March, 2013

Close up magician

March 29th, 2013

Close up magic is magic performed, well, close. But what is a close up magician and why are they so popular at events in London and beyond?
A London close up magician will turn up to an event with nothing but a small case and proceed to entertain a room of people for hours. Close up magic usually consists of card tricks, coin tricks and mind reading tricks and the props used are small enough to carry in the magician’s pockets. One of the reasons that close up magic is popular and that the close up magician is popular at London parties is that is a relatively unobtrusive form of entertainment in as much as the close up magic man does not dominate the whole evening. Rather, he mixes like an over-friendly party guest, moving from group to group and chatting with them for a few minutes, showing them some amazing tricks and then moving on to the next group. Everyone at the party gets to see the magician but nobody feels like he interrupted them for too long.

Many people find close up magicians in London by Googling terms like “magician London” or “Close up magicians London” etc. and that’s fine. However, you should always research which magician is best for your event by looking through their website, taking a look at their videos and chatting with them on the phone. That way you will know if they will be a good match for your event.

In conclusion, close up magicians will always be a popular staple of events in London.

Magicians for Hire London

March 28th, 2013

Are you hiring a magician in London? Good move. Close up magic is a guaranteed way to get people talking. How did my card appear in his shoe? How did he know the word I was thinking of? How did he steal my watch? Will I ever get my watch back? These sorts of questions stimulate conversation amongst strangers.

But the big question is: How do you hire a magician in London? If you haven’t been recommended someone that this is the procedure you will most likely need to follow:

Step one: Type “magicians in London” into Google. You will find approximately ten thousand names pop up. Don’t panic.

Step two: You can immediately disregard all magicians who perform children’s parties in any form. It’s a good rule of thumb that anyone who does children’s parties probably will not be a good entertainer for adults, otherwise they would only be entertaining adults. There are people who would disagree with this, namely children’s entertainers. Look for magicians who are full-time professionals, are members of the Magic Circle and have plenty of proof of their credibility on their website. If the only photo they have is a selfie in the mirror taken with an iPhone then they may not be the professional magician they claim to be.

Step three: Research the names of the people that come up. Are there good reviews of their work online? Is there mention of their existence in places other than their website? Do they have good videos available on YouTube?

Step four: Call or email the magicians you like the look of. They will give you a quote as well as a description of what they can do. Take note of any specialist skills the magician for hire is offering. Are they a mind reader? A pick pocket? Are they funny? If you are unsure just pick up the phone and call. Professional magicians are generally at home in the daytimes and happy to talk. Some magicians in London don’t like to speak and don’t have their phone number online. That doesn’t mean they are not a great magician, it just means they don’t like phone calls. However, if you want to get an idea of whether the magician you are hiring fits in with your event or not then you should be able to tell from a phone call and a good look at their website.

Step five: If you are only looking to hire a close up magician then disregard anyone charging £1000 or more. They are greedy and are trying to fleece you (unless perhaps their name begines with D and ends with Ynamo) .  Incidentally cabaret / after dinner entertainers regularly charge over a grand, so this fee guide is only really for London close up magicians and table magicians for hire. Disregard anyone charging under £200. They are most likely NOT going to a professional. No magicians for hire in London of any standard quotes under £200. I know this because I know the market very well. I have been a professional magician for hire since 2001 and have many friends and colleagues within the industry. A cheap magician will almost certainly be unreliable, flakey and probably a bit ropey. Finally disregard anyone who drops his price in a heartbeat. If they quote you £850 then drop to £350 when you hesitate they shouldn’t be touched with a ten foot wand.

Step six: Make a booking with the person you have chosen. Simple.

Alternatively, you could avoid all of the above steps and just hire an amazing, professional, charming, exceptionally good looking and modest magician in London. Namely: me :-)

Street Magic

March 27th, 2013

The term “Street Magic” is an interesting one. Historically it refers to, well, magicians performing on the street. The sort of thing you might see in London’s Covent Garden for example. They perform for the crowd and because, in their own words, they are not paid by the council, they finish their performance by passing the hat and asking for donations. For this reason street performance is known as one of the most noble and honest professions out there – if you are no good, you don’t get paid. There are plenty of street magicians who became famous. Cellini for example was world renowned as a master of misdirection. Gazzo is an exceptionally funny and talented street magician. Charlie Caper who is now a TV star spent many years travelling the world honing his skills on the streets. Interestingly, street magicians will deliberately keep their appearance a little dishevelled. They want to look a little bit down on their luck as by doing so they are more likely to receive donations from the crowd.

When David Blaine made his first TV special he revolutionised magic on television. By turning the camera on the audience and capturing the reactions, he had created a whole new era. The name of the show? “Street Magic”.  For many years magic has suffered a bit of an identity crisis. Sparkly jackets, mullets, fake tan and inappropriate facial hair – quite frankly not cool. Glitz and glamour works well in Las Vegas but when the average working magician tries it he looks a little silly. However, that doesn’t stop them and as such magic got a reputation for all the wrong reason. Blaine, however, was achingly cool. Young, hip, sexy, brooding… everything that magic needed to give it a kick into the 21st century. Incidentally, if all you know of Blaine is his endurance stunts then you might find this hard to believe. But, before he was standing on a pole for a month he was changing the face of magic.

Younger magicians trying to shake off the bad image of magic from the past adopted the “street magician” title from Blaine. Now, close up magic became renamed street magic. With the new name came a new ideal: pure, stripped down, free of cheese or glitz, just amazement. This was a long time ago – at the time of writing the Blaine Street Magic show was 16 years ago. People under 20 have now probably never even heard of Blaine outside of his endurance stunts. However, his influence remains. From Derren Brown to the UK television sensation Dynamo the ethos remains… you don’t need a Liberace jacket and dance classes to call yourself a magician. Now you can be a street magician and hold your head up high.

Magician South London

March 27th, 2013

South London’s top magician is available for hire for your event!

Baffling in Bexley, bewildering in Bromley, conjuring in Croydon, gasps of amazement in Greenwich, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, magic in Merton, Richmond, sorcery in Southwark, Sutton and wizardry in Wandsworth!

A member of the prestigious Magic Circle of London (the real Magic Circle!) and a close up magician of the finest pedigree, Rob is available for all events. If you are looking for a table magician then he’s also your man. Why not fill out the contact form for a quick response to your South London magician enquiry.

Magician North London

March 27th, 2013

Are you looking for a magician in North London? Rob is one of the most popular magicians covering North London. Rob has entertained everywhere in North London – deceiving in Dagenham, baffling in Barnet, bamboozling the whole of Brent, conjuring his way through Camden, entertaining in Ealing, edifying in Enfield, hypnotising Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, instilling wonder in Islington, konjuring in Kensington and Chelsea (sorry, couldn’t think of a good K word), nimble fingeredness in Newham, roving magic in Redbridge, table magician in Tower Hamlets, wizardry in Waltham Forest, and wowing the whole of Westminster.

In short, if you are looking for an incredible magician in North London to perform close up magic, table magic or street magic then you are in precisely the right place! As a member of the Magic Circle and a professional magician performing for adult audiences Rob is guaranteed to provide incredible entertainment for the most astute and cynical of North Londoners.

London’s finest magician

March 27th, 2013