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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:
If you want to see more positive comments check out my Gloucester magician reviews page.
If you’ve never hired a magician before, you’d be forgiven for wondering what all the different types of magician are. Here’s a basic rundown:
Close-up Magician: A magician who performs magic with cards, coins and borrowed objects from just a few feet away.
Table Magician: A magician who performs close-up magic at your table between the courses of a meal.
Walkaround Magician: A magician who mingles with your guests, for example at a cocktail reception or garden party.
Street Magician: Not someone you’d normally hire, but the type of magician who performs close-up magic on the street. There are two types of street magicians: the ones that attract massive crowds (and normally work for tips) and the type that approach small groups at a time. The latter are essentially performing walkaround magic but instead of doing it for a cocktail reception, they’re busy doing it outside Boots and Tescos.
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:
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!
I realise that a lot of people hire me because they are looking for a close-up magician in Gloucester. Therefore I thought it would be useful to put together a website focussing on the best magicians in Gloucestershire.
My new Gloucester Magicians website does just that. I have highlighted the best magicians in Gloucester and hope that it is of some use!
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.
If your Chrismtas party is in the next few days and you haven’t sorted your entertainment (I recommend hiring a close-up magician, of course!), it might not be too late.
It’s easy to assume all close-up magicians get booked up during Christmas (and most do!), but sometimes the timings fall right that even a busy a magician can perform at your event. For example, I just booked a show in the afternoon for this weekend in the same town that I am performing in for the evening. Therefore, I was able to take the booking.
But if I am already booked during a time that you need a close-up magician, I am always happy to source other magicians who are available for you. I only ever recommend magicians that I have worked with in the past (normally at things like corporate Christmas parties) to ensure that they are of high quality!
So if you need a magician last minute this Christmas, feel free to get in touch!