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Bar Mitzvah Magician | Bat Mitzvah Entertainment and entertainer

Bar Mitzvah MagicianBar Mitzvah Magician, Duncan William has been performing his unique, fun entertainment for the Jewish community for over 15 years. His style is very contemporary and appeals to a a broad age range. This is perfect for these wonderful coming of age ceremonies. His Bar Mitzvah entertainment includes his ever popular digital magic. This includes pulling objects out of iPhones and iPads, or demonstrating some incredible close up magic with the combination of technology.

Why hire a Bar Mitzvah Magician?

Duncan has been performing at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and weddings for over 15 years. Recently he was hired for an exclusive Orthodox Jewish event in Newark, New York. Here, he entertained some of America’s most prominent guests. But entertaining in America is an exception to the rule. Duncan mainly performs all over the UK.  From London to Birmingham, Manchester to Nottingham.

A Bar Mitzvah magician, like Duncan understands that it’s important for both the adults and children to have a great time and enjoy the magic. Duncan fits perfectly into this category. He is not particularly old (meaning the children can relate to him) nor his he extremely young (and therefore have little professional performance experience).

A Bar Mitvah magician, such as Duncan, will ensure that your party is extremely memorable and fun for all ages. Ultimately, it will be spoken about for years to come.

What makes Duncan’s Bat or Bar Mitzvah entertainment unique?

Unlike a traditional Bat or Bar Mitzvah magician – Duncan has the experience of performing at these events both in the UK and internationally. As a result, he understands protocol, traditions and timings. Not only that, Duncan magic is extremely unique. He combines traditional sleight of hand using technology, iPad and iPhones to show people something astonishing they will probably have never seen before. You can watch his showreel below:

What should you wear to a Bar Mitzvah?

Formal wear is the most appropriate. If you have a Tallis you could wear that, or borrow one from the synagogue. In some communities, people are expected to cover their heads but this isn’t always required. Again, you could wear your own Kippa (Jewish skullcap) or borrow one from the synagogue.

When should you arrive to a Bar Mitzvah?

This is a personal choice. If you want to have the full experience, then arrive early to attend the prayer ceremony at the beginning. Arriving precisely on time is unusual on a Saturday morning (the start of a traditional Bar Mitzvah). Dependent on the hosts or the congregation, it is sometimes completely acceptable to arrive extremely fashionably late. It is worth asking the host what time they would prefer you to arrive. It’s never rude to do this and speaking to many guests as Bar Mitzvahs, it’s standard protocol.

What should you expect at a Bar Mitzvah service?

Some Bar or Bat Mitzvahs have short ceremonies. Others have longer ones. The longer ones may include reading or chanting in Hebrew from the Torah or prophets. This may or may not be followed by a speech by the parents. Here, they will give a blessing to their child and offer up a few embarrassing words or two. Parents will then share some memories with the congregation and then offer up some gifts to their children. The Bar or Bat Mitzvah is then showered with sweets to celebrate reaching this significant milestone within the Jewish calendar. Guests will then move to the social hall or function suite for a kiddish or celebratory lunch.

What is your role at a Bat or Bar Mitvah?

On arrival, it is customary to take a prayer book at the door along with a copy of the Torah readings, and if they are not there they will be on your seat already. An usher may lead you to your seat and there will be plenty of standing and sitting throughout the course of the ceremony. For many people attending; this may also be their first time attending a Bar or Bat Mitzvah so just go with the flow and follow everyone else.

What do the children do to prepare?

Children learn how to carry a Torah, lead a service, and chant from the Hebrew inside of it. They also write their speech called a ‘drash’ and often complete a Mitzvah project such as charitable work, growing vegetables or something similar. In addition, it may take years of work with a cantor, rabbi or tutor to prepare. Turning 12 or 13 signifies the end of this process making them eligible Jewish adults, Bar or Bat Mitzvahs and now they are deemed ‘legal’ in the Jewish sense.

