The Next Great Magician is a new ITV 1 show featuring magicians from all over the world performing their best trick in front of a live studio audience. When they asked me to be part of the show, I knew I had to do something to stand out. So I decided to perform my “man in a balloon” act where I perform a trick from inside a large red balloon! Sound crazy? It kind of is.
On the show I perform a trick alongside Rochelle Humes from The Saturdays. Although, as you’ll see on the show, she had no idea what was about to happen!
The show is produced by the genius that is Andrew O’Connor with the current great magician Derren Brown!
The Next Great Magician starts on ITV 1 Sunday 6th November. My show is the second in the season and airs on 13th November, 7pm. You can also see me on the trailers for the show, advertised on ITV 1 and 2 throughout November and December. See my Magician in Balloon page for more info about how to hire this act.
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:
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.
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/.