Dynamo says he is struggling to shuffle cards
Superstar magician Dynamo has admitted he is sometimes in too much pain to shuffle cards as he opened up about his health problems.
The Bradford-born illusionist posted a video to say he was “staying positive” after spending time in hospital because of a serious case of food poisoning last summer.
The sickness bout, combined with his existing Crohn’s disease, has meant he has had to take a step back from the limelight.
The 35-year-old praised the “amazing” NHS, but complained that the ongoing side effects of the food poisoning and subsequent medication had left him with a “bad type of arthritis”, limiting his magic tricks and affecting his weight.
He told fans in a video posted on Twitter: “There’s been a lot of ongoing side effects to do with the food poisoning which I’m still dealing with today.
“The main one is a bad type of arthritis that’s affected all the joints in my body.
“My toes, my knees, my neck, ankles, my hands; which really sucks as a magician when you can’t shuffle a pack of cards ’cause your hands are in so much pain, which has happened on the odd occasion.
“I’m working with doctors, working with a physio and doing everything in my power to get myself to 100%.
“I’m working on lots of new magic so hopefully you get to see that soon in the future.
“As you can see, my appearance has changed quite a bit due to all the medication I’m on… I’m on quite a lot of tablets.
“All the medication has caused me to put on a lot of extra body weight, as well as a rash which is all over my head… it’s actually all over my body.”
He added: “I’m doing everything in my power to get myself better, I wanted to let you guys know what was going on from me personally.
“I’m staying positive, I’m working on new magic, I’ve got great people looking after me and I know you guys who have supported me from day one will have my back.”
The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is still unknown, and there is currently no cure.
The disease is a relatively uncommon with around 115,000 people living with it in the UK.
Most cases first develop between the ages of 16 and 30, but it can affect people of all ages.