How To Find The Perfect Close Up Magician For Your Wedding or Party
Well obviously I am going to say I am the best…! But I really will give you an idea ‘What maketh the magician!!’
Unlike many professions where you have to train and gain qualifications in an industry, when it comes to being a magician, anyone can learn a few simple tricks and call themselves a magic man. But if you compare them against someone who has closely studied the art and have had years of experience in performing and entertaining people, there is a massive gap. It really is the equivalent of someone strumming a few notes on a guitar and a classically trained musician.
But when it comes to magic, often the skill and precision is in hiding all of the trickery and method through sleight of hand and misdirection… So when it comes to seeing how good a magician someone is, then if you can’t see how good they are, is often the answer! (in reverse, if you can see things going on, then they possibly aren’t as expert in the craft)
Really when it comes to finding the perfect close up magician or entertainer for your event or wedding it is about what value they can bring to you and your guests. Firstly can they amaze your special guests with some astounding trickery? Secondly can they entertain and create an amazing atmosphere around your party?
It is the whole package.
A true seasoned quality magician will be able to interact with the people at an event, bring groups together and get them engaging in the entertainment. They will build rapport with guests and fill the room with fun and laughter. I often call this ‘Magical Fireworks’ as small explosions of laughter, applause and cheers keep going off around the room as the magic is taking place with different groups at different points of the day or evening event.
I know it’s a cheesy title but hey that’s what it’s all about!! Christmas is a crazy busy time for me as so many people ask me to entertain their guests at their Xmas parties. Traditionally this is the time of year when companies splash out on their staff party and people get a little too tipsy under the mistletoe. It can be the same old meal and DJ with very little to remember about it other than Dave from accounts disappeared with a tipsy Mary from Reception and Mary returned with what appeared to be clowns makeup for lipstick…
Isn’t it time you added something new that will keep your people talking well after the party and talking for the right reasons and not just because Dave’s wife now accompanies him to every social occasion and Mary has stopped drinking.
Well here’s a lovely suggestion for your… Book me!!
An Amazing, Astounding, Awesome Close Up Magician
Yes that’s right folks, by adding an amazing close up magician to your festive events you can have a interactive comedy packed attraction at your party which will fit in with the traditional party proceedings but will bring everyone together in a unique way. The amazing close up magic I perform is always a massive hit and it fills those boring periods whilst you are all arriving and getting into the swing of things or whilst everyone is waiting for the buffet to be served.
This walk around type of entertainment will suit parties large or small. On site or at local venues. It can work in a large banquet or small one table group in a restaurant.
I perform amazing magic tricks and encourage plenty of audience participation which means everyone has a great time being actively involved in the entertainment rather than watch a few scary individuals murder a karaoke song.
Here is a recent feature article about me in the UK’s monthly magazine for the International Brotherhood Of Magicians. It discusses my career and early years in magic along with info about my appearance in this year’s magic convention gala shows.
Preston’s Polished Performer of Prestidigitation
by Geoffrey Newton
It’s the British Ring convention next month so I am looking at another star of the event. This time the featured artist is someone who stems from my area of the country. Andrew Green was brought up in Preston, Lancashire and was bitten, like many, by the magic bug at a young age. He spent much of his time in libraries and book shops searching for anything magic and when he was 10 had already joined the local magic club and discovered his first magic dealer.
Being a Lancashire lad meant that he was not far from Blackpool where, still as a youngster, he was able to attend the convention and witness amazing feats of magic like Blackstone’s floating light bulb. As a somewhat inexperienced magician he could not believe what he was seeing. At this time Andrew was rather a shy boy so he decided to opt for the more visual than patter style of performance. In those days there were many manipulation acts on the scene so he had plenty to seek inspiration from.
Additionally Andrew decided to expand his world into the performing arts. This produced a massive learning curve, involving dance which in turn taught him posture and muscle memory and also improved his stage confidence considerably. By the age of 15 he had been offered some weekend work with the Sherriff’s family entertainment bar at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. He presented an 8 minute act up to three times a day all through the summer to a live audience. This had given him a real life experience in a true working environment.
