Euro Weekly News Exclusive
THE prestigious Merlin Award is acknowledged by world class magicians at the top of their profession as the accolade to beat them all – a lifetime goal, the best of the best.
This is an honour bestowed upon some of the finest magicians that ever lived, the latest of whom is the extraordinarily gifted David Climent Yarwood of the Benidorm Palace.
David is to be presented with the coveted Merlin Award on June 5 at the Benidorm Palace, one of the youngest magician/illusionists ever to receive the honour and he still can’t quite believe it!
David Climent Yarwood is one of the most exciting young magician/illusionists, not just in Spain, but in the world.
Having already gained a loyal following from devotees at the Benidorm Palace, his talents have been noticed in the wider world.
The Merlin Award is presented for a unique combination of skills and natural talent, along with that extra special something – that elusive ability that is born and not learned in an outstanding performer – that spark of showmanship that holds an audience spellbound until the very end. David has a remarkable and enviable gift that he shares with the greatest magicians.
“Perhaps he’s always had it,” said proud Mum Cristina.
The Benidorm Palace, honoured in 2012 as the best theatre-style nightclub in Europe, is a family business and 34-year-old David has been Ring Master at the Benidorm Circus for some years as well as starring as ‘David Climent – Laserman.’
A show at the Benidorm Palace is an unforgettable experience with every genre of entertainment on offer – here you can find heart-throb crooners, classical ballet, spectacular revues and of course all the fun of the Big Top. The Palace is famous for its elaborate sets, lightning costume changes and its unbeatable value for money that has placed it at the top of its game for all-round entertainment.
The Palace has been David’s training ground as a multifaceted entertainer, musician and now star magician, illusionist, escapologist and laser man at the height of his craft.
Speaking exclusively to the Euro Weekly News David said: “It began when we decided to include a magic act in the show. We interviewed several people who were quite expensive and then I thought ‘I might try it!’ – I bought the equipment and set out to learn the art of illusion…”
That was only 18 months ago!
This incredibly gifted and multitalented young man has gained his place in the Merlin Award Hall of Fame in under two years and is now eagerly looking toward the future.
“I might try six to 12 months in cruise ships,” he said, grinning. “It’s nice to keep the acts at the Benidorm Palace fresh, it’s good for business and anyway – I’ll be back!” “We’d miss him,” said Cristina, “but we all have to set out and do what we want to do – it would be good for him.”
David’s act is fast – none of that tired old magic-act arm-swirling preamble for him – he performs six illusions in just a few minutes, after the style of Hans Klock – and casually makes a helicopter appear behind him on stage just for fun!
What made David a choice for the Merlin Award?
“I think it was the lasers,” he said. “Very few magicians perform with lasers.”
Whether it is the lasers, the slick escapology, the scary Excalibur illusion that features a girl in a crystal box spiked with 15 swords or the magnificent sets that support his act, David Climent Yarwood has found the one thing in life he does better than anyone else – and he is here to stay.
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