Based on a true story…
Born 1977 in the town of Bedford, Dean found a passion for taking to the stage at an early age, performing in many roles both in school productions as well as local amateur theatre shows.
You may be mistaken for thinking that the above mixed with a magic set was the foundation for his chosen career path but it was actually a film called “The Sting” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford that planted the seed. If you haven’t seen this particular film, I would highly recommend it, and I would draw your attention to the scene which depicts a cheating card game. It was this demonstration which had Dean reaching for a deck of cards and teaching himself to riffle shuffle - but not before rewinding the VHS tape enough times to stretch the tape to the point of snapping and ruining both tape and a video recorder! Making him very popular in his household (suffering for your art).
Fast-forward a few years and it’s clear to see this is a hobby which got out of hand and became a passion which has never shown a sign of fading.
Dean recalls never enjoying reading until he read his first magic book titled “125 tricks with a standard deck of cards”, which may explain his extensive library on the subject matter now.
Dean was put forward to take his exam at the prestigious Magic Circle, which (as you would expect) he passed first time to become a full member, before being put forward by the then chairman of the society to take his second performance exam to achieve the honour of AIMC.
Dean's talents have seen appearances on TV both as a magician and actor, in adverts and magazines as well as lecturing on the subject to his peers and university students on his skill set as a pickpocket and sleight of hand artist. He has consulted and designed effects for theatre and coached fellow magicians on preparation for their magic circle exams and competitions.
In 2009, Dean was selected as one of the people to take part in Antony Gormley’s "One & Other" arts project which took place in Trafalgar Square, London between 6th July and 14th October to occupy the Fourth Plinth for one hour. Full live uninterrupted coverage of this was seen on the Sky Arts channel.
Devious Minds was the name given to Dean Maudsley’s one man show which toured the length and breadth of the UK including a run at the Edinburgh Fringe festival to rave reviews.
Who can tell what the next chapter will bring….