We are close to budget, a magician will just cost too much, right?
Wrong. Read on and i’ll explain why it’s the least cost you’ll notice.
Do you need to budget for entertainment?
It’s an expense, you need to budget but is it expensive?
I’m going to talk to you very briefly about the budget and what to expect.
I say briefly because seriously there is not that much to consider.
The average wedding in the UK will cost you £20,000, and that’s the average, a budget wedding will still be around £12,000.
I understand that every factor you consider costs you money but consider this one carefully, the decision to NOT have a magician will cost you far more. Your guests need to be kept entertained throughout key parts of the day, there is a lot going on during some times and at other times…not much. It’s those times of ‘not much’ to really make sure you have thought thoroughly about your guests otherwise they will feel left out, bored and often drained during the long day. If you’ve ever been stood around checking a watch at a friend’s wedding you’ll know exactly how you DON’T want your guests feeling.
Back to budget, remember that average of £20,000, well imagine you hit your budget and forgot about entertainment.
Do you –
a: Stick to budget and leave out the entertainment.
Guests are bored and potentially a wedding disaster for everyone to talk about for years to come.
b: Find an extra £550, so £20,550 to hire a quality magician ‘holla’
Guests are thoroughly entertained and makes the wedding a huge smash for everyone to talk about for years to come.
I’m guessing you answered b? Good!
So you realise you need entertainment, it’s not an extra, it’s an essential.
In the grand scheme of planning, that ‘extra’ really isn’t much is it.
With no disrespect to other wedding suppliers, my service is one the guests will remember and talk about. That feeling I evoke when i’m with them creates unforgettable and lasting memories. Items like chair covers, table pieces, post boxes and all wonderful touches and i’m sure you already budgeted for those and thought about them but, tell me, what chair covers did they use at the last wedding you attended…you can’t remember even the colour can you?
If you do need to budget for that £550 I talked about, look at other things you are having and wonder if leaving them out really will make such difference?
TO RECAP, NOT HAVING A MAGICIAN AT YOUR WEDDING, COSTS MORE THAN HAVING ONE.
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I AM NOT ONLY A PERFORMING MAGICIAN BUT ALSO AN INVENTOR OF MAGIC.
I create unique magic products which I sell online to other magicians and also lecture to magic clubs all over the UK. I have featured in numerous magic magazines and am respected creator among magicians worldwide.
BUT WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
Because of the above, I am able to create unique magic for anyone and I offer that as part of my service to you.
If you have a company event coming up, get in touch below to find out how I can create something totally bespoke.
The impact of having something totally bespoke is huge. Imagine your clients and staff are at your event, being entertained by my magic, that’s wonderful in it’s own right, but to then add in the fact that the magic I am showing them is branded fully and totally unique to you….THAT has a huge impact.
I can even allow the spectator to keep a souvenir and that will go a long way to everyone not only having a great time, but also remembering the event and then showing others long after.
Here is some feedback from a recent corporate party for Linwood Fabrics 25th Anniversary:
I just wanted to say thank you so much for all your efforts on Saturday, you manged to survive the afternoon in your three piece suit beside the blistering heat!
I have heard nothing but wonderful things from all the guests who witnessed your magic on Saturday so I just wanted to take a moment to thank you. The research you must have carried out regarding the Linwood Fabrics and Wallpapers prior to the event in order to build them into your magic was such a personal touch and the Directors especially were overwhelmed by your efforts.
The event has sparked a change in how we conduct future staff events so when I come to planning the next event I will most definitely be in touch and recommend you to anyone looking for a trickster!
Thank you again.
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Make Every Guest Feel Loved By Simply Letting Them Know Where to Sit.
In my time as a magician I’ve had the pleasure of attending 100’s of weddings and I’m genuinely humbled to be a part of every single one – during this time I’ve picked up so many hints and tips which I really feel like would be of benefit for planning couples to read about (also I’ve seen some things to tell you to avoid!)
One thing I have noticed is the joy people have as they arrive at their table and see their place setting. I know you’re thinking this is obvious, great minds think alike…but really, I’ve been to weddings and this little personal touch has been forgotten or not even thought about.
As the guests get to the table, they frantically search for their name to find it not there, they scramble and sit where they like, it’s a mess.
The general table setting is shown on a board at the room entrance, two contrasting ideas but equally lovely here:
With the overall table plans it’s important to:
• Make it easy to read and understand.
• Use large type so people don’t have to stand too close.
• Use an easy to read font.
• Separate the tables clearly and make the layout match the actual room layout.
• Make sure the placement of the plan has plenty of room and space.(There is nothing worse than loads of guests huddled around the board trying to find their name and clogging up the entrance to the room.)
Making it easy to read, the flow from Reception to Wedding Breakfast will work so much better.
Just think – any way to show a guest where ‘exactly’ they are sitting not only helps the flow of the day but also lets them know you care.
You do care don’t you? So do I, lets talk.
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THIS SEASON HAS BEEN AN ABSOLUTE BLAST.