After leaving school he continued his studies in the performing arts and dance in the company of like-minded creative people. It opened up new aspects of theatre, to what was available and the dedication needed in training, dealing with competition and how to meet professional challenges. Although he never intended to be a dancer par se it gave him a great knowledge of the subject and created his respect for choreography and the ability to incorporate this in his future shows.
After graduating from college his intention was to become an actor but life took a change when he attended an audition for the New Mystique show in Blackpool. Although he was not successful at this point, the company who produced the show ‘Stageworks’ offered him a summer season in Jersey fronting the magic show there. (He must have liked this organisation as he continued to work for them for the next 10 years.)
All this was now 20 years ago and Andrew has fond memories of his first real steps into professional showbusiness. It had given him the opportunity of seeing other professional artists rehearse, watching dance routines being created and spending time in props and wardrobe departments. It also had an added bonus of working with a team of glamorous showgirls. All this opened his mind to the development of his magic on a grander scale. He would be given notes resulting from rehearsals which allowed him to refine his performance technique and create a discipline which he still uses today with his own dancers. Looking back on all this, Andrew feels that if it had not been for this intensive inroad to the real world he would not still be working professionally today.
Over the years he has had many top rate engagements including, C’est Magnifique at Leeds City Varieties, Folie de Paris, and Swing into Salsa. In Swing he not only performed illusions but also presented vocals, dance, fire eating and juggling. Now you see where his studies in wider aspects than magic really came into being. He feels lucky to have been able to work with some amazing artists and made some great friends along the way.
He now regularly performs with his large illusion show on cruise ships, the corporate sector and some interesting celebrity parties.
Very few people know that Andrew, along with his magical and theatre skills also has another string to his bow, being that of a graphic designer. He creates all the artwork for Mark Mason’s JB range of magic and all of Wayne Dobson’s products. He has produced posters for Juliana Chen’s Las Vegas show and other theatre productions. Learning the art of graphic design has certainly paid off.
He recently took some time off from full time performing to concentrate on his other tech companies but is now back with a new and improved show. He has been appearing at a variety of UK magic conventions and we are lucky to have secured his services for our event in Eastbourne this year. In fact it is a double treat for conventioneers as he will be appearing at the Congress theatre on Saturday 26th September on the Sooty Show and also on the Gala of Magic and Variety. I last met up with him at the Northern Magic Circle convention in April and enjoyed his exciting performance and also an excellent lecture which was full of good ideas.
He has just returned from Dubai and looks forward to being with us all next month. Andrew is clearly a man of many talents, dedicated to what he does and certainly, in my opinion, one of the best illusionists available today.
When you are planning your wedding there are a stack of uncertainties and worries about how to go about creating the perfect day. Once the initial excitement of wedding preparations dies down you are faced with an enormous task ahead. For many it is the most stressful experience of their lives. This is for a very good reason… You are not a wedding or event organiser. Even professionals can get stressed. The difference is they draw on experience to ensure that everything goes to plan.
But one of the biggest fears of all is… ‘Will my guests get bored at my wedding?’
Every wedding day has two sides to it. The first is the experience that the bride and groom have during the day. The second is the experience that guests have. On your special day you will be swept up in all of the elements of the wedding and will not have a second to think once it has begun. You will be focused on the wedding attire, hair and makeup and then your amazing ceremony. You will be quickly rushed off to have photos, then into the wedding breakfast where you will be involved in speeches, wedding gifts and more. This often moves straight into the evening event where you are welcoming evenings guests and preparing for the first dance etc etc …. Your schedule is jam packed! You will look back at the day and feel like it was all an amazing blur.
But for your guests the experience of the day will be much different in many cases. It will have long periods of waiting whilst you are busy meeting and greeting etc. They will often be stood with people they don’t know and sometimes struggle to make small talk. Often people can feel uncomfortable in social situations and will turn up to events, stay for a period of time to ‘show their face’ and then head off quite early.
You will have brief moments with each of them to say hello but whilst you are moving around the room in a whirlwind of activity, your guests will be waiting for the next part of the wedding to start.
Dont Panic!! I will reveal the solution…
The key to creating an amazing wedding day is to ensure that all of your guests are engaged throughout the day and they are made to feel like they are a part of your journey.
You want to look at ways to share the excitement of YOUR experience with them.
There are many simple ways to achieve this.
