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Britain's Got Talent illusionist is optimistic he can keep soldiering on

By Eleanor Bley Griffiths

Britain's Got Talent winner and Household Cavalry bandsman Richard Jones is hoping the army will be "flexible" enough to let him pursue his magic career.

Illusionist Jones triumphed in the grand final on Saturday, using his magic act to tell the story of World War Two veteran and former prisoner of war Fergus Anckorn, now aged 97 and who himself appeared on stage.

On whether he could combine his two careers, Jones, who returns to work on Wednesday, said: "The army nowadays is very flexible. I'm aware that there's a rugby player, for example, who plays full-time for a professional rugby team, but he's also part of the army as well, and they give him a lot of time to pursue that."

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