I obviously feel very blessed with the amount of parties both private and corporate I have been involved in but what really interests me is the variety I have seen this year.
This Christmas season has really highlighted how vast the audience for magic really is, it shows that MAGIC REALLY IS FOR EVERYONE.
A variety of parties
I have performed this year for small private parties in homes (8-30 people), small dinner gatherings in restaurants (15-45 people) and larger parties in venues (50-700 people). Each has had its own exciting moments and I really do not have a favourite. With smaller gatherings I get to perform more intimate shows engaging with everyone on a much more personal level which really does create some incredible memories we share and I create emotions as well as wonder.
I have performed my PARLOUR SHOW many times this year but for xmas created a very special version which involved many guests, lot’s of fun and ending with a very special gift for one lucky volunteer. My parlour show varies from a 20 minute spot to a full 1 hour, dependent on numbers, budget and the venue – my parlour show really can fit in very well with any requirements.
Some feedback of a recent parlour show – “Steve performed at our company Christmas party (December 2017) and he was excellent. It was very varied and interactive and even the more skeptical got involved! I think he captured everyone’s imagination and made our evening a wonderful experience. Thank you Steve!” Ellie Wakeford
When entertaining larger number, if done correctly it really can be something very very special. When I performed for Nissan at Silverstone (700 people and one of my bigger bookings), I managed to create an unforgettable atmosphere among several tables all at once, the buzz was incredible and the reactions electric. It’s very easy to get this wrong and only after years of trying out various ideas have I now felt comfortable with what could initially be quite a daunting task. To be the entertainer that everyone is waiting for is a big responsibility and I now rise to the occasion perfectly every time, I actually revel in this environment because I know what I can now achieve.
A snippet feedback from Nissan – “The party went smooth and everyone has given such positive feedback. Steve Rowe the magician was fantastic – he was funny, friendly and very entertaining !”
As well as close-up / table / walkaround style magic I also offer a stage show performance, often as a finalé to the evening and has been really popular this year. Perfect for guest numbers around 80 upwards, my stage show is 30 minutes – nothing to heavy or long and entertaining enough to keep people wanting more. I have also offered this as an addition / end to the evening – I perform close-up either mix and mingle or table performance and then finish with my stage show. This way absolutely everyone gets to experience the magic and really is a little different.
Feedback from Toddington U3A – “I just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed your show today, it really was MAGIC. Also, thank you so much for being so accommodating, you certainly gave a wonderful performance and started our Christmas off in the best possible way.” Angela Watts
So…Magic for everyone?
I started this post talking about how magic is so varied and I really have seen that full on this festive season. I have performed for small groups and large groups – in hotels, bars, restaurants, village halls, large scale conference centres…you name it. Also for children and familes, corporates, private parties and even an amazing group of elders whom really knew how to party.
I am so very grateful to each and everyone whom have either booked me or have been part of my audience this year, not only the festive period but throughout the year. I really feel blessed to have these opportunities and absolutely love what I do.
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I could start every post about a recent gig with this title really. For now, I wanted to let you all know about a recent booking which was slightly different.
The magic community is built up of around 1,500 Magic Circle members all over the U.K, along with many more who are not, it’s difficult to measure the exact number as there are also many ‘hobbyists’ who love magic, perform for friends but don’t actually go out there and perform for an audience as such. This community is a wonderful place, we all share common interest and passion for magic, we chat online, in person at clubs and conventions, we share ideas and thoughts on magic and it is this that helps grow the art further.
On occasion a booking will come up that just is to large for one magician and so the booker, once decided upon the magician to hire, will entrust that magician to find a suitable team for the event. To give you an idea, one magician can handle up to around 100 guests on their own, for walkaround magic over 2 hours perhaps 150, but certainly for tables more magicians will be required for larger numbers. This firstly ensure that everyone experiences some great magic and also that the performer is at the table for a good amount of time, anything from 5-10 minutes (may not seem a lot but certainly with my style, performing fast and visual magic it really is).
So a recent booking came up, not direct to me but I was lucky enough to be invited to be part of a team to entertain guests at a wonderful event. Now this is where the AMAZING comes in. The venue, which I have performed at before was Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, the room The Great Room (see photos, it’s amazing) and the number of guests around 600. My friend Andy Clockwise contacted me as he thought my style would be perfect for the event and given I had performed at this 5 star hotel before, knew I would make an important part of his team. The team was Andy Clockwise, Me ;), Lee Ferriday, John Bulleid, Lee Bell and Steve White. Looking at that line up, if you have ever seen more than one of us perform, you will understand we are all quite different in the styles we use but we are all fun and entertaining – Andy chose a great team.
So why the PLEASURE, well apart from enjoying what I do every step, this was a particular pleasure given our audience. The event was the Annual Ball for non-other than the The Grand Order of the Water Rats! I know! If, for any reason you are un-aware of the GOWR, please do look them up http://www.gowr.net/ but briefly the Water Rats is an organisation for entertainers around the world and is pretty much a who’s who in the entertainment industry.
