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Magician London. Duncan William is a party and event magician in London and provides his services throughout the United Kingdom too. He can be hired to perform as a close-up magician in London or the Greater London area!
Have Duncan William entertain and astonish your guests as a party and event magician in London. His act is fresh, young, exciting, contemporary and most of all fun. Ultimately, Duncan guarantees to leave your guests laughing in amazement with an incredible close up magic experience.
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Duncan is a professional, contemporary magician who has been working throughout London for the last 15 years.
He can be hired for your wedding, private event or corporate function. You can find some frequently asked questions here.
Duncan William offers a service which is professional, fun, sophisticated and unique.
If you want to find out more, get in touch for a no obligation quote.
"Duncan created some bespoke magic for our brand new product launch and he went above and beyond. This was a perfectly customised service and our clients responded amazingly. We will certainly be using him again!"
"Thank you for attending our networking event. You really breathed life into it and helped to break the ice between our delegates. Loads of them asked for your contact details so you should be getting much more work from both of us!"
"Astonishing magic throughout the evening. Duncan engaged with our delegates perfectly and they were massively impressed. His magic helped to broker new relationships with new clients too!"
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Duncan’s close up magic performance can be called mix and mingle magic, strolling magic or walkabout magic. This allows him to mix between guests in both a formal and informal setting. As a party magician London, a number of London businesses and companies choosing to hire him for their drinks’ receptions, this form of casual entertainment is extremely popular. His close up magic act is a perfect form of wedding entertainment or for a private party, BBQ or corporate event and can act as the perfect conversation lubricant and unique form of entertainment that will create a memorable and lasting image in the minds of your guests and enhance your day.
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Whether it is plucking thoughts from your mind, vanishing a deck of cards whilst your hands are tightly wrapped around them, you physically bending a 2 pence piece in your hands or visually seeing a borrowed £5 note transform itself into a £10 note (which you get to keep) – Duncan’s magic brings the magic from the TV to in front of your very eyes.
This is magic at its finest! Get in touch now about hiring Duncan as your wedding magician in London.
After dinner magician in London
Booking Duncan William as an after-dinner magician is the perfect altenrative to a a comedian, dance act or other kind of show.
Duncan’s after-dinner show is the perfect choice if you are wanting 40-45 minutes of fun, laughter, lots of audience particpation and a guarantee to leave your guests laughing in amazement. You can learn more about Duncan’s show and watch his showreel here:
Duncan is one of the most in demand magicians in London. He is often booked up a couple of years in advance and as a result can sometimes have extremely limited availability. If you want to check a date, get a quote or find out more about Duncan’s services then get in touch now.
Frequently asked questions before hiring a magician:
If you are considering hiring Duncan for your wedding, private party, corporate, conference or special event, Duncan is more than happy to give you an up close and personal taster or trial to see that he is the right act or performer for your event. He can of course send you some videos and speak on the phone, but if the jury is still out, he’d be happy to give you an amazing online performance. Just give him a call to discuss.
The cost to hiring a quality, professional magician in London can vary dramatically. Some amateur magicians may perform for a very low fee yet some magicians in London with TV accolades to their name may perform for a fee in their thousands. The tricky part is identifying who to choose. First of all it’s important to set your own budget. Whilst you may find a ‘cheap magician’, remember the old adage: “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, trying hiring an amateur”. Having worked as a full time professional magician in London for the last 15 years I have numerous stories of how ‘cheaper magicians’ have cancelled on their clients, or been rude or crude or arrived drunk.
I suppose the same happens in many industries but I sometimes feel there is a lot more at stake with a wedding or party. These are often special occasions which will only happen once in a lifetime. Whether you are hiring a magician for your wedding or birthday or celebration – you only get one attempt to hire some great entertainment. If you hire an incompetent electrician, you can always hire a different one to sort out his errors. Unlike hiring a wedding magician, they are there for a couple of hours and you don’t get to choose another. As a result, it is worth getting some recommendations first before paring a deposit. So then, back to the cost of hiring a magician in London:
Some magicians, as I said, may perform for a very low fee because they are in-experienced. Many will have little experience performing at special events. As a result, their fee will be low. Other professional magicians will have vast levels of experience. Some may even have TV credits to their name. However, be warned, that often, just because a magician has won an award or been on TV does not make them worth the amount they are charging. For some clients and companies it is important to have a household name. However, their budgets are often a lot higher and can pay £35,000 for Dynamo. However, most companies, businesses, brides and grooms, their budget is a more reserved.