1. Find a great wedding photographer with personality and passion to create amazing candid group shots and stunning portraits but will also generate energy within a group and make the experience of having photos taken a lively and enjoyable one. As well as creating a good atmosphere this will help relax your guests which will come across in the photos as natural fun expressions guaranteed! I can highly recommend Steve & Stephanie at http://ashtonphotography.co.uk/
Have the photo shoot in an area close to the drinks reception. I have seen so many times a bride and groom on the lawn in the distance with people shouting for individuals to join them for a photo. This creates a sense of separation during a drinks reception. Almost like the guests are only observers of your wedding day and not participants. By creating the photo experience around the guests you will also have more memories of the wedding reception as a whole and not just block periods during the day.
Find a good host. Now this may not mean a master of ceremonies. This is quite a formal way to run weddings these days and may not fit the theme of your day. But that is not say they don’t have value. Often wedding planners can act as hosts for the day in a more informal personal way or a personality DJ who will host the whole day not just run the party at night. Your wedding venue may have a great event manager who is comfortable with hosting (although venue managers will often run the event from the perspective of the venue and not always for the benefit of the couple. Also they may get tide up with sorting things out in the kitchen whilst things need managing with the guests, thus causing a conflict) What you are looking for is someone you can put trust in to make your guests feel comfortable and keep the pace and energy of the event up.
And Here Comes The Biggie…!!! Wedding Entertainment
Entertainment. Create an entertaining atmosphere right from the start. Most people only consider wedding entertainment as an afterthought. Book a DJ or a Band to fill up the evening once all of the formalities are over. But the secret to ensuring your day creates lasting memories for your guests in the same way as you, is to consider the day as a whole.If anything the lull period during the drinks reception when people have yet to get to know each other, is often the most important time. It is a time when people need a way to break the ice.Obviously this comes down to budget, but if you look at each of the things you are considering having at your wedding day and identify the value to you, to your photos and to your guest’s experience, you will quickly find areas of importance and space in your budget.
Try analysing your wedding ideas like this.
Idea – Hire A Wedding Magician (OK I’m a little biased… but stick with me)
Value to You:
You can see some amazing magic, experience something special for just you and your partner (often leaving you with a special keepsake of the day from the trick). You will hear the applause, laughter and energy around the room as each group experiences some quality entertainment in a flexible sophisticated way. You can relax knowing that your guests are having a good time.
Value to lasting memories (photos / Videos):
The reactions and expressions of your guests as they experience the magic will create the perfect photo opportunities. These moments can also be captured on video for you to enjoy afterwards as well. These are much more powerful than people just smiling in staged photos or waving into camera. These are your special guests genuinely enjoying the moment and will thank you for it afterwards.
Value to The guests:
During the initial period of a wedding when people are getting to know each other, a quality wedding magician will act as the perfect introduction for people to start talking. They all experience the magic together and will often talk about what they have seen long afterwards. It is this kind of interaction that builds energy within a group, it allows people to relax in each other’s company and they feel much more a part of the day.
From 20 years of experience I can honestly say that even the coldest, most awkward of groups have melted after a few minutes . Any form of quality interactive entertainment is worth its weight in gold at a wedding. Anything that engages people and brings them together in a joint activity acts as an amazing icebreaker.
You can enjoy the music during your photos and also you will know your guests are enjoying it
Value to lasting memories (photos/ videos):
It will make your photos look lively by dressing the background of photos. The videos of the performance will add to the feel of your wedding video, it will act as background music to any videos taken. People will be more likely to post videos of the entertainment on social media especially if the artist engages the audience and gets them involved in some way.
Value To Your Guests:
The room will feel warmer with entertainment, they will feel more relaxed and will settle into the day rather than having pre-recorded music playing. An interactive performer will act as an icebreaker
Idea – Ice Sculpture for reception area
Value to you = It is beautiful and makes you feel your room is dressed with elegance Value to lasting memories (photos) = It will appear on a few lovely photos Value To Your guests = They will appreciate it as they arrive
Idea – A Candy Cart
Value To You = A quirky novelty that you will see your guests enjoying (often children) Value to lasting memories = Some unusual photos with people enjoying the sweets. Create interesting photo backdrops. Value to your guests = A colourful attraction to visit (especially with children). A Nice gift bag to take home.
