AN EARL'S Court magician is conjuring up a political storm by holding an anti-ID card show.
Magic circle member Russell Levinson, 47, of Redfield Lane, has gathered together a mind reader, a 'socialist magician' and a juggler to put on a special performance at the Inn on the Green, in Thorpe Close, North Kensington, on July 30.
He hopes that the show will inspire people to protest against Government plans to introduce biometric ID cards into the UK, by demonstrating the risks involved in the massive scheme.
While expertly shuffling a pack of cards at the Blackbird in Earl's Court Road, the conjurer and professional financier explained: "For me, it's a question of the massive extension of state powers.
"I think the scheme would change the character of our country. I hope that by using magic I will help people challenge their understanding of the world and wake them up to think about the issue."
To demonstrate his point, Mr Levinson, who has lived in the Royal Borough since 1991, conjured up a special ID-card for reporter, Ellie Dyer, to show how easy it is to steal a person's identity.
Mr Levinson, who has practised card tricks since he was a child and claims Prince Charles is a member of the Magic Circle, added the magical ID protest is a first in the UK.
The government – which recently stepped down decided not to make controversial cards compulsory – believes the ID scheme will help the fight against terrorism.
* The show is on at the Inn on the Green on July 30 at 8pm. Tickets cost £5 on the door. All proceeds will go the the No2ID campaign group. Visit www.iotg.co.uk for more information about the gig.