This weekend has taken me all over the place and I've been doing magic at a real mixture of events. On Friday I spent a couple of hours at a party for employees of Progress Software. The party was held at St Anne's Manor which is just up the road from me in Wokingham, a nice short drive for once! At the party there were a couple of birthday boys who became the focus of the magic for a while, which was a lot of fun. I also tried out a new mind-reading routine which works in reverse! I teach someone how to read my mind - with them able to predict what animal I am thinking of, which got some great reactions. Thanks to Amy and Lesley for arranging everything and putting on a great night.
On Saturday I travelled up to Chelsea for a birthday party at the rather fantastic Il Trillo Italian restaurant. Again the main focus was on Mark (the birthday boy) and the magic got a great reaction. It's always a pleasure to perform at someone's birthday party as they are bound to be in a good mood and ready for fun. Thanks to Rosita for inviting me to entertain everyone and thanks to the staff of Il Trillo for being such good sports.
On Sunday I was at a wedding fair held at Farnham Maltings. This is a huge venue and there were stands spread all over the place. There is also a bookcase in the entrance hall that holds hundreds of books which were used for some impromptu mind-reading - pick a book, choose a page, look at a word and I can tell you what it is! The stand next to mine at the fair belonged to Tony Hart, an excellent photographer who has a superb portfolio. He also photographed the wedding of comedian Dave Gorman, which is a nice bonus! If you are looking for a photographer who will capture your wedding brilliantly then you won't find anyone better, take a look at his website: www.tony-hart.com
After the wedding fair the heavens opened and I had a very wet drive to The Swan Hotel in Streatley. This was for an 80th birthday party where the guests were a real mix, ranged from under 8 to over 80! I had a very enjoyable hour performing for everyone and was even shown a new card trick by one of the youngsters. It was a lovely end to a busy weekend, now for a few days off!
Over the last few days I've performed magic at two more weddings, an 18th birthday party and back at Heathrow airport - see pictures below.
It has been a great magical Summer but as the weather starts to turn slightly colder thoughts turn to Autumn, Winter and Christmas. If you want to hire a magician to amaze your Christmas party guests please get in touch soon.
I am also taking bookings for weddings in 2013/2014. If you want to have a chat and see me in action then I will be appearing at the following wedding fairs, come along and see a demo of the magic!
23 September - Farnham Maltings
7 October - Englemere, Ascot
21 October - Village Hotel, Farnborough
28 October - Bearwood College, Wokingham
The last few days have been some of the busiest of the year and, combined with the return of hot Summer weather, have meant a very exhausting time for Mike Stoner magic! On Friday I travelled up to London to perform on a four hour boat trip down the Thames for the staff of A.A.Thornton. It was a lot of fun and, inbetween the magic, I learnt plenty about patents and trade mark law! I then drove over to Reading to perform a couple of hours of close-up magic and mind-reading for people at the Genting Club casino. It's always an interesting atmosphere in a casino and topics such as "luck" and being able to influence and read "tells" feature high on the agenda - meaning that my magical demonstrations take on a special significance. I'll be back at the Genting Club again soon.
Over Saturday/Sunday I performed magic at four different weddings and parties, again with temperatures in the high 20s! There were a number of youngsters at the weddings so a few balloon animals were called for, especially to help keep them quiet during the speeches and let the adults relax and enjoy themselves. As I perform at weddings so regularly I often meet people who have seen me doing magic before, and it is always fun to have a chat and show them some new magical routines. I also met a very talented silhouettist on Sunday who produced the picture below within about two minutes using just a piece of paper and some very sharp scissors - amazing!
Thanks to everyone who has booked magic for their wedding/party this Summer and if you are currently planning a Christmas party now is the time to get in touch as December dates are going fast.
Well, today was a bit special. I went to Salon Prive 2012 at Syon Park to mix with the elite members of the London set and drool over some rather amazing cars. Tickets cost over £200 each and for that you gained entry to the whole display of amazing vehicles and could feast on unlimited food and drink (including lobster and champagne!)
Highlights included a lovely purple Overfinch (that nearly matched my top hat), some classic blue/orange GULF racing cars, a neat row of Ferrari F40s and many gorgeous gullwing Mercedes. During the day I was photographed by a few people from the Press Association and Autosport so you may spot me in tomorrow's papers! I also had the pleasure of meeting comedian/actor turned author/journalist Alexei Sayle and world famous musician and car fanatic Jay Kay.
Of course the day wouldn't have been complete without a bit of magic and it was a lot of fun to entertain people during the afternoon. A marvellous day!