Happy Birthday Teresa!

‘What can I say about your stunning performance on Sunday?!’

Teresa Greener

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It was a tremendous pleasure and a great privilege to perform magic at Teresa Greener’s special birthday party at Pendley Manor in Tring, Hertfordshire. I have been very fortunate to have worked with Teresa before at important events she has organised with the Royal British Legion – most notably HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London. As Head of Special Events and Philanthropy, Mrs Greener certainly knows how to meticulously organise and coordinate a wonderful occasion, and her fantastic birthday bash at this splendid venue was no exception to the rule.

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Pendley Manor Hotel, Tring, Hertfordshire.

Pendley Manor Hotel was the perfect setting for such a monumental celebration, and guests travelled from all over the world to share Teresa’s day. Not only does the hotel boast exceptional function suites and catering facilities, it is famous for the annual Shakespeare Festival which has taken place in its grounds since the 1940s.

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The exceptional Sheila Watts, Harpist.

The guests were treated to a trinity of prodigious musical talents. During arrival drinks and canapes, the immaculate melodies of harpist Sheila Watts enchanted and enthralled everyone present. After the meal, the Sugar Sisters took centre stage and delivered a spellbinding performance. The mercurial trio have developed a cult following since appearing on Terry Wogan’s radio show and captivated everyone present. Afterwards, the world-renowned Joe Stilgoe provided the perfect finale to a phenomenal day. A popular Jazz musician who has entertained both Prince Charles and Prince Phillip, his sublime set went down a treat with Teresa’s guests.

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The Sugar Sisters with the late great Sir Terry Wogan

In the presence of such wonderful talent, it truly was fantastic to perform close-up magic throughout the drinks reception and meal for everyone present. I was also delighted that Teresa requested that I perform a thirty minute parlour show of magic, illusion and intrigue after lunch. Indeed, it is always fantastic when the event organiser invests such a degree of trust in me on such an important occasion. It was a real pleasure to entertain such a lovely group of family and friends, and I was delighted to receive such a terrific reaction.

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Joe Stilgoe is a tremendous talent.

I wish Teresa all the very best for the future and do hope to see her again soon. For anyone who wishes to assist or contribute to the Royal British Legion, please visit their website at: www.britishlegion.org.uk or alternatively you can contact Teresa at: 020 3207 2275. Email: tgreener@britishlegion.org.uk


John Hotowka – Wit and Wisdom

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I was very fortunate to meet motivational speaker John Hotowka at Lisa and Jon’s wedding reception at Stoke Rochford Hall in June. John provides insightful and inspirational advice to many of the top companies throughout the UK. Drawing on his extensive business knowledge and skills, his much lauded ‘Achievement Thinking’ has permitted his clients to maximise potential and achieve their goals.

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It was great to meet John at Lisa and Jon’s wedding at Stoke Rochford Hall

John also performed for many years as a highly successful close-up magician, so I was delighted when he offered me some excellent tips and advice. It is always a great privilege to meet a seasoned performer, and I am always extremely appreciative for any assistance as I strive to develop and improve my repertoire and delivery.

A man of many talents, John has authored a book entitled ‘Everything You Wanted To Know About Table-Hoping But Were Afraid To Ask’. This extensive and thoughtful publication is packed with tremendous advice on how to survive, develop and succeed in the challenging world of close-up magic. John shares useful anecdotes, routines and insider information which will really help all levels of magician. Indeed, he very kindly posted a copy of his book to me and I will forever be very thankful to him for this.

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A close-up magician will face many challenges. John addresses these and offers invaluable advice.

To find out more about John and how he can assist you and your company, visit his website at: www.hotowka.co.uk or phone him now: 01274 685152.

Thanks again John, it was a real pleasure and I wish we had more time to chat. I hope to see you again in the future.

Big Frog Films – Exceptional Filming and Photography

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David performing for Barry at the Magic Alley in Stratford Upon Avon – Big Frog are the masters at capturing the magic!

