In what was a slightly strange experience, last week I performed at the Dormy House in the Cotswolds; the hotel that I got married at two years prior. It was truly interesting to see the venue from another perspective and it still stands as one of my favourite places to work. Great venue, excellent staff and amazing views of the Cotswolds!
Here’s a photo of me performing for a small group on the patio of the hotel:
Those of you following me on Twitter, would have noticed that I’ve been talking about The Magic Castle a lot lately. It’s a private member’s club in Hollywood, Los Angeles that has become a popular celebrity-hangout in the last few years. They have a restaurant (serving some incredible food!), five bars and three theatres. Everywhere you look, there is magic going on!
I was invited to perform my show in their close-up theatre during the past week. I performed a brand new show that I designed especially for the venue. The Magic Castle treat their magicians like stars and their guests visit the venue because they absolutely love magic. This is a brilliant combination and made the experience so much fun. I performed thirty shows in one week and would have quite happily performed another thirty! It really is the absolute best environment in the world to perform close-up magic and was an honour to perform there.
I can’t wait to return. If you are ever in Los Angeles, and can get an invite, I would really recommend spending an evening at The Magic Castle.
Last week I was asked to do a short tour of the Netherlands to perform for two magic clubs: one in the North and one in the South.
These kinds of tours are all work and no play. You get an early flight to arrive for the first performance, sleep for a few hours, jump on a train and then do the second performance before flying home. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. It’s such an honour to be asked to do these kinds of events that it’s well worth it. Each evening I performed my two-hour show/lecture for, what I am told, was record-breaking crowds. Everyone was incredibly nice and I had a great time performing for them. Here’s a photo from one of the lectures:
Next month, I’ll be performing for two nights in the Netherlands. Here are the dates and locations:
5th June (8pm start time)
Magic Club Gonga: ’t Boerke, Hoofdstraat 72, Rijen
Entrance : €10,-
6th June (8pm start time)
Magicshop.nl, Lijnbaan 32, 1969 NE Heemskerk
Entrance: € 20,-
On Tuesday night, I returned to Park Lane to perform at the Performance Marketing Awards at the Grovesnor House. Over 800 guests from the marketing industry attended the event and I performed close-up magic during the dinner. As someone who used to work in marketing before I quit to be a close-up magician, it was interesting to see my two worlds combine!
This was one of the biggest, most lavish events that I have performed at in the past few months and it was an incredibly well organised event. Here’s a note that I recevied the morning afterwards from one of the organisers:
“The feedback I received was that you were awesome! Many thanks for being so professional on the night!” —Hannah Langfield, Event Manager
This Tuesday (3rd April), I’m performing at a relatively new magic show in London called Old Dogs, New Tricks. The show features Alan Hudson, Noel Qualter, Chris Cox and Piff the Magic Dragon performing new material. The tickets are incredibly inexpensive to reflect the fact that the intention of the show is to give magicians the opportunity to try out new material.
For more info about the show, visit the Old Dogs, New Tricks page at the Canal Cafe Theatre website.
If you’re hiring a magician, it’s always nice to know that they are performing frequently (especially if they’re a professional close-up magician) and that they consistently receive rave reviews.
Every now and again I post comments that I receive from customers. I try not to flood the blog with them in place of telling you about the interesting things that I’m up to, however you can check out the most recent comments that I post as they are all filed under the positive comments section.
There are also lots of quotes scattered around the site such as on my wedding magician and close-up magician pages.
From now on, I’ll do my best to update the comments posts more often to help keep them as timely as possible!
If there’s a good benefit of being a professional magician, it’s that I get to travel a lot. Here are just a few of the places that I’ve performed at in the last couple of months (admittedly these places are not as exotic as when I performed in Portugal, Cyprus, Las Vegas and so on, but they’re still all nice places!):
- Milton Keynes
- And many more…
If you’ve been looking at my website and think that I might be too far away to perform at your event, think again! I travel across the UK so feel free to get in touch!
I enjoy performing in small stage shows because it gives me the opportunity to perform a different style of magic to the close-up magic that I perform most often. My stage show includes tricks with Rubik’s Cubes, audience members and even a six foot balloon!
Here are a few photos from my act, where I performed at An Evening of Deception at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre.
Today I’ve been filming magic for an upcoming DVD project in Bristol. The footage, which features me performing my signature piece, will be part of a new DVD box set that will include two (or possibly three) DVDs and a book describing my thoughts, ideas and techniques on a specific trick. It’s a DVD set specifically designed to teach other professional close-up magicians around the world how I perform the trick.
If you see me perform at an event where I perform at banquet tables, you’ll almost certainly see me perform this trick. It’s the trick that I close my show with and involves having everyone at the table select a card each. The cards are then shuffled into the deck and then I proceed to find each card in increasingly more difficult, fun and impressive ways.
We filmed a few performances in Bristol at a party for a hotel chain. We still have plenty more filming to go, but I’m excited to see the result of what has now been an eight month project for me (not including the years it took to work on the routine!).