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27/03/2018 12:39 BST | Updated 18/04/2018 12:34 BST

Dynamo Shares Update About Illness And Weight Gain That Left Him ‘Unable To Shuffle A Pack Of Cards’

'There’s a lot of ongoing side effects, which I’m still dealing with.'

Dynamo has shared an update with fans who expressed concern for his health after pictures emerged of him with a swollen face.

The magician, who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 15, posted a photo online on Monday that showed the side effects of treatment he’s been receiving.

There is no cure for the condition, which causes inflammation of the digestive system and affects at least 115,000 people in the UK.

The 35-year-old has now released a video message to fans, explaining that he was recently hospitalised after being struck down with severe food poisoning.

He says: “I’m making this video to let you guys know what’s been going on in my life over the last eight months. I’ve been keeping a bit more of a low profile as I got really sick and ended up in hospital last summer due to a really bad type of food poisoning, which having Crohns disease and food poisoning... very bad combination.

“Thankfully the NHS worked amazingly well to get me out of hospital and back on my feet but there’s been a lot of ongoing side effects which I’m still dealing with today.”

The magician goes on to reveal that he is battling arthritis, which became so severe that he was unable to shuffle a pack of cards.

He explains: “One of [the side effects] is a bad type of arthritis which has affected all of my joints in my body... my toes, my knees, my neck, my ankles, my hands, which really sucks as a magician when you can’t shuffle a pack of cards because you’re in so much pain, which has happened on the odd occasion.”

He adds: “As you can see my appearance has changed quite a bit due to all of the medication that I’m on. I’m on quite a lot of tablets. All of the medication has caused me to put on quite a lot of extra weight as well as a rash which is all over my head. It’s actually all over my body but thankfully you guys don’t have to see that - you only have to see this face.

He then jokes: “Yeah I’m sorry about that!”

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He ends his message by reassuring fans that he is working with doctors and a physio to do “everything in my power to get to 100%” and that he’s “working on lots of new magic”.

“I’m staying positive,” he adds. “I’ve got great people around me looking after me and I know that you guys who have supported me from day one will have my back, so thank you for that and thanks for watching this video.”

The star previously revealed that he had to have half his stomach removed at the age of 17 because of his Crohns. He now follows a strict diet in order to better manage the pain, including banning gluten, dairy, fat and vegetables.