In what was a slightly strange experience, last week I performed at the Dormy House in the Cotswolds; the hotel that I got married at two years prior. It was truly interesting to see the venue from another perspective and it still stands as one of my favourite places to work. Great venue, excellent staff and amazing views of the Cotswolds!
Here’s a photo of me performing for a small group on the patio of the hotel:
I recently performed at a wedding at Kingscotte Barn, Tetbury, which is just outside of Gloucester. The wedding photographer Matt Davis managed to snap some excellent shots, which he just sent to me. I’ve included three of my favourites below.
Your eyes will likely be automatically drawn to the lady on the right, who looks absolutely stunned as I make a deck of cards vanish from between her hands. The photos show the action unfolding:
I spent the last two days in a studio in Newbury filming my first DVD for close-up magicians. If you’re not a magician, that may sound like a very strange thing so let me explain! If you are a magician, you can jump to the photographs below!
A very small number of close-up magicians (like me) create their own magic and therefore many magicians from all over the world learn that magic from DVDs. I have previously published about ten books on close-up magic but this is the first time I’ve ever stepped into the studio to record my magic on video.
The DVD focuses on a very specific sleight of hand technique. If you’ve ever seen me perform card magic, I would have definitely been secretly using this technique. It has taken me twelve years to develop it but now that I’m completely happy with it, I’m happy to teach it to other magicians.
Here are a few photographs that we snapped during the shoot:
Last night’s An Evening of Deception went amazingly well! The sellout crowd was fantastic and was treated to a great night of contemporary magic. People from as far as London came to see the show, which was a great honour!
Steve Knibbs (BBC News presenter and great magician) MCed the show and did a fantastic job introducing the acts (Rob James, me and Thom Peterson) and talking about Cheltenham’s rich history of magic.
I performed an entirely new act, which I was really happy about and received lots of positive praise from the crowd afterwards. In the act, I showed some interesting cheating techniques including naming cards that people had just looked at and showing how to win £200,000 on the roll of a die. Introducing a fully new act in this nature is nerve-wracking as I have to rely on all new tricks, script and jokes to go right first time! Luckily though, they all did!
Being a full time close-up magician meant that I was really out of my comfort zone performing to a large crowd, but I loved every minute of it and would like to think that this is the start of me performing on stage more often (but don’t worry; I’ll always be available to hire as a close-up magician!).
Here are a few photos from the event. We had the show filmed so I hope to post an extract of my act over the coming weeks:
I’ll check with the other magicians about posting photos of their performances too. It’s bad form to do that kind of thing without checking first, so I’ll keep you posted!