I was delighted and very flattered when Jamie and Rachel asked me to perform magic at a very important birthday bash in Nottingham recently! The venue was the fantastic Botti Di Mamma in Hockley and it definitely was a memorable and magical occasion.
Rachel’s family and close-friends were not only treated to the exquisite ambience and exceptional cuisine of this first class venue, but the talents of Nottingham musical quartet The Money ensured it truly was a fantastic evening. Jamie has known the band for many years and was delighted that they could be part of such an important event. They are always a massive hit wherever they perform!
It was a privilege to mingle with such a warm and receptive group of people, and I was also delighted to perform a little customised magic for both Rachel and her father Brian. Indeed, it was very kind of Jamie and Rachel to invest their trust in me for such a big night, and I always hope that I can repay this in my performance.
A very important occasion calls for a very talented cameraman, and Will Slater was present in order to expertly capture the proceedings. As you can appreciate from the photographs proudly displayed in this article, Will’s timing, sixth-sense and attention to detail is immaculate.
Overall, the party was a resounding success and friends and family partied well into the small hours! Happy birthday Rachel! And well done to everyone for helping to create such a tremendous occasion – I hope that you and Jamie had a great time in the USA.
Seeking a unique Nottingham cafe, restaurant or venue? Visit Botti Di Mamma at: 15 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ. Telephone: 0115 924 1112.
Well done to Jessica, Nicole and Vicky of JNV events for hosting such a fantastic occasion at Sheffield Hilton Hotel last month! It was a massive privilege to be part of this very special Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed evening – and over one thousand pounds was raised for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity!
The team at JNV ensured that everyone had a magical night to remember at this stunning venue in the heart of Sheffield. The event was expertly hosted by the jovial Ian J France, and the guests were treated to the talents of vocalist Sylvester Gold after enjoying a delicious three course meal.
Photographer Alex Kentfield was on hand to capture the vibrancy and energy of a truly spellbinding evening, and I must thank him for kindly allowing me to display his exceptional work in this blog article. The professionalism of Creswell Sound and Vision also ensured that the proceedings ran smoothly and the attendees were treated to an impressive variety of exciting activities and games!
Well done to everyone for working together for such a tremendous cause! I hope to have the opportunity to perform magic for you all again in the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.