A YOUNG magician from York is hoping to conjure up the support he needs to make his Britain’s Got Talent bid for fame.

Alfie Whattam, from Rawcliffe, who has been astounding people with sleight-of-hand skills for years, is among 25 hopefuls whose videos have been posted on the talent show’s YouTube page in a public vote to decide who faces Simon Cowell and his judging team. The 15-year-old Canon Lee School pupil’s entry made the shortlist after more than 200,000 people entered.

He said: “I probably want to make it through more than I’ve ever wanted anything, and if I get through, it’s for York. I don’t see myself as a magician, just a normal person who does amazing things.”

The poll closes on Monday and you can vote at youtube.com/britainsgottalent