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Clients & Testimonials

Reviews

REVIEWS are shown below, both for my children’s entertainment and my magic shows for adults. All are genuine and unsolicited.>

Email received 26th March 2017 from Stella Geary after performing a family show at her birthday party at The Grasmere Hotel, Salisbury.

Thank you Ian for entertaining the children so well, and it seems some of the adults also!
Will certainly recommend you to any friends etc

Kind Regards

Stella Geary

Email received after I performed close up magic at the tables followed by a show for the children at a 50th wedding anniversary party at The Chilworth Manor Hotel, Southampton, March 2017.
Dear Ian
Thank you so much for making our day so special. You amazed both children and adults and we will not hesitate to recommend you to our friends.
All our very best wishes
Mai and Philip

Review received 4th December 2016 from Eyitayo Ashaolu after entertaining at his daughter’s party.>
A stellar performance from a great magician! Absolutely delighted with Ian who entertained at my daughter’s 5th birthday party. The children and their parents found him very,very engaging.
Thank you Ian,
Tayo.
Email Received from Jackie Thomas, August 2016 of Chandlers Ford after entertaining with close up magic at her birthday party.

Hi Ian,
Thank you so much for helping to entertain my guests on Saturday night, everyone including me, really enjoyed the party and your magic truly helped the evening be a success.

Regards
Jackie Thomas
Sent from my iPad

Submitted by Peter Dowson on 7th August 2016 following a cabaret performance for wedding guests on 29th July.

Hi Ian
Just got back from Salisbury. Your show at Bridge Farm was super for all attendees – young and old.
You even baffled our fledgling magicians!

Many thanks

Peter

Submitted on 1st August at 10:21 am by Caroline Frost of Salisbury after my two hour package for her 5 year old son.

Thank you for your magic show at my son’s 5th birthday party yesterday. The children loved the show particularly the rabbit and duck tricks! We all had lots of fun – parents and children alike!

Many thanks
Caroline


Mike Paton says:
July 10, 2016 at 9:37 am

Great fun at our sons 5th birthday. Kept the kids engaged and entertained, even the unruly ones.
Mike Paton, Hamptworth, Wiltshire

25th April 2016
Thanks to Ian for a great magic show for my Daughter’s 6th Birthday. The children (and adults) all enjoyed the show enormously. It kept everyone entertained and happy, which was exactly what we were hoping for!

Katie Warren
Wootton Rivers, Marlborough

Email received from Barrie Pierpoint after a close up performance at his 65th birthday party in Chandlers Ford on 8th April 2016

Hi Ian,

Thank you for entertaining us all on Friday evening.
Everyone enjoyed your performances and hopefully you may get other bookings from it.
I hope our paths will cross again in the future.
A big thank you, you were a star.
Cheers
Barrie

Submitted by Naeem Khan, 20th January 2016, Southampton after a children’s party

Just wanted to say a big thank you to Ian for running a fabulous 2 hour session for our daughter’s birthday. Would recommend to others as Ian is well organized and communicates well throughout the booking process. It was ideal for us as Ian ultimately looked after the kids throughout the session with games and a magic show.

Submitted by Lucy Ward, Pitton, on 14th January 2016 regarding a two hour booking for a children’s party

Dear Ian,

Thank you for providing the entertainment for Georgina’s 8th birthday party on Saturday. She had a lovely time, as did all the other children. I have received lots of lovely comments from the other parents this week about how much their children enjoyed your magic show.

Georgina says a big thank you too for her present; she loves reading so your book was perfect.

Kind regards,

Lucy and Georgina

Submitted by Sue Alexander, Alresford, 11th January 2016 regarding a family party

Very many thanks Ian for fitting us into your busy schedule on Saturday and giving us all such a fun time. You are a rarity in being able to entertain adults and children at the same time and that was just what we needed. Everyone was intrigued and fascinated in equal measure and we will always remember seeing Caroline suspended in mid air! I know that the children will remember their amazement for ages.

