Today is always a fun day in the magic calendar: The Magic Circle’s Close-Up Magician of the Year Awards. I’ll be trekking over to London in a few hours to The Magic Circle Headquarters in Euston to see ten or so close-up magicians fight it out for the title of Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year.
The club arranges for around 100 non-magicians to attend the evening. Each magician performs for the non-magicians and then all The Magic Circle members watch the show on a big screen in another room. It’s always a lot of fun and there’s always great banter between the magicians.
As an organiser of a conference for close-up magicians, it’s important that I stay up to date with the trends in magic and the best magicians in the country, so this is always an important event for me.
The rest of the week is also busy with a couple of meetings and performances including a wedding at the end of the week with several other entertainers including magicians and pickpockets. I always enjoy big shows like this and it’s great fun to see other magicians perform in the same environment.
Today is my day off, so I’ll be paying a visit to The Magic Circle Headquarters in London. Based off a small side street just outside of Euston Station, The Magic Circle is where magicians meet up and socialise. It’s a custom built modern venue with a theatre (as shown in the photograph), a bar, a museum, a library and a room that is perfect for close-up magic.
Attending The Magic Circle is a good opportunity for me to talk business with other close-up magicians and show them the latest tricks that I’ve invented, or been working on since we last met.
It’s a member’s only venue (for magicians only!) and you have to perform for the other magicians in order to be allowed to join. Unfortunately, I don’t get to visit too often, but am always pleased to tell people that I’m a member of the prestigious Magic Circle!
Magicians are always a great help when there’s a crisis, so it goes without saying that magicians all over the world have jumped to get involved in raising money for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake.
I’ll be getting involved in two ways. Firstly, I’ll be performing close-up magic at a charity event in Cheltenham (more details soon), which will involve several other great acts all performing in aid of the Haiti survivors.
Then, next Wednesday I’ll be taking part in an online magician’s event, where I’ll be part of a line-up of well-known close-up magicians who will be teaching other close-up magicians a trick from their act. It’s set to be a great event and I’m looking forward to helping raise funds using my magic! So, if you’re a close-up magician, I hope to see you there!
When I work as a close-up magician, I always add comedy to my magic by improvising jokes based on things that people say, the environment that we’re in and the things that happen during my act. I don’t use pre-written corny jokes like many other close-up magicians, but instead try to improvise comedy based on the audience and the magic. This creates a much more personalised and unique experience for everyone; including me!
My latest challenge to myself was quite different though: stand-up comedy without magic! It has always been a goal of mine so I decided to make it happen recently. The audience reacted really well and I’m proud that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone to try it. I won’t be quitting the day job (a professional close-up magician!) but I’ll definitely be doing more stand-up comedy in the future; perhaps combining my skills as a magician with stand-up comedy.
Below are a few photos of the event:
Tune in next time to see the results of my next goal: to be the third member of Jedward.
It’s been a fantastic year for me working as a magician and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has hired me. Whether I worked as a table magician in Gloucester, a close-up magician in London or a party magician in Cheltenham, I enjoyed every moment of it.
My diary is already starting to fill up in 2010, so I am excited about the year ahead and want to thank everyone who hired me in 2009. I’ve got a lot of repeat bookings for next year, so I look forward to meeting those customers from 2009 over the course of next year.
Have a magical Christmas!
I am still recovering for an incredibly busy day yesterday!
First up was a forty-five minute radio interview with popular BBC Gloucestershire presenter, John Rockley about my life as a close-up magician in Gloucester. I created three new tricks especially for the show, which all went down incredibly well. John seemed to be genuinely amazed with the tricks that I performed, which included divining his son’s middle name and predicting a card that he would pick by posting it on Twitter an hour before the show. The interview will air on BBC Gloucestershire as a week long series early next year.
After the interview, I jumped straight into the car to drive to west Wales where I performed close-up magic at a company’s Christmas party. It was a great party with lots of surprises for the employees. TV presenter (and “I’m a Celebrity…” star) Anna Ryder Richardson was the special guest. She was completely amazed by the magic and seemed to be having a great time!
For me, being a magician isn’t just a job; it’s my life! I don’t just work as a magician, I am a magician!
So, on the odd weekend that I take off from work, I normally attend conferences for magicians. This weekend was no exception as I attended one of the bigger magician conferences called International Magic Convention. It was hosted in a great little theatre on the London Embankment as was attended by about 300 magicians.
At these kind of gatherings, magicians most often sit around, share stories from gigs and entertain each other with their latest magic tricks. Magicians from all over the world attend and it’s a great way to see what trends are happening in magic at the present time and compare notes with other magicians.
Now that the weekend is over, it’s time to recover from all of the London food and late nights and get ready for this week’s upcoming gigs. If you haven’t booked your Christmas party magician yet, get in touch as I still have a few dates available … and if I’m not available, I met 300 magicians that might be this weekend!
I’ve blogged about magic for years; but that has been specifically to give close-up magicians ideas for ways to improve their tricks and performances. This blog has a completely different concept: to update my clients and friends of my life as a professional magician.
So, welcome to the blog. This is my new website, which I launched today. I hope you like the new imagery, photographs and branding!
If I don’t update regularly over the next couple of months, it’s very likely because the Christmas season of gigs is about to kick off. If you are looking for a close-up magician for your Christmas party, please get in touch; if I’m already booked, I am always happy to recommend other magicians that I have worked with before.
Thanks for tuning in — I hope this blog turns out to be of interest!