This year’s An Evening of Deception was more than one evening; it was three! Steve Knibbs compered and introduced the four performers (of which I was one of them) and Paul Duggan expertly staged managed the show. It was held at The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; a perfect venue for magic of this kind.
Working in the same theatre for three nights, doing exactly the same show was a rare treat. We sold out about a month in advance so we knew that we’d be performing for packed-out crowds each night, which was also a great experience.
What I didn’t expect was the sheer number of magicians that would come to see the show. We had magicians in from Bristol, Reading, Bath, Southampton and more … traveling specifically to see us. The crowds (including many of the magicians!) were great and were a lot of fun to perform for. I look forward to organising the show again.
Here are a few photographs, courtesy of Steve Knibbs.
My show in Cheltenham, An Evening of Deception is back at the Everyman Theatre! You can find out more about it on my Evening of Deception page or by viewing the poster below:
Also see my Cheltenham magician page.
Over Christmas, I performed for Moore, Allen and Innocent; a Gloucestershire-based company. I performed magic during their Christmas meal at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. Here’s a note that I received from the organiser of the party:
Just a quick note to thank you for your fantastic demonstration of dexterity and magic at our Christmas luncheon in December. Without doubt you made the event extra, extra special and even the sceptics amongst us (yes, there are the odd ones!) were speechless as each trick unfolded. As each table was spellbound and the whoops and rounds of applause grew, other tables craned their necks to see what all the fuss was about – and this was revealed as you captivated each table with your craft!
Someone came up to me recently and spoke about the luncheon and how one of the tricks was “not possible” and concluded, rather ruefully that it was indeed magic.A great event made even better by a great magician! -Keith Winmill
After a very busy Christmas performing at corporate parties, it was a nice change to perform at a slower pace at the Daffodil in Cheltenham.
I’ve dined at the Daffodil several times as I live near Cheltenham. It’s a popular art deco restaurant and cocktail bar in Cheltenham, based in an 1920’s theatre (photographed below). It’s an incredible restaurant and I was honoured to be asked to perform as part of their New Year celebration.
After a meeting with the owner and events organiser, we decided that three magicians would be the perfect number to ensure that we get to see all of the guests. I picked two of my favourite close-up magicians to work with me for the evening and arranged everything for the restaurant.
We performed for a couple of hours yesterday evening and the guests seemed to really enjoy the entertainment (they also had a fun casino and a jazz band). I met some wonderful people during the evening, made some great contacts and had a lot of fun performing for everyone. I hope to return to this great restaurant to perform in the future.
It’s been a while since I posted about one of my performances so I thought I’d come out of retirement to tell you about my night performing as a magician in Bristol!
I was booked to perform at the Weston Power Christmas party through an event agency. The party was held in the historic Merchant’s Hall in Clifton, Bristol which is a lovely building near Bristol centre.
The event was lavishly themed in a Narnia style, complete with a wardrobe entrance that proceeded into a snowy room. I performed walkaround magic in the “ice room” for the eighty or so guests. It was a lot of fun to perform alongside a snow queen juggler, a fun casino and child actors wandering around acting as they were in Narnia!
I try to add a hint of the party’s theme to my performances (without going over the top) so finished my performance by turning a deck of cards into a solid block of ice! I’m no ice queen but it was certainly a fun conclusion to my performance.
Tomorrow I’ll be performing close-up magic at a wedding followed by another Christmas party. This is the start of a busy, but hopefully fun month!
A couple of weeks ago, I traveled down to Salisbury to perform at a birthday party. I took my wife and we arrived a few hours early to explore Salisbury, which seems like a lovely place.
The party was hosted on the patio at a picturesque hotel, next to a river. It was a lovely setting for cocktails and close-up magic and I had a lot of fun performing for the fifty or so guests for a couple of hours. Kelly Brown, a fantastic photographer, was at the event and took the following photos of me:
I recently performed magic at a wedding in Cheltenham (see my Magician Cheltenham page), where I met a fantastic wedding photographer called Mark Chivers. His photos are amongst the best that have been taken of me at an event and he’s allowed me to post them here. Check out his wedding photographer website for more info.
Last weekend I returned to Hereford to perform close-up magic at a birthday party. This time, I performed at the Merton Hotel in the centre of Hereford.
There were about 75 people of all ages at the party and the audience were all incredibly nice. As some guests were standing in a reception room and others were sat at tables in another room, it gave me the perfect opportunity to perform both styles of magic that I enjoy. My job is to make sure everyone at a party has a great time, which is always helped when I’m having fun myself!
Here’s a brief extract of a really nice email that I received from the hosts of the incredibly successful party:
“Thank you for such wonderful entertainment last Saturday evening. Everyone enjoyed the magic… even those who do not normally want to watch! We had so many compliments about you and how good you were!”
—Sally and Paul, Hereford
This last week has been manic. Not just with my own wedding plans, but with performances at weddings and events throughout the UK. I haven’t had time to describe them all to you, so I thought I’d give a quickfire run down of a couple of memorable events:
I performed at a great wedding, walkaround around performing close-up magic for each table. You can check out my Cheltenham Magician page for more info for my work in this area!
Next up, I performed at a large wedding in Cardiff. I performed for the hour and a half between the wedding breakfast and the evening do, which was the perfect time for magic at this wedding. People are gearing up for a great night and I had a lot of fun!
I performed a 45-minute show for a family who were on holiday in Hereford. The family had hired out a massive house and asked me to come along and entertain them. There were three generations of the family there, which made it fun to perform for them.
Another wedding; this time in my hometown of Gloucester! I performed at the Hatherley Manor Hotel; a hotel that I’ve worked at a few times now. I performed close-up magic on the lawn during the photograph period. It was a really nice day and everyone seemed to be really into the wedding spirit. Check out my Gloucester Wedding Magician page for more info on my Gloucester wedding performances.
This will likely be my last post before my own wedding and my honeymoon in the Maldives. I hope you don’t miss my daily dose of SEO too much!
This Saturday I made my way up to Derbyshire to perform at a party for about 100 people, who filled various rooms of a really nice restaurant. Derby is a reasonable drive for me, but it was well worth it as everyone at the party was really nice and up for a good time.
Here’s a brief extract from Alicia, the lady who hired me to perform at the party:
“You went down a storm, Andi! Made the party much more enjoyable. Thank you so much for a very entertaining evening. You are wonderful entertainer!”
—Alicia Turnock, Derbyshire
Once I had finished work for the night, I was invited to stay around for some food. As I was eating a bread roll, I got caught off guard by a table who demanded an encore! Not wanting to disappoint them, I put my roll down, had someone write his name on the card and shuffled it into the deck. “It would be amazing if my card ended up in your bread roll,” the man quipped. He was right … it would be amazing. I didn’t say another word; instead I just nodded down at the roll and allowed him to pick it up and do the rest. The table went crazy, the guy wanted to keep the roll and the signed card so I left on a high … and very hungry!