With thanks and best wishes, Sue

Submitted 11th January 2016 by Joe Priestley, Totton

We booked Ian for my 6 year old’s birthday party, we held the party at home in our lounge and he was still able to put on an excellent show in a small environment.
He had the kids fixed on his show and even threw in some humour for the adults!
Very professional, fully recommended!!

Submitted on 21st December 2015 at 11:23 am Donna Best, Day Centre for elderly, Dibden Purlieu

Great afternoon’s entertainment, we will be sure to book again in the near future, thanks again Ian.

Donna

From Forum Stroke Club, Wilton, Wiltshire 10th December 2015

Dear Ian
Thank you so much for visiting us for a second time. Both the history lecture and the cabaret show were so much fun and enjoyed by all of our members and volunteers.

Very much hope you will visit us again soon

Becky

Submitted on 17th November 2015 by Dan Patrickson, Warminster

Fantastic entertainer, wonderful job done for my daughter’s 4th birthday, also interacted well with the adult spectators. Lovely gift presentation at the end. Highly recommended.

Submitted on 10th November 2015 at 11:15 am by Karen Bright, Salisbury

Ian performed a magic show at my daughter’s 4th birthday party in Salisbury. Ian is a natural entertainer and the children absolutely loved the show. He performed a range of traditional magic tricks and kept the children enthralled for a full 45 minutes – no mean feat with 15 children under 5.

Ian’s show is very interactive and the children are actively involved in helping with the tricks. My daughter and her friends have been talking about the show ever since, which says a lot about Ian’s performance.

We would definitely recommend Ian to others.


Submitted 28th October 2015 by Justina Southworth after close up magic at her wedding

Hi Ian,
Thank you for your wonderful work on the wedding day, everyone said they really enjoyed your performance and the coin trick went down a storm!

Thanks again and all the best,
Justina

Submitted on 20th October 2015 by Elly Heaton-Kostek, Southampton after a children’s party.

Ian was brilliant! He came along to entertain a group of 16, 4-5 year olds for my Twins 5th birthday and he went down a storm. All the children were involved in the tricks, Ian had them in fits of giggles throughout the show. The adults were also entertained!

Would highly recommend Ian as a magician and as an entertainer!

Thank you for a wonderful show!
Elly

Submitted by Caroline Emberson, Lymington, 14th September 2015

Ian was amazing – he planned and produced a great close up magic show for my daughter’s 18th Birthday party – he managed to cater for a wide variety of ages from 7 to 91, successfully and entertained all to ensure that all the guests, many of whom had never met, felt at ease and it ensured the ice was broken, a great start to a great evening. I will definitely be booking Ian again.

Caroline Emberson,
Lymington

Submitted on 2015/09/14 at 7:31 am by Tony and Penny Ward re close up magic at their anniversary
Dear Ian

Thanks so much for your entertainment at our 50th wedding anniversary family party. A small group but all ages and interests. Mixing with them informally before dinner working your magic was a great way to make people relax and get in the spirit of sharing magic moments. My wife and I particularly enjoyed the finale which brought us into the magic personally. I can thoroughly recommend you to anyone thinking of having a party similar to ours.

Thanks Ian
Tony and Penny

Submitted by Deborah and Steve re close up magic at their party

Dear Ian
Many thanks for visiting us in Coombe Bissett recently. We really enjoyed watching your skills and have received many favourable comments from friends who loved your close up magic.

You looked the part too – all very effective in contributing to a successful event for us.

With all good wishes and thanks again
Deborah and Steve.

Submitted by Sue and Mark re close up magic at their wedding in Salisbury

Hi Ian
We all enjoyed your performance at our wedding. It made our day to have you entertain.
Sue and Mark

Dear Ian
Thank you so much for coming to entertain at Poppy’s party yesterday particularly as it was such a long way to come.

The children all had such a great time and really enjoyed themselves. Poppy particularly liked the colouring book trick.

Thanks again
Emily Pinsent

Clients and Testimonials

Clients with whom Ian has worked and what they have to say….

Previous clients and venues include:

Bashley Park Holiday Centre

Brambridge Park Garden

Centre Parcs

De Vere Hotel

Members of the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi

Waterstones Bookshop

F.W.Woolworth (Ian accepts no responsibility for their disappearance from the High Street)

Sainsbury’s

The Savoy Hotel

Carnival Cruises

Deloitte and Touche

I.B.M.

