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The Summer Wedding Season 2018

Hazel Gap Barn Wedding Venue

Hazel Gap Barn Wedding Venue

As a close up magician and mind reader I am invited to perform across the length and breadth of the country and between the Months of June to September, I am the busiest performing at weddings. This year (2018) has been no different and I have been a regular at weddings Venues in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Birmingham, Lincoln and London. With so many venues out there vying for business I wanted to give my top picks from this season.

The first is Floral Media based in Newark. This really is a stunning and hidden gem set in North Nottinghamshire. Perfectly designed gardens are crammed with full of flowers which overflow into the wedding venue itself. The venue I attended was a contemporary vintage high tea affair with amazing looking home made sausage rolls and pork pies to accompany delicate sandwiches and cakes. The venue itself is incredible warm and welcoming and is one of my top picks from this Summer Season.

In more central Nottinghamshire you have the well known Swancar weddings. Whilst I’ve not attended many weddings there this year, its a beautiful venue in a beautifully converted barn New developments at Swancar have included the conversion of some of the stable out the back to make extra accommodation for guests to make this an irresistible choice for brides, grooms and their guests. With me living just 5 minutes away, you are more than welcome to come and have a free demo if you’re in the area too!

Further afield Dower House is home to Gold England. Set in the glorious woodland area of Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire, this is a beautiful location with a stunning interior and food. This is one of the most peaceful urban venues I have performed at and the interior is truly decadent but tasteful without the over bearing opulence of a country house.

Hazel Gap barn in Edwinstowe is a venue I have recently become more familiar with and is a beautiful venue – again – a converted barn but with beautiful grounds. Perhaps the stand out here is the food. It looks magnificent and no expense spared in its quality. A beautiful venue, great staff and exquisite food make this an upcoming wedding venue for sure.

To close – I’d like to recommend so external caterers in the form of The Otto-Men. With vegan food taking more of a mainstay in the lives of conscious eaters – these guys cook up some amazing food. So much so, that I could happily write a post all about their cuisine. They have influences from persian cuisine but include amazing hummus, Falafal and their own inspirational ‘sexy-pie’. They are based in Manchester but travel all over the UK and attend numerous food festivals. They are not just food festival people but tremendous food with a real ability to blend flavors together. Looking at their costs – they offer great value for money too. Highly recommended.

If you wanted to pick my brains on any other venues that I have attended or performed at, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Also if you are checking out wedding venues in the local Nottingham area, and were considering incorporating some magic and mind reading into your special day, then I’m more than happy to meet up to give you a free demonstration to see if I’d be a suitable fit for your wedding day!

Performing as a magician at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace MagicianAt 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.


Ipad Magician – Digital Magician [Case Study]

ipad magicianSo 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.

To find out more, do not hesitate to contact Duncan.