I am one of the only professional close-up magicians in the Gloucester area. There are a few magicians that you’ll come across on Google that claim to be a Gloucester magician but not actually be from this area, or even worse, claim to be a professional magician when actually they just do it for a bit of money on the side.
Over the past few months alone, I have performed in most of the major Gloucester wedding, conference and party venues and am frequently asked back to entertain at various parties in the area. I have a few pages on my website and on this blog that highlight my performances as a Gloucester magician and list the various venues that I have performed at over the years.
If you’re hiring a magician in Gloucester, whether it’s me, or someone else, be sure to check their credentials to ensure that they’re a professional and that they do actually live in the area instead of just tricking Google into thinking they do!
I’ve recently returned from a brief tour of Denmark, where I was the guest of a magician called Rune Klan. Rune is a close friend and Denmark’s most famous magician and comedian. Each night, he performed for several thousand people in packed theatres and received wonderful reactions. It was a real treat to see just how much the Danish audiences loved him.
Rune’s theatre show is unlike magic shows that I’ve seen anywhere else. His magic is incredibly original (for his opening trick, he swallows a bicycle!), very funny and not to mention exceptionally skillful. I don’t think I’ve seen any other stage magician use so many difficult tricks in one show, including amazing sleight of hand magic, dice stacking, contact juggling and more.
Not speaking Danish, I didn’t understand much of what Rune talked about in the show, but as the tour progressed I started to understand things a little more.
So, thanks to Rune and his great team for a fun-filled, interesting few days! It was eye-opening to see just how successful a magician could be if they don’t compromise and work as hard as Rune. I’m excited to return to Denmark next year, where I’ll be giving a lecture and performance to Danish magicians.
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.
Having a marketing background presents me with a small addiction to social media. Feel free to add, follow or stalk me on any of the following:
Twitter – WhoIsAndi
Facebook – magician Andi Gladwin
LinkedIn – professional magician Andi Gladwin
My Twitter posts normally consist of anecdotes and jokes for other professional magicians, loads of magicians who I don’t know add me to Facebook page and I’m not very good at using LinkedIn. However, if you can get past all that; feel free to take a look!
MagicSeen is the UK’s only independent, monthly glossy magic magazine (available for order in many bookshops throughout the country). This month they featured me on the cover of the magazine. Here’s an extract from their introduction about me:
“We’ve been waiting for something positive to happen in UK magic for quite a while now. At MagicSeen, we’ve featured a few up-and-coming performers who we hope will go on to find success, but at 27 years old, Andi Gladwin has already made a massive impact with his original magic.”
They also gave my instructional DVD a glowing review in the same issue. Here are a few pages form the magazine:
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
We’ve all seen a tacky magician who turns up at a gig with crazy hair, an overly bright suit and a squeaky voice. He normally does magic tricks using dusty old props that you remember seeing when you were a kid or performs tricks and uses weird scripted patter. While they have the best intentions, it’s unfortunate that this type of magician tends to become what people see as the stereotypical magician.
However, as part of a small collection of young, modern close-up magicians, I’d like to confirm that I’m not like those tacky, stereotypical magicians. In fact, a comment that I often get from repeat clients is that they rehire me because I’m not a tacky magician, but instead, I’m professional, fun and most importantly … a normal, likable guy!
So if you saw that wedding magician on Living TV’s Four Weddings program (the one with the rabbit and bad hair), or have bad memories of magicians pulling rabbits out of hats, I urge you to give us another chance. If you pick the right magician, I promise you’ll experience something amazing, fun and completely different to those stereotypical magicians! I think Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” television show last Friday night went a long way to showing that magic can be contemporary, fun and cool.
Over the next couple of weeks, I’m performing quite a lot in Gloucestershire. Having traveled all over the country these last couple of weeks, it’s nice to stay close to home.
While I am happy to travel anywhere, it’s always nice to perform magic in Gloucestershire. Here are a few of the venues I’ve performed at recently:
- Cheltenham Chase Hotel
- Pitville Pump Rooms
- Hatherley Manor
- Royal Agricultural College
- The Barn at Berkeley
- Bowden Hall
- Thistle Cheltenham
- D-Fly, Cheltenham
- Clearwell Castle
- Manor by the Lake
- Hilton Puckrup Hall
- Prince of Wales Hotel, Berkeley
- And many, many more Gloucestershire venues
I’m one of just a few professional Gloucestershire magicians and would love to perform at your next event!
December is the busiest month for entertainers. Between us, we’ve covered every area of the country, performing at thousands of Christmas parties. Performing magic is a lot of fun, but it’s still a job. When do magicians get a Christmas party?!
The answer: last night.
Just over thirty close-up magicians, mind readers caricaturists, silhouette cutters traveled from across the UK to have our own Christmas party in London. We ate, drank and talked shop all evening. Well, not all evening as we also hired an incredibly funny improvisational poet who makes up poems on the spot about any subject you give him.
I’m on the train back now. It was a lot of fun and a nice way to wind down after an incredibly busy Christmas period!