As you can see, the last two ideas, can add a wonderful extra feature to the day but it gives you an overall perspective of value when allocating your budget.
Now it is said that a wedding day is all about the bride and groom and you should plan everything so that your day is amazing just for you. This is true but by considering the experience as a whole will increase the enjoyment for you as your guests will help generate an amazing atmosphere around you.
All or nothing!!
When booking the different elements of your wedding, in my experience it is better to do it properly or not at all. The old saying rings more true here than anywhere… “You get what you pay for”.
If you decide you want some entertainment for the children then look at hiring the best entertainer in the area. If you find the cheapest then it may well cost you in the end. You will get some amatuer who provides an unreliable second rate service that could either let you down or have the children running wild. The total opposite to your original plan.
A cheap local DJ may fit your budget but may just turn up with shabby equipment, sit behind a laptop all night and never engage the crowd. There is nothing worse than hiring a human playlist. When what you really wanted was a DJ host that would get the crowd packing the dance floor, Filling the room with amazing lights, entertaining the audience and mixing the music up to please everyone.
^Worst Wedding DJ – Video^
We have all been there, at an event and a terrible artist starts his/her show and everyone stares uncomfortably at each other not wanting to be rude by pointing out they are ruining the atmosphere.
The last thing you want is for people to be talking about your wedding the next day to their friends and the focus being on how bad the wedding singer was etc. You want everybody to be as excited about sharing stories of your amazing fun packed wedding day as you will be.
All of this comes back to the difference between the bride and groom’s experience of the day vs the guest’s experience.
If in doubt book one excellent entertainer rather than a few average ones.
How to find the good ones…?
There are plenty of places to start. Do some general Google searches on the ideas you have and save them in a favourites folder. Then once you have a list of ideas, search Youtube for more videos of that performer, find them on Facebook and read some of their testimonials. Also speak to entertainment agencies. They will have even more ideas to share. Reputable agencies will also give peace of mind should anything happen to the artist booked (although sometimes you will pay a little extra via agencies and may not always get personal contact with the artist themselves)
Take a look on Wedding forums and see whose name pops up regularly. Or in the case of children’s entertainment NetMums is a good place to start.
Wedding fayres are also a great place to visit and get a taste of what is available. But remember often the best wedding suppliers are too busy to attend the wedding fayres as they are out there making amazing weddings.
Recommendation is always a the best place to find the perfect wedding suppliers. Speak to friends or other people who have recently gotten married. Have a chat to the event managers at wedding venues and get contacts from them. They will have seen the best and the worst entertainment and will be able to guide you.
There is a lot of trust involved in organising a wedding because at some point you have to let go of it and put it in the hands of other people with the hope that they will treat it with respect and that they will honour your amazing plans. This is scary, but if you listen to people who have been to hundreds of weddings and naturally know how to structure the flow of a wedding day experience then it will give you a powerful insight into what your guests will enjoy and allow you to relax in the hands of true professionals.
Create your perfect ceremony, build an amazing experience for your guests and the two combined will create an amazing energy around your day that will stay with you for a very long time.
But please remember to do one thing…
Once you have created this incredible day and you realise that your fears of having a boring wedding day have disappeared, take a moment with your partner at various points during the day to look around and enjoy the moments. As I mention earlier, your special wedding day will wiz by and before you know it it will be over. Take those moments to soak it all up. It is those magical moments that will last a lifetime.
I hope you have found something useful amongst my rambling thoughts that will help you with your wedding plans.
If you would like to discuss ways I can make your wedding day even more magical by adding some amazing wedding magic for your guests then please get in touch. I would love to hear from you and to hear about all of your wedding plans.
For more information visit www.modernmysteries.co.uk or give me a call on 07702 153290
One of the leading UK Wedding Magicians
When it comes to organising a wedding you want to ensure that it is truly a special day. Obviously all the guests you invite are friends or family but it is often overlooked that many people won’t know anyone else at the wedding except for the happy couple.
This is where your entertainment can play a massive role. Wedding magic can break the ice and fill those gaps during the day that are periods of waiting for the next stage of the wedding party to get underway. It is an interactive form of wedding entertainment that brings groups of people together and engages them in a special moment of magic that creates a talking point long afterwards.
