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Richard Cadell is one of the UK’s brightest creative talents best known to thousands of children as the presenter of the legendary Sooty Show now showing every day of the year on ITVBe.
Richard started his show business career at the age of six making national news as the youngest Punch & Judy man in Great Britain. By the age of fifteen, he had excelled at magic becoming the Magic Circle’s Young Magician of the Year.
He went on to become one of Britain’s top illusionists appearing on stage and on television all over the world. His most famous illusion was his mid-air vanishing Motorbike resulting in the bike and Richard reappearing at the back of the theatre instantly. He is a gold star member of the Inner Magic Circle and past president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
Richard had also worked as a BBC Radio DJ and children’s TV presenter on Sky TV. It was Richards’s combination of talents that lead Matthew Corbett to handpick him to take over the iconic Sooty Show.
He said “Richard Cadell is as close to a Corbett as you will get – Sooty is on the right hands”
Richard has now worked with Sooty for 20 years, writing and presenting over 100 TV episodes. “Sooty” is currently the highest watched preschool show on ITV. Sooty’s Youtube channel has received over 30 million views. In recognition of this success, Richard was awarded The ITV Children’s Comedy Award by Jonathan Ross.