I recently performed magic at a wedding in Cheltenham (see my Magician Cheltenham page), where I met a fantastic wedding photographer called Mark Chivers. His photos are amongst the best that have been taken of me at an event and he’s allowed me to post them here. Check out his wedding photographer website for more info.
Yesterday I performed at a wedding in Cheltenham. It’s always nice to perform locally (I live in Gloucester; just a few minutes from Cheltenham) and it’s nice to perform in a venue that I’ve been to before. I worked at the Pittville Pump Room, a well known Cheltenham wedding and function venue.
I was asked to perform at this wedding after a performance I did for Sozo Design in Cheltenham. It’s a great pleasure when someone sees me perform and immediately asks me to be part of their event and that’s exactly what happened here!
I performed magic during the wedding breakfast, taking about two hours to perform for the ten tables. Everyone was a lot of fun and I noticed a couple of people from the Sozo party, so it was great to see some familiar faces … I have a separate performance set for people I’ve met before, so I was well prepared to show them something different from the last party!
Tonight I’m working locally again; performing in Hereford. More on that later!
For my second day in a row, I performed in Cheltenham yesterday. This time was for a wedding at the Barceló Cheltenham Park Hotel; the first time I’d performed at this particular venue.
I entertained ten tables of guests throughout the wedding breakfast. During the meal is my favourite time to perform at weddings as I feel as though I am able to make a genuine addition to the day. Normally, when I get to a table, they’re chatting quietly between each other, yet after my ten or fifteen minute show they’re laughing, clapping and cheering, which really creates a great party atmosphere.
The bride and groom were extremely complimentary and for the rest of the wedding, I noticed them clinging onto the card that they both signed for my closing trick at the top table!
Performing exactly one mile from the studio for my DVD shoot a few weeks ago, I recently returned to Newbury to provide some wedding entertainment. The venue was an incredibly nice restored barn on the Wasing Park grounds in Newbury.
This was a nice sized wedding with about ten tables. I performed for all the guests during the wedding breakfast and helped the photographer get some great snaps of people laughing, gasping and clapping! Given that the photographs are one of the few physical things that you keep after a wedding, I like it when photographers take photos of my audience so that the bride and groom can remember just how much fun people had at their wedding.
If you are looking for wedding entertainment ideas please consider a wedding magician!
Something that you may not realise is that hiring wedding magicians is very much a British thing. Whereas a large number of couples hire a magician for weddings in the UK, the rest of the world haven’t caught on yet.
I have magician friends in many countries across the world and they tell me that it is extremely rare to hire a magician for your wedding in their countries. I did a little research on this and found that people in Canada, Australia and Japan sometimes hire wedding magicians but nothing compared to what we have in the UK.
In fact, after a little number crunching I found that more people in the UK search Google for “wedding magician” than the rest of the world put together … by a long way! In fact, roughly 88% of all people that look for a wedding magician online are from the UK.
So if you’re organising a typically British wedding and are looking for wedding entertainment ideas, why not try a wedding magician like me!
A lot of brides for weddings, ask that I “blend in with the crowd” and don’t “make myself stand out too much” (quotes from a bride I spoke to just a few days ago).
When performing close-up magic, this is the exact approach I take. In fact, the only time people will become aware that I’m not just a guest at the event is when I approach their table and start to perform (or when they hear the reactions of me performing at another table). I’m not one of those tacky magicians who has crazy hair or wears weird clothes … or most annoyingly speaks with a loud squeaky voice! I wear a nice suit, perform modern close-up magic and try to blend in with the crowd.
I’m a professional, confident contemporary close-up magician. I treat magic and sleight of hand as a serious entertainment form, practice my art for hours each day and am proud that I get to travel around the world doing what I love. If that’s what you’re looking for, then feel free to hire me as your wedding magician!
A few days ago I wrote about an incredibly small wedding that I performed at. On the flip side, this weekend I performed at a much, much larger wedding.
Hosted at the very nice Woburn Sculpture Gallery (photographed below) which is set in the grounds of Woburn Abbey, just a few miles from Milton Keynes, I performed at a wedding attended by three or four hundred people. The Sculpture Gallery was a beautiful venue and a great setting for close-up magicians.
I performed alongside another professional close-up magician, a close-up pickpocket and a caricaturist. The four of us entertained at the tables, in the bar and in the other rooms at the venue. It is always a lot of fun to work alongside other entertainers and all the guests appeared to really enjoy being amazed, pick-pocketed and caricatured!
If you are having a large wedding and need other entertainers (magicians, pick-pockets, caricaturists, or anything else), I am always happy to arrange them for you; picking only the very best entertainers that I have worked with before.
As a professional close-up magician I get to attend a wedding almost once a week. It’s really great to see the different sizes and scales of a wedding and to see the impact that great entertainment can make to any event … large or small!
Last weekend I performed for just seven people at a wedding in Sutton Bonington Hall, Loughborough, proving that there really is no wedding party too small to be entertained by a magician!
Sutton Bonington Hall was a fantastic venue that is perfectly suited to a magician. The staff were fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect!
The guests gathered in the ballroom while I performed a forty-minute magic show for them all. I find that this kind of performance works best for such small groups as everyone can get involved and get a front row seat to some amazing magic! In this style of performance, I get to know everyone’s names, get everyone involved and really have fun with the group. The wedding party seemed to really enjoy the magic and they told me that everyone left the show completely amazed!
Even with just a few day’s notice, at the bride’s request, I even managed to arrange to hire a fantastic caricaturist for the wedding, who drew his fantastic caricatures after my performance. Having worked with so many other fantastic entertainers, I’m always happy to recommend performers or help hire them for clients. This is not a service I charge for; just something I like to do where requested to make things easier for wedding organisers.
The wedding was a great success and it just goes to show; there’s no wedding too small to hire a wedding magician! In my next post, I’ll talk about the other side of the coin; the wedding that I performed at last night which was somewhat larger than seven people!
Approximately 65% of weddings are held in the spring and summer. That means one thing … hire your wedding magician early to avoid missing out!
My weekends are filling up very quickly with couples wanting a close-up magician at their spring or summer wedding, so if you’d like a close-up magician to add to the atmosphere of your wedding, be sure to get in touch as early as possible.
If you’ve never seen a close-up magician at a wedding before, an explanation may be necessary! It’s become quite a popular form of wedding entertainment. I most often perform close-up magic during the wedding breakfast; performing for each table. Some couples prefer me to walk around the guests during the drinks reception and perform magic for small groups. Either way, it always adds to the atmosphere!
There are only a few professional close-up magicians in the country, so definitely get in contact if you’re getting married this year and want a close-up magician at your wedding!
If you’re looking to a hire a close-up magician in 2010 for a wedding, party or event, now is the best time to do it! Close-up magicians tend to get booked up for key dates early in the year, so it’s always useful to book early to guarantee my availability. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been hired for so far in 2010:
Even if you’re just thinking about hiring a close-up magician for your event, get in contact today to ensure that I’ll be able to keep your date free!
I’m based in Gloucester but will travel anywhere in the country (or world for that matter!).