Magician Paul Megram, known and loved by hundreds of Vale children as Colonel Custard, has been awarded a top magic award.
The Aylesbury entertainer received the British Children’s Entertainer, National Champion award, at the annual three-day Magic Convention in Blackpool.
Almost 4,000 magicians from across the world gathered for the event which is organised and hosted by the Blackpool Magicians Club.
Mr Megram, who lives in Vale Road with his wife Lisa and their son Oliver, said: “It’s such a big thing for me and an honour.”
Six top magicians from across the country performed their magic in the finals.
The audience included many children and their parents and they all had the chance to vote for the acts.
Mr Megram learned of his success at a glittering award ceremony held in the magnificent 75-year-old Opera House on the final evening of the convention.
He said: “I was absolutely overjoyed, it was considered to be the strongest competition ever, so that makes it even more thrilling.”
For Mr Megram, his award was the perfect topping to a busy weekend of lecturing and sharing his secrets with fellow magicians.
A familiar face in Blackpool, he has compered at the convention in the past and gives lectures on the art of entertaining to the rest of the fraternity.
He has been attending the convention regularly since 1999 and in 2000 was awarded the British Magical Champion.
He is well known around Aylesbury and well beyond, as an entertainer for both children and adults.
He has honed his art over decades and is known as the lovable Colonel Custard to his youthful audience, attending children’s parties and events to entertain with magic tricks and stunts.
At the other end of the age spectrum he also entertains adults with incredible close-up magic artistry at private parties, corporate events and weddings.
He regularly performs at top UK venues including Blenheim Palace and the Grosvenor House Hotel, and internationally in France, Germany, Spain, Russia and Denmark.
Mr Megram, who was self taught initially and then auditioned for the Magic Circle, of which he is a member, said: “It’s a lovely, lovely life.”