At this time of year there are wedding fairs being held every weekend. If you want to see a whole group of wedding suppliers together in one place they are ideal. As a wedding magician it gives me the chance to explain why a bit of wedding magic is the best form of entertainment during the reception and to demonstrate some close-up magic right there and then.
At the moment my diary for 2011 is quite full and bookings for 2012 are already starting to come in. It's always a good idea to book early and, of course, the price then remains fixed - so if your wedding is 18 months away you may be getting a real bargain! Bookings can be done via an email booking form and a small deposit paid by cheque or via PayPal. It's easy and means that you have guaranteed top quality entertainment for all of your guests.
Over the last couple of weeks I've exhibited at wedding fairs in Windsor and Wokingham. The Windsor fair was held at the superb St Christopher Wren's House Hotel just by the bridge across to Eton. I am now this hotel's recommended supplier so weddings there will come with a touch of Mike Stoner magic. The Wokingham fair was held at the very impressive Bearwood College and was a huge success, despite being the very first fair they have organised. Here are some pictures from both events...
This Sunday (13th Feb) I'm very pleased to be appearing at the Basildon Park Wedding Fair. This is a superb National Trust property and an absolutely amazing wedding venue. The fair is one of the highlights of the year and only the very best professional companies get the chance to exhibit at it. As the wedding magician appearing at this fair I will be performing some special magical routines for visitors and you can see more information about this in the local press. If you are currently planning your wedding then a visit to this fair is highly recommended - see you there!
I was in Reading's MIX bar a couple of days ago and one of the routines I performed that got great reactions was the impossible mutation of a signed playing card. The card actually bends and twists in the middle ending up half inside out - it's really weird. Look out for it at my future appearances.
I spent a very useful and productive day at the Event Production Show at Olympia this week. In amongst the companies specialising in seating, lighting, rigging, PR, insurance and the like were a few who really benefited from the skills of a trade show magician. You can spend a lot of money setting up a large stand at an event such as this, but unless you can attract visitors, keep their interest and send them away with something memorable then the benefits are easily lost. A magician on your stand is something a bit different and really makes you stand out. Although maybe not as much as the company who had brought along a full-size T-Rex, which wandered the hall knocking things over with its animatronic tail!
My favourite stand was Sophie Grey's Model Catering (www.modelcatering.com). They provide superb food and sophisticated service - "remarkable food served by remarkable people". Sophie has worked with clients such as GQ magazine, Bank of America and Gucci and I hope to add my magical skills to some of her forthcoming events.
If you've got a trade show coming up then why not contact me for a discussion and quote - you'll be pleasantly suprised how a small investment in some trade show magic can deliver more leads, more customers and more orders, maximising the return on your investment.
The TV audition went really well. I met up with my three magician for hire team-mates (Lee Smith, Ravi Mayar and Vince Lynch) and, after a few coffees and a bit of strategic planning, we headed into the Endemol building. There we met some of the other teams looking to appear on the show and were then shown into a plush office to run through the mechanics of this new quiz. It seems like a lot of fun and will be a good addition to the Saturday night TV schedule. We were then interviewed as a group and demoed some card/coin magic. The whole thing felt really good and we should hear in the next couple of weeks whether we were successful and will be asked to the BBC studios to film later this month. Fingers crossed!
Being in a TV building you can't help looking out for celebrities. It was quite late in the day when we were there so my best spot was the incredibly tall Richard Osman who is the adjudicator on BBC2's "Pointless" show. Maybe not an a-list world class celeb, but a really nice guy all the same.