Ask around. Find out what people paid for their entertainment and decide if it can fit into your budget and can you afford a bit more to get a London based magician who will absolutely dazzle your guests and be warm and friendly too. Before I finish talking about fees and costs, it’s important to consider if there are any hidden extras. Some entertainers may add VAT on to their quoted price, others may add travel costs. I, however, am extremely transparent with my pricing and what I quote, is the amount you pay. My cost or fee will of course vary dependent on the day of the week, night or day, where abouts in London or Greater London the party or celebration is and the length of time. Get in contact here to quote a quote and to check availability. I aim to reply within the hour.
It is always important to consider that the magician has the correct and suitable certification to be able to perform at your event. If your magician is performing unsupervised with children it is worth checking that have a full disclosure and barring service (DBS) check. If they are performing on stage and bringing their own PA system, some venues require that they have their electrical equipment PAT tested for electrical safety. Many venues also request a valid Public Liability Insurance or Risk Assessment to be undertaken on the venue. A full time professional magician will be able to give you these details as well as their own insurance too.
All professional magicians should have a cancellation policy. This will usually fall under their ‘payment terms’ and can be found with the contract they may issue with, on their website or on their invoice. Most professional magicians take a small deposit of £50 or others take half or the full amount. Whatever their deposit terms are, it is worth considering what you may have to pay if you or they cancel the booking. These should be shared with you before taking the booking. Contracts help protect both parties from cancellation and if the entertainer cancels, it is their responsibility to find a suitable replacement.
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As I mentioned earlier – the price, fee or cost of a magician can vary dramatically. Just because a magician has many TV credits to their name or classes them as ‘award-winning’ may not give the full picture to their level of competence. I would always encourage you to find online reviews or recommendations. You can find these on their own website, on their Facebook page or on their Google business page. Also do some investigation to check that these reviews are authentic as some businesses have been known to fabricate their reviews on their websites. There is, of course, nothing stronger than getting recommendations from friends. Always ask around in your social network or on social media for recommendations from others. You can be sure that one of your friends may have hired a magician in London or know someone who has. Just be sure to take a few recommendations of the same magician because people have different experiences.
In an age of social media and websites, it’s sometimes really beneficial to see your potential magician performing in action. Nowadays it’s easy to film some footage and upload it so there should be no excuse for not having access to a show reel. It’s a great way to see if that magician will be the right fit for your wedding, party or event in London. Be careful though as it is also extremely easy to make even a bad performer look good with some creative editing. As a result, have a look at more than one of their videos as well as any independent uploads from guests at parties. Nothing beats meeting the potential magician, face to face. If possible, request a meet up in a pub or have a skype call. It’s really important that the magician you hire not only performs some amazing magic but also has the correct personality for your event, party or celebration.
Following in from what I mentioned above, it’s worth asking the question: Is their personality suitable for your event? Social media is a great to way to communicate this. However, it is also worth taking it with a pinch of salt as both Instagram and Facebook often only show the best side of us. That said, it’s better than nothing and you will often find reviews and comment on these pages. You will be able to get more of a feel for the type of magician they are, what kind of events they have performed at in London, the recommendations from other people and what kind of content do they post.
The Magic Circle is perhaps one of the most prestigious and well known magic societies in the world. To join, you have to undertake an exam which showcases both your magical knowledge and your skill. You also have to pay an annual subscription fee. The Magic Circle is ultimately a magic club for both amateurs and professionals so is not always a certification of quality. Once you join, there are no additional exams but you are required to adhere to the rules set down by the club. Despite what some bookers may think, the magic circle members are not all of excellent quality. Some are hobbyists or amateur magicians and this provides a London club for them. (Near Euston Station) Penn and Teller, perhaps, the most recognisable and respected magicians in the world have not been accepted into this club despite multiple applications. There are a number of magic societies and clubs around the country but again, belonging to one of these does not automatically qualify it’s members ability. I would encourage you to still watch some videos or better still meet up in person.