Do you require a top quality show-reel or trailer to promote your business? Are you wanting to have those magical wedding day moments captured for eternity? Or perhaps you are an artist who would like to take an innovative and exciting new approach when filming your next music video or drama? Big Frog Films will ensure that all of your unique conditions are fulfilled – and more.

Nigel and his team have a tremendous wealth of experience at their disposal to ensure that your brief will be carefully considered, processed and delivered to an outstanding level. They boast an impressive portfolio of satisfied clients which includes: Unison, Bromsgrove District Council and Pyrex. Sensitivity, attention to detail and a passion for producing exceptional film and images are the immaculate hallmarks of their service.

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Big Frog Films are highly experienced in working in all types of situations and environments.

More and more couples are choosing to have their wedding day revelries captured on film, and you can rest assured that if you select Big Frog, you are in safe hands. The team will ensure that all of those special moments are expertly captured for you to share and appreciate in years to come. The company have worked at many of the top wedding venues around the UK and have the uncanny ability to simply blend into the proceedings and go with the flow on the big day.

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The sensitivity and friendliness of the team will ensure that you get the best shots and reactions for your business.

When it comes to creative and artistic filming, Big Frog are in a league of their own. The much acclaimed web series ‘Spooky Tales’ was filmed at various locations and the horror movie ‘Penny For The Guy’ has made a tremendous impact at film festivals. Midlands band The Cracked Actors excellent music video Tea is a testimony to the creative talents of Big Frog. The company proposed the concept for the production to the band, and also developed the structure, props and location for the filming itself.

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Big Frog have a tremendous knack at utilising locations to their maximum thus creating stunning film and images.

I was extremely fortunate to work with Big Frog in Stratford Upon Avon recently. Nigel and Mark filmed me performing close-up magic around the town centre and at The Ettington Park Hotel. It is not the easiest of tasks to film a magician in full flow but they carried off the brief with aplomb. I was very impressed with their creative flair as well as their tremendous attention to detail throughout. Please click the link below to watch Big Frog’s fantastic handiwork from the day.

David Fox Magic in Stratford Upon Avon Showreel

For more details, visit Big Frog Films’ website at: www.bigfrogfilms.co.uk or phone Nigel on 01527 61483 for more details.

David Fox is a professional entertainer based in the UK. His website is: www.magician-midlands.co.uk. Telephone number: 07946 686 258.

Exaireo Furniture Project, Loughborough

Are you a first-time buyer looking for a stylish new table or chairs? Perhaps you are a student or landlord sprucing up your flat? Or maybe you simply have a love for unique and quirky furnishings?
Exaireo Furniture Project of ‘The Loft’, Oaks Industrial Estate, Loughborough provide an exciting new service. They specialise in restoring an extensive range of furnishings whilst providing essential assistance to homeless people in the area.
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Every magician needs a card table! An exceptional fully restored card table from Exaireo.
The dramatic rise of homelessness over the past decade is one of the tragedies of our times, and it is comforting to know that Exaireo work tirelessly to help those who find themselves in this position. If you purchase an item of furniture from Exaireo, you will not just be making an exceptional acquisition, you will in fact be providing much needed assistance to the local community.
Why not pop in today to find out how Exaireo can offer you some interesting options for your home, office or flat? Their address is: Unit 4, Oaks Industrial Estate, Festival Drive, Loughborough, LE11 5XN. See map below.
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The Loft is a short drive from Loughborough town centre. The red cross marks the spot.

Alternatively, visit the website at: www.exaireofurnitureproject.weebly.com

Telephone number: 01509 767 930

Jermy & Westerman: A Fine Bookshop in the Heart of Nottingham


Are you seeking that elusive novel you’ve wanted for years? Perhaps you are a student who requires academic texts at an affordable price? Or maybe you simply relish the opportunity to disentangle yourself from the stresses of daily life and become sublimely immersed in an extensive array of literary delights?

Situated at 203 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FS, Jermy & Westerman have been offering an exceptional family service since 1978. You can always expect a very warm welcome, coupled with expert advice, from Geoff, Richard and their staff. The bookshop is well within striking distance of Nottingham city centre and is an excellent resource for students of Nottingham’s universities and colleges.

