Soldier turned magician is conjuring up a new career

Prince Harry and Shane Sterling  Photo: Anthony Upton 2013�
Prince Harry and Shane Sterling Photo: Anthony Upton 2013�
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A mesmerising magic display that captured the imagination of none other than Prince Harry has led to bookings rolling in for a Thame man.

Former Army officer Shane Sterling, 36, showed off his sleight of hand to the royal military officer at the Walking With The Wounded Crystal Ball and was even invited to his table to further demonstrate his skills.

He said: “I was extremely nervous. There’s only so much royalty in the world. I had a chat with him for about 30 minutes. He was a really cool guy, really down to earth.”

His Royal Highness Prince Harry said: “That was some of the best magic and misdirection I have seen.”

Mr Sterling said he has taken a lot more bookings since his performance at the charity do .

“He couldn’t work out how I did things. He pondered some of it for five minutes and checked things were real.”

Booked alongside music stars Ellie Goulding and Stereophonics for the 350 person charity event, it is the highlight of a long journey for Mr Sterling since he was discharged after injuring himself on duty in Afghanistan in 2005.

“It’s been quite a bizarre turn of events from a solider to a magician,” he added.

“Just to be on the programme was amazing. Stereophonics and Ellie Goulding are used to it whereas the pressure on me was enormous.”

The event, which raised thousands to help injured soldiers, is close to Mr Sterling’s heart after his own experience.

He said: “To help out soldiers is a humbling experience. To make people laugh that’s real magic.

“When they are laughing for a split moment they forget their injuries.”