An illusionist and mind reader, whose father hails from Tipperary, has earned a place in the quarter final of Norway’s Got Talent after he was inspired to pursue a career in magic by a fellow Tipperary magician when he was a child.
Denis Carrigan, who performs under the stage name ‘Denis Stone’, wowed the judges of the popular TV show with a series of card tricks and Irish charm, earning him a spot in the quarter finals on Friday night.
“It’s great to have gotten to the quarter final and as far as I know I’m the only Irish entrant to get this far in Norway’s Got Talent so that’s an achievement in itself," Dublin born Stone tell's the Tipperary Star, adding that his love for illusion was sparked as a child when he saw his first card trick at his uncle's wedding in Tipperary.
“When I was seven years old I saw a friend of my father, Pakie Burke from Cahir, perform some tricks at my uncles wedding and from there I was bitten by the bug."
"My father was Tom Carrigan from Goatenbridge and my mother Anne is a Meath woman, so I have lots of happy memories in Tipperary at my grandparents house and playing with cousins. Pakie took me under his wing and thought me a lot so he's responsible for a lot of my career. I also owe a lot to other magicians such as Paddy Ward from Limerick and Rondo who were very good to me."
The youngest of eight siblings, Denis moved to Norway in 2016 with his partner of ten years Thalin to raise his two daughters Isabella and Suzannah, however he says he returns to Ireland as often as he can for family visits and work events.
“I do a lot of corporate gigs and travel to Ireland for weddings and events regularly so I'm very lucky. Magic has definitely been very good to me," he says, having previously performed for the likes of Cheryl Cole, Bono and David Beckham to date in his career.
"There's some good acts in the quarter final on Friday so the competition will be tough but it's something to look forward to. I try to combine magic with comedy and get a laugh out of the audience so if the audience are having a good time that's half the battle."
Norway's Got Talent will be broadcast on TV2 on Friday. For more on Denis Stone visit www.denisstone.com