Is there certain etiquette I should consider at a Bat or Bar Mitzvah?

In this modern age we are all keen to take photos or videos on our phones but at many Mar Mitzvahs this is frowned upon, so keep them switched off, certainly through the ceremony. It is always encourage to give a gift too. These should be given at the party and not the service. Presents may include money, gift cards or a book. Sometimes families invite charitable donations in lieu of a present so this is worth considering too.

Is there a really fun party too?

A Bat or Bar Mitzvah party usually gets going after the ceremony has concluded and lasts into the night. It’s usually lots of fun and there are no real official rituals so is the perfect opportunity to let your hair down. This is the perfect opportunity to hire a Bar Mitzvah magician as some guests may not want to dance and the guests are often represented across all ages. Magic transcends any age or language barriers and invites everyone to revisit that infantile state of astonishment and wonder.

To get in touch with Duncan to see how he can make your Bat or Bar Mitvah both incredibly memorable and fun, get in touch via his contact form or give him a call on 07934 856 696.

Top 5 wedding venues in Nottingham

As a regular wedding magician in and around the Nottingham-shire area, Duncan William has become an authority on the top 5 wedding venues. Here he details the top 5 wedding venues in Nottingham.

Swancar Farm

1. Swancar Country Farm Country House

Duncan lives just 5 minutes down the road from Nottingham’s premier wedding venue. Situated just a 15 minutes drive from the centre of Nottingham, Swancar feels much further from the hustle and bustle of Nottingham than you would expect. One of the most important considerations for a wedding venue is that it is exclusive. Swancar Farm is just that. You can hire the whole Farm House for your wedding and they also have accommodation on site too. Due to the sheer demand of this stunning venue, they have also recently redeveloped the Old Stables to create even more overnight accommodation. The old stables can sleep up to a maximum of eight guests and prices start from £595. The Farm also boast a beautiful bridal suite and two additional bedrooms too.

So what makes Swancar Farm so special?

Well, it’s a converted barn for one. It’s open, spacious and the outside grounds make for some incredible countryside photographs for the bride and groom. The venue is also set back from the road meaning that it’s extremely peaceful and is easy to forgot you are close to one of the largest cities in the United Kingdom. Th main Oak Hall can seat up to 140 guests and once the fairy lights on the beams are lit and candelabras flickering away, this is a truly magical place. Swancar also boast a beautiful orangery and an old renovated farmhouse kitchen perfect for breakfast the day after.

The food served is always delicious and looks incredible every time Duncan has been invited. Perhaps the best thing about Swancar weddings is the staff. They are all super approachable, friendly and welcoming and have a genuine desire to make your special day as magical as you imagined. Do not hesitate to get in touch.

Address: Swancar Farm Country House, Trowell Moor, Trowell, Nottingham NG9 3PQ You can call them on: 0115 930 6528

2. Carriage Hall

Carriage Hall is just a stones throw away from Nottingham city centre too. It’s house in the former Plumtree railway station and is magnificent. It is on the same site as Perkins restaurant which is a highly rated Nottinghamshire restaurant. Much like Swancar Farm, Carriage Hall is a 15 minute drive from Nottingham city centre and is also and exclusive venue meaning you can party to your hearts content without disturbing the neighbours or another bridal party.

The main hall has beautiful red brick walls and exposed beams. Above is a glass balcony mezzanine which looks down on the Carriage Hall itself and makes for some great phto opportunities.  Outside, the grounds are well kept and a large piece of grass makes the ideal place for canapes and bubbly or for the wedding photographs.

Much like Swancar Farm, Carriage Hall have recognised that people want to stay either before or after the wedding and as a result have rennovated a couple of Shepherd Huts. They feature double beds, heating, WiFi and all the mod cons you may need for your stay. You can of course, breakfast at Perkins Bistro too.

How to get in touch with Carriage Hall?

You can contact any one of the all-female staff in the form of Mel, Debs, Jenna or Catherine.

