Dancing On Ice star and magician Ben Hanlin shares very embarrassing parenting moment as he discusses life as a dad

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You may well recognise Ben Hanlin after he skated his way into the semi finals on Dancing On Ice 2020, alongside pro partner Carlotta Edwards.

And the 35 year old Birmingham-born star has many talents to his bow, with ice-skating being just one of them.

Yes, the star paved his way to fame as a very talented magician who starred in his award-winning ITV2 show ‘Tricked,’ as well as performing his playful magic tricks across the globe.

He’s impressed the likes of Kim Kardashian and even popped up The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon after one of his TikTok videos went viral.

However, when Ben isn’t living life in the fast line as a successful magician with many a trick up his sleeve, he’s a doting dad to his two adorable children.


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Ben shares his sweet children Delilah and son Elvis with wife Briony Hanlin, and in a candid chat with OK! Online, he discussed parenting.

On becoming a parent, Ben, whose little ones are both under two, described it as a “big game changer.”

“The world no longer revolves around you, which is good, but during lockdown I do feel like everyone had their own struggles and it has been difficult,” he added.

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Discussing his most embarrassing parenting moment of all time with OK!, Ben explained about a time when his mum accidentally locked his son Elvis in the car on his own.

“She put Elvis in the car, gave him the keys to keep him entertained and shut the car door and went to walk to her side to get in, but he’d locked the car,” Ben began.

He added: “She panicked and asked him to press the unlock button, but he decided it was the perfect moment to fall asleep. He wasn’t interested.

“Mum didn’t have her phone on her, it was all in the car. She luckily bumped into someone she knew, and she contacted my dad who had to come and bring the spare key. And Elvis is none the wiser, he’s just having a nap!”

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The talented magician, who said his son Elvis is beginning to recognise him on TV, has recently launched a brand new parenting podcast named Ben Behaving Dadly.

The hit podcast features a whole host of celebrity parents as they discuss top tips and share funny stories in the incredibly candid podcast.

Discussing the podcast with OK!, Ben explained: “The premise is really simple; each week I sit down with a new guest and get their best parenting tips and advice. It all came from doing what I do and speaking with celebs behind the scenes while working, and when you take the silliness of TV and stuff away, we’re all just parents.


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“So I just thought it was quite a fun space to hear people talking about things like parenting. Social media can be a great place for parents but it can also be negative because you’re only getting good versions of people.

“And if you are having a bad day as a parent, you think everyone else is having a great time. So for me it was about having a podcast that was completely honest.

“I don’t know what I’m doing half the time and hearing other celebrities say the same thing and from that hearing tips and advice about what we can all do.”

The Ben Behaving Dadly podcast has already featured some big names, including Matt Willis, Ore Oduba, Kate Thornton and Blake Harrison and you can listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get yours.

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