At the back end of 2017 I was invited down to Blenheim Palace to perform to a small group of distinguished guests including the Duke of Marlborough and his wife. Regarded by many as the most opulent palace in the UK, this was second visit here, having performed in 2016. The time before was a much larger affair, performing to 1,500 guests at a black tie event celebrating an anniversary of the worlds leading aeroplane ejector seat company.
That time, I had performed alongside 6 other professional magicians and we were also treated to an incredible display by the red arrows in the courtyard. Mingling between guests on the graveled yard and in between courses in a large marquee at the rear of the palace was a real treat. However, my second visit was even better.
Hired by a shipping magnate and his beautiful wife, I began with my 45 minute cabaret mind-reading act which catered for all 14 in the opulent and priceless sitting room which is not usually as accessible to tourists as it was for me.
It was great fun as the fire crackled and I was waited on by attentive butlers. After a fun 40-45 minutes of mind reading in front of everyone it was time for some close up magic and mind reading whilst the guests were treated to a lavish meal including veal reared on the grounds of Blenheim Palace itself. A full length table with perfectly set cutlery and place settings made a beautiful change from a less lavish venues. This of course was a special event.
Blending in between courses, to compliment the courses the style of magic and mind reading is highly memorable but at the same time unobtrusive.
To finish I was treated to some of the food prepared in the Palace Kitchens on priceless crockery and performed so magic and mind reading to the attentive waiting staff, butlers and household staff.
A beautiful evening and great fun, with some very warm and welcoming people. Blenheim Palace is open to the Public all year round and whilst the rooms are also open to the public (for tax purposes I believe) you cannot access them fully. As a result I was given a privileged peek behind the curtain of how Duke’s and their friends live and party.
I have attached a youtube video below of a little tour of the sitting room where I performed.
So I was recently booked to perform as an iPad magician in Nottingham for an upcoming tech company. My brief was to create some customized tech magic for the company with their logos and branding. Having been creating and tailoring my illusions for over 15 years this was an exciting venture for me as the majority of my bookings and engagements come through weddings, private parties and corporate events.
Whilst this was a corporate event, it had a twist. That twist would be me using my tech magic as the primary means of astonishment.
So what is tech magic?
Tech magic is a form of magic predominantly performed using i Pads, i Phones or android devices. The skills here range from pulling mobile phones or watches out of the iPad, making the icons disappear, making the phone itself change to a block of glass or vanishing an iPhone in its case only to reappear in your pocket. These are just a few examples of magic and technology working hand in hand.
But my magic doesn’t stop there. I am not limited by the technology and producing a deck of cards out of an iPad – doesn’t stop there….. it makes it an easy and elegant seaway into card magic, or changing lottery tickets into £20 pounds notes or more…..
The venue itself I was booked to perform at was equally impressive. I also perform a lot of my deigital magic in Birmingham. Fazeley studios in the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter is one of the most sublime. – It’s a converted 19th century Unitarian chapel. Fazeley studios is opposite the Custard factory (another beautiful conference venue) in Digbeth, Birmingham and can host about 220 guests or delegates.
Duncan can be hired as a Birmingham magician to perform magic, mind reading or iPad or tech magic and he can even customize a 40-45 minute cabaret show for your event too.
Recently I stumbled across a website from a friend of mine – Isobel at www.bookyourwedding.co.uk and unlike most wedding directories is extremely unpretentious and offers an extremely good service to its clients.
Book your wedding is designed with the Bride and Groom in mind and helps take the stress out of your big day by putting everything in an easy to navigate place.
There is a directory detailing different suppliers, a comprehensive venue list and and superb planning information page with tips, suggestions and ideas. Isobel has also compiled a book you wedding magazine too which is regularly published and updated.
One thing I’d always refer clients too is her brilliant wedding countdown page which breaks down what you should be planning and preparing from the moment you get engaged all the way up to the big day.
Other unique suggestions offered by Isobel include how you go about changing your names – something often overlooked in many wedding websites but really so important! She also gives some great advice if you are looking into planning a wedding on a budget.
For completeness – there is also an invaluable resource provided by Isobel which details the top 15 tips for your wedding which should not be overlooked….
All in all, this is a truly brilliant resource which lots of great, unique suggestions and tips to make your event go as smoothly as possible. If you are looking for a wedding magician then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me 😉
You can get in touch with Isobel via her website www.bookyourwedding.co.uk