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The red cross marks the position of Jermy & Westerman at 203 Mansfield Road, NG1 3FS. It is a five minute walk from The Victoria Centre (black cross).

I have always been amazed by the range of texts on offer. From classic literature to study guides, biographies to rare collectors items, and annuals to comic books, you will be sure to find what you are looking for. Indeed, as an English teacher and freelance writer, I have found the shop to be invaluable over the years.

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You will find an extensive range of texts on offer at the shop.

Opening hours are: 11am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday. However, the bookshop sometimes hosts special events such as poetry readings and talks. For more information why not click the links below.

Visit the website at: jermyandwesterman

Regular updates and news can be found at: Facebook Jermy and Westerman

Telephone number: 0115 947 4522

Musee de la Magie – Illusion and Intrigue in the Heart of Paris…

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If you are planning a trip to Paris soon, why not pay a visit to the Musée de la Magie? It truly is one of La Ville Lumière’s hidden gems, and I was very fortunate to pass many a magical moment there when I lived in Paris.

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Located on Rue St Paul in the fashionable Marais, the museum boasts a magic school, theater and shop.

The French contribution to the art of prestidigitation has been considerable. Robert Houdin (1805 – 1871) is said to be the ‘father of modern magic’ and famously performed an impressive illusion to quell insurrection during French rule in Algeria. Indeed, it was most interesting to see this very effect resurrected on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ recently. The Hungarian-American magician Ehrich Weiss was so inspired by the French master that he took his name, becoming none other than the great Harry Houdini!

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A veritable Alladin’s cave of magic and mystery. Step into an amazing world beneath the streets of old Paris…
Located at 11 Rue Saint Paul in the  bohemian 4th arrondissement, the museum provides an enjoyable and unique experience. Even those with just a passing interest in magic will find much to amuse and enthrall. Visitors can either participate in a guided tour of the museum or peruse the extensive array of memorabilia at their leisure. A first class performance of legerdemain then follows in the theater – provided by one of the exceptional resident magicians. Both young (and not-so-young) spectators will be treated to classic illusions, card manipulation and sleight-of-hand delivered with inimitable wit, skill and Gaulish charm.
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The red cross marks the area where the museum is located – just a stone’s throw from Notre Dame Cathedral on the right bank.
The museum also boasts a well stocked magic shop, which vends hand made effects and novelties, as well as a magic school for those inclined to study and learn more. I have personally always found the resident magicians and staff at the Musee de la Magie to be extremely courteous, enthusiastic and helpful whenever I have had the pleasure to pay a visit.
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The 14th arrondissement is a vibrant area on the right bank.
 Opening hours are: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 7pm. However, the theater is normally accessible during local school and public holidays too. Visit the website for more details: www.museedelamagie.com. Current tariffs for entry are: adults – 10 Euros, and children – 8 Euros. It is well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.
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The stunning Cathedral of Notre Dame is close by. Why not pop into the museum next time you visit Paris?
Are you planning a special occasion in the future and require magic for your event? Visit David Fox’s website at: www.magician-midlands.co.uk or phone/text him: 07946 686 258.

Harts Hotel – Nottingham’s Finest

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Class, modernity and exceptional hospitality are the hallmarks of Harts Hotel. Photograph courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

Since 2002 Harts Hotel of Nottingham has developed an exceptional reputation. A popular choice for celebrities and business people visiting this vibrant city, the venue is well within striking distance of all the major attractions. In 2016 Harts restaurant won the prestigious accolade of top eatery for fine dining in the coveted Nottingham Post Food and Drink Awards. This is a fitting testimony to the hard work, dedication and talents of the hotel team.

