Nick Elliott – Photographer of the Stars

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It was a tremendous pleasure to meet Nick Elliott at the offices of Siren FM in Lincoln three years ago. Nick is one of the most sought after professional photographers in the UK, and I consider myself very privileged indeed to have developed a friendship with him.

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The legend Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden – Nick is a trusted photographer of all the top Rock bands

Despite boasting a formidable CV, and having photographed a galaxy of celebrities over the past five decades, Nick is incredibly modest, down-to-earth and is very much a people person. What struck me first about Nick is his ability to strike up a fantastic rapport with anyone from any background – along with his natural curiosity for the world around him. I was also extremely impressed with Nick’s exceptional musical knowledge, and how he has worked with many of my heroes: Rock Royalty such as Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, Alice Cooper and Lemmy.

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The one and only Lemmy – Nick is one of the chosen few who have captured Rock Royalty in full flow.

Photography is an art, and Nick Elliott is a veritable master of his craft – dedicated, meticulous and precise when it comes to capturing the very essence of a particular moment, situation or event. His work speaks for itself, and prestigious advertising agencies such as Saatchi and Saatchi frequently call upon his services to help promote world famous brands, products, services and celebrities.

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Photographer of the stars – Nick is available for photo shoots throughout the UK and beyond. Contact him now.

The man behind the lens who never misses a beat, Nick has conducted projects with Prime Minister John Major, HRH Queen Elizabeth II, and the Liberal Democrats. But it is in the fast paced world of Rock and Roll where he has developed a sensational reputation. This is not a domain for the faint-hearted, but a man of Nick’s stature, charisma and skill always ensures an exceptional end product.

Nick Elliott may be the man who is trusted by the stars, but the fantastic news is that he is available for weddings, parties and corporate shoots throughout the UK and beyond. Why not bring a touch of magic and class to your next special event by contacting Nick Elliott now? His website is: Nick Elliott Photographer Contact telephone number: 07881 650883.

David Fox is a professional magician and freelance writer based in the UK. His website is: David Fox Magic and his contact number: 07946 686 258.

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Forever Green – Exceptional Function Facilities

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Jason Parnell is an exceptional photographer who captured the climax of this magical routine perfectly. Photograph courtesy of Jason Parnell.

If you are currently organising your wedding, party or corporate event, Forever Green offers exceptional facilities. Nestled away in the idyllic location of Ransom Wood Park, the venue boasts a tranquil yet highly accessible environment for your next red letter day. This central location makes Forever Green an excellent choice for a very special occasion as it is so close to the urban areas of Mansfield, Nottingham and Newark, as well as being within 15 minutes drive of the M1 motorway.

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Forever Green boasts a friendly approachable team who are committed to providing first class service. Photograph courtesy of Jason Parnell.

The events team provide a first class service, and I have been very fortunate to have entertained guests on several occasions at this fantastic venue. Indeed, I was delighted to be invited to perform magic at their Christmas market last December, and it truly was a day to remember. Forever Green promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to business, and have forged an excellent relationship with local enterprise. The festive market provided an opportunity for small business owners from around north Nottinghamshire to showcase their talents and fantastic services.

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The Christmas Market was an exciting opportunity for local businesses and people to come together – some magic for the guests. Photograph courtesy of Jason Parnell.

Local photographer Jason Parnell was on hand to capture the fun and festive spirit. Jason is available for events and promotional shoots around Nottinghamshire and beyond. As well as being a wizard with the camera, Jason is also a friendly, approachable and highly professional gentleman. Indeed, I was delighted when he offered to provide some excellent photographs from the day to post in this blog article. For more details, visit Jason’s website at: www.jasonparnell.co.uk or phone Jason on: 07515313511.

To find out more about how to make your wedding, party or corporate event a magnificent occasion, visit Forever Green’s website at: www.forever-green or contact their exceptional events team on: 01623 675323.

For customised magic at any occasion, visit my website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or phone me on: 07946686258.

Gillian and Andrew’s Christmas Wedding at Hotel Van Dyk

‘Thank you for making our day so perfect!’

Gillian and Andrew, Hotel Van Dyk, December 2017

pc0316261.jpgI was delighted when Gillian and Andrew asked me to entertain everyone on their wedding day last December at the stunning Hotel Van Dyk near Chesterfield. It truly was a magical Christmas marriage, and the newlyweds’ nearest and dearest were a real pleasure to befriend. The warmth of Gillian, Andrew and their guests – coupled with the tremendous hospitality of this exceptional venue – ensured it was a perfect day.

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The affable Matt Rogers (wedding photographer) was on hand throughout the day to capture the essence of the proceedings. They say a photograph speaks a thousand words – and they most certainly do in Matt’s very capable hands. Not only is Mr Rogers a magnificent master of his craft, but his wit, charm and friendly persona ensure that the guests are always very relaxed in his presence. Matt kindly permitted me to use some images on this blog post. Find out more at: www.mattrogersphotography.co.uk. Telephone number: 07943 669486. Or visit and ‘like’ Matt on Facebook at: Matt Rogers Photography.

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Hotel Van Dyk is a splendid venue for close-up mix-and-mingle magic in the bar area, function suite, garden and patio. It was a real pleasure to mix closely with Gillian and Andrew’s guests after the wedding breakfast period prior to the first dance. It truly was a tremendous privilege to be part of such a special day, and I wish the newlywed couple all the very best for the future.

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If you are planning a wedding or special event, visit Hotel Van Dyk’s website today at: Hotel Van Dyk. Or contact Michelle and the exceptional events team on: 01246 387386.

Find out more about David Fox and his magic at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or phone/text David: 07946 686 258.

