This afternoon I was at the Hymers College Annual Garden Party entertaining and eating delicious burgers!
Unfortunately, I didn’t go to Hymers.......I had to make do with Hogwarts! 😂
I had a lovely night at Tickton Grange Country Hotel helping celebrate the 90th Anniversary of The Rotary Club of Beverley.
Very inspiring to see a local organisation doing so much charitable work in the community!
Outgoing President Suham Sidani passed the baton to Incoming President Liz Whitaker.
A big thank you to Jonathan Le Vine or organising the evening and inviting me to entertain everyone!
Most people have seen a magician perform on TV or on a stage but not everyone has seen a Close-up Magician perform so they don’t always know what to expect. I thought I’d explain what types of tricks I perform as a Close-up Magician.
When I first became interested in magic I was obsessed with card tricks, I’d see video footage of legends of magic performing miracles with just a deck of cards and I wanted to do the same.
I took great pleasure in learning method after method and dedicating hours to practicing the correct technique.
Photo by the amazing Fossca Photography - www.fossca.co.uk
However, when I started to perform for people I quickly realised that I needed more variety.
Over the years I have learnt over 100 card tricks but only ever perform a few when I work, and all of them have to be very different to a each other.
Some of my most popular routines include money, coins and bank notes. Money is great to use to perform miracles with because people are so familiar with it and use it everyday.
Tricks With A Variety of Familiar Objects
In my opinion the astonishment people feel when experiencing magic is strongly related to how familiar they are with the object being used. Recently I have learnt routines using elastic bands, pots of jam, padlocks, rings and even polo mints!
Rubik Cube Magic
For Christmas I bought myself a Rubik Cube (I buy the worst presents!) I quickly became obsessed with learning to solve the cube and, more importantly, how to perform magic with it.
More recently I’ve been learning some mentalism (Derren Brown type stuff). As much as I love sleight of hand magic, I enjoy the connection with the audience that you can get from performing these types of routines.
As you can see Close-up magicians don’t just perform card tricks, and I love taking everyday objects people are familiar with and doing something amazing and unexpected with them. To keep up to date with all the new magic I am learning follow me on all the social media channels by clicking the logos below.
This crazy weekend started with Darren & Kath’s picturesque wedding at Langdale Chase Hotel with stunning views of Lake Windermere.
On Friday I was entertaining at Liam & Natalie’s beautiful wedding at The KP. After entertaining all of their lovely guests on the sun soaked terrace I headed to Lazaat Hotel for South Hunsley School’s Year 11 Prom. I attempted to entertain all 240 of them before the disco started and I think I pretty much got around all of them!
On Saturday I headed to Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel to perform straight after Stu & Sarah’s had tied the knot. Their friends and family were awesome but my favourite moment was showing the top table some of my favourite pieces of magic!
I travelled across the Humber bridge to Gainsborough Golf Club for the evening celebration of Chris & Jenny’s Wedding after they had got married in Turkey. Once again another awesome group of guests!
To top the week off I went to Leeds to entertain at a fantastic family Christening.
🍷 Relaxing With A Red 🍷
I forgot to take any pictures at all my events this weekend 😳
However, I loved being a part of the Carers' Support Centre Masquerade Ball at Forest Pines Hotel & Golf Resort. Saturday was filled with 3 very different parties! I was performing alongside The GazM Experience at an amazing garden party in Halsham. I loved working alongside Sam from Casino Knights at Steven’s 30th Birthday Party organised by his lovely wife Rachael on the bank of the River Ouse.
Last but not least I was back at the awesome Westwood Restaurant to perform my parlour show for Paul’s private party. 😀
I had a lovely evening on Wednesday entertaining everyone from Holstein UK on the terrace at the Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club.
I didn’t even bother taking a selfie as I was working alongside Mr HU17.net - Paul Smith - who was kind enough to send me through this picture.
Check Paul out at http://www.beverleyphotographer.co.uk
I love this visual coin routine!
I first saw Eric Jones perfrom this about a year ago and decided I wanted to learn it. I thought I’d need to buy some special coins, I didn’t realise it could be achieved with just a little sleight of hand.
Hope you enjoy the video
Proving it’s not just iPads and PlayStations that can grab their attention! 😂
Thank you so much to Paul and Sarah for sending through this photo by C&D Photography taken on their wedding day back in May.
I have created this blog to give you a glimpse into the life of a working modern close-up magician. Hope you enjoy!