The illusionist, 47, on taxidermy, Christianity, making coffee and coming out in the papers
Being gay facilitated my capacity for shame. As a child, I carried around this thing that gradually became this big dark secret. When I came out in a newspaper interview at 30 I was expecting the reaction the following day to be like the climax of Dead Poets Society, but actually no one really cared.
Taking up magic was a distraction from my sexuality. There is that 1970s cliché of the gay man as...
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