I've written a guide to hiring a magician!
You can find it at this link - How to hire a magician
Having done magic for so long I sometimes take it for granted that someone would know how to hire a magician, but it's not actually the case. Unless you run an entertainment agency it's unlikely that you've ever booked a magician in the past and it's easy to get confused or overwhelmed. If you just Google "magician" you'll see tens of thousands of results, so how do you choose one and how do you know that they are right for your event?
I have the answers!
Hopefully my guide will help and, if you prefer to watch things rather than read them, I've made an accompanying video too.
I was doing some magic at a pub in Swindon yesterday. I'd taken along my new GoPro camera and thought I'd try it out during one of the tricks. I sat at a nice outside table with Eileen and James and this is what happened...
A few people have asked about my appearance on ITV's quiz show "The Chase" a while back. It was great fun! I didn't end up winning anything in the final team round, but you can see how my individual rounds went here...
Why have I posted a picture of Yellow Pages?
Well, the book above came through my letterbox a couple of days ago and if you look at the top right-hand corner you will see that it says "Final Edition". Yes it's true, after many decades there will be no more printed copies of the "good old Yellow Pages" book. For years a huge thick copy of YP has been a feature of every house in the country but, as you may have noticed, it has gradually got thinner and thinner as businesses move away from printed advertising and onto the internet. If you want to look up something in the Yellow Pages from next year onwards your only option will be to use the online version at the Yell.com website.
So why am I so interested in this? Well, before I was a magician I spent many years working for Yellow Pages! In fact I led the technical team that built the Yell.com website, during the time that the internet was just starting to become popular. At that point the book was still the main money-spinner and Yell.com was just a small part of the business, but it had lots of potential and it was a pleasure to have been involved with it all. However once Yell.com was up and running I felt that my work was done and decided that it was time to leave the company and try something new. This was 2010 and I decided to go self-employed and run my own business as, of all things, a magician! It was a big change but, eight years later, it has proved to be a great decision.
Since becoming a full-time professional magician I've performed at hundreds of parties, wedding and events. I've joined the world famous Magic Circle and Equity, done magic in the UK and abroad, I've performed for stars from the worlds of film, sports, music, comedy and politics, I've been on TV a few times and, best of all, I've had the pleasure to entertain and amaze thousands of people.
It's a shame to see Yellow Pages go, but being a magician is so much better!
Another great year of magic!
Eight years ago I left my job at Yellow Pages (remember that?) to go full-time as a magician. It was quite a jump and to begin with work was hard to find. But things quickly picked up and I now perform at over 200 events every year, so the career change was definitely worthwhile. I've been to well over a thousand parties and weddings, done magic for film stars, musicians, sports people and politicians (including the Prime Minister) and travelled all over the UK. It's a marvellous way to make a living!
All of this means that I'm one of the busiest and most experienced magicians in the UK, so if you're arranging an event and need a magician I can offer a top-quality professional service and excellent magic.
During December I was kept extra busy due to all of the Christmas parties, as well as a few Winter weddings. I especially enjoyed doing magic for BP on a boat trip along the Thames and working at the Coppid Beech hotel at their Christmas Day party (alongside Santa himself!)
Many thanks to everyone who booked me during 2017 and looking forward to an equally busy year ahead.
It's November already, where has the year gone!
I've been kept busy with the magic over the last few weeks, apart from a short break up in the lovely town of Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders. Alongside performing at lots of parties and weddings I've been at a couple of school events, some wedding fairs and even a bingo night, which was a bit different and a lot of fun. See pictures below!
I'm now finishing off plans for all of the December Christmas parties. On Christmas Day itself I'll be back at the Coppid Beech Hotel doing some magic alongside Santa! If you're planning a party and need a magician please get in touch soon, there aren't many gaps left in the diary so be quick.
By the way I'm currently working on an overhaul of this website, with a nice new layout. Look out for it soon!
When I started doing magic professionally a few years ago I had the time to update this blog most days. However now I'm so busy that it only gets done every now and again. The last entry was in early June so I thought I'd have a look back through my diary and see what I've been up to in the meantime. Some people like to keep their events private so I won't list everything that I've done, but that still leaves quite a lot!