Address: Station Rd, Plumtree, Nottingham NG12 5NA
You can call them on: 0115 937 5300

Walled Gardens at Beeston Fields

3. The Walled Gardens at Beeston Fields

The Walled Gardens at Beeston Fields is another venue which is just 10 minutes from Duncan William, so if you hire him as your wedding magician you can be assured he’ll be there on time 😉

The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields is hidden behind a large country house and is set in a beautiful traditional country garden with Roses, Bees, Tulips, Birds, ancient Crocus, Cosmos, Hydrangea and more. Each season presents different smells. Each as beautiful as the one before. Inside the permanent marquee you will have a spacious room for bar, seating for up to 220 guests. In 2017, The Walled Garden at Beeston Fields also licensed the Loggia meaning they can now conduct outdoor ceremonies with seating for up to 40 guests.

Address: Old Drive, Wollaton Rd, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 3DA
You can call them on: 0115 925 7062

Ringwood Hall

4. Ringwood Hall

You have to head a little north of Nottingham to find Ringwood Hall but its well worth the drive! Ringwood Hall hotel is set in 26 acres of parkland and again is another exclusive venue with award winning gardens.

This is another exclusive venue and can accommodate all your wedding needs.

Address: Ringwood Rd, Brimington, Chesterfield S43 1DQ
You can call them on: 01246 280077

Norwood House

5. Norwood Park

Visit Norwood Park in North Nottingham and you will be blown away by both this 150 year old house and its accompanying vast grounds. However, there is one reservation to be made with this. Whilst the house will play host to the photo element of the ceremony, the second part of the day where the wedding breakfast takes place and dancing commences is not quite as attractive. Set in a grand room, they have a number of murals on the wall and is quite a contrast to the true beauty of Norwood Hall.

Norwood Hall is especially beautiful at Christmas where the ground is sprinkled with snow and a roaring fire accompanies a huge Christmas tree. It remains an exclusive venue and if the whole wedding was in the main house itself, I would certainly feature this higher!

Address: Halam Rd, Southwell NG25 0PF
You can call them on: 01636 302099

Duncan is a full time Nottingham magician who regularly performs at the above venues. To get in touch to find out he can compliment your amazing venue with some amazing magic, give him a call or fill out his contact form.

Top 10 events to hire a close up magician for.

Top 10 events to hire a close up magician for

  1. Birthday Party

A birthday party is one of the most popular times of the year to organise a celebration. Hiring a children’s entertainer for children’s birthday party is more suitable than a close up magician, if you have some of your bests friends getting together to celbrate your 40th, 50th or older, then hiring a mix and mingle magician is the perfect idea. Duncan performs his magic in small groups between guests. Often birthday parties are accompanied by nibbles and drinks and even a buffet. More often than not, there is no really loud music and birthday parties are full of friends and family who know one another. As a result interacting in small groups is perfect for a birthday party as the entertainment is not drowned out by the DJ thinking he is performing in Ibiza.

2. Anniversary

Whether you are celebrating a wedding anniversary or work anniversary, hiring Duncan as your close up magician is a perfect treat for your guests. He can mix and mingle providing some light-heated yet fun entertainment. Over the years you may have various parties, weddings or anniversary’s so hiring a close up mingle is a great idea to help make this one really special or memorable. Duncan can even customise some of his routines for your special day so that both you and your guests remember the magic of this special day long into the future.

3. Conference

Some conferences can be long, dull affairs. However, companies feel obliged to conduct them every year to present new products or innovation or communicate sales figures, training programmes or the direction they want to take the business in the forthcoming years. However, bosses are generally aware that conferences cannot be the most scintillating. Conferences are also usually held out of town at a conference centre, some distance for the attendees place of work. As a result, an overnight stay is required. As a result, drinks in the bar before bed is also usually a rite of passage for many conference attendees. As a result hiring a close up magician to mix and mingle between delegates is a great idea to add a bit of spice into the proceedings. It’s also the perfect way to hold the attention of some guests who may feel that a drinks reception at a work event is a just an extension to the conference and they would sooner be watching TV or unwinding with their family. Hiring a close up magician, creates an atmosphere of fun and rewards the delegates for attending.