Wedding Rings and Superstition

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The Russian Prince Urussoff was a worried man indeed. Whilst honeymooning on the Black Sea, his wife’s wedding ring slipped from her finger and vanished beneath the waves. Deeply distressed, the nobleman solemnly recalled the family superstition that the loss of a wedding ring would inevitably lead to the break-up of the marriage. What could he do to reverse such ill fortune?

After much deliberation, the Prince decided to purchase both shores of the Black Sea from several hundred owners. Despite paying approximately $40 million, he reasoned that if he owned the entire sea, he also laid claim to everything in it – which included his wife’s wedding ring.

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The superstitious Prince purchased the entire 168,500 square miles of the Black Sea

It is small wonder that something as special as the wedding ring has become an object of mystery, intrigue and superstition. Rings have been utilised as potent symbols of alliances, oaths and matrimony since time immemorial. The ancient Egyptians venerated the ring as the sacred symbol of eternity.  They chose to place a wedding band on the third finger as they believed this contained an artery which ran directly to the heart – a custom we continue to observe in modern times.

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Rings have been a symbol of marriage, fidelity and allegiance since Ancient Egyptian times

Superstitions associated with wedding rings vary through time and space. In parts of medieval Europe, dropping the ring during the ceremony was said to be a good omen which warded off evil spirits. However, in other cultures this was looked upon less favourably. If the ring was too tight, it was a warning that your partner would become overbearing and the marriage would fail. The inverse – a loose fitting wedding band -implied a very high probability of infidelity.

Incredibly, wedding rings are one of the few personal items inmates in prison are permitted to retain at all times. Such a demonstration of their power helps to maintain the universal superstition that the loss of a ring is a terrible omen indeed. But what of Prince Urussoff? Did he manage to outwit fate?

His marriage appears to have been successful and, what’s more, the loss of the ring proved to be extremely lucrative for his family. After the Prince died, his heirs sold the Black Sea for $80 million – securing a handsome profit.

The author of the article is David Fox. Visit his website at: David Fox Magic.

An Evening with the Shadow Master at Winderton Church, Warwickshire

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The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Winderton, Brailes, South Warwickshire

I was delighted when Carole Foster invited me to perform magic at the beautiful church of St Peter and St Paul in Winderton, South Warwickshire. This elegant Victorian edifice has been cherished by the local populace for over a century and continues to be utilised for special events. Despite being declared ‘redundant’ in 1976, the community rallied and conserved the building for future generations to enjoy – a truly tremendous testimony to their collective spirit.

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Ready for the show. The local community have worked hard to preserve this fantastic building.

This was to be a mysterious night of magic, ghostly tales and shadowgraphy. The locals were treated to the exceptional knowledge of Civil War expert Martin Russell. Dressed as a seventeenth century soldier, Martin recounted the details of the Battle of Edgehill, which was fought close to Winderton, on 23rd October 1642. This would mark the start of the First English Civil War, and the ghosts of the fallen are still said to haunt the highways and byways of the county…

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Drew Colby is an exceptional master of his art!
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Drew’s shadowgraphy has to be seen to be fully appreciated and enjoyed! Incredible talent!

Shadow master Drew Colby was also on hand to mesmerise everyone with his incredible talents. As a professional hand shadowgrapher, Drew amazes audiences throughout the world, and his exceptional act has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The Winderton audience was captivated from start to finish by his wonderful performance, and his unique interpretation of ‘The Highwayman’ was truly breathtaking. Find out more about Drew now at: www.shadowgraphy.co.uk

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Stage magic is always a pleasure to perform, as well as close-up.
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It truly was a fantastic family event in Winderton. Thanks again to everyone.

It was a tremendous privilege to share a stage with Martin and Drew, and to perform magic for such a warm and friendly audience at Winderton. Thank you again to everyone in the village for making it such a magical occasion, and I do hope to have the opportunity to return in the future. A special thanks to Carole Foster for both directing the event, and for being such an outstanding Master of Ceremonies.

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David Fox is a professional magician and freelance writer who is based in the East Midlands. His website is: www.davidfoxmagician.co.uk and his telephone number is: 07946686258.

 

Carriages Cafe, Newark – Distinctive Dining That’s First Class

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A tranquil and friendly cafe. Visit Carriages when you are next in Newark.

Newark Castle Station is one of the most vibrant transport hubs in the East Midlands, and it now boasts a truly exceptional dining facility. Carriages Cafe provides a first class service from within the elegant interior of the station building.

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There is ample space for functions such as parties, business events and club nights.

The friendly team are now serving an extensive range of hot and cold beverages, as well as a mouth-watering array of delicious meals and snacks, from 7.30pm to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 8pm to 5pm on Saturday. Why not pop in for a tasty treat when you are next in the area? The cafe is perfectly situated for local business people, commuters and visitors to enjoy.

Suzie Jones has invested much time and effort in restoring and enhancing the beautiful building. Her fantastic artwork is on display throughout the cafe and function room, and has created an enchantingly magical ambiance. Relax and watch the world go by at Carriages… but make sure you don’t miss your train!

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Suzie’s elegant artwork adorns the walls of Carriages and it has a truly unique character.

The venue also offers ample function space for social events, business promotions and family gatherings. With plenty of parking space available, contact Suzie and the team now to find out more about how you can make your next red letter day function in Newark one to savour. Their website is: www.carriagesnewark.co.uk Telephone number: 01636 676129.

David Fox is a professional entertainer and freelance writer who lives in Nottingham. Website: www.davidfoxmagician.co.uk  Telephone number: 07946 686 258.