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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.

Part 2. 2019 year of magic reviewed.

Bonington Theatre stage show

Bonington Theatre stage show. 2019 special showing!

The first half of the year was focussed on completing a challenge I had set myself. That to host, and put on a full theatre show. I chose one of the largest independent theatres in Nottingham, the Bonnington Theatre and then set about creating a 2 hour show. Often when I am hired for my after-dinner show – it is often 40-45 minutes in length and with a particular kind of performance and style of routines for a corporate audience. A theatre show requires a lot more theatrics and I was equally afforded the luxury of being able to do what I want. As a result this was a brilliant creative exercise for me. I had a 175 seat theatre I was determined to sell out so wanted to promote and push the show as hard as possible. In the end we sold it out which was brilliant. I invested in some brand new routines purely for the theatre and stage shows and rehearsed them. The first time I came to perform some of them, including the closer to my show was on the night! I had to look at staging, backdrops, music, lighting, sound, advertising and my good friend very kindly offered to compere too.

So this was all happening up until the night of the theatre show – 10th May 2019. The place had sold out and thanks to my audience, the theatre secured its highest ever bar takings! I’d like to use this blog to thank everyone who came and helped to promote the show be it directly or indirectly and hope everyone enjoyed it. You can watch my brand new showreel taken from that night here: THEATRE SHOWREEL. To hire me as a magician Nottingham, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Other beautiful venues I visited included the Park Plaza in London where I worked alongside a speed painter. This was another fun gig performing some of my latest magic to an American company who were hosting a conference.

Later in May I performed at the Haymarket Hotel – a beautiful venue and the actual drinks reception was around a swimming pool. Whilst this may sound like an unusual place to perform magic it was actually really beautiful. The pool was lit with up-lights and down-lights, flowers floated in the pool and I was performing strolling magic between guests whilst they ate canapes and drank bubbly. This ended up being a really fun event as the accountants and bankers moved away from talk about money and wealth and relaxed into the enjoyment of the night. Performing magic and certainly mind reading at a drinks reception like this is a perfect way to break the ice and steer people away from the constant ‘whir’ of work and productivity they have their minds.

Another event in London later that week was at a place called Sizona. This is a really unusual event space where the downstairs is somebody’s bedroom. Upstairs was where I was performing. I’d created some custom magic and mind reading for a brand launch. Hosted by some really friendly and approachable people, the event, whilst small had invited bloggers, Instagram influencers and other media names. With such a creative product and set of people this was a really enjoyable event as everyone was keen to see the magic, have their minds read and let out gasps of disbelief!


Reviewing the year of 2019 as a professional magician. Part 1.

Great photo of Duncan performing

This is a lovely photograph sent to me from a wedding photographer.

I’m not just booked as a magician in Nottingham. As 2019 comes to an end and Christmas parties are in full swing, I thought I take some time out to look back over 2019 and some of the weird and wonderful places I have performed at around England, Scotland and internationally and some new and exciting things I have planned for the forthcoming year.

Early 2019 started with a photo shoot for some new promo photos. It was a fun day but unfortunately I didn’t feel the look I was after was captured. I was wanted some mysterious and enigmatic but sadly none of them were particularly usable. That said, a few months down the line, I pulled out my iPhone, drafted up some idea and magical poses and within 30 minutes or so was able to capture some really strong images using an bed side lamp and dimmed lights. I’ll add the photos in here. It just goes to show – you don’t always need expensive equipment to achieve your desired result.

I wanted to talk about some of the fun places I have been performing magic and mind reading this year too. Early in January, I found myself performing for the first time at the crucible. So often acclaimed for hosting snooker championships, I was engaged as a mix and mingle magician to perform for an international company celebrating 25 years in business. The first highlight on the new year was performing some close up magic and mind reading at the Guildhall in London. Hosted by Vernon Kaye, I performed to himself, as well as a plethora of other celebrities including David Seaman and Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge. Performing in the vaults of this beautiful, listed building was a real treat.

Perhaps not the most glamorous of venues, but certainly unique, was a booking for a company who hired the Bierkeller in Birmingham city centre. In my days as a student, before I started performing magic, broad street was a regular haunt of mine, and now returning to perform as a magician in, perhaps, a venue I used to frequent was a little surreal but equally fun. The Bierkeller serves traditional German pitchers of beer down long wooden table much like you would see if you attended Oktoberfest.

In April I was hired to fly to Glasgow to perform at an informal networking event to showcase some of my latest magic and mind reading. This was the first time I had visited Glasgow as a magician and was a lot more attractive than people suggest. I would liken it to a cross between Sheffield and London, but a lot more humble. The event was really good fun and again, was a first for me, performing at the SEC in Glasgow which, much like the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham is a major exhibition centre, hosting many events throughout the year.

Later that month I was hired to roam between guests at the Donnington Park racing circuit as part of one of the season big race meets. I was performing to guests in the family tent and in the arena near the race track and unlike other sporting events I have attended in the past, had a really relaxed family feel about it.

Moving into the month of May, I had the privilege of performing at Fawsley Hall. This is a venue I have never attended, but found myself performing alongside a couple caricaturists. It’s always nice to work alongside other professionals in the entertainment industry as it can often feel a little isolated when you simply arrive at an event (as the outside entertainment) and you are the only one who doesn’t know anyone. Fawsley Hall itself is beautiful and the wedding was of equal beauty.

As you can see, I find myself travelling further afield more and more and recommendations spread around the country. In early may I was hired to represent a company to perform trade show magic at the London Excel. I integrated some Rubik’s cube magic into my act and worked with the client to create a really bespoke offering to entice people on to their stand but at the same time, leave a memorable and lasting impression on the prospective clients. I can be hired as a trade show magician and you can find out more here.