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She wowed the judges with a tricky illusion on the latest instalment of Britain’s Got Talent – and Josephine Lee has now said she’s aiming to strike a blow for female magicians everywhere.

Speaking exclusively to metro.co.uk the 29-year-old – who won four yeses on Saturday night’s auditions show – acknowledged just under-represented women still are in the magic industry, and is hoping that she can help to change things.

‘I’m here to represent women in magic,’ she explained.

‘I really believe in our society today this is the only industry that still has that imbalance, and me taking part in this show is sending a message to the other women out there and saying ‘yes we can do this, you just need to be brave enough to put yourself out there’.

As indeed Josephine has done – finally taking the plunge to become a professional magician in January 2016, after working as a dancer and a magician’s assistant

Josephine Lee works her magic on the Judges | Auditions Week 3 | Britain’s Got Talent 2017

It’s 29-year old Josephine Lee’s dream to be on BGT and armed with some spooky spheres and her box of tricks, the magician manages to blow the Judges’ minds with her act. See more from Britain’s Got Talent at http://itv.com/talent SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/BGTsub Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BGT Twitter: http://twitter.com/BGT

‘I’ve only been doing magic myself for a year so this was kind of my first opportunity to set myself out there, so I’m fresh on the scene really,’ Josephine reveals.

‘I was a dancer and then I was working as a magician’s assistant for quite a long time, but it was only in January that I’ve decided to become the magician. It’s extremely different being on stage all on your own instead of having back-up.’

Now she’s got a place in the live semi-finals in her sights – promising to ‘make a big statement’ if the gets there – and the chance to become the second consecutive magician to be crowned series winner (after Richard Jones in 2016).

But she’s got her eye on the competition, and is particularly admiring of fellow magician Issy Simpson – the magic eight-year-old whose prowess left the judges stunned on the second show of the series.

Josephine Lee on Twitter

Can’t tell you how grateful and overwhelmed I am. So much support it’s so surreal!THANK YOU! #BGT

‘I absolutely adore Issy, she has my support 100 per cent,’ she enthused.

‘For an eight-year-old child to go up on that stage – I’m 29 and I was absolutely petrified – for her to go out there with that confidence and that smile, she’s got my support.’

Oh, and in case you’re still wondering just how she did Saturday night’s trick – emerging from under a shiny cover after apparently shutting herself in a box – Josephine wants us to know that know, she doesn’t have a twin sister lurking in the wings.

‘I think my life would have been a lot easier if I had though!’ she jokes.

Britain’s Got Talent continues on Saturday night on ITV at 8pm.

Full article, published on 02 May, 2017 at: http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/02/britains-got-talent-hopeful-josephine-lee-im-here-to-represent-women-in-magic-6610587/

Gordon Drayson

Professional Magician, working in the South London area. Close up magic, double act cabaret as well as UK Childrens Entertainer of the Year 2016/2017. Founding member of Magic Daily.

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