August has been a very busy month for weddings and I've been travelling around doing lots of magic. I'm based in Wokingham, Berkshire but happy to travel anywhere in Southern England (and beyond sometimes) to entertain at parties, weddings and corporate events. Some close-up magic is a great way to add something amazing and memorable to the day and guarantee first-class entertainment for all of your guests.
I'd like to say thanks and congratulations to Charlotte and Chris, Grant and Jennifer, Alison and Luke, Jackie and Phil and Billy and Kate. It was a pleasure to entertain at your weddings.
My diary for 2013 is filling up quickly so, if you are planning a wedding, please get in touch soon to book some wedding magic. If you would like to see a live demonstration of my magic and mind-reading then I will be appearing at a number of wedding fairs during September/October - details soon.
Last Thursday I was back at Crown Rivers restaurant/bar at Heathrow T5. As I now work there regularly I've been given a security pass which means I can go through the staff security gates and avoid the queues, which is nice. It's always a bit strange to be wandering around an airport on "airside" but not be going off on holiday! You are surrounded by excited and nervous people heading off all around the world, but you are there to entertain them for a few hours and then you head back home. It's fun though and I love meeting different people and showing them some magic while they wait for their flight. I'm back doing magic at Heathrow 30th August, 14th September and 29th September.
Over the weekend I performed at a birthday party and two weddings. Near the end of the birthday party there were a few speeches, during which I kept the youngsters entertained so that the adults could have some peace and quiet! I spent the time making plenty of balloon animals, swords, hats and even a giant octopus. The weddings were both blessed with glorious weather and one of them featured a rather ambitious human pyramid (see below)! I'd like to say many congratulations to Hannah and Richard and Ryan and Trudi, all the best for your futures together.
I have been working as a full-time professional magician for a few years now, but never got around to joining The Magic Circle. I'm a member of the HCMS (Home Counties Magical Society) and Psycrets (the British Society of Mystery Entertainers) but whenever someone asks about magical organisations it is always The Magic Circle that comes up. So a little while ago I decided it was time to join and make my status as a professional magician official. However you can't just pay a fee and become a member, first you have to be nominated by two people who are already in the Circle. You then have an interview to make sure that you are a suitable candidate with the right level of knowledge and experience and then, most important of all, you have an examination during which you perform 10 minutes of magic to a panel of experts. This is quite nerve-wracking but important as it ensures only the very best magicians are accepted. My examination included a couple of my favourite card tricks, the sudden appearance of a thought-of object, some unusual mind-reading, a toy car that finds hidden things and a disappearing bottle of CocaCola. Yesterday I received the news that I had passed the examination and had therefore been accepted as a member of The Magic Circle!
Many thanks to Gary and Gee for their nominations, David and Matt for helping with the interview/examination process and the judges for coming to their (very much appreciated) decision!
I'm sometimes asked to help out with good causes and was recently contacted by Simone at Reunite. This is a charity that helps the parents of abducted children who have been taken across international borders. You can find out all about their projects, events, news and resources on their website (http://www.reunite.org/).
To help raise the profile of the charity they have asked a number of celebrities to pose for a picture wearing a Reunite t-shirt and I was delighted to be included as one of their (admittedly rather minor!) celebrities. You can see the picture alongside.
Please take a look at the Reunite website and support this worthy cause.
Working as a magician in Berkshire means that most of my bookings are in the local area, but I'm always happy to travel further to add some wedding magic or party magic to an event. Over the last week I've headed out to two weddings (one in Berkshire and one in Oxfordshire) which were both blessed with lovely weather, which has been a bit of a rarity this year unfortunately. I also spent a very enjoyable hour at a 21st birthday party (congratulations Tom!) in Princes Risborough and debuted a couple of new magical routines which went down extremely well. It's always good to keep adding new pieces of magic to the repertoire and my latest piece of multiple mind-reading is well worth looking out for. I was also hired to give a magic lesson in Surrey as a birthday present and spent a very happy couple of hours showing the birthday boy a few great tricks to amaze his friends and family.
On Monday I was lucky enough to go to the Olympic tennis at Wimbledon and saw several big stars in action. Watching world number one Roger Federer serving from just a few feet away was an amazing experience, how anyone ever returns one of those serves I just don't know!
Later this week I will be back to Heathrow airport (T5) entertaining passengers, so if you are flying out look out for the guy wearing a purple top hat and carrying a pack of cards - and prepare to start your journey with some magic!