Dynamo has revealed the heartbreaking reason why he may not be able to perform magic again.
The incredibly talented magician recently opened up about his Crohn’s disease diagnosis after photos of him were posted online.
The 35-year-old – whose real name is Steven Frayne – was diagnosed with the inflammatory bowel disease as a teenager, having to have half of his stomach removed at the age of 17.
Watch his BBC Breakfast interview here:
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The magician told fans he’d ended up in hospital after getting bad food poisoning, which became serious due to his Crohn’s.
Due to his medication, Dynamo put on two stone which made him look understandably different.
In his latest interview, Dynamo has assured fans he’s working on getting back into magic.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said one of the impacts of the weight gain was the fact he’s developed arthritis, making tricks difficult.
I think it’s made me more handsome. It’s definitely had a toll on my body, I’ve put on two stone, which is quite strange.
One of the main impacts for me is that it’s given me arthritis. Being a magician, I’m not able to use my hands. I’m working with a physio so hopefully I can come back and do new magic.
Dynamo has a number of tour dates coming up this year, and is focusing on new methods of magic, revealing:
I’ve taken this time to evaluate my approach to magic and other parts of life.
Crohn’s is believed to affect more than 115,000 people in Britain as well as 1.6 million in the US, with eight out of 10 patients needing to have a part of their intestine removed.
The cause of the disease is still currently unknown with a cure unavailable. Those diagnosed are given medication as treatment.
It can affect any part of the digestive system with common symptoms including diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fatigue and unintended weight loss.
The magician has previously spoken out about what it’s like living with Crohn’s, admitting every day he battles ‘crippling pain’.
In an interview with BT last November, he explained:
The pain is different for everyone who has it, but it’s excruciating for me. Still, to this day, I wake up every morning in pain. The first hour of my day is taken up, I’m usually on the toilet for a long time in pain, [with] stomach cramps, sometimes internal bleeding.
I have different things that I do, like heat treatments and certain meditations I do to get myself in a comfortable position to feel ready to get dressed and face the world – and it’s very restricting on diet.
Due to his condition, Dynamo is unable to eat gluten, dairy, fats and vegetables sticking instead to ‘lean meats’.
If you wanted a picture all you had to do is ask… but hiding in the bushes with a camera is creepy AF! pic.twitter.com/C5MBlqXsgH
— Dynamo (@Dynamomagician) April 5, 2018
Rather than seeing the disease as a negative, Dynamo remains positive, instead, using it as motivation and drive in his career.
It’s played a massive part in making me want to become successful. It’s forced me to have to deal with situations that are abnormal and through dealing with them, I’ve become triumphant.
Reading magic books started in hospital, as did practicing with my cards while I was in a hospital bed. You know, I probably wouldn’t have dedicated that time to it if I’d been well at home and been able to go and play out and do other things.
I was confined in this room and from being confined, I learned things which I’m now able to perform for everybody as I travel the world.
Wishing him all the best.
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