What happens when you are asked to be best man at another magician’s wedding? You make the speech as magical as possible, of course! Here’s my speech, where I make up the speech on the spot using a genuinely shuffled deck from the groom:
I have performed at my friend Steve Faulkner’s show “Steve’s Magic Night” a few times over the last couple of years. It’s always packed with a really fun crowd. Last time I got the opportunity to perform alongside another close friend John Archer. Here are a couple of photos from the show:
A few days ago I posted some photos by Christy Blanch. Here are a few more:
I recently performed at an event in Gloucestershire, where I met Christy Blanch; an amazing photographer. She took the snaps below — I am particularly impressed how well she captured the reactions of the people at the table.
I don’t perform at many public events. Next week, however, I’ll be performing at the world famous Magic Circle Headquarters in London. I’ll be performing my card magic act that I performed at The Magic Castle in Hollywood that involves having fifteen people pick cards and me finding every single one.
Tickets are available from the link below:
Last week I was set a challenge: to teach radio presenter Manpreet Mellhi a card trick to perform on the radio!
Her show airs today, where we’ll see if she succeeded. She was a great student so I am pretty confident that she will perform the trick perfectly!
Last night I worked in Ross-on-Wye at an event for the managers of EDF Energy. Given that I live just outside Ross-on-Wye (and I think I am the only close-up magician who lives near Ross!), it’s always great to work near home.
The dinner was a small affair with just three tables and about thirty guests. I performed a small show lasting about twenty minutes for each table and had a lot of fun.
The event was at Parkfields Country House just outside of Ross-on-Wye. I haven’t worked there before but hope to return soon as it’s a lovely venue.
I recently performed for a winter ball at Duke of Gloucester Barracks, South Cerney in Gloucestershire. I recently a very positive email from the Captain who booked me. Here is a brief extract from her email:
I would like to thank you for an excellent evening of magical entertainment during our Winter Ball! I received many extremely positive comments about your performances to each table with many saying that your act was the best they have ever seen at a ball (and some of them go to a lot of Balls!). I will highly recommend you for Summer/Winter Balls we will have in the future and I will pass your details onto the next entertainments member.
This Christmas I performed two events for the Cheltenham-based clothing brand Superdry at the brand new 131 The Promenade in Cheltenham. Having performed at the opening party for the hotel, it was great to be back a week later to perform for two more evenings.
One of the Superdry photographers (Andrew Coley) took a few snaps as I was performing. I think they are really fun. Here they are:
The girl in the shot is reacting to me turning a deck of cards into a block of glass! If you want to see this, and much more, I am available to hire as a Magician in Cheltenham and of course, a close-up magician throughout the country!
Check out more of Andrew Coley’s great photography at http://www.andrewcoleyphotography.co.uk/.
Just one last show today and then this year’s Christmas party magic is over! This Christmas has been my busiest yet. Here are some of the Christmas parties and events that have stood out this year:
Performing magic in the same venue three times
Cheltenham’s brand new 131 The Promenade is a beautiful new venue. I performed at their opening event and then performed two Christmas parties there for the same company. It was great to get to know the staff and become familiar with the venue.
A few repeat performances
Being asked back to perform a year later is always a great compliment. I had a few repeat performances this year, so it’s always good to show audiences the close-up magic that I have spent the last year working on!
Some great gifts
I had some amazing clients this year who gave me some great gifts, including Google’s new mobile phone and some really nice Superdry clothes that I haven’t stopped wearing!
Performing in my hometown
I live in a very small town called Newent. Therefore it is always a very pleasant surprise when I get to perform here. This Christmas I performed at two separate events in the town, which was a lovely break from the typical long drives that I do!
Performing new magic tricks
Christmas is a great time for me to work in new tricks that I have been working on throughout the year. Along with my tried-and-tested repertoire, this Christmas I have been making smoke appear from between people’s hands, making cards appear under people’s watches and performing a brand new trick with a piece of rope. The tricks have already become a popular part of my set!