Mountain Magic on Ben Nevis

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It was a pleasure and a privilege to entertain visitors on Britain’s highest mountain. Photograph courtesy of Daniel Kershaw.

‘It was awesome seeing you on Ben Nevis. Thanks for making it that extra special!’

Feroz Khan, Ben Nevis, 26th August 2018

Performing magic in challenging environments has always excited and interested me. The magician often has to think quickly on his feet and tailor his performance if the conditions get tough. For example, when performing outdoor magic at Christmas markets many years ago, I would often have to alter my show to accommodate the blustery conditions – not to mention freezing hands – which limited my capacity for sleight-of-hand.

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Beautiful yet challenging. It takes around three hours to reach the summit. The reaction was fantastic despite the wind and rain. Photograph courtesy of Daniel Kershaw.

One challenge I have always wanted to undertake is to perform magic on Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain). Standing at 4,411 feet above sea level, this iconic landmark would be an excellent location to put my magical abilities to the test. In Gaelic the mountain is known as Beinn Nibheis which means ‘venomous’ or ‘malicious’ mountain on account of the adverse weather conditions, which persist for most of the year, and the harsh inhospitable environment.

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The top of the mountain is covered by cloud for most of the year and is a tough windswept environment. But the show went on… Photograph courtesy of Daniel Kershaw.

I was delighted to be supported, encouraged and accompanied by Mr Daniel Kershaw throughout this expedition. Daniel is currently fund-raising for the Brathay Trust. This is a tremendous charity which provides support to young people through innovative community projects. Since 2007 the Trust has also been engaged in assisting ex-service personnel. Next year Daniel will run ten marathons in ten days to fund-raise for this magnificent cause. You can sponsor him at this link: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/danielkershaw10in10

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David Fox and the outstanding Daniel Kershaw at the Commando Monument, Fort William. Daniel is raising funds for the exceptional Brathay Trust.

Overall, it was a tremendous experience and we really appreciated the great reaction we received from climbers on the mountain and at the summit. We also have plans for another exciting  project very soon.

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The views on the ascent of Ben Nevis are breathtaking. We look forward to the next exciting project, not to mention Daniel’s ten marathons in ten days next year! Photograph courtesy of Daniel Kershaw.

The Brathay Trust provide support for young people through innovative and proactive projects. Visit their site now at: Brathay Trust.

To find out more about Ben Nevis and this magnificent part of the UK, please go to: Visit Scotland

Find out more about David Fox and his magic at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or telephone: 07946686258.

 

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Congratulations Dean and Shirley!

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The new Mr and Mrs Alldis. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography

‘Wow! What can I say? David has completely changed my opinion of magic!’

Dean and Shirley’s wedding day, 8th July 2018, Bestwood Lodge Hotel

It was a massive privilege and a pleasure to be part of Dean and Shirley’s wedding celebrations on 8th July this year at the beautiful Bestwood Lodge Hotel. I was delighted when the lovely couple asked me to entertain their guests after the wedding breakfast period. Indeed, it was an additional bonus to have the opportunity to work alongside the exceptional Martin and Ellen Hoyle of Martelle Photography. I have known Martin for many years and this would truly be an evening to savour and remember.

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Special visual illusions for the top table. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
Performing magic immediately after the wedding breakfast always allows me the opportunity to perform some very special magic for the newlyweds. I want to provide them with an everlasting experience and unforgettable memory from their special day. Martin and Ellen were expertly on hand to masterfully capture the action at the top table. It is always vital to start the evening with some high impact visual illusion and I was delighted by the reaction of Dean, Shirley and all of the guests.

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Magic brings everyone together on a wedding day. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
Bestwood Lodge is one of the finest venues in the Nottingham area, and it was fantastic to entertain family and friends in the spacious and elegant bar area. This is an excellent area for close-up magic and I was also able able to perform some high-impact parlour effects for larger groups of people. On a wedding day all the generations are present and I thoroughly enjoyed entertaining everyone from grandparents to grandchildren.

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Some larger parlour illusions at the wedding. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
Magic always helps to build an excellent bridge between both day and evening guests as we move into the latter stages of the wedding day. Dean and Shirley are a very popular couple, and naturally there were a lot of arrivals after 7pm who wanted to share this special moment with them. It really was a privilege to continue to mingle and perform my full repertoire of effects for everyone present.

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Martin and Ellen Hoyle of Martelle Photography. Ready to go that extra mile for you… and much much more.

Recently awarded an elite and much deserved place within the top 100 wedding photographers in the country by ‘Your Perfect Wedding Photographer’, Martelle are truly outstanding. Martin and Ellen Hoyle are an exceptional team when it comes to capturing those special moments on a wedding day. They will always go the extra mile, and more, for bride and groom. The wonderful photographs I have proudly displayed within this blog article are testimony to their talent, dedication and professionalism. Visit their website at: www.martelle.co.uk or phone them now on: 07833 253788.

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Expertly captured by Martelle! A special effect for the lovely bride Shirley. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
If you are planning a wedding, party, black-tie event or social function around the Nottingham area, the conscientious and highly dedicated events team at Bestwood Lodge are always here to help you. Visit their website at: www.bestwoodlodgehotel.co.uk  or phone them today on: 0115 920 3011.

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Romantic shot at sunset. Martin and Ellen went to great lengths to capture this marvellous photo of Dean and Shirley at the perfect moment. Photograph courtesy of Martelle Photography.
Overall it was a marvellous wedding day experience at Bestwood Lodge with Dean, Shirley and all of their wonderful guests. Thank you again for investing your trust in me and congratulations!

David Fox is a professional magician and freelance writer based in the East Midlands. Visit his website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk  or phone him on: 07946 686 258.