10th June - 9th birthday party at Bluegrass in Reading
10th June - 40th birthday party in Wokingham
10th June - 50th birthday party in Reading
11th June - 80th birthday party in Bracknell
14th June - Corporate event for Huber Technology in Chippenham
17th June - Wedding at Trunkwell House in Reading
17th June - Wedding in Farnham
23rd June - School Prom in Swindon
24th June - Birthday party in Bracknell
26th June - School Prom at Trunkwell House
30th June - Wedding in Southampton
1st July - Wedding in Burnham
2nd to 8th July - AWAY ON HOLIDAY!
11th July - School Party in Guildford
14th July - Jason and Carly's wedding in Swindon
15th July - James and Rosalyn's wedding in Tetbury
16th July - Wedding in Dorking
18th July - Wedding Showcase in Newbury
22nd July - House Party in North London
27th July - Wedding Showcase in Ascot
28th July - Liam and Zoe's wedding in Hartley Wintney
28th July - Hen Party in Ascot
29th July - Wedding in Stockbridge
4th August - Wedding in Yateley
5th August - Wedding in Maidenhead
5th August - Wedding Party in Ruislip
5th August - Charity Party in Whitchurch
7th August - 70th birthday party in Chertsey
10th to 18th August - AWAY ON HOLIDAY!
19th August - Party in Wokingham
20th August - Stuart and Kate's wedding in Ditcham
I've got five more events booked in for the rest of August and then my diary for September is looking very full, probably my busiest month in a long time. After that October and November calm down a bit before the Christmas Party madness of December. If you're planning a Christmas Party and want a magician please get in touch as soon as possible before all of the dates are snapped up!
I've been very busy performing at various events over the last few weeks and haven't had a chance to update this blog, but last weekend was a bit special and I wanted to mention it on here.
The weekend started on Friday with some lunchtime magic at my regular spot at Heathrow Airport. As it was the start of the half-term holiday everywhere was busy with lots of families flying out for a short break. Little did they know how lucky they were as we were only hours away from the BA computer crash that grounded all flights for days! It's always fun to do magic at Heathrow and people are very surprised to meet a magician providing free entertainment. I even got to practice my language skills by doing some card tricks in French and Italian. "Non è possibile!"
At 2pm I dashed out of the airport, jumped in my car and drove round the M25 to Botleys Mansion in Chertsey. I'm the recommended supplier magician for this venue and had been booked by Yanika and Amit to do magic for their guests. It's a great venue and as I arrived the sun was blazing hot - it must have been the warmest day of the year so far, not ideal when you're wearing a jacket (or a wedding dress!) It was a pleasure to spend a couple of hours entertaining and amazing everyone.
On Saturday I had been booked for two more weddings - Elysha and Roger's in South Oxfordshire and Emma and Dale's near Marlborough. Elysha had seen me performing at one of her friend's wedding a little while back and loved the idea of having a wedding magician, so had pretty much booked me on the spot. It was great to see her again and the wedding reception was great fun, with everyone in a brilliant party mood. Then, as they sat down for the meal, I headed off to Marlborough and, thanks to my satnav, managed to find the slightly hidden venue for Emma and Dale's celebrations. They were using a marquee and the weather was (thankfully) kind again, meaning the guests were all very happy and not too hot or cold (which can sometimes be the case). After the meal and speeches I had a very enjoyable time doing magic for the guests of all ages. You never know who you might meet at a wedding so I make sure to have tricks that are suitable for everyone from the age of 5 to 95!
On Sunday I watched the Monaco F1 Grand Prix and then drove over to Old Windsor to do magic for Vinka and Patrick at Beaumont Estate. This venue is always special to me as it's where I was filmed doing magic for a movie a few years ago. The main room with its huge stained glass window is an amazing sight and it's always a pleasure to perform there. The wedding was running slightly late, but I always keep my timings flexible so this wasn't a problem. It was a lot of fun to perform my magic for everyone and also throw in some balloon animals for the children and plenty of mind-reading for the adults. What a lovely way to round off the weekend!
Every year I perform magic for free at a number of charity events. It's always good to support a great cause and I've helped several small local charities as well as the more well-known ones such as Save the Children and Macmillan. Well, a few days ago it was Red Nose Day and I was asked to go along and provide some free entertainment for people manning the phone lines at their call centre. Obviously everyone spends most of the time taking calls and bringing in the donations, but they need a break every now and then and the organisers made sure that they had plenty of food, drink and entertainment to keep spirits high all the way through the evening. I had been kept a secret so when I started making things appear and disappear and reading people's minds the reactions were amazing and extraordinary! It was a wonderful evening for a great cause and I was delighted to have been part of it all - many thanks to Cheryl for organising it all.