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.

Magic at Darren’s Birthday Party


‘Your magic was absolutely amazing and the tricks were just impossible’

Joy Green (Darren’s Mum) December 2016

It is always a massive privilege to be invited to perform magic in someone’s house, and I was delighted when Joy asked me to perform magic at her son Darren’s 50th birthday bash in Peterborough. Indeed, providing an entertaining show in such conditions is the ultimate test for the magician. The opportunity to demonstrate my craft in such an intimate setting and in such close proximity to the audience is truly wonderful. Furthermore, I am also very humbled when someone like Joy invests such a high degree of trust in me to interact with their nearest and dearest in the family home.

When travelling to a house party, the same things always pop up in my mind… I hope that the family and guests will like me and we can quickly strike up a positive rapport… My show has been prepared thoroughly, but will everyone enjoy it and respond as I anticipate? How will I react if we have to alter the schedule in any way? Will there be more or less people present than we originally thought? Sometimes things can change quickly when it comes to such special events and my job is to be flexible and accommodating.

It is always fantastic to entertain all age groups at a house party. The magic should appeal to everyone present.

On arrival, my pre-performance worries quickly evaporated when I received a tremendously warm welcome from Joy, Darren and their family and friends. I immediately and instinctively knew that this was going to be a very special party to remember. Darren’s guests were clearly ready and primed for a parlour show of magic with a difference.

Having discussed the schedule in detail with Joyce beforehand, I had created a show which encompassed card magic, sleight-of-hand, illusion, mind-reading and classic visual effects with plenty of audience participation. I felt that this type of performance and strategy would be suitable for both the adults and children present. Indeed, my philosophy is that it is vital to include all of the guests present (from the youngest to the not so youngest) when entertaining at any special occasion.

Darren’s family and friends were fantastic. They made me feel instantly welcome and helped make the magic work!

It truly was a massive pleasure and a privilege to entertain such a lovely group of people. After the grand finale, and having had the opportunity to chat and get to know everyone, I truly considered myself very fortunate to have been part of Darren’s special birthday celebrations. Indeed, I would like to say ‘thank you’ again to Joy for calling upon my services and to her family and friends for making me so welcome. ‘Happy birthday’ once more to Darren and I do hope I have the opportunity to see you and everyone again in the future. Best wishes from David.

For more details about how David can make your house party extra special visit his website at: David Fox Magic.

Ettington Chase Hotel: A Rustic Retreat

ettington-1Located in close proximity to Stratford-Upon-Avon, The Ettington Chase Hotel is an exceptional venue for your next special event in Warwickshire. This popular four star hotel boasts ample function space for weddings, parties and corporate events. It is also an excellent choice for travellers seeking to explore Shakespeare country, being situated within seven miles of Stratford’s elegant town centre.

Magician David Fox is a popular choice of entertainer for event organisers in and around the Stratford-Upon-Avon area. He can customise unique packages to suit all types of special occasions. From weddings to corporate functions, David will amaze your guests with close-up magic, illusions and mystifying demonstrations of mind-reading and prediction which defy any logical explanation.

A wedding in Stratford-Upon-Avon would certainly not be complete without the flowers. Melissa at Your Big Day Events is one of the region’s most sought after suppliers, and her dazzling arrangements have to be seen to be fully appreciated. Why not contact her today to find out more about her exceptional service on 01788 537555?

David was delighted to meet wedding photographer Keith Gray at the hotel last week and has been very privileged to have worked alongside him in the past. Brides can rest assured that they will receive a first class service on their wedding day when Keith is the man behind the lens. One of the most experienced photographers in the wedding industry, contact him on 07967585789.

Music is of course an essential ingredient of any wedding day or social gathering. The inimitable Neil Astbury has established himself as one of the most outstanding vocalists in the trade and continues to amaze audiences throughout the UK and beyond. From Frank Sinatra to Robbie Williams, Neil is the man you need to make your event extra special and get everyone in the party mood. Neil’s website is: http://www.nealastbury.com.

Visit Ettington Chase Hotel’s website at http://www.ettingtonchasehotel.co.uk to find out how your next special event in Warwickshire can be accommodated. David Fox is a professional magician who is based in the Midlands, he can always be contacted on 07946686258.



Dovecliff Hall: A Charming Venue.


The exceptional Dovecliff Hall is ideal for event organisers planning a special occasion around East Staffordshire. Boasting an exquisite Georgian exterior, perfectly manicured gardens, and an idyllic rustic setting on the hinterland of Burton-Upon-Trent, it truly is a marvellous location for your next special event. This four star hotel may be situated within several acres of serene countryside, but it is in close proximity to the A38 which makes it an excellent choice of venue for those travelling from both East and West Midlands alike.


David Fox is always delighted to perform magic at Dovecliff Hall. Whether it is a wedding, corporate event, party, or promotion, his magic is perfect for the occasion. The hotel offers ample space for functions large and small. Indeed, David’s close-up magic can even be performed outside if the weather is suitable, and the terrace at Dovecliff Hall is perfect for guests to enjoy a drink and savour the majestic setting.


Notable local suppliers for your wedding or special event at Dovecliff Hall are:

Johnson’s the Florist – located in Burton on Trent and will provide exceptional flower arrangements for your wedding day and special occasion. A friendly family business who take great pride in providing a top class service.

Brides looking for beauty treatment to look stunning for the special day need look no further. Laura and her team at Beauty by Laura Jayne are always on hand to provide you with a fantastic makeover with a difference.

For first class customised wedding stationery, Rosie at Little Vixen Designs will ensure that all of your unique requirements are fulfilled, and more… Rosie’s extensive portfolio of hand-crafted stationery needs to be seen to be fully appreciated!

The Event Lady is always on hand to ensure that you have the best table decorations on display for the most important day in your life. Friends and family will be amazed by the exceptional table displays on your wedding day!

Why not contact Dovecliff Hall today on 01283 531818 to find out how Helen and her highly dedicated team can make your next special event one to remember?

David Fox is a professional magician who is based in the Midlands and travels throughout the world performing his unique brand of magic and illusion. He can be contacted on 07946686258. Website: David Fox Magic.