Having heard the news of the event I was of course excited but also intrigued as to who would be there. When we arrived we were briefed by Andy on the order of the evening and we were to perform casual stroll-around magic for the drinks reception (which we knew in advance). The drink reception was taking place on the balcony area and so we agreed roughly the sections for each of us to perform. Once guests started to arrive and enjoy their first drink we got to work. ‘Work’ I always laugh internally with that phrase for what I do, because really, it’s not work, it is again a PLEASURE. I must say the guests were all lovely, absolutely lovely. These types of event are always fun, everyone is in a great mood but in particular as most were from the entertainment industry, I got a feeling of enjoyment and respect from them all.
We all weaved our way in and out of group, mingling perfectly and performing mind-blowing magic – the perfect start to an incredible evening. Several people suggested I should myself be on TV (a desire that hasn’t struck me yet) and the focus for me was definitely on having fun yet one comment about one of my effects really struck home. I was performing with a group of 6 people, the finale moment was me carving the shape of Supermans face from a lollypop after one lady described him as her favourite super hero….what she said hit me and made me pause and take the moment in. When I revealed what i had done, the emotions went like this. Gasp, pause, confusion, laughter….she then said “I can’t take it in, I feel all giddy, how on earth have you done that” – now, THAT IS MAGIC!
This is exactly what magic is for me and should be for everyone, it’s more than a puzzle or a moment you can’t explain, it is a feeling. That feeling will stay with you, occasionally you’ll be reminded of the moment and the feeling will come back – for this lady, perhaps now every time she sees or thinks of superman, she will be reminded of what I did with that lollypop, a crazy moment that left her feeling physically giddy.
I hope you liked reading this, I could go on all night long about it to be honest but tune in next time for another blog sometime soon.
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Sam became the highlight of my Saturday afternoon.
I was booked to perform for Eddies 80th birthday at the fabulous Laura Ashley the Manor in Elstree.
If you have never been to this venue, I would urge you to take a visit either for a drink, afternoon tea (which looked amazing), lunch or dinner…why? Aside from the amazing food and drink on offer, the view of London from the many dining areas is stunning.
This party was to be a small affair, Eddie’s immediate family – 8 children and 20 adults all enjoying afternoon tea.
I first performed for the children and then for an hour or so entertained the whole room with some fun, visual and interactive magic…ending with a game where Steve managed to match chosen cards to the numbers printed on a ticket for Saturday nights lotto.
Towards the end, one of the young children came up to me with his mummy and she explained that he has started to learn magic tricks for himself, his name is Sam and he is 8 years old.
Sam is a really confident young boy and was keen to show me his latest card trick he liked to perform. He used my deck of cards and asked me to shuffle them up. Under Sam’s clear instruction I then split the cards into 4 piles and chose any card from one pile and show it to the audience. All this was said with such confidence…which for any magician is one of the most difficult things to learn. It is all very well and good learning a trick but if you cannot perform it with confidence, your audience will be lost. I on the other hand, along with everyone watching, was totally enthralled with Sam. Once selected I was asked to place it back, mix up the cards, shuffle them and hand them back to Sam, the magician.
Now, I was following so far but a few moments captured me as to what was going to happen. Was he really going to find my card after all this?
Sam went through the cards, turning them face up, almost all the way through the deck and in fact, went just passed my card. I thought perhaps it had gone wrong but kept a positive face. Sam then said “the next card I pull out will be yours, would you like to bet?” I happened to have £5 on me, so of course offered this as my wager. Low and behold, Sam then went into the pile of cards, and pulled out the very card I had chosen!!!!! That was a great magic trick!
Now, why is this story so important to me?
I started learning magic at the very same age, 8 years old. I don’t remember if I was as confident as Sam, I certainly didn’t know a card trick to the extent of that which Sam had displayed but what I did have was encouragement. When I was growing up, my family, especially mum and dad, really did encourage me to follow anything I wished. They never pushed me into a direction but let me follow my interests and dreams. I think that is so important in life, especially when so young. Later in adulthood we are steered towards certain goals for various reasons, we really do lose the ability to dream and follow our heart to an extent. To see that encouragement for Sam from his own family was really special.
I told Sam and his family about my own background and how I learned from magic sets and books and that I saw something special in Sam. I then showed Sam and his family the first magic trick I learned and gave him and the other children a set to practice themselves. If he continues along this path I am sure he will make a great magician one day.
I have suggested the family go along to The Magic Circle as a treat one day. Although the club is an exclusive club with the best magicians from around the world being members, most people to not realise that The Magic Circle is also open to public and really is a wonderful experience. Some events do have an age restriction but if you book to go, you get to see some incredible magic. The Christmas shows are coming up and you can find out more here: http://themagiccircle.co.uk/public-events
Thank you for reading this post, Sam really was a wonderful end to a perfect afternoon of magic and entertainment.