Through my experience as a wedding magician in Lancashire I have seen how my magic can create a real buzz around a drinks reception and also produce some fantastic photo opportunities.
This style of wedding entertainment is non intrusive and is flexible to almost any environment. It is one of my favourite types of events to perform at as everyone is always happy and in a receptive mood.
I always ensure that I get to perform some special magic for the happy couple and always leave them with some small souvenir of the magical moment.
My job as a wedding entertainer in Lancashire and surrounding areas is quite a privileged one as I get to see people on the happiest day of their lives and I try to ensure that I add a little bit more magic to it…! (Sounds cheesy but very true!!)
If you are planning a wedding please get in touch on 07702 153290.
It always amazes me the ways in which people find me to discuss booking me to perform close up magic at their parties. Obviously a lot of people can find me on the internet via Google. But I would say that the majority of people who call me have seen me at another party or I have been recommended to them by someone who has.
People often say to me that they have had my business card in their purse or wallet for years ready for that time when they are organising a special event. This to me is the best kind of compliment. It means that the close up magic that I do has had a lasting impression on the people who see it.
Obviously as a wedding magician in Lancashire many people see me perform the mix and mingle magic as wedding reception entertainment. At these kinds of events people are often a little shy when it comes to joining in at first as they might not know everyone else but once they join in with the magic they soon relax and enjoy the party. This is probably the best kind of advert I could wish for because people can see how special this type of wedding entertainment is and how it can really help build a party atmosphere.
I am lucky enough to perform at weddings across Lancashire, Cheshire, Yorkshire and much further afield. As a wedding magician I often see some amazing weddings and parties, but also see some of the mishaps. It is this experience that I often pass onto potential customers so that they can ensure their special event is perfect. I am sure that this is why many of my clients rebook me time and again to entertain their special guest with my amazing close up magic.
5 Ways A Close Up Magician Can Make Your Next Event Amazing
So you have been tasked with making your next big bash even better than last year’s, but you are struggling to beat the giant sumo competition or bungee jump. Maybe you are looking to make this year’s event sophisticated and add a touch of class to the proceedings? It can be difficult to choose appropriate entertainment that fits in with your guest list, is flexible to the nights theme but has maximum impact that will leave your guests talking about it for weeks.
I am pleased to reveal the answer and save you from those party night traumas!
By booking a quality close up table magician, you can keep your guest enthralling throughout the evening in various areas of the party and create some special lasting memories.
Here are the 5 Top reasons why a quality close up table magician will transform your next special event:
1. A professional close-up magician will act as a fantastic icebreaker at the start of the evening. They will mix and mingle among the guests performing incredible sleight of hand magic that brings people together, connects them in a shared magical moment and leaves them with a magical talking point to start the conversation rolling. Priceless!
2. The magical entertainment can take place in every area of the event. The magician will move as your guest move and so it is not restricted to one place or time during the event. This means the guests will enjoy the amazing effects throughout the night. This can be most valuable during any quieter monents when your guest are waiting for the next element of the party to commence. The magician can bridge the gap whilst also being an amazing spectacle in their own right.
3. Close-up magic is an interactive form of entertainment. It engages people in ways that other attractions cannot. Whilst a band or dj can provide music around a room, a magician can create a powerful moment of magic that people remember forever!! When magic is performed well and happens in the hands of your guests they often recount the experience for years.
4. Fantastic photo opportunities! You only need to look at the reactions from the people witnessing the amazing magic to realise how many special moments can be capture on camera of people enjoying themselves. These are lasting testimonials to the exciting time they had at your party or corporate event.
5. Close Up Table Magic or Street Magic is cool! With the likes of Dynamo, David Blaine or Troy on TV magic shows people are loving this cool form of entertainment. People get excited when they see a magician performing at an event and cannot wait for them to join their group so that they too can be amazed!
Close up Table Magic is a really innovative form of entertainment. You can book a magician for private or corporate events, weddings, exhibition or trade show stands and even after dinner speaker slots. It is a fantatastic way to ensure your next important event has that extra magicial element.
To find out more about close up magic contact Andrew Green top UK close up magician and he will be more than happy to discuss ideas for your event in Lancashire, Chester, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Birmingham, Leeds, Yorkshire etc etc etc at www.modernmysteries.co.uk