Just a quick note to say that I won't be at my regular slot at the Wee Waif tomorrow (Sunday 5th February) due to the Six Nations rugby being shown on the big screen. However I will be there every other Sunday this month between 4pm and 6pm.
After a very busy December I expected January to be a quiet month, but that's not how it turned out! In fact I ended up performing at 17 parties and weddings plus four wedding fairs. In addition the phone calls and emails have been pouring in and my 2017 diary is already pretty full, plus a number of bookings for 2018.
Every event is fun in its own way, but a couple of my January performances stand out. One was a large corporate function for supercar and Formula 1 legends McLaren. Their F1 drivers (Fernando, Jenson and Stoffel) weren't there but I had the chance to talk with lots of very interesting people and everyone is hoping that the team will have a spectacular 2017 with the new Honda engine sounding very promising.
Funnily enough the wedding that I did just before the McLaren event also had a motor racing theme, but not exactly Formula One. Matt and Corinne had pulled out all the stops - just have a look at their (rather unusual) wedding car in the pictures below. No white Rolls-Royce for them!
I also thoroughly enjoyed performing for charity ARC at Wokingham Town Hall. It's always a pleasure to do magic in my home town (nice short drive!) and the Town Hall is a marvellous setting. Everyone was seated and I went from table to table giving each little group their own special magic and mind-reading show. There was a great response from everyone - many thanks to Paul for arranging everything.
Another highlight was meeting double Olympic gold medal winner Max Whitlock MBE. He's currently planning his wedding to his girlfriend Leah and was interested in booking a magician. I was asked not to give away any details about their plans but it should be an amazing day!
Well 2016 was another busy year for magic. With a magician winning Britain's Got Talent it has never been more popular as a form of entertainment for weddings and parties. Over the course of the year I performed at over 200 events and have lots of happy memories of amazing people with some magic and mind reading!
Now that the New Year has started it's all about looking forward and the diary is now open for wedding bookings in 2017 and 2018. I'll be appearing at a number of wedding fairs giving free demonstrations of my wedding magic and already have over 50 events booked in for 2017, so if you're interested don't leave it too long! Everyone loves to see a bit of magic - it's the perfect way to treat your guests to something special.
Here are some pictures from events that I performed at during 2016 and here's to an amazing year ahead!
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Another busy month with lots of magic and travelling around. One particular highlight was doing magic at the marvellous and spectacular Leeds Castle. What a place! It's a bit of a drive (especially when the M25 isn't behaving itself) but totally worth it when you get there. The setting is gorgeous and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. In fact I'm back there in a few weeks for a corporate event, so it's becoming a bit of a regular haunt!
Lots of weddings this month and luckily the weather has (mainly) been kind. Many congratulations to all of the couples who I have seen and the guests who I have amazed. You can see some pictures below.
As we go into October the weddings calm down a bit and the wedding fairs start up. I will be appearing at a number of these over the next few months, plus some Open Days for a few of the venues that have me as their recommended supplier. If you're interested in having a wedding magician come along for a chat and a demo of my magic - it's the perfect way to treat your guests to something special!
Another busy month at the height of the wedding season. During August I performed at 22 different events, many of them weddings. I've been driving all over Southern England, including a very long journey round the M25 in rush hour on the hottest day of the year. It's a good thing that Gary and Steph's wedding in Kent was worth it! I've also done another school Magic Workshop and had a few trips up to London for special parties and celebrations.
My diary for the rest of 2016 is looking pretty full and I already have 21 weddings booked in for 2017 (and a couple for 2018 too!) It's nice to be so in demand and the Christmas party bookings will start coming in soon as well. If you're planning a Christmas party and want to magician then don't hang around!
Thanks to everyone who booked me during August - here are some pictures of some of the people who I met and amazed this month...
Another very busy month in the Mike Stoner magic diary, with 25 events booked in for July. There have been a lot of weddings, including one up in Peterborough which was a five hour round trip (but worth it as the guests loved the magic). I did charity magic to celebrate a successful JOGLE (that's "John O'Groats to Land's End") which raised tens of thousands of pounds for a great cause. I did two school magic workshops and performed for hundreds of people at Kempton Park race course. Amongst all of this I also did magic at several parties, had my regularly weekly appearances at two local pub/restaurants and managed to get away for a short holiday. Anything else? Oh yes, I also did magic for the new Prime Minister Theresa May!
Well, June has certainly been an eventful month. I've been so busy that it's only now that I've found time to update this blog. There are 30 days in June and I've been booked to do magic on 25 of them, which is brilliant. It all part of being one of the busiest magicians in the UK.
Here are some highlights of the month, with associated pictures below.
While doing magic in London I met Sir Michael Gambon, star of many great TV shows and films including The Singing Detective, Doctor Who, Harry Potter and, of course, a corner on Top Gear!
I did magic for Macmillan at one of their charity events held in the grounds of Westminster Abbey. I met lots of MPs, celebrities and the event host Jeremy Vine. A marvellous event that raised over £140,000 for a great cause.
Popped into the Covent Garden Apple Store and did some mind reading on one of their "geniuses"!
Amazed everyone at two school proms.
Did wedding magic just outside Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice.
Performed for hundreds of people at a celebration event for the Queen's 90th birthday
and lots more...
The Rubik's Cube has been around since the mid-1970s. Most people have seen one, tried to solve it and, in many cases, either given up or used the tried-and-trusted "take off the stickers" approach! However there is a whole community of expert cube solvers who can do all sorts of amazing things. There is even a video on YouTube of someone solving three Rubik's Cubes while juggling them! The current world record for solving a genuinely mixed cube is 5.5 seconds. The experts always study the mixed cube first, work out their plan to solve it and then race to make all of the required moves as quickly as possible. They even loosen up the cube so that it will turn more easily, shaving all important fractions of a second off their time.
I'm not at world record speed (my fastest solve is 75 seconds) but when you show this to someone who has never achieved more than one side of the cube they are genuinely amazed that you can do the whole thing so speedily. However there is another way to do the cube much faster and that is by using some magic. My record for a "magic" solve is less than two seconds - you have to see it to believe it - it's a great party trick!
Over the last few months I've been doing a number of magic workshops for a school near Marlow. They wanted to put on something special for visiting students and asked me to put together several 90 minute workshops mixing performance and tuition. It sounded like a great idea and we booked everything into the diary. Then came the surprise. "These will be French exchange students and they don't speak English, will that be a problem?" Luckily magic is a very visual art so performing it was fine, but teaching it in a foreign language was going to be a little more difficult! However a combination of my basic French, remembered from school, and a lot of patience helped things along. The workshops were a great success and I will be back doing more of them later in the year. Many thanks to David, Natalia and Mike for helping with it all. Formidable!