Magician Dynamo has opened up about the tough times he went through as a teenager, when school bullies targeted him because of his race.
"The school I went to was a little bit racist, so they looked at me and could tell I wasn't necessarily full English. I would get a lot of racial abuse towards me to the point where they were beating me up every day," he told Mirror Online.
"They'd stick me head first into wheelie bins and just kick them down a hill," he continued. "Everything from beating me up and stealing my dinner money – so I was going for days without actually having any food at school."
After Dynamo's grandfather saw the extent of the bullying, he stepped in to show his grandson some "magic" tricks that might help scare the bullies away... leading to a lifetime of illusions.
"He showed me some magic but he also showed me some techniques to scare people away," Dynamo explained. "It wasn't the typical approach I'd expect to use to stop getting beaten up every day but these were like kind of scary pieces of magic that got people off my back a little bit."
The magic tricks put enough fear into the bullies to make them leave Dynamo alone – changing his life in more ways than one.
"I think people thought I was a bit of a demon child after seeing my stuff – then over time not only did it scare people away, but it also gave me my own identity and I felt for the first time ever comfortable being myself and I've been doing magic ever since."
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