CSE has made a long overdue return back to Kabul in Afghanistan and it is safe to say that the purveyors of Armed Forces entertainment really brought the magic.
The star of the show was the military’s very own poster boy, Lance Corporal Richard Jones, famous for being the first and only magician to ever win Britain's Got Talent in 2016. Not only has he performed for royalty and wowed millions of TV viewers, but he has also been awarded the status of ‘Member of The Inner Magic Circle’ with Gold Star, the most prestigious honour among magicians.
Supported by fellow magician Daniel Boyles, Richard toured his magic show around various bases in Kabul. To keep the energy up, one base even created a substantial magical cake that was enjoyed by the team.
The audience mainly consisted of UK troops, but there was also a coalition presence with members of the Armed Forces hailing from Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and the USA among others. Across the week, around 1,000 deployed personnel were entertained with every location packed to the rafters. It was standing room only.
Special recognition needs to be given to TAD (helicopter unit) without whom it would have been impossible to make this visit a reality. Responsible for the personnel and kit transportation, they ensured that all the bases got to enjoy the show in their location.
Verity Geere from #HatchandGeere Forces Radio BFBS Breakfast chats to CSE tour manager Angie Avlianos below about her role arranging events for the forces including this trip to Afghanistan.
From left to right: Flying Officer Ben Davidson, Tour Manager Angie Avlianos, LCpl Richard Jones, Daniel Boyles and Production Manager Neal Allen.