Most of my magic is done at weddings, parties and corporate events. However I also have a number of regular slots at restaurants, pubs and bars across Berkshire, Surrey and London.
The main one is at Crown Rivers restaurant/bar inside Heathrow Terminal 5. It's on "airside" so I have staff access, meaning that I can go straight through the special staff security gate rather than queue up with all of the people flying out from the airport. It took quite a while to get the staff pass as you have to be extensively security checked, but once you've got it you can breeze in and out of the airport at will, which is great.
Crown Rivers is close to some of the gates and is therefore always busy. Here's a typical scene...
I'm there once or twice a month wandering around doing magic for everyone. It's the perfect way to get your holiday or work trip off to an amazing start.
I also perform regularly at a number of local pubs and bars across Berkshire and Surrey. I'm on the official supplier list for J.D.Wetherspoon and do a lot of magic for Greene King pubs, so landlords in those chains often book me to entertain their customers. It's a nice way to give them something extra alongside the food and drink.
Performing as a magician in a pub or restaurant is very different to being at a party or wedding. You will meet a lot of family groups, romantic couples, business travellers, real ale fans and, of course, the pub regulars. You will also meet a few people who have had one too many to drink and , unsurprisingly, they are the easiest to fool with the magic! The regulars are always fun as they will see you each time you are in the pub and you therefore need new tricks to show them each time to keep things fresh. They will also be happy to set you a challenge. "Next time you're in here we want you to push a bottle of wine through the table" - so the following week I make sure to do just that!
The benefit of having a magician in your pub is that word quickly gets around and people tell their friends to go along and see the amazing things that are happening - it's great for business. If you run a pub or restaurant and would like to treat your customers to something special get in touch!