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Annual update

Like so many blogs this one has fallen by the wayside. Why? To be honest, it’s time. The best intentions I had at the beginning were fuelled by a lot happening for me with magic. But the last year it’s gone quiet because I’ve been tied up with the other things in my life. No bad reasons – family, work, music etc.

BUT, last year was good for magic. The Session was a blast – the Chris Kenner interview was fascinating. And the sell-out run of An Evening of Deception was our best yet. In fact, we’re back again this year – so here’s a plug. Check out the Facebook page for An Evening of Deception for details about the new show.  

This week I’m off to see one of our great performers from last years show, Peter Clifford, in his regular Christmas Show at The Tobacco Factory in Bristol. Pete’s magic is always original and this year’s show, Magic Matters, has attracted some great reviews.

Next weekend the Session is back in Cheltenham and it’ll be great to catch up with some friends who I only see once a year! Some great performers this year as well.

Maybe I’ll get back to writing stuff from my hobbyist point of view again soon. I know what I’ve written in the past has been enjoyed by many and irrritated a precious few. That, to me, is a success!

Bye for now.





An Evening of Deception

After all the build up I can’t believe that An Evening of Deception is over. We had a fantastic three days at The Everyman theatre in Cheltenham  and thanks so much to all of you who came to see the show. It was a complete sell-out and I know the box office could have sold plenty more tickets. As I said in the show it meant so much to all of us involved that people spent real money to come and see magic live. Even with the resurgence of magic on TV you can’t beat the experience of seeing magic up close and personal. I spoke to many of the people who came to see the show and often they’d say that they hadn’t seen magic live before and they loved it! This was really important for me as my driving force for setting up the show was to put magic back in theatres. Not big illusion type stuff, that’s not for me, but more contemporary cabaret style magic.

Thanks must go to all of the people involved : Andi Gladwin, magic supremo, for not only booking all the acts but for doing a brand new act himself. His Rubiks Cube routine was one of the most talked about in the show. Rob James made the trip up from Bristol again to show off his classy style of stand-up magic. From Canada we had the unique Tyler Wilson (sorry to those of you on the last night who couldn’t get to see him) and finally the incredible Steve Faulkner. He’s an award winning street performer and deserves much success. His energy, comedy and ability is second to none and you must try and get to see him. He’s starting to put some magic nights on in Sheffield this year so look them up. Huge thanks to Paul Duggan who was our stage manager. He made everything run smoothly and kept us all calm. Maybe next time he’ll perform as well 🙂 Apart from the EoD team, we’re also grateful to Corin, the technical manager at The Everyman was fantastic and helped with all our little problems without complaining. Without him we couldn’t have done it.

As I mentioned in a previous post I performed Larry Becker’s Casino Royale. Thanks to Tyler we added a really great idea for the prediction – a postcard from my honeymoon in Vegas. A great idea that took a great effect and made it fantastic. If you ever need magic inspiration then track Tyler down.

Thanks also to all of the magicians who came to see the show as well. You were all well behaved – apart from a couple and this is where I want to moan. If you’re a magician and you come to see a show please don’t sit in the audience telling your friends/partner/pet rocky racoon how we are doing stuff DURING THE SHOW or even after it for that matter. It’s a magic show. Telling people how we do stuff no longer makes it magic. I love going to see magic shows and I love sitting there being ENTERTAINED. I do not want to tell people how stuff is done because IT SPOILS IT FOR THEM. Of course I discuss methods with fellow magicians but not with laypeople. Oh, and while I’m on the subject, even if you’re not a magician,  and you get picked to help with a trick, why do some of you feel the need to try and screw it up for the performer on stage? Deliberately being cocky and unhelpful and trying to catch them out. Again you’ve come to a magic show to be ENTERTAINED. You get no sympathy from the rest of the audience. What’s the point of trying to make the performer look stupid on stage? They can cope with it, but wouldn’t it be better to see the act they’d rehearsed? AND…relax…..feel better now…

Thankfully 99% of the audience who came to the show didn’t fit the above category – thanks! You were all fantastic and made An Evening of Deception worthwhile. If you did come to see the show then please let us know what you thought by leaving a comment on this blog. All feedback is gratefully received and if anything didn’t work we can fix it for the next time. One thing is for sure – An Evening of Deception will be back!

Finally, here are a few photos that we took backstage and around the show. Some of the show, some backstage, some sneaky “what do magicians use in their dressing room” shots and some other random stuff. Hope you enjoy them.