On Saturday 25th June I was pleased to appear at two weddings. One for Katleen and Brian at Silchester House and one for Lewis and Laura in Finchampstead. Both weddings were held in fabulous surroundings and, despite the weather forecast having been very up-and-down all week, everyone ended up in blazing sunshine. Perfect! Mr and Mrs Ballooni made an appearance and there was a lot of metal bending going on, most of it with cutlery that I'd brought along to avoid annoying the caterers! Across the two weddings there were a string quartet, fantastic food, classy disco, visitors from far overseas and more. There was also some spookily accurate palm-reading - "It's strange, but I can see something about you having a connection to a motorbike", "Oh I don't think that's right, I'm not sure what that would be....although my new boyfriend does run a motorbike shop"
Ballooni has been so popular that it only seemed fair to make him a wife - Mrs Ballooni! Don't they make a lovely couple? They may be with me in Old Orleans now and again. If you'd like them to come along to your wedding alongside some wedding magic then please get in touch and I'm sure we can sort something out.
On Friday I spent a few hours boating up the Thames with a team from NationCrest. As with the BP boat trip a few weeks ago it poured with rain, but a jazz band and plenty of Mike Stoner magic kept things fun and lively. I found out quite a lot about the current state of the building trade and was shown a fantastic (ahem!) card trick by one of the slightly drunker members of the group. A few balloon animals, bit of Uri Geller-style metal-bending and some palm reading was mixed in with the magic and by the time we got back to Windsor at 11pm a great time had been had by all. Thanks to French Brothers for organising things and I'm back on a boat again in a few weeks - hopefully it will be nice and sunny for a change!
Earlier tonight I went to the splendid Hedsor House (www.hedsor.com) to help out at an event for their corporate partners. Hedsor is a magnificent building in an amazing setting and you can see why so many top companies and famous people use it over and over again. It has also made many appearances on TV and film, including Sense and Sensibility, Little Dorrit and The Golden Compass.
I had a great time performing a mix of magic and mind-reading for the guests in these luxurious surroundings. If you need a professional corporate magician to appear at your next trade show, team-building event or staff party then please get in touch and I'll be happy to help.
As a wedding magician it's good to appear at various wedding fairs and let people see you in action. In amongst the stands for cakes, jewellery, photographers you'll find my stand and have the chance to witness some of my close-up magic and mind-reading. And Ballooni might well be there too! It's lovely to be invited to be part of someone's big day and some magic during the reception or in the evening really adds something special. My diary for 2011 is nearly full and I'm now taking bookings for 2012. If you're interested then please get in touch or come along to Old Orleans in Reading any Tuesday evening or you can see me exhibiting at these wedding fairs...
6th July - Englemere (Wednesday evening)
11th September - Bracknell Hilton
18th September - Beaumont Estate, Old Windsor
25th September - Farnham Maltings
2nd October - Englemere
9th October - Hilton Hotel, Reading
30th October - Northcote House
A professional magician usually works alone, but now I have an official helper. His name (for now at least) is Ballooni and he will be cropping up now and again. He takes about 20 minutes to make and today was his first outing. He proved very popular and I'm sure he'll be helping me out at some future events. Please make him welcome!
On Saturday night I drove to a golf club near Wendover to perform some magic at a very special birthday party. The party had a tropical theme and everyone got in the the spirit with some suitably colourful clothes. There was also an excellent steel band playing and a tasty BBQ, although it did make the room a bit smoky when the wind was in the wrong direction - luckily the sprinklers didn't go off! I met a lot of interesting people including a published author, a former member of the Williams Formula One team and someone who has worked with magicians Penn & Teller on their TV shows and is currently involved with hit show Luther. It was a great night - happy birthday Jan!
Working as a Berkshire magician means that I often perform around my home area, although I'm also very happy to travel further afield. My regular slot as the restaurant magician at Old Orleans in Reading has been running for about a year now and is always a lot of fun. In fact I've performed for so many people there that I sometimes get stopped in the street and asked if I'm "that magician we saw in the restaurant"! I'm in Old Orleans every Tuesday evening (8pm to 10pm) and most Saturdays. Sometimes on a Saturday I'll be in the restaurant in the evening when it is always crowded, noisy and a lot of hectic fun. This calls for some fast-moving modern magic. On other Saturdays I'll be in during lunchtime and then the focus is on more relaxed magic for the families and maybe even a few balloon animals for the youngsters. I was a bit thrown last week when a young lad asked if I could make a balloon into a model of Michael Schumacher! I made Michael Schumacher's dog instead (in Ferrari red) which he appreciated. Later that day I was delighted to receive the following comment - "That was the best piece of magic I've ever seen" - from a lovely lady, thanks very much!
On Saturday afternoon I headed to the New Mill in Eversley to perform some magic at the wedding of Nicky and Anthony. They'd seen me at a recent wedding fair and decided that booking a wedding magician would be the ideal way to entertain their guests during the reception. The weather was good and it was a lot of fun to amaze people in between the drinking and photo-taking (and confetti throwing!). A lovely afternoon and many congratulations to Nicky and Anthony.
Yesterday I was up in London for a preview of the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition. There was some fantastic art on display and it's well worth a visit. I then did a bit of shopping and popped into Hamley's to see their magic stand. You can see demonstrations of magic here every day and it's well worth a visit.
I then meandered over towards Leicester Square for the recording of Richard Herring's comedy podcast AIOTM (aiotm) and on the way had the great pleasure to meet legendary drummer Nicko McBrain. He has played with some world-class bands including TRUST, Pat Travers and, of course, the mighty Iron Maiden. He was a true gent and happy to be photographed - cheers Nicko!