Magician Chester

Corporate Magician: 14th November 2015. Skipton, Yorkshire.

Wealth management company, The Pentelow Practice, hired me for their annual client event in November of last year, at Goldsborough Hall in North Yorkshire. They hold the event to celebrate and thank some of their biggest clients; so invited me along to perform some close up magic (and a hint of stage magic) on the night. Following the event, Lynn, the lady who had hired me for the night, sent me the below lovely email:

“Hi Stephen, Just wanted to drop you a line to say a big thank you on behalf of The Pentelow Practice for performing for us at our recent Black Tie Event at Goldsborough Hall. You helped to create a wonderful atmosphere for both clients and ourselves at the Drinks Reception and during dinner. Some great close up magic tricks which took everyone by surprise and a wonderful finale. We will not hesitate in booking you again for future events.” - Lynn Snarr; The Pentelow Practice Ltd

A few months later, Lynn got in touch with me again to see if I'd be available to perform at this years event - this time held at the fantastic Broughton Hall in Skipton. There were roughly 100 guests in attendance so I suggested that 2 hours of close up magic would be perfect.

It was brilliant to be asked back by Lynn and a pleasure to see them all there again! I'm looking forward to seeing them all again next year...

Wedding Magician: 19th September 2015. The Double Tree Hilton, Chester.

Having travelled from my previous event in North Yorkshire, I arrived at The Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Chester, for the wedding of Mr. & Mrs. Colston. Lee, the groom, had been in touch with me to see if I could offer some close up magic after the wedding breakfast and speeches. This is often my favourite time to perform at a wedding, because there is no longer the pressure of the speeches for the head table; and the guests are always in a brilliant mood (food always seems to do that) - so having table magic here is a brilliant way to start the night.

The wedding was full to the brim with guests and everyone seemed to love the magic! There was a real buzz around the room that was really fun to be a part of.

It’s always brilliant when I’m able to add to someone’s special day, and it’s a real privilege to be invited down to perform.

If you’re having a party or wedding in Chester and are thinking of hiring a close up magician, take a look at the video below to see the kinds of reactions that you can expect from your guests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wxMxU7ljds

Wedding Magician: 11th September 2015. Colshaw Hall, Cheshire.

A man called Dieter Hill contacted me a couple of months ago. He was having a small, intimate wedding at the absolutely lovely Colshaw Hall in Cheshire, and was hoping I’d be able to add some close up magic to the day. They were planning of having around 40 guests in attendance, so were looking for some magic during that possible ‘lull’ period, following the meal. The idea was that, weather permitting, the guests would leave the dining area after they’d eaten, and I’d perform the magic in the hotel’s garden.

I’d delighted to say that the weather was absolutely on our side and the guests were able to have drinks and magic in the glorious summers night. The intimacy of the wedding hugely added to the day as well. All the guests knew each other already, so it was amazing fun as soon as I got started and was brilliant to be a part of the night.

If you’re looking to hire a magician in Cheshire (or anywhere else for that matter), please get in touch via the contact page above.

Party Magician: 30th August 2015. Knutsford, Cheshire.

Last April, I was asked to perform close up magic at Mere Golf Resort & Spa by a guy called Gerard Hall. Gerard was organising a 40th birthday party for a relative of his, and was looking for me to add some close up magic to the day. Following the event, Gerard posted the below testimonial on my Facebook page: After that, I was absolutely delighted to hear from Gerard again earlier this year. He’d just had a new baby girl with his lovely wife, and was hoping I’d be available to perform at her Christening in Knutsford, Cheshire. I’m always flattered when a previous clients gets in touch with me again about performing at another event, so I was delighted to see that I was available on the day.

There were going to be around 120 guests there, so I suggested that 2 hours of close up magic would be ideal.

Driving into the venue, I passed a large mechanical bull next to the entrance. Now, any of my friends would tell you I can’t resist a mechanical bull. I’ve got absolutely no idea why, but I’m always drawn to the idea of winning on them (if that’s even possible) and almost always want to give it a go - but I was here for work, so I resisted the temptation and made my way inside.

