It’s been a fantastic year for me working as a magician and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has hired me. Whether I worked as a table magician in Gloucester, a close-up magician in London or a party magician in Cheltenham, I enjoyed every moment of it.
My diary is already starting to fill up in 2010, so I am excited about the year ahead and want to thank everyone who hired me in 2009. I’ve got a lot of repeat bookings for next year, so I look forward to meeting those customers from 2009 over the course of next year.
Have a magical Christmas!
This weekend was a travel nightmare for everyone across the UK, which certainly doesn’t make things easy for a close-up magician.
First, I battled my way through the amazing Snowdonia landscape to work as a close-up magician for a Christmas party. Being high up meant that the snowstorms were strong and driving was tricky, but I still ensured that I was there on time and ready to do my duties as a magician!
Next, I battled the freezing ice through country lanes in Bristol to work as a magician for a house party and then finally to Berkshire, battling through thick fog and snow to work as a wedding magician, where the snow was well over a foot deep.
I arrived at all gigs early and mostly importantly, didn’t need to cancel any of them even though the weather was working totally against me. This, I think, is the key to being a professional magician; being completely reliable and ensuring that nothing gets in the way of me performing when I have been hired to do so!
So, if you need a reliable close-up magician in Gloucester or anywhere else in the country, feel free to get in touch any time! Come rain, snow, ice or whatever, I’ll be there whenever you need me (queue Baywatch theme tune).
I always tell other close-up magicians that the key to a great magician’s website is amazing photography. Regular visitors of this site may notice the recent addition of some amazing portrait shots by photography wizard Nigel Byde.
I have worked with Nigel on many projects over the past five years. He took the photos for my first book for magicians, has taken thousands of photographs at the magician convention that I organise and continues to take photographs for the books that I publish for magicians.
All of the portrait shots on this website are his work (taken across five or six studio sessions) so feel free to take a look around the site and check out the work of the best photographer I know—he’s a real magician when it comes to photography!
With all the amazing and interesting places that I have performed as a close-up magician, I thought I had seen everything. However, this weekend, I performed somewhere I would have never expected: a disused nuclear power station!
The Trawsfynydd station in Gwynedd, Wales is currently being decommissioned, which can apparently take twenty or thirty years. Therefore, their team of 200 or so employees needed a couple of magicians to entertain them on their onsite for their Christmas party and along with another fantastic close-up magician, I was happy to oblige!
It was a long drive into the middle of Snowdon, but the entire audience proved to be really fun and according to the client, her team really enjoyed being entertained by close-up magicians during their meal. I guess you could say, we got nuclear reactions from the crowd!*
* This joke was not made during the show, I promise!
Last weekend I was hired to perform as a close-up magician in West Wales. As it was a large party, I arranged to perform alongside another close-up magician. The two of us performed walkaround magic during the drinks reception and then moved on to perform table magic during the meal. The party was a lot of fun and having two magicians really added to the atmosphere.
I received this unsolicited email yesterday from the client:
“Many thanks for you and James’ [the other magician] contribution to our event on Friday evening, I can honestly say you were both amazing!”
—Kath Pinkham, South Hook LNG Terminal Company Ltd
Receiving positive comments of this nature, makes me happy that I did a good job. So, if you need a close-up magician for your event or party, get in touch!
I am still recovering for an incredibly busy day yesterday!
First up was a forty-five minute radio interview with popular BBC Gloucestershire presenter, John Rockley about my life as a close-up magician in Gloucester. I created three new tricks especially for the show, which all went down incredibly well. John seemed to be genuinely amazed with the tricks that I performed, which included divining his son’s middle name and predicting a card that he would pick by posting it on Twitter an hour before the show. The interview will air on BBC Gloucestershire as a week long series early next year.
After the interview, I jumped straight into the car to drive to west Wales where I performed close-up magic at a company’s Christmas party. It was a great party with lots of surprises for the employees. TV presenter (and “I’m a Celebrity…” star) Anna Ryder Richardson was the special guest. She was completely amazed by the magic and seemed to be having a great time!
The Christmas parties are still going strong and we’re well into the middle of the busiest month of the year for a magician. This week, I’ve been all over the country performing magic at corporate events and Christmas parties and the next couple of weeks will involve just as much traveling!
At these kind of Christmas parties, most of the attendees are normally very “merry” and up for a good time so close-up magicians tend to go down very well. I normally perform magic between the courses of a sit-down meal or perform walkaround magic during a drinks reception.
I thought January would be a good time to rest, but I’m now starting to get a lot of bookings for people who require a close-up magician for the start of the year. That’s not a complaint though; being a close-up magician is the job I love and I’m looking forward to being busier than ever in 2010!
Working as a wedding magician gives me the opportunity to meet some fantastic entertainers and suppliers. Therefore, to help you plan a magical wedding, I’ll recommend some of the talented people that I get to work with.
First up is Jake Moore; a fantastic wedding photographer based in Dorset. His website is http://www.jakemoorephotography.co.uk/ and features some very cool wedding portraits.
Of course, if you need a wedding magician give me a shout. If you need a magician with a camera; give Jake a shout!
One of the ways that The Magic Circle communicates with magicians is through a trade magazine. For the December issue, I was honoured with the massive compliment of being the featured magician on the cover of the magazine:
Being featured by The Magic Circle in this manner is a big thing for my career. At twenty-six years old, I’m one of the youngest magicians to ever be featured by the famous Magic Circle so this really means a lot to me. Inside the magazine is a long article and interview on me detailing my career as a magician and how I got involved in magic.
So thank you to The Magic Circle!
One of the most important things of being a magician is to personalise your magic to your audience and situation. That’s something that only an experienced magician can do well and I believe that it really sets us out from the crowd.
With over fifteen years experience as a magician, I thought that I had experienced every situation. That recently changed though, when I got a call from the BBC to ask me to appear on the radio performing magic. As magic is such a visual art, that’s always a difficult thing to do but I always accept a challenge!
Over the past few weeks, I have been developing some brand new magic tricks to perform over the air. We record the series next week and I’m excited to be one of the few magicians in history to perform magic over the radio!
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