On Wednesday I drove to Henley-on-Thames to do some close-up magic in the Loch Fyne restaurant there. It was a freezing cold night and I was glad that there was parking nearby as a long walk in these temperatures wouldn't have been much fun. There was a huge Christmas tree just outside and the restaurant was full of people ready to enjoy the excellent seafood, some live jazz/pop musical entertainment and lots of magic.
It was my first time at this venue so I wasn't sure what to expect, but every table was welcoming and gave me a round of applause after seeing me perform. I particularly enjoyed doing some magic for a group that included a D-Day veteran. He showed me a wonderful card trick that he had learnt many years ago. I had never seen this one before and he was kind enough to explain the secret and encouraged me to add it into my act, which I definitely will do as it is a really elegant piece of card magic. I also did magic for a slightly loud group of estate agents, including the suprising "water vanish" which always goes down well.
Special mention also for Susan Hill and her team at AC&E (http://www.associated-conferences.com/). They are a Marlow-based company who organise corporate events in the UK and abroad. After showing them some of my magical abilities there is a good chance that we will be working together in 2012 - more details soon.
Thanks to everyone at Loch Fyne for making it such an enjoyable evening and I hope to be back doing magic there again in the near future.