Frequently asked questions
WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS DO YOU PERFORM CLOSE-UP MAGIC AT?
All types of small and large events including weddings, wedding receptions, corporate parties, trade shows, car launches, launch parties, birthdays and anniversaries, office parties, Christmas parties, university and college balls, hen parties and other private functions. I am based in Gloucestershire and frequently perform as a magician in Cheltenham, Gloucester and the Cotswolds as well as travelling to London and internationally.
WHAT TYPE OF MAGIC DO YOU ENTERTAIN WITH?
I specialise in 'close-up' magic - these are illusions and tricks that require no stage and allow me to stroll around the event entertaining standing groups or going from table to table performing with cards, coins and other accessories - all up close and personal. This makes each performance very interactive and has a lovely 'informal', fun and personal feel to it. I can also offer a 30 minute after dinner 'parlour show' that is suitable for private functions of 10-20 people. Pickpocketing is also a particular speciality and I have worked with police forces in Gloucestershire and other security and data protection agencies.
ARE YOU A MEMBER OF THE MAGIC CIRCLE?
Yes. The Magic Circle is the most famous magic society in the world. Membership is ONLY granted to this exclusive club by being nominated by two existing members, and then having to pass an interview and audition process held at its headquarters in London normally in front of about 40 people and 3 judges. I passed my audition into The Magic Circle in December 2012.
ARE YOU A FULL-TIME MAGICIAN?
Yes I am a full-time professional magician one of only a few in the UK. Magic isn't a hobby, it isn't something I do just 'at weekends'... it is my full time occupation. This means you can book with absolute confidence that you are getting a professional, seasoned and experienced magician for your event, someone with hundres of events and thousands of hours under their belt.
HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST TO HIRE YOU FOR MY EVENT?
The exact fee depends mainly on the location,
type and duration of your event. Please contact me anytime for a free
no obligation quote via phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN I CONTACT YOU, WHAT INFORMATION WOULD YOU LIKE?
If you would like a quote, it would be helpful when emailing to mention your event date, location, type of event and how many people are attending. As much detail as possible is really helpful.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes I have full professional public liability insurance (PLI) as an entertainer by being a member of the organisation for professional performers Equity.
IS THERE ANYTIME DURING AN EVENT WHEN TABLE MAGIC IS NOT A GOOD IDEA?
I tend to avoid doing close-up magic when there is a loud disco and people can't hear, and I avoid tables when people are eating, preferring to approach the table in between courses. As fun and as entertaining as close-up magic is, I don't want your food to get cold. As a professional full-time magician I am used to being flexible and approaching tables or groups at the right time.
DO YOU DO CHILDRENS' PARTIES?
No, sorry, I am not specifically a 'childrens' entertainer'. However at most events where there are some children present with adults (e.g. weddings) if there are children on the table I will always perform magic for them and often make THEM the star of the show.
DO YOU USE ANIMALS IN YOUR ACT?
No, I don't use any live animals in my magic act.
DO YOU HOLD A CLEAR DBS CERTIFICATE?
Yes - the Young Gloucestershire organisation registered me with the Disclosure and Barring Service and I hold a full clear certificate No 001578620370.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
Very rarely events get cancelled or the wedding date changed. Currently outside of 60 days all deposits or money paid will be refunded. During the 60-31 days before your event 50% of any deposits or money paid will be refunded on confirmation of cancellation. If an event is cancelled within 30 days of the event all outstanding balances will still be payable with no refunds.
ARE THERE ANY EVENTS THAT ARE TOO LARGE?
Not at all. If you have a large event or corporate event and you think you might require more than one magician to entertain your guests please get in touch with me and we can organise this. As the magic world is a fairly small close-knit community, magicians can and often do work together at events.
WHERE HAVE YOU PERFORMED?
I have performed as a close-up magician
at many different locations, from small parties in local Gloucestershire
pubs and restaurtants, to performing as a table-magician to celebrities
and guests at some of the most prestigious hotels and venues in London
and in the UK, and internationally in Italy and Spain.
Some of my many favourite and most memorable venues where I have performed include:
- Monasterio de Valbuena, Spain
- JW Marriott, Venice, Italy
- Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire
- Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire
- Houses of Parliament, London (Members' Dining Room)
- Cheltenham Racecourse
- Kingsholm -Gloucester Rugby
- Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London
- The Grove, Watford
- Vale Resort, Wales
- The Brewery, City of London
- Celtic Manor, Wales
- The Mere Resort, Cheshire
- Clearwell Castle
- Hilltop Country House, Cheshire
- Bristol City FC, Ashton Gate stadium
- Bath Racecourse
- Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire
- Intercontinental London - The o2
- Owlpen Manor
- Steam, Swindon
HOW FAR WILL YOU TRAVEL?
Although I am based in Gloucester, Gloucestershire
(hence the domain name!) distance is no object I am prepared to travel
far and wide across the South West, London and abroad. I have also performend
internationally including being flown to perform at 3 prestigious events
held at the JW Marriott resort in Venice, Italy and an exclusive luxury
wedding at the Monasterio de Valbuena in Spain. I hold an up to date
passport, health cover and all the necessary performing insurance.