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Voted the top restaurant in Nottingham, Harts’ cuisine is second-to-none. Photograph courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

Harts has also become well-known in recent years as an excellent facility for wedding receptions. If you are currently planning your special day and want to celebrate in style, here are some of the reasons why you should choose Harts Hotel…

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The Hotel offers ample accommodation. Perfect for you and your guests. Photograph courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

Are your guests travelling from far and wide to share your day? The hotel’s range of exceptional accommodation will ensure that they can savour the experience. From a Garden Room, which permits entrance to the idyllic garden terrace, to a Superior Suite, with stunning views across the exclusive Park area of Nottingham, you and your loved ones will relish the experience. In this photograph Amy the bride prepares for her big day with the exceptional Cristina Lazzarotto – professional bridal and editorial make-up artist. Visit Cristina’s website for a stunning gallery of her artistry at: Cristina Lazzarotto Make-up or telephone on: 07793 613708 for more details.

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Amy is looking radiant. Her chosen stylist is Alison Jenner Hair. Photograph courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

Alison Jenner is one of the most sought after bridal hair-sylists in the UK today. Her work frequently features in top wedding publications and she boasts a galaxy of satisfied brides. What’s more, Alison lives locally and will be delighted to assist you. View her wonderful portfolio at: Alison Jenner Hair.

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Look stunning with Shade Bridal and Occasion Wear of Nottingham. Photograph courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

Harts Hotel works very closely with tried and trusted wedding suppliers who have many years of experience. Shade Bridal of Melton Road, Nottingham will provide you with an exceptional customised service. Why not pop into their impressively adorned showroom for some friendly expert advice? Contact Jessica today at: 0115 982 2820. Alternatively, visit their website at: Shade Bridal.

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Exquisite bouquets and floral displays by Pam Gibson will bring magic and splendour to your day.

If you are seeking a floral designer with a difference, Pam Gibson Floral Designs are on hand to provide an elegantly ethereal quality to the proceedings. Pam’s wonderful displays truly have to be seen to be believed. Telephone number: 0115 590 4045. Visit the website for more information: Pam Gibson Floral Designs.

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Spoil your guests with Strawberry Cupcakes. Photograph Courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

Treat your nearest and dearest to the deliciously divine wedding cake of Strawberry Cupcakes, Trent Bridge. A warm family service coupled with their masterful talents will ensure that tastebuds tingle on your special day. Phone number: 0115 998 9891. Or why not click on Strawberry Cupcakes for more details?

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Linzi of That Black and White Cat will ensure that everything is in order for your wedding day. Photograph courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

Planning your wedding day is an exciting once-in-a-lifetime journey, and Linzi at That Black and White Cat wedding planning will ensure that everything is organised with precision. An award-winning event company, make your dream wedding become reality in their magical hands. Plan with confidence and contact Linzi on 01509 769 194 today, or visit her website at That Black and White Cat.

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The sensational Campbell Bass serenades and enchants Amy and Wes. Photograph courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

Entertainment is a key element of any wedding celebration and the outstanding vocals of Campbell Bass will enchant your guests. Campbell’s warm personality and unique style always creates a blissful ambiance. His natural ability to create an affable rapport with any audience is truly captivating and makes him one of the most sought after vocalists in the UK. Telephone number: 07815 179275. Visit his website at: Campbell Bass.

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David Fox’s magic is versatile and his performance can be customised. Photograph courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

Why not amaze your guests with some close-up magic? A wedding reception is a perfect opportunity for magician David Fox to mystify everyone. David was invited to entertain at HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London and performed at the centenary of Westminster Abbey’s famous choir school. Contact David on: 07946 686 258. His website is: David Fox Magic.

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Jay Glenn‘s photography may be outstanding, but his natural ability to strike a wonderful rapport with bride, groom and guests is truly tremendous.

The outstanding selection of photographs in this article reveals the prodigious talents of professional wedding and commercial photographer Jay Glenn. Highly experienced and passionate about his craft, Jay will literally work wonders on your big day and ensure every special moment is captured for eternity. Phone Jay now on 07572 604 336 for some friendly advice. For more about him, and for examples from his extensive and impressive portfolio, visit: Jay Glenn Photography.

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Contact Harts Hotel today to find out more. Photograph courtesy of Jay Glenn Photography.

To find out more about how your wedding day in Nottingham can be a truly spectacular occasion, contact Events Manager Sally Martin on 0115 947 7584. The hotel website can be accessed via this link: Harts Hotel Nottingham.