From an early age, K was fascinated by magic. Grandson of the clown/boxer/Belgian resistance member Nestor Lahaye, the young K saw a poster for a magician giving a performance in a casino on the Belgian coast. Alea jacta est...
From that moment on, K's interest in anything related to conjuring, the occult, his heroes Robert Houdin and Harry Houdini, and above all the 19th century magician Bosco, grew and grew.
From that moment on, K's interest in anything related to conjuring, the occult, his heroes Robert Houdin and Harry Houdini, and above all the 19th century magician Bosco, grew and grew. Catching him in the middle of a razor-blade swallowing demonstration for the benefit of his classmates, the young K's teacher panicked.
Once again the dice were thrown when K was introduced to a clown teacher who, at the time, was doing performances in all the Dutch-speaking schools in Brussels. With his parents' permission, K was taken into the troupe... at the age of nine.
For the next three years the young K "toured" most of the schools and halls in Brussels with a stage-show to the measure of his tender age and limited budget.
At the age of fifteen, K realized that his attraction to the occult and close-up magic was "genetically programmed"
in him and slowly returned to his passion for illusions with cards and coins. His thirst for new techniques was growing...
Unable to resist his genes, and becoming more and more intrigued by fairground culture, freaks, and the bizarre, K returned, once again, to conjuring.
While enjoying a newfound professional life as part of an independent record company, K's social and artistic life was about to enter a new phase...
In 1995 he joined Dick Dale inspired instrumental surf band "The Vice Barons" as percussionist, going under the moniker "Bongo Fighting S". For the next few years he helped the band achieve international notoriety through recording (CDs, film music...) and touring Europe with his fellow band members Paul Norton, Chris Altree, Ricky Ventura, Vince Vincent, and a series of go-go dancers.
In 1998, "Bongo Fighting Steve" took up the congas in Brussels mod inspired band "Supersonic", playing numerous gigs around Europe.
In 1999, K was gobsmacked when he saw a specialist magician with only one hand. He realized all was not lost...
In 2000, K met freak performer George Napalm and piercing "queen" Arkel. They asked him to handle the special effects for their performances: explosions, fire, etc.
The trio attracted a lot of attention in Brussels and Paris.
Also in 2000, K met an innovative artist who owned a fantasy theme-restaurant/art galley in the centre of Brussels. With his fascination for the dark side, K made him a proposition: he would perform magic in the restaurant, entertaining and thrilling the customers.
Occult painter accepted, K stayed for two years performing.
This was the shot in the arm K needed - he went back to work with a new-found enthusiasm, becoming an extraordinary freak magician, and setting up his own company.
Since then K has already given numerous performances and been closely involved in a role playing organization.
His special effects have become well-known, as has his "physical magic" and "bizarre close up", not to mention his freak performances seen on Belgian television.
K is constantly in demand and offers a truly unique and mind-blowing show!
To be continued...