Last year I was invited to the SKY TV studios to film "The Devil's Dinner Party" - a psychological game show based around the setting of a posh dinner party, with evil challenges thrown in at various points to spice things up. It was a lot of fun and I've been waiting to see the end result. At last it was broadcast on Wednesday 22nd February and I got to see myself on screen. You never know how they will edit a programme like this and I was trying to remember if I'd said anything unfortunate or controversial that I would now regret! Fortunately it wasn't too bad.
One of the main things that I remember from the filming was feeling sorry for the poor guy who was voted off almost immediately - he'd travelled a long way to be on screen for only about two minutes! He was a dentist and that definitely counted against him, luckily the others seemed to like magicians so that was good news for me. The food we were given was all cold because it had to look good for hours during the filming. The "main course" was a salmon salad and although appears to have been in front of us for just a few minutes was actually there for over three hours due to delays, cuts and retakes. I did some magic during the filming which didn't make the final version of the show, although a few seconds, cut down from an actually quite lengthy, session of hypnotism was included.
During our one-to-one interviews we were asked to talk about the other participants. On several occasions the director would say "cut, that's no good, this is the DEVIL's dinner party - say something nasty" and push us to say things we probably shouldn't. I can remember bring encouraged to say a couple of things that I wasn't comfortable with but, luckily, they didn't make the final cut of the show.
The day after the broadcast a couple of people stopped me in the street and asked if I was "that bloke off the telly" which was fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole TV show experience and look forward to another couple of TV projects that are being discussed at the moment. Watch this space!
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This afternoon I was back at the glorious Beaumont Estate for the wedding of Chanelle and Michael. This really is one of the best wedding venus in Berkshire with the chapel being a special highlight, an amazing location for the wedding breakfast. It's also the place that I filmed a couple of scenes for forthcoming film "The Wedding Video", in cinemas soon!
I mixed together some traditional card magic and my own brand of mind-reading, plus a few balloon creations for an enthusiastic group of youngsters. As often happens at wedding receptions the bride and groom are too busy to see much of the magic, but we got a couple of quick tricks in right at the end.
Congratulations to Chanelle and Michael - all the best for your future together.
Yesterday I drove to the Farnham House Hotel to do some magic at the wedding of Sarah and Simon. The hotel was in a lovely snowy setting and the weather wasn't too cold, so it was all very cosy. I arrived just as the couple were leaving the ceremony and the reception was beginning. This is usually the cue for me to start the magic but this time I was instead surrounded by a large group of youngsters who wanted balloons, balloons and more balloons! So for the next ninety minutes I turned balloons into cats, dogs, tigers, elephants, hats, swords and, best of all, a HUGE green octopus. The octopus was bigger than the lad I gave it to! The children had a great time and several of the adults thanked me for letting them relax and enjoy the reception - all part of the service!
As the wedding breakfast began I was able to show a quick bit of magic to the bride and groom and then headed off to the next magic event of the day.
Many congratulations to Sarah and Simon - all the best for your future together.
On Saturday I was booked to entertain at Freddie's 11th birthday at a farm near Amersham. With snow and ice everywhere and temperatures as low as -10 it was an "interesting" drive! As I arrived the party guests, 10 boys all around 11 years old, were understably enjoying the snow and sledging on the hill outside the farm - but as soon they they knew "the magician" had arrived they hurried inside and gathered round the large kitchen table for the show. It's always fun doing magic for youngsters of this age as they will quite clearly tell you if they know how some of the magic is done and they will also show genuine open-jawed amazement when something happens that they can't explain. The time flew by and I finished off with a prediction of what Freddie would draw - which turned out to be a pet sheep, accurately predicted! A great way to start off the weekend - Happy Birthday Freddie!
A little while ago I mentioned an exciting opportunity connected to Heathrow airport. Well it has now been confirmed and we have chosen to put out an official press release about it. You can read it here...