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!