Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Illusionist David Meade cancels show after baby is rushed to hospital

David Meade in Victoria Square
David Meade in Victoria Square
David's stunt saw him appear to levitate more than 60 very dangerous feet
David's stunt saw him appear to levitate more than 60 very dangerous feet

The baby son of one of Northern Ireland’s top entertainers has been rushed to hospital after he became seriously ill.

Mentalist David Meade had been due to take to the stage at the Marketplace Theatre in Armagh last night, but the gig was cancelled at the last moment when his three-month-old son suffered health problems.

Little George was undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of a Belfast hospital last night.

The nature of his illness has not been made public.

A statement on the popular mentalist’s official Facebook page informed his many fans of what was happening.

It said: “Wonderland regret to announce that tonight’s show with David Meade has been cancelled due to the sudden and serious illness of David’s son George.

“David and his wife are with their son at the hospital’s intensive care in Belfast.”

Following the shock announcement about George’s health scores of the affable illusionist’s friends and fans posted messages of support and prayers online.

Voiceover artist Cate Conway said: “Hope he’s better very very soon x”

Media consultant Gary Grattan added: “Thoughts are with you all at this time — hope everything is ok!”

Shirley Graham added: “It's times like this when your many friends say a wee prayer to who ever is up there to help your family through this; be strong David.”

George was born in January, two weeks after his due date.

The cancelled show was among a number of the live performances the mind-bending entertainer had rescheduled after dates in January were cancelled.

Last night, a spokesman for the Belfast Trust declined to comment on George’s condition.

SELF-styled mentalist David Meade has quickly become one of the most recognisable faces in Northern Ireland.

His popular BBC TV shows — The David Meade Project and David Meade Make Believe — have made him a household name. He has also worked as a keynote speaker and a lecturer.

A recent illusion saw him spend several hours seemingly on a wall in Victoria Square with no apparent support.

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