Simon Drake first dazzled a wide audience with his own unique style of magic and illusion in Kate Bush's award winning tour in 1980, for which he co-devised visuals and played seven characters.
He has worked across a very wide range of genres, from the legendary Terayama's Tenjo Sajiki Theatre in Italy and in Japan to the Royal Variety Show at The Palladium before HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
He advised Nic Roeg for the film 'Castaway', with the tricky task of coaching Oliver Reed in sleight of hand and was magic advisor to Harvey Keitel on 'Fairy Tale, A True Story'.
In his two series of the highly acclaimed 'Secret Cabaret' for Channel Four, a series which he conceived and starred in, he won an international cult following as one of the most original and shocking illusionists in the world, setting a completely new style of presentation for magic internationally.
He has performed and consulted with a host of names including: Elton John, Phil Collins, Madness, David Gilmour, Madame Tussauds, Kenneth Branagh, Meatloaf, Richard Branson, Steve Miller's Abracadabra for BBC's Top of the Pops, Darryl Hall, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Julian Lennon, Ringo Starr, Dame Edna Everage, Peter Gabriel and Princess Diana.
He was the first, and so far the only, British illusionist to go out live on coast-to-coast American TV in his special, 'Raising Hell', in which he co-starred with Iron Maiden. The same month he performed with Carl Davis and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra!
Simon has performed twice as a special guest with The Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the London Coliseum, performing as a virtuoso cameo guest with his own version of The Dancing Cane.