Occasionally, as on this occasion, a relative of the bride or groom hire me to perform close up magic in ‘secret’ as a surprise for the couple. It’s a really lovely idea I think (although, I may be slightly bias) and it can be a brilliant gift. A lady called Lesley contacted me via email to enquire as to my availability to perform at Thornton Hall Hotel in the Wirral, for her daughters wedding. She told me the bride and groom both love magic and that she wasn’t going to tell them about it until the day.
I’ve performed at Thornton Hall on quite a few occasions (most recently at an Indian Wedding for a whopping 300 guests), so I know the rooms and layout quite well.
There were around 70 daytime guests, with that number roughly doubling for the evening guests - so Lesley asked if I could perform during the ‘transition’; as the main room was being turned over and the evening guests were just starting to arrive.
This, I think, is a brilliant time to have the magic. It stops any potential ‘lull’ that could occur at this point and is a fantastic way to welcome the evening guests as they’re arriving.
It was a warm evening, so the majority of the guests moved from the main room into the hotel’s garden, where they were able to watch the sunset and magic! It was a really fun night and fantastic to be a part of. I’d delighted to say that the bride and groom loved the magic as well.
I received this lovely testimonial from Lesley the following day:
"Thank you Stephen for a breathtaking performance at my Daughters Wedding last week. Everyone is still talking about you...you were amazing...Thanks again for helping to make the day so special." - Lesley Farrell