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  When I’m performing close-up and chatting with guests, they often ask me questions. The most popular is probably: when did you start doing magic? (about 30 years ago) followed by, are you a member of The Magic Circle? (yes).  Another question that pops up is what my favourite trick is. That’s difficult to answer because I like different magic for different occasions and people. I have, for instance, something I do with playing cards that I keep especially for

There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know. Donald Rumsfold Lots of people had fun at Donald Rumsfold’s expense when he made this pronouncement. As time passed, people reflected on it and thought perhaps there was more to it that initially met the eye.

Getting Things Done (GTD) is the name of the book and productivity system designed by David Allen. It has a huge following. Over 1.6 million copies save been sold, and there are plenty of websites and You Tube videos devoted to it. It is flexible, based on an approach rather than a rigid system. You can implement it with pen and paper or the latest electronic apparatus. There are Apps. You can integrate it with other approaches such as Bullet

  The attitudes encapsulated in the macho ‘Lunch is for wimps’ attitude of Gordon Gecko are coming rapidly to an end. In business and in our personal lives there is a clear grasp of the need to be a bit kinder to ourselves and to others. Probably the most visible aspect of this change in attitudes is in the growing understanding of the need to take care of our own mental health and that of our family, friends, colleagues and

  As a close up and parlour magician, I don’t need to transport very much to perform…unlike my fellow professionals who need a van for their large-scale illusions. Typically I need to carry a few packs of playing cards ( I give cards away as souvenirs so usually I need to replace packs during the course of the evening); cups and balls; fruit (yes, really); pen-knife, blank playing cards (for your thought of card to appear on); business cards; notepads; coins

Not Quite What We Expected Based On Your Webpage   Choosing the right magician for your event can be quite a challenge. There are so many offering the services. How do you be sure you pick one who can actually deliver? Click HERE to watch this short video for some tips on what to look for.    

Last week was a first for me: I became a wedding present! How it All Began It all began a few years a ago when I did a short stint on stage at Y Penwern beer festival. Y Pengwern is a community owned pub in Wales. Carol and Jim, who help run it, are friends going back to 1982. Carol asked me to do a short magic show on stage as an interlude to the music acts.  Well, I love

I had a fantastic time performing at the Harry Potter Convention at the The Printworks in Manchester last weekend. The official name for the convention was Driagacon. About 3500 people attended over the two days. There was a host of actors, activities, exhibits, stalls, music and, of course, MAGIC. I was in the Bierkeller. I performed my comedy magic and mind-reading show in between Q+A sessions with actors from the films. So, Afsha Nazad ((Padma Patil), Louis Cordice (Blaise Zabini),

  Most of my work is close-up at parties, receptions and other social gatherings. Recently, I have had the opportunity to do more stage work. I have already written about the lecture demonstrations I have given to various WI groups around Manchester. A couple of weeks ago I was delighted to have the opportunity to perform at the Chancers Cabaret in the Carlton Club in Whalley Range. It was only a 15-minute slot. My theme was the exploration of the

  DiagCon is coming! My children were part of the ‘Harry Potter Generation’. They waited for every new book eagerly. My wife and I followed the stories, too. One time we all attended a Potter fancy dress competition at the local library. It was to celebrate the publication of the latest novel. I was Mad Eye Moody. My youngest won a prize for being Dobby. Afterwards we went went off to Asda’s to buy a  copy (well past the children’s