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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