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Close Up Magic

 

 

CLOSE-UP

 

Perfect for the smaller gathering, close-up magic is performed in the hands of your guests or at the tables. It gives the audience the opportunity to enjoy an individual interactive experience from a distance they feel comfortable with. There is no opportunity for camera tricks, mirrors or trap doors. Mark performs amazing magic using every day items like rope, signatures, elastic bands, cards and maybe even a dinosaur.

 

“It’s as close as real magic gets!”

 

There are many different times to use close-up magic to enhance an evening, let’s go through some of the more frequent occasions:

 

 

WEDDINGS

 

Entertainment that will make you day unforgettable !

 

Your wedding reception is very important to you. It is the culmination of months of planning and will be a day you remember for the rest of your lives. For this reason you want it to be perfect not only for you but also for your guests.

For your guests it will be a time to celebrate your marriage and meet new family members for the first time, as your guest list will include bride’s family, groom’s family and also personal friends.

Why use a wedding magician?

The perfect icebreaker

Helps to fill slower moments of the day

Requires nothing more than your guest’s attention

Will fit your chosen venue

Can work inside or out

Completely flexible, Mark will only take one booking per day so over running is no problem.

Popular times to use wedding magic

There are three times when it is most popular to use wedding magic.

  •   While guests arrive for the reception and during the photos

This can be a busy time for the bride and groom; but for your guests who may only be involved in one or two photos, there can be a lot of waiting. Mark mingles unobtrusively with your guests, breaking the ice and drawing them together. He performs interactive magic just inches away and even in their hands giving your guests a magical experience as close as they could possibly be, or from a distance, whichever they feel more comfortable with.

  •   During the wedding breakfast

This happens at the table between courses and before the speeches. Each table will have the opportunity to see a 10-15 minute performance. This will ensure that all your guests will see some magic as the tables create individual audiences in a comfortable environment to watch the entertainment. It also brings an air of anticipation to the breakfast as Mark moves from table to table creating gasps, cheers, applause and laughter. You will hear your guests enjoy your wedding. Mark also performs a special show for the top table leaving the bride and groom with a unique souvenir of the occasion.

  •   As evening guests arrive to join the party

Once the wedding breakfast and speeches have finished – as guests relax after the meal – before the evening entertainment begins. This is also the time your evening guests will start to arrive and as they do will find themselves joining a group of people who have three things in common. They have been together for the day, now know each other and have the ceremony and speeches to talk about. Mark will again at this point become an icebreaker making the new guests feel welcome and introducing them to your day guests.

Of course these are not the only times your guests can be entertained during your special day, so please feel free to discuss your ideas and specific requirements with Mark.

 

 

MIX AND MINGLE

 

An opportunity for people to enjoy the entertainment in an informal setting, at a distance they feel comfortable with. Mark mixes throughout the venue performing for individuals through to large groups.  

This works very well at any event looking for a relaxed atmosphere;  house parties, shop openings, informal buffets, fetes, reunions and of course during reception drinks.

 

“I just don’t know how that was possible!”

 

 

GALA DINNER

 

There are three opportunities to use a magician during a banquet evening.

  •   At the Reception

Magic provides the prefect ice breaker for guests arriving for pre dinner drinks. For those guests who do not know many people attending, it allows them to interact and provides a common topic of conversation.

  •   During the Meal

The magic is performed at the table between the courses. Each table is witness to its own unique performance. Each person is brought into the act in an unobtrusive way creating a stunning climax which will keep guests talking way into the night, as they strive to understand what they have seen. Performances will take place while hot food is not at the table. Diners are always allowed to enjoy their food hot as chef intended and not between picking cards!!

  •   After Dinner Cabaret

Once dinner has drawn to an end, then it's party time. If you are not having a disco or band because of the range of guests then an interactive cabaret could be what you are looking for. Check out Mark's Cabaret Page for more information.

 

For larger functions more than one magician may be necessary to ensure that every guest has chance to see a performance during the meal, one magician per eight tables is recommended depending on time available. Check out Mark's Table Magicians page for more information.