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The Types of Magic and Magic on TV (revisited)

Posted on 31st May 2016 15:48:38

Maybe I have been living under a rock but not being a fan of Britain’s Got Talent, and generally any sort of TV talent shows I never saw the act that won and did not even know there was a magician taking part until I saw people post about it. But I am glad to hear that the magician Richard Jones managed to win. I think this will help add to the renaissance in magic and wish him well in the future. I remember posting a while ago about a magician on the show who did not win, knowing that Cowell did not like magic that much. How things have now changed!


What I have also read is the “furore” that has “copied” another act. Does that mean every singer should perform their own creation and not do covers? We all put our own spins on things, and yes even perform tricks by other people, If we didn’t magic shops would go out of business!! Presentation is half the work.

Talking of how doing others magic leads to the question how many different tricks are actually possible? 

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My Top 5 Magic Books For the Beginner Magician

Posted on 7th Mar 2016 15:57:33

As it was just world book last week I’ve decided to belatedly jump on to the book list band wagon and list a few magic books that I feel are important or even essential reading to anyone wanting to start out in the crazy world that is magic.

Often at gigs/in the pub/most places to be honest I get asked how I first got into magic and how I go about learning new tricks. Well in a part answer to one of those questions, I learn many of my tricks from reading books aimed at magicians that teach the mechanics and often presentations.  The books though I will list could be said to be aimed more at the layman (that’s non magician to you and me) as they start right at the basics. They are regarded as classics in the magical literature world and countless generations of magicians have studied them and even keep them close on hand as they suddenly find something inside that they still wish to use.  Of course nowadays there are literally hundreds of magic DVDs, videos and tricks etc to buy but I will concentrate on just the books. In no particular order here are the books that I first started reading. Some of these are quite old now but the information in them is still great......

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Quick February magic type update -

Posted on 23rd Feb 2016 15:27:34

Hello everyone. Hope you are all well. It’s been a while since I have last blogged but I’m still here. Last weekend I was performing cabaret magic at an event in Leeds. It was a right good night helping to raise money as well. It’s not often I get to do much cabaret magic these days as it is mostly close-up.  Hopefully this will change this summer as me and my colleague Craig Stephenson finally get round to developing and putting on our show we tried for last Halloween! Just need to find some time together and a good (spooky?) location in York.

Winter is slowly coming to an end and Spring will be here. The season of weddings approaches! If you would like a magician performing at your event get in contact!! Hopefully in the upcoming months I’ll add some more stuff to this blog, maybe some video footage, a bit about myself, maybe even teaching a simple trick…. Who knows!!

In other news, I have just been accepted to study at York University for a Masters in Early Modern History... hopefully researching somethign related to magic!! exciting times!!

 

Well untill next time.. adios

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Help for Heroes Magic

Posted on 13th Dec 2015 16:43:09

Christmas 2015 is just over a week away now. The most magical time of the year they say. Well it can be when you have a Magician at your event!  I still may be able to squeeze you in so if your party needs some last minute entertainment ideas get in touch!

Just this week I was honoured to perform at the Christmas party at the Help for Heroes recovery centre at Catterick Garrison. This centre helps soldiers who have either become wounded, injured or sick, lead active fulfilling lives.

You can read more about it what they do at this link http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/how-we-help/recovery-centres/catterick-north-yorkshire/

The magic went down really well and I hope I changed people’s expectations as to what close-up magic entails. The reactions visibly changed from “yeah ok magic” to “OMG”

Ok see you all next year – 2016! Hopefully it will be a better year and more people can witness my magic.

Adios

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