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.
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!):
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!
In the world of the internet, it’s easy to use careful wording to help sell yourself. This is shown particularly well if you search for “Gloucester Magician” or similar, where you’ll see lots of magicians suggesting that they are professional magicians from Gloucester when often they’re neither from Gloucester … or a professional magician!
With that in mind, here are three questions to ask when looking for magicians specifically in Gloucester:
1. Are you really from Gloucester?
Lots of magicians have several websites, with each website pretending that they’re from a different area. This attempt to get more shows, to me, is a little unethical so I am completely honest when people ask. In fact, my address is on the bottom of every page of my website: I live just outside of Gloucester and am one of the very few close-up magicians in Gloucester.
2. Are you really a professional magician?
Several of the websites that show up when searching for “Gloucester magician” are from amateurs posing to be professionals (some, in particular even have quite a lot of hyperbole around that fact too). That isn’t to suggest that they don’t offer professional quality magic, but if you’re representing a company or hiring a magician for your wedding, it’s important to know exactly who and what you’re hiring. I’m a full-time professional magician; it’s what I do for a living and magic is my soul source of income.
3. Are you insured?
Most venues require that any external entertainment or service provider have public liability insurance. It’s a great question to ask a magician up front as it’ll save a lot of hassle later down the line if you find out that they don’t.
I really don’t intend for this to sound like a negative blog post. As a professional close-up magician, I’m passionate about what I do and like to offer the best service possible! Therefore I’m honest and up front about what I do. The trouble with the internet though, is that not every service provider is the same!
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!).