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Cillian O’Connor Biography – Cillian O’Connor Wiki
Cillian O’Connor is an Irish magician and semi-finalist in Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) 2023. At the age of 10, Cillian became the youngest member of the Society of Irish Magicians.
At the time, his father Richie O’Connor told the Irish Mirror: “His confidence and interaction socially have improved dramatically since he started magic.
“He has learned how to interact and communicate in a way he never did before. He would sit in the corner with a book before this and talk to nobody. It has been a godsend.
“Every time we see the HSE [Health Service Executive] care group he performs for them and they are amazed that he can now do an elaborate trick, where he wouldn’t have been able to button up his own shirt a couple of years ago.”
He honed his skills in recent years by performing magic tricks for people in his front garden, to “raise their spirits” during the Covid-19 lockdowns. BGT was not his first time performing in front of a large crowd, as he previously entertained music fans at the Fleadh. He has also performed at Blackpool Magic Convention Gala Show in 2022.
Cillian is also a member of The Young Magicians Club and The Society of Young Magicians. He is a Junior Ambassador for Marvin’s Magic won the 2021 Argos/ Marvin’s Magic competition following the Xmas Magic TV campaign.
In May 2023, Cillian was presented with a special award of merit by The Society of Irish Magicians. The council said: “Cillian has represented the art and the Society in an exemplary fashion.”
Cillian lives in Donacarney, near Mornington, with parents Elaine Peppard and Richie and younger sister Casey. He is in school at Drogheda Grammar and the day after his BGT performance aired, Cillian got a special mention at assembly, while his exploits also earned his class a night without homework.
Cillian O’Connor Age
Magician Cillian O’Connor was aged 13 at the time of his Britain’s Got Talent audition.
Cillian O’Connor Britain’s Got Talent
Magician Cillian O’Connor, from Mornington, Co Meath, is a semi-finalist in Series 16 of Britain’s Got Talent. The 13-year-old autistic magician wowed the BGT judges in his audition with his illusions, showmanship and powerful message. He earned four ‘yeses’ from the judges and a standing ovation from the audience.
Cillian O’Connor Autism
Britain’s Got Talent’s magician Cillian O’Connor has autism and dyspraxia. The autistic magician said while planning his routine for BGT, he was mindful of including “as much about my autism and dyspraxia as possible”.
“Just so people knew that I had autism and I was very shy, and I struggled with my social skills, but I was brave enough to go on stage, in front of 4,000 people – as well as Simon [Cowell] and Amanda [Holden] and Alesha [Dixon] and Bruno [Bruno Tonioli] – and just nail it,” he told Independent.ie.
“I’ve learned that having autism is not a disability, it’s an ability,” Cillian said during his Britain’s Got Talent audition.
Cillian O’Connor Parents
Irish magician Cillian O’Connor is the son of Richie and Elaine Peppard O’Connor. He was joined on stage by his proud mother after impressing the judges and audience on Britain’s Got Talent.
After the victorious performance on BGT, Cillian O’Connor’s mother, Elaine Peppard O’Connor, took to social media in praise of her talented son: “Extremely proud of our amazing son Cillian on Britain’s Got Talent tonight.
“So glad that people will get to see the Cillian that melts our hearts every day. We love you so so much and are so happy you finally got your dream that you have worked so hard for.
“As Cillian said, ‘autism is not a disability it’s an ability,’ and boy god did he just show us all that this evening.”
In an earlier post, Peppard O’Connor wrote: “Dreams really do come true. Six years ago our quiet, shy, anti-social, little boy saw a little girl Issy Simpson perform magic on Britain’s Got Talent.
“Cillian became obsessed with magic, and he always dreamed of someday being just like that #youngmagician. Tomorrow night at 8:00 on #britainsgottalent you will see him achieving his dream.
“We are extremely proud and hope you all get to see just how special he really is. Magic is now Cillians world, and boy what a #wonderfulworld it is.”
Cillian O’Connor Instagram
Cillian O’Connor’s Instagram handle is @cilliansmagic.