Some magicians require a ‘tech rider’. This is a list of technical requirements to allow them to do their job. For some, this may be quite lengthy and extensive but for most close-up magicians, their act should be self-contained and they should be able to perform magic to your guests straight out of their pockets. If you are hiring a magician to perform some after dinner entertainment, however, their requirements may be a little longer. Some may need a stage, lighting, technical assistant, head mic, lapel mic, wireless mic or more specific requirements related to their show. For me, my act is fairly self-contained and can even provide my own sound system and AV equipment. If you are hiring a magician for your event in London or anywhere in the UK – it is always worth checking their technical requirements before agreeing to hire them as magician. You don’t want the special occasion to arrive only to find out that their act will be severely hampered because the venue does not have the required tech equipment. More often than not, most events also have DJ or mic set up already so borrowing that is no problem. That said it’s always worth checking.
After going through all the point above and investigating your options, you may feel that hiring a magician for your event is not the correct form of entertainment this time. However, there are many other quirky and mainstream entertainment acts in London you could investigate to fit your budget or theme of your party. Some of the traditional options include a band, DJ or photo booth. But where is the fun in that?
Alternative acts may include a silhouettist. A silhouettist will carefully cut out your guest’s silhouette on black card and give it to them as a keepsake. You may decide for a more traditional caricaturist or a digital caricaturist. The difference here is that one uses pens and the other uses and iPad or a tablet. Other forms of entertainment may be a fire dancer, juggler, a stilt walker, a glitter paint artist, a speed painter or a dance troupe. Whatever you decide, it is worth considering the suggestions above so you are congratulated for hiring the correct form of entertainment for your event!
With London being so vast there are of course a huge amount of London wedding magicians and cabaret entertainers to choose some, and there are some excellent ones out there.
Duncan offers a 100% satisfaction guaranteed which is emphasised in his professionalism, punctuality, reliability and sheer ability to entertain, amaze and astonish.
But it’s not just close-up magic where Duncan excels as a party and event magician. Duncan William has also toured the UK with his critically acclaimed stage show. He has performed at Universities, festivals, events venues and private clubs, not to mention as the main entertainment at weddings and Christmas parties. In fact Duncan’s cabaret act can be tailored to any party or environment.
You can also watch an updated version of his stage show, cabaret show or after dinner show below. (Recently filmed in the London’s West End).
Be it 5 minutes, 45 minutes of cabaret or Duncan’s full 2 hour stage show, he can tailor it to the venue and audience size, and adapt it to your guests or audience. From the smallest of houses to largest of halls or theatres, Duncan’s act has been receiving critical acclaim wherever he has played.
Recent engagements in London have included performing wedding magic in Bromley, Croydon, Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow and Kingston and close up magic and mind-reading in Ilford, Romford, Sutton, Uxbridge, Wood Green, the West End and Knightsbridge.
“Having quit my ‘traditional job’ many years ago to peruse the life of a professional magician, I have never looked back. My magic has taken me around the world and I have visited some incredible places both in the UK, in London and internationally too. Outside of performing magic I love to travel. I often find myself performing magic to local people in some far flung destination. My holidays end up being bus-man’s holidays. However, if it’s something you love to do, then why not. When I’m not performing professionally, you can find me jogging, playing football, working on the administrative side of the business or watching a good thriller movie. Thriller movies, like magic often have an exciting twist at the end. That’s what I try and do when I create a new piece of magic. That last sentence leads me on to my other passion. Creating magic – This is both a challenging but fun process. Sometimes I’ll take an established magic idea and put my own spin on it. Other times I will create new handlings or sleights of hand. Recently, clients having be asking me to customise my magic for their event. This is always a really fun process. I get to understand more about their company and then try and integrate their brand, logo or message into my magic. I often find myself creating bespoke magic pieces too, incorporating their product too. When I’m not supergluing, cutting or playing around with electronics, you can find me gardening. Nothing clears the soul more than spending time in nature. In reality, there are also very few things which are as magical as nature itself. Whether it’s the blooming of a flower, the wonder of wildlife or the roar of the ocean. Nature is both calming and inspirational.
