Hi there! One area of magic I enjoy doing is corporate work; always varied, interesting locations and fun to do.
I was booked recently by Mercedes for the launch of their new electric Smart Car at Syon House in Brentford. I'm a big fan of Smart cars so it was great to see the public trying them out on the drive of the majestic building. It was a family occasion so close-up for kids and adults throughout the afternoon kept the public entertained.
Lucid Group in High Wycombe booked my corporate lecture 'Expand Your Mind'. I spent the morning demonstrating aspects of mind-reading, body language, building confidence and how to train your memory; all aspects which any organisation will find valuable in their workforce. There is even a 20-page booklet explaing the techniques in more detail for everyone to take home. This is all presented with a good dollop of showmanship adding to the fun!
Last week was the Sphere paperback publication day for Louise Jenson’s debut novel, The Sister. Louise booked me (she loves magic!) to be on hand at Waterstone’s in Market Harborough for the launch party and it was a pleasure to be part of the festivities. It was an opportunity to adapt my routines to fit the theme of the night and I even tried some new material to make the magic more bespoke for the event; something I always do for corporate functions. The Sister is a number one best seller and the evening was a celebration of the publication in paperback; I even have my own signed copy now and am enjoying a good read! Louise’s next book, The Surrogate, will be published on September 27th, 2017.
It's been a really busy time the last month; parties, weddings, corporate fun days... in fact I've only had one day off for the past 2 weeks (not complaining though!). Now the schools have broken up I get to perform for holiday clubs too. I do a show followed by a magic and balloon modelling workshop and I always enjoy working with the kids. The pictures below are from a holiday camp I did recently in Colston. Thanks to Jordan for sending me the photos.
One of the great things about being a member of your local magic society (in my case the Leicester Magic Circle) is the number of great lectures you get to see by professional magicians from all over the world. It's great professional development and helps you move forward as a magician. I was lucky enough to be at the Eric Jones lecture last week. Eric was over from the States on his lecture tour (catch him next month on America's Got Talent) and gave a brilliant lecture on some of his favourite effects. The thing I liked about him most was his great teaching style (not to mention amazing magic) and it is so cool to go home enthused about the art and ready to get those coins out!. It helps that he's also a really nice guy too!
A second 'spell' at Bell St. Albans doing a show + workshop for overseas students in the settings of their Hogwarts styled school was followed later in the week by an amazing booking at Warwick Castle for their Staff Party with a War of the Roses theme. Photo opportunities aplenty... a shame my phone conveniently ran out of charge... grrrr. Being surrounded by suits of armour and medieval weaponry in The Great Hall was a perfect backdrop to the occasion.
For the sake of a picture, here's one of Suzy and Keith from a previous wedding. Every couple gets their photo on the backs of playing cards....
Everyone likes cake! No-one more than me. Here's a cake that should never be eaten. It was for Alice's 5th birthday party and a I was doing my 2-hour party package. The theme was MAGIC. I'm sure you'll agree what a great design it is!