4. Christmas parties

Each year in England, Christmas parties reward the employees with a free Christmas dinner, sometimes an open bar and more often than not an assortment of entertainment. Whilst a DJ is standard, if not obligatory – this usually only looks after the last part of the evening. To entertain and reward your employees at the drinks reception or over Christmas dinner, hiring a close up magician is a perfect way to bring some fun to the event. For a big company it is a great way to introduce employees who don’t know one another to each other. For a smaller company who have spent the last year chatting with one another, this is a great way to re-spark new conversations and create a buzz that would not normally be there.

5. Award Ceremonies

What better way to congratulate the award winners with some unique, fun and highly memorable close up magic. By hiring Duncan. you are guaranteed to be getting one of the top close up magicians in the industry and is perfect compliment to pay the award winners and make their day extra special. Duncan can also perform a stage show and is another great way to reward your prize winners with something truly unique and fun.

6. Bar Mitzvah

A bar Mitzvah is a Jewish coming of age ceremony for both Jewish boy and girls. These are often celebrated in style with plenty of fun. What better way to provide entertainment for all ages than hiring a close up magician. A mix and mingle entertainer like Duncan can circulate the room between guests (young and old) and demonstrate mind boggling feats of magic and mystery. There are very few forms of entertainment which can transcend both language and age and be as unobtrusive as a close up magician.

7. Trade show

As the planet grows, so do the number of businesses. More and more are vying for a place in an often already saturated marketplace. Hiring a close up magician to perform on or near your stand is a great way to increase sales. How? Well a close up magician, is often skilled at stopping groups in a gentle way demonstrating some magic and then ushering them over to the trade show stand or exhibition booth. A competent close up magician is able to turn these passer-by’s into sales leads and therefore, increasing your return on investment. Not only can a close up magician increase your sales leads but they can also but brand recognition and awareness to your product. Some can even custom magic to your company too.

8. Weddings

So we come to, perhaps, the most popular form of booking a close up magician takes – that of a wedding magician. A close up magician is extremely versatile and as such can create fun, laughter and wonder at almost any time or setting they are booked for. Popular times slots for hiring a close up magician include during the wedding breakfast, whilst the wedding photos are being taken, as the room is being turned around or for the evening guests as they arrive. For each, providing a close up magician for your wedding guests is a great way to keep the fun and entertainment flowing throughout the day. Not only that, but magic is perfect for all ages. With weddings often being such an eclectic mix of people, providing this form of entertainment for all is a great idea for a wedding.

9. Sporting events.

Hiring a magician for a race event, football match in the boxes, after dinner party for a rugby match, a golf dinner or the athletics is a great idea to bring a different form of entertainment to an otherwise very ‘sports heavy’ day. It’s the perfect way to break up the day and inject some extra fun, certainly for those guests who are attending as a +1 and don’t have any real interest in the sports event. Duncan has been hired for F1 events, rugby events, football events and more.

10. Summer fetes

Summer fetes bring out the crowds as the sunshine smiles down. Often at fetes there are raffles, kids games, face painting and more but no really entertainment for the older children or adults. Hiring a strolling magician like Duncan to perform close up magic is a great way to bring fun to those who are picnicking or just don’t have the money to play on the games or have their faces painted. Summer fetes are often run by schools and councils’ and Duncan has performed all over the Midlands bring smiles to the faces of families.

That concludes the breakdown of various events Duncan can be hired for but there are many other more unique events too. Funerals, baby showers, engagement parties, hen dos and more, have all secured Duncan’s services to make their events extra special too. Get in touch now, to see how you too, can do the same. Duncan performs as a Nottingham magician, Birmingham magician, Sheffield magician, Derby magician, Leicester magician and the whole of the UK.