A DASH of magic and wonder greeted Bolton shoppers today as they were entertained by the arrival of an astounding living statue.

People were captivated, stopping in awe to marvel at Fred the Living Statue as he delivered a mesmerising levitation performance usually found on the streets of European cultural capitals like Barcelona, Berlin and Edinburgh.

Fred, aged 36, from Wigan, who refused to give his real name, is a professional performer who has been taking his skills around the country for over two years.

"It takes many years to perfect the skill of staying still and it is a form of meditation.

It puts quite a lot of strain on my body," said Fred.

"I perform all year round, aiming to perform seven days a week and stay still for three sets of two hours daily in all weathers, including rain."

As well as appearing as a street performer and Living Statue, Fred is also a magician and is available for hire to add sparkle to private and corporate events.

He has been appearing around the North West at Christmas lights switch ons including in Wigan and Southport.

For more information contact Fred the Living Statue on 07939815486