the perspective on it, there's many great opportunities for actually taking this time and using it wisely and being able to use this time to learn new things."

Dynamo: Beyond Belief airs all episodes 9th April on Sky One and NOW TV.

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