Some of the venues I have performed at have been just as mind blowing. I’ve had the luxury of performing at Blenheim Palace numerous times. This is perhaps the most beautiful stately home outside of London. In London, I’m invited to venues which I never knew existed and if I were not a magician or performer, would never have the opportunity to visit. With the venue, occasionally comes some food and I’ve had the joy of sampling some of the Capital’s culinary delights. In London, I’ll often be asked to perform a couple of hours close up magic and occasionally clients decide to book my after dinner act. This act is something I am truly proud of and know that the client and their guests will experience something truly fun and mesmerising. I often find myself performing magic in one of the several London exhibition centres too, as a trade show magician. Here I can customise my magic to generate sales leads for my client and increase brand awareness. This offers a perfect return on investment and my act gives both a wow factor to their stand but also makes their brand extra memorable. Perhaps the busiest time for me as party and event magician is over Christmas. I often find myself performing as a close up magician in London throughout the festive season. I can be booked as an after dinner entertainer, or as a table magician to perform to guests as they eat.
As wedding magician in London, you can hire me to perform for guests over the wedding photo period, during the wedding breakfast, as the room is being turned around or for your evening guests. I always aim to be the most creative and innovative magician in London and ensure the guests are left spellbound. You can read some of my reviews from my performances in London here”.
If you’ve been searching for a magician in London, then give Duncan William a call straight away. He will give you a no obligation quote in 2 hours.
Local venues to hire a party and event Magician
Haymarket Hotel, 1, Suffolk Pl, London SW1Y 4HX
The Dorchester Hotel, 53, Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
The Shard, 32, London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG
Café de Paris, 3-4, Coventry St, London W1D 6BL
Duncan is a global performer and can be hired to perform his incredible wedding magic or close up magic at venues all over London as well as internationally. Duncan’s more popular areas where he is hired as a wedding magician in London include:
Whitehall and Westminster – full of monuments, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, this is a perfect place for a party.
Piccadilly and St James’ – this is the upmarket part of London and place where Duncan regularly performs drinks receptions and corporate events.
Soho and Trafalgar Square – the bustling nightlife of Soho and Trafalgar Square always attracts lots of visitors and events. Whether it is a big movie launch at a cinema or a street party – Duncan can provide the wow factor for your event in London!
Covent Garden the and Strand – This is one of London’s most lively areas with Covent Garden playing host to a number of incredible street performances and the iconic Apple store.
Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia – a truly creative part of London where many artists and writers have taken up home. Duncan regularly performs at private house parties or after-dinner events.
Holborn and the Inns of Court – Duncan regularly performs at parties and events in London hosted by lawyers and journalists in this old commercial area of London.
The City – The main area of London for financial services. Duncan is often hired to perform his tech or digital magic here as well as his after dinner entertainment or clos eup magic.
South Bank – This is the entertainment and commercial district of London so Duncan is frequently hired to perform, wow, amaze and daxxle guests and clients from around the world at a party or an event.
Smithfield and Spitalfields – Here you can find the only wholesale market in London and plenty of seventeeth century house. This is a lively part of London and perfect for a more quirky event or product launch party.
Southwark and Bankside – Famous for the Tate Modern and the Shakespeare Globe Theatre Duncan occassionally gets hired in this area to perform restaurant magic in London.
Greenwich and Blackheath – A popular area of London, Duncan is often hired to perform at after dinner drinks for clients or the celebration of the completion of a successful project. He can perform either his close up magic in London or his after dinner entertainment show.
South Kensington and Knightsbridge – This is one of the most exclusive and upmarket areas of London. As a result it is here where Duncan is hired to entertained guests with sophisticated and elegant close up magic and mind reading.
Kensington and Holland Park – Here you can find many beautiful mansion and many foreign embassies too. This is a very secure area of London due to the number of embassies and Duncan has occassionally been hired to perform at exclusive embassy events in London too.
Regent’s Park and Marylebone – Regent’s Park is home to the largest concentration of Georgian mansions in London. These beautiful mansions often play host to some elegant banquets, dinners and private parties. Get in contact with Duncan to see he can add an extra wow factor to your event with his contemporary and sophisticated private party magic in London.
Chelsea – You can’t walk too far in Chelsea in London without seeing a high performance sports car. The boutique shops and restaurants are great for hosting launch parties and events or even Christmas parties and Duncan is regularly hired as a Christmas party magician in Chelsea.