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After-dinner entertainmentDuncan William has been providing exclusive after-dinner party entertainment around the UK and internationally for the last 15 years.

His act is fresh, unique, contemporary and fun. Often booked for his signature 45 minute cabaret act which is both interactive, highly engaging and with a guarantee to leave your guests laughing in amazement…..

Yes, you can play some board games, book a singer, or just let the drink be the catalyst for entertainment, if you are looking for something that will be a real talking point for weeks after the event, then Duncan’s act could fit the bill. Perfect for anywhere between 5 guests and 50 guests, Duncan’s act fuses a mixture of comedy, magic, suggestion, showmanship and psychology to present a sophisticated and interactive show.

Despite, playing on some of the UK’s biggest stages, Duncan’s act packs small and plays big and can be easily adjusted to a banquet hall, to restaurant , to living or dining room. If you are looking for something truly memorable, then Duncan’s act could be the very tonic.

“Thank you for performing your act at our event – your contribution really made the event, and everyone was commenting on how fantastic you were! We will be definitely using you for future events.”  Boots

Be it telling you your star sign, unlocking your mobile phone, telling your your bank PIN or more, Duncan’s act really does have to be seen to be belived…

Whether you are entertaining corporate clients, shareholders or stakeholders, or celebrating some team successes or Christmas party, please do not hesitate in getting in touch to see how Duncan can tailor his act to suit Your requirements.

For more information regarding availability, costs or to see more clips or Duncan in action, please do not hesitate to conatct him on 07934 856 696 or email on magic@magicduncan.co.uk.

 

Part 6: Astonishment, magic, meditation and controversy

Art of astonishment part 6

Art of astonishment part 6

To deliver magic which leads the participant down the path to the final goal of astonishment – the magician / performer /entertainer must truly believe in what he or she does and not trivialise it with crap patter, unfunny jokes or a plethora of card flourishes. The performer must be 100% confident and congruent with the magic itself.

Have you ever been standing a bus stop, totally immersed in one particular thought, one central point of focus? New people arrive but you do not see them. Sounds persist but you do not hear them.  Your mind has been so focussed on one thought that your sense channels shut down. At that moment they cease to function, and the mind has gone upwards beyond them . The mind has merged with the conscious state. You are left with a stillness of the mind (Except with that one thought you have been fixated on) – something likened to meditation. Fully conscious, fully aware but with magic where the prestige hits……there is not even that thought. You are left with that primal state of uncluttered purity of the mind. All competing thoughts, stress, worries, trials and tribulations dissolve into nothingness and the mind is still. Only when the external stimuli reawaken this moment of pure happiness do we come back to the ‘real world’ with a jolt and the conflicting views of the world come flooding back in as we seek to make meaning of what we have just seen.

Skilled meditators can live in this pure, undeniably state indefinitely. With magic, it is a short sharp shot.

I propose something controversial.

When you take a participant on a journey to the plateau of astonishment, when they reach that point of pure undeniable bewilderment, they will find a happiness, and peace so pure, so rich and un-adulterated, nothing else in the world matters.

Every person from every race, creed, religion and background leads their daily life wanting something. This may or not be something tangible but if you ask somebody what they want and really drill down to the very core of what they want – you will find peace.

“I want to be rich and wealthy”

And after that….

I want financial independence.

And after that….

A beautiful wide and healthy children

And after that….

Good friends, great family, feel safe and secure in my environment

And after you have that…..

Well….

I want to feel happy and content

And after that? (If you drill, and I mean really drill)

Peace.

No matter where the person starts or what they want, no matter how much they want it will all end in peace. We value peace above all else, but because it is not something that is tangible or bought or sold, it is not something that we think about – only when asked, (or quizzed and questioned for a book about bloody astonishment and magic) do we get to the crux of the matter.

So what exactly is this peace? Peace is when there are none of the aforementioned conflicting thoughts, ideas, or agitations. Peace is when the mind is still. To define the peace we also need to identify the movement.

When we were very young. Infants; and as mentioned the world was unfurling before our very eyes are intellectual mind was not engaged. We were merely sponges, absorbing the information from the world around us.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I enjoyed writing it – feel free to share it with your friends or tell your friends about it. If not, and you want to keep it for yourself, keep your eyes peeled for the next offering – part 7 I think we’re up to now 😉

A wedding planners guide to creating the perfect wedding

Wedding entertainment ideas

Wedding entertainment ideas

Did you know planning a wedding is right up there with public speaking and moving house with the most stressful life experiences?

Suppose we could tell you one tip that would instantly take your stress away from planning your big day?

Well, here it is – you need to get the right wedding entertainment

Yes, you DID read that correct – getting the right entertainment for your wedding really is that important!

Why is hiring entertainment for your wedding so important?

Let me let you into a little secret the best wedding planners know – if you can put the guests at ease, the happy couple are at ease, and all the stress turns into fun.

By hiring tip top entertainment for your wedding, you have the ideal distraction for:-

  • children that are getting a little tired and frustrated
  • adults that are anxious, nervous or perhaps want to be occupied
  • those not involved in, or waiting around for, the wedding photographs
  • the wedding party that are fretting about the guests, the plans, the timings

What does wedding entertainment actually do though?

When people think about ‘wedding entertainment’ they just think it’s a band or a DJ for the evening function – but wedding entertainment these days is so much more.

Wedding entertainment such as magicians are ideal ice breakers, to bring both sides of the family together in creating some light-hearted fun, and especially now with the selfie generation those fun pictures will soon be all across social media showing everyone have a wonderful day!

Simple steps for wedding planners to find the right wedding entertainment

Whilst modern technology and social media have pushed the creative boundaries of weddings, the basics remain the same.

The happy couple want this to be the happiest day of their life, and as the day can be stressful enough, taking a few simple steps in choosing entertainment can often solve any potential issues.

Consider the needs of the happy couple

Find out what the happy couple are looking for – do they like fun, laughs, music, shows? What sort of entertainment would suit them and their guests?

Find a reliable entertainer/s with a trustworthy reputation

Once you know what type of entertainment the happy couple would like, research different entertainers within that industry.

Look for entertainers with exceptional testimonials and great websites with feedback from previous happy customers – or even better, ask around for referrals.

Don’t forget to check social media – especially Youtube where you can see videos of previous shows by entertainers – and consider ‘Googling’ for recommendations or referrals of specific entertainment types.

Work with the entertainment to provide a bespoke service

It’s the lucky couple’s special day, so work with the entertainment to develop requirements for the day, so a truly bespoke service is provided that everyone will remember.

Look to entertain the whole wedding party, throughout the day and evening, and especially create engagement with the younger and older people who maybe have less patience.

A good example of this would be a performer or magician that can entertain at different locations than the main venue – at the wedding breakfast or on the transport – for a truly unique experience!

Agree payment terms and contract

Once you have determined requirements with the entertainment, ensure a quote is provided listing the full services, including price and terms. Ensure everybody is happy with the payment terms, contracted services and price.

Appoint a dedicated liaison between the wedding party and entertainment

This step is often overlooked, but it’s often the single most important key to success on the day. Appoint a liaison from the wedding party that knows the scope of the services to be provided by the entertainment, and who can act as a ‘point of contact on the day.

Once you’ve covered these simple steps, you’re well on the way to having wonderful entertainment that will ensure your special day is memorable, fun and happy.

If you are interested in finding out more about booking Duncan for your wedding or some more tips and ideas for wedding entertainment, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 07934 856 696 or email on enquiries@playingwithminds.co.uk