I spent Monday at the Business 2012 show at the O2 in London. I had an appointment with some of the people on the Google stand, but also had the chance to visit other companies and chat to exhibitors. It was a particular pleasure to meet the guys on the Kyocera stand and the ladies representing the British Library. A trade show can sometimes be slightly dull so a bit of magic really brightened up the day and got a lot of attention. There was also a huge film premiere going on nearby (for "Street Dance 2") so there was an interesting mix of suit-and-tie business people and over-excited teenagers in close proximity!
The O2 is a huge place and well worth a visit, especially to contrast how it is now compared to how it was when it was known years ago as the "Millennium Dome", and thanks to my time with the Google team I now know lots about their future Internet plans and forthcoming online products. A very long tiring but interesting day.
Last weekend I was booked to entertain at Erika's party. This was held at the Haven restaurant in Whetstone, North London. Everyone was dressed to the nines and on arrival I spent 30 minutes entertaining the youngsters, so that everyone else could relax and have a drink or two. Then the guests took their places at the tables and I focussed on the adults with a mix of magic and mind-reading. There was a great atmosphere throughout the evening and quite a few balloon teddybears were made as time went by. A fantastic party and many thanks to Nicky for organising everything.
On Sunday I entertained customers at Carluccio's Italian restaurant in Forbury Square, Reading. This was my first time performing here and I pulled out all the stops to amaze everybody. There were a range of customers in the restaurant so I was constantly adapting the magic to suit - whether for a romantic couple, family group with young children or exhausted shoppers looking for a break from The Oracle. I also did some magic for Michelle and her friends. Michelle is looking for a wedding magician and came along to see my performance - it must have gone well as I received a lovely email from her just a few hours later and everything is now booked in for her big day later in the year.
Many thanks to Marcos for arranging the event and I will be back at Carluccio's again on Sunday 1st April.
Well this was a bit different - on Monday I drove to South Ruislip to entertain at the opening of a new warehouse! Crown Relocations have built a huge new facility and wanted to celebrate the event. There was food, drink, a balloon modeller, a bagpiper and myself doing the magic. The warehouse was HUGE and reminded me of the scene at the end of "Raiders of the Lost Ark". The only problem was the weather, it was freezing and a warehouse isn't warm at the best of times, but we all made the best of it was some great entertainment, a couple of speeches and the official ribbon-cutting to open the warehouse for use. Thanks to Denise for organising such a great event.
It's always fun to fill your house with guests for a birthday party, especially when it's a notable one like your 18th. It's even better when your parents book a magician to entertain everyone. Thanks to Jane for inviting me along and to everyone there for the lovely reception. If you've got a birthday party coming up why not add some magic?