“What do you Need to Perform as a Table or Close Up Magician?”

What Do Close Up Magicians Need To Perform?
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The vast majority of bookings I get from clients is for what they often refer to as “table magic”, or, rather confusingly, “close up hand magic” (I’m not quite sure what that is, but it sounds very invasive!). Either way, most clients ask if I can perform between courses of the meal.

I think that the term “table magician” has become so ingrained that clients expect that this is all a close up magician can offer them, but there is so much more versatility to magic than that.

The next question is usually “what do you need?”

“Do you need a stage or special table?”

“Do you want me to introduce you at the tables, or do you just ‘do your thing’?”

Obviously, it’s not everyday that you book a magician for your corporate event or wedding (if it is everyday that you book a magician, PLEASE get in touch, as I’d love you as a client!), so I completely understand the question, so I thought I’d tackle it here.

A great close up magician will be able to tailor his act to pretty much any kind of circumstance, audience or venue. We can do this because we’ve HAD TO do it at plenty of events.

Events and parties may be similar, but they are never quite the same. There’s always something, new, weird or quirky about each party that keeps us on our toes!

In the past I’ve been booked by agents to entertain “100 guests” only to discover that, when I turn up, there is only 13 people there (and that includes the staff!).

Magicians have to adapt our show to suit the audience. This is even more true with close up magic, where you’re interacting with small groups at a time. It’s like a microcosm; a small party within a bigger party.

If I turn up to a gig and the situation is not like I imagined, I can’t just throw a strop and leave (though that sounds like fun!).

There are people to entertain and I want to show off the client in a great light, by entertaining the heck out of her family and friends!

The same is true for venues. As a magician, I’m never sure if I’m going to have room to put my equipment down on a table, a chair, a hand, or even whether I’ll be indoors or out. All these variables change the approach, manner, and routines that I can perform at any given moment. Again, it comes down to experience – I’ve performed magic at a whole range of events and parties; from cramped house parties where I could count the nostril hairs of a spectator, to formal balls in opulent surroundings where I needed Sir Ranulph Fiennes to safely navigate me to the next group. You name it, I’ve done it and along the way I’ve developed a magic act that will play pretty much anywhere, so I know it works!

When you book a magician, you’re not just booking someone to do some tricks; you’re wanting some quality entertainment for your guests. You’re wanting laughter, amazement and fun. You’re also wanting the peace of mind that comes with knowing you can relax – your event is in safe hands. No matter what happens (or doesn’t happen) on the night, your guests are going to have FUN!

Don’t worry if there’s a few less people there than you expected; the magician knows how long to spend with each group and will pace himself accordingly, so that all your guests have fun without being bored by magic.

Don’t worry if the tables the venue offered you haven’t appeared; the magician can stroll around and perform, making the magic happen in the hands of your guests.

Don’t worry if the weather has turned and that your beautiful al fresco summer wedding has had to hastily nip under a marquee; the magician will go wherever your guests are and give them a great time.

It doesn’t matter.

So what do we REALLY need to perform as a table magician?


Just give us some people that are wanting to have a good time, and let us do our thing!

If you’re having a party, wedding or event in the near future, you’re probably worried about keeping your guests happy. Let me get rid of that problem for you. I’m a magician and comedian who’s not only amazing, but funny too. I can get your guests laughing and having a fabulous time at YOUR next event.

“Thank you for helping make our wedding day stress free and being exceptionally entertaining

“He was hugely entertaining, with a real sense of mischievous fun! Our guests loved him!

Visit the contact page for various ways to get in touch, or, save yourself some time and click here to send me an email. Tell me as much as you can about your party and I’ll tell you how I can help make it more fun for your guests and less stress for you!

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