The party itself was brilliant. The guests were really loud, fun and seemed well up for the magic. Each table seemed to cheer louder than the last, and there was just a brilliant vibe surrounding the entire day.

When I’d finished, I made my way back to the car I saw the mechanical bull again - well, it wouldn’t hurt to have a quick go, I thought…

Private Party Magician: 29th August 2015. Knutsford, Cheshire

I received an email while I was performing away in Portugal, from a lady called Hazel. She was holding a 65th birthday at her home in Knutsford, Cheshire, and was looking to add something a little bit special to the day with some close up magic. There were going to be around 50 invited family and friends in attendance, so I advised that around 1 hour of close up magic, after they’d all eaten, would be absolutely perfect.

The day itself was gloriously sunny (a running theme for all the events I performed at that weekend), and Hazel had hired a lovely marquee and catering company to provide the food and setting for the celebration.

As soon as I walked into the garden I could feel the fun and upbeat atmosphere, and I knew that this was going to be an event to remember! Everyone was in a real party mood and the the magic seemed to hit just the right note.

Private parties like this are a real pleasure to be invited along to perform at, so it was fantastic to be a part of, and be able to add to the day.

Magician Chester // Strange Gigs

http://youtu.be/4wxMxU7ljds As a magician in Chester, I’m asked to perform at all off kinds of events - ranging from corporate awards dinners, to weddings and birthday parties. No matter what the event, the chances are I’ve been asked to perform at it at one point or another.

In fact, a strange one has just come to mind: I received a phone call about 8pm on Thursday, 28th February 2015 from a guy asking if I’d be available to perform at 7:30am the next morning! 7:30am!

A booking that last minute is fairly unusual (although not uncommon), but one so early in the morning is almost unheard of.

It turned out that the person phoning was from a vacuum cleaner sales company, and every so often they give their sales team something exciting and different to start their day. It helps them to sell more machines, apparently. They’d had morning discos; singers; and now, wanted a magician.

So, the following morning, after a huge cup of coffee (magicians generally don’t get up that early), I set off for the sales centre. When I arrived they were just about the wrap up a morning brief, after which they were going to introduce me.

To make it more surprising for the team, they didn't want to introduce me as ‘a magician.’ Rather, they told the staff that I was the owners son (young looks have to come in handy at some point) and that I’d be giving a talk on the companies numbers.

Having me be the ‘bosses son’ was a really fun idea actually. So now, in character, I stood in front of the collective 40 or so sales force and presented an impromptu presentation on the company - of which I knew nothing about, other than the words ‘vacuum cleaner.’

I offered to give a demonstration on how the team can improve their monthly sales, and asked if anyone had a banknote. Someone, who seemed slightly skeptical, reached into their wallet and handed me a £20 note. Slowly, I rolled it up; picked up the glasses of water which was on the table and continued to produce a real goldfish from it.

The response from the room was huge. They genuinely had no idea I was a magician and were fully expecting a tedious talk about finance, so the production of a live goldfish couldn’t have been more unexpected. It has nothing to do with ‘improving their monthly sales’ of course, but I thought it was as good an excuse as any.

I reintroduced myself to the group, now as the magician, and the next 20 minutes or so flew by. It turned out to be a really brilliant morning and was a really fun thing to do… even though it was at 7:30am.

Looking at my calendar for that day, is also happened that I was performing at The Griffin in Cheadle, Chester than night as well. The manager at the time, Lee, was looking for something different to attract customers to the restaurant on Friday nights and to get them talking about the venue with their friends - so he decided to have ‘Magic Fridays.’ It was a really good idea actually; not only were the guests getting great food, but they were also getting some close up magic right at their table, completely free.

I performed at The Griffin for a number of months, but unfortunately due to now performing out of the UK for the majority of the year, I was no longer able to continue. Close up magic is definitely something I’d recommend to restaurant owners though - it’s fun; it will get your guests talking about the restaurant and can also be perfect addition to particularly busy nights - keeping the guests happy whilst they wait for their food.

So if you’re holding a party, wedding or even something a bit more unusual in Chester (or anywhere for that matter), feel free to contact me via the contact page above; I’d love to be a part of it.