Last week I performed at the International Magic Festival in London. The organisers asked me to give a talk and performance on a technique that I invented for magicians called the Master Pushoff. While this was a brand new talk, I have performed at similar events all over the UK, USA and Europe, but this one was a little different to normal …
In the lecture I performed a piece that I call Five Moves in Five Minutes. The idea is that I try to teach the magicians five of my techniques in five minutes. The twist is that they are allowed to try to put me off. Normally people do this by asking questions, applauding loudly or asking me to repeat something. However, on this particular occasion someone tried really hard as he ran across the stage completely naked!
I believe I am the first magician in history to have someone streak at a lecture … and I’m weirdly proud of it!
Roll up, roll up. I am performing at two shows over the coming weeks and tickets are available now! I rarely perform at public events as I tend to get booked up to perform magic at weddings and corporate events, so this is a rare
treat opportunity to see me perform live.
During the first week of October I am performing my full 45-minute stage show at the following two shows:
Morgan & West’s Magical Menagerie
Oxford, October 1st
Get your tickets here: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/230357
Bristol, October 6th
Get your tickets here: http://www.tobaccofactorytheatre.com/shows/detail/peters_friends7/
This weekend I gave two performances and a talk to a group of magicians in Belfast. I was flown over as part of their International Brotherhood of Magicians conference which is held every year. Here are a couple of photos of me compering their theatre gala show (not the best photos, unfortunately, but they capture the fun!):
I recently performed at a house party to celebrate a 21st birthday party at Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds. I perform in the Cotswolds a lot and always enjoy working near to home.
One of the guests hired me on the spot to work at his next company event, which is always a great compliment for a magician. I received this really nice email from the lady who booked me after the party:
Thank you for entertaining everyone at our daughter’s 21st birthday party. Everyone thought you were amazing and you helped the evening to be an enormous success! I know one of my friends has already booked you for his event after meeting you at the party. I’m so glad I found you!
—Wendy Nursall, Draycott, Gloucestershire
If you want to see more positive comments check out my Gloucester magician reviews page.
Tewkesbury has some great wedding venues (I have worked at the Tewkesbury Puckrup Hall many times, for example), but this weekend I performed at a very different wedding venue … a beautiful marquee in someone’s garden!
The marquee housed a very large wedding with over 200 people. With this many people, it would be impossible for one magician to visit all the guests and therefore I arranged for a second magician to perform alongside me. Being in constant contact with many of the country’s top magicians (some of them, like my friend Noel, call me more times than any human could handle), I was able to arrange a second magician within twenty minutes of the request.
The other magician and I performed for two hours around the tables, ensuring that every single guest got to see us. I put together a Tewkesbury magician page on my website with info of my other performances in the area. I am booked to perform in Tewkesbury a few more times this year so look forward to returning!
On 2nd April 2013, I will be performing in Morgan & West’s Magical Menagerie alongside Morgan and West and the mindreader who can’t read minds, Chris Cox.
Here is some info about the show:
Roll up roll up! Time travelling magicians Morgan and West bring you the UK’s finest magical talent – psychics, conjurers and prestidigitators live and in captivity!
Morgan and West have travelled to the four corners of the empire to bring back the greatest specimens the magical world has to offer. Each show sees two new dabblers in the dark arts unleashed upon the audience, presided over by conjurer-collecting duo Morgan and West. Minds will be read, impossibilities realised and thoroughly good times had by all.
There are still a few tickets available. They can be purchased from the link below:
Here is a little montage of videos from close-up magic shows that I have performed within the last year. The bulk of the video comes from a performance at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, where I performed last June. It’s only a short video but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless!
For the fourth year in a row, The Evening of Deception in Cheltenham had a sellout run!
The Evening of Deception is a show that I co-organise with two other magicians in Cheltenham. It is based in the studio theatre at The Everyman Theatre. We have always sold out and this year was no exception.
I performed a thirty-minute show featuring some new tricks (we then had two other magician guests). As my main focus is to perform close-up magic, I always use this run of shows to work on new material. This helps me identify what tricks I will continue to develop and perform in similar shows over the next year.
I had a fantastic time this year and really hope to return to Cheltenham soon!
After weeks of having to keep it under wraps, I am incredibly proud to report that I performed in Washington, DC for President Obama’s Inauguration on January 21st 2013.
I performed at the prestigious American Legion’s Salute to Heroes Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC. I joined 25 magicians from all around America (I was the only non-American) to perform for the guests and 25 inspiring recipients of the Medal of Honor award.
It was an evening, and a show, that I will never forget.
Last week I had the incredible honour of being asked to partake in a fundraising event for President Obama’s re-election campaign.
The event was held in a large mansion in Washington, DC and featured six magicians from across America (with another six performing walkaround magic before the show). I was the only non-American and had the privilege of closing the show. Being asked to perform alongside some of my magic heros for many important American dignitaries was certainly one of my career highlights.
Here’s a photo of the performers and team on an evening that I will never forget. And while I am not American, or have a particularly strong knowledge of American politics, I am proud to have been part of an event that raised a lot of money to hopefully help keep the right man in presidency!