Most of my magic is done at private parties and weddings, but I also get asked to perform for larger companies, including some household names. In the past I have done magic for BP, DHL, Samsung, Oracle, esure, Loch Fyne and many others. This December the two biggest names that booked me for parties have been Waitrose and Virgin Media. Companies of this size can afford to book any magician they like, so it was a pleasure to have been chosen to provide their Christmas party entertainment. Everyone loved the magic and I lost count of how many people asked for my business card!
If you're arranging a corporate event and would like some professional magical entertainment to amaze your guests then get in touch!
Last Friday I was booked to do magic for accountancy firm Shaw Gibbs. They had booked a rather unusual venue for their party - the Malmaison in Oxford. This is a luxurious hotel but has a dubious past as it used to be a prison! The layout looks just like a posh version of the prison in TV show "Porridge" and the bedrooms are converted cells behind solid imposing doors. It was an extraordinary place and the perfect setting for a wild party. It was great fun to do magic for everyone, including one rather colourfully dressed gent in a blue and white star and snowflake covered outfit (see picture below).
The next day I received a lovely email about the magic that said -
"Thank you Mike, you were the star of the evening, everyone has been talking about you today"
It was a great party - many thanks to Sarah and Vicky for arranging everything.
Amongst the Christmas parties there are also some weddings going on and I recently had the great pleasure to do magic for Mark and Gillian's guests during their wedding reception. The weather was a bit cold and wet, but a while back I performed at a wedding in a foot of snow, so this was luxury by comparison! The magic went down really well and I even got to do a special bit of mindreading for Gillian, telling her the two random words that she was thinking of. The look on her face was a picture, but I couldn't actually take a picture of it as this was an "unplugged" wedding. These days everyone has a mobile phone and is on social media, but Mark and Gillian wanted their guests to enjoy the day in person, rather than tweet about it, so they decided that the wedding would be "unplugged" and asked that everyone kept their phone turned off throughout. It was a really good idea, but meant that my unique magical routine of telling someone the secret code number that unlocks their phone was a non-starter! All-in-all a wonderful afternoon, many congratulations to Mark and Gillian and all the best for your future together.
Friday was a special day - my first Christmas party booking of 2015. The party was being held at the Elvetham Hotel in Hartley Wintney and the place was packed! I spent a very enjoyable time mingling with the guests doing amazing things. Alongside the magic there was a themed photo booth, live music and lots of excellent food and drink. It was a pleasure to be part of it all and thank you to everyone who came along and had a great time. I'll be back at the Elvetham for more parties soon. In fact it's going to be a very busy December with 20 parties lined up over the next three weeks. Happy Christmas!