Hampshire Rosebowl Stadium

Meridian Television

Royal Courts of Justice

Pizza Express

……..and numerous schools, pre-school groups, restaurants and private clients.

Testimonials

The following testimonials have been sent to me by clients.

Forum Stroke Club Wilton says:
December 10, 2015 at 4:50 pm (Edit)

Dear Ian

Thank you so much for visiting us for a second time. Both the history lecture and the cabaret show were so much fun and enjoyed by all of our members and volunteers.

Very much hope you will visit us again soon

Becky

14th September 2015

Ian was amazing – he planned and produced a great close up magic show for my daughter’s 18th Birthday party – he managed to cater for a wide variety of ages from 7 to 91, successfully and entertained all to ensure that all the guests, many of whom had never met, felt at ease and it ensured the ice was broken, a great start to a great evening. I will definitely be booking Ian again.

Caroline Emberson,
Lymington


August 2015

Dear Ian
Thanks so much for your entertainment at our 50th wedding anniversary family party on 15th August, a small group but all ages and interests. Mixing with them informally before dinner, working your magic was a great way to make people relax and get in the spirit of sharing magic moments. My wife and I particularly enjoyed the finale which brought us into the magic personally. I can thoroughly recommend you to anyone thinking of having a party similar to ours.
Thanks Ian

Tony and Penny

16th June 2015

Hi Ian,

We just wanted to say thank you for entertaining the children on Saturday. They really enjoyed your show.

Our eldest daughter stated it was the highlight of the weekend!

Thanks again.

Best wishes,

Rhiannon and Ed

28th April 2015
Dear Ian,

A big ‘thank you’ to you for helping to make my party such a resounding success! Everyone was in awe of your magical powers (the engineers amongst our friends are still busy trying to figure out how you did it!).

We will recommend you to all our friends.

Kind regards
Ita

12th April 2015
Ian, thank you. Your magic was much enjoyed. The party was a great success and my father had a lovely time.

Best wishes

Sue Hill

19th January 2015

Hi Ian,
It was such a pleasure to have you at my daughter’s birthday party.Kids went home happily saying
abracadabra. Got feedback from the parents that they enjoyed the party.
Wish you and your family too a v wonderful 2015.
Thanks,
Kamala Iyer

16th January 2015
Dear Ian

Thank you very much for keeping the children entertained.

We certainly all enjoyed the performance.

All the best for 2015

regards
Saul and Lesley

19th January 2014
Dear Ian

Thank you so much for helping to make memories for Clayton today. He had a fab time and the magic was the best part of the day he said. The kids were brilliant and enjoyed it so much they didn’t move. The parents were pleased to see something different and were all commenting on how nice it was to see a magician. So thank you.

Kim
(Received after a party for 4 year olds in my local village hall in West Wellow.)

8th December 2014

Ian,
Thank you for a super afternoon of entertainment, the games went down well and the children were enthralled with the magic show.
It was a really super afternoon. Thank you again for making it a day to remember for Everybody.
Regards and Best Wishes for the festive Season
Steve Crocker

12th September 2014

Hi Ian
We all enjoyed your magic tricks at our wedding and it made our day to have you entertain.

Thank you regards

Sue and Mark
12th January 2014

Ian
Thanks again for a great show last night. You got the balance between children and adults just right, even overcoming my grandson Scott’s scepticism – he’s a budding amateur magician.

I am happy to recommend you.

Martin Appel (aftar a family show for his birthday party, a repeat booking from five years ago.)

 

Dear Ian

I just wanted to say thank you very much for your show yesterday. The room set up looked fantastic and the children really enjoyed it. My oldest son was particularly impressed and it really helped to keep the children occupied whilst the other rooms were being turned around. I think the parents were just as appreciative as the children!

I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to say thank you before you left, we were taken for photographs and then straight into the cake cutting!

Many thanks again though.
Karen August 2013

 

Dear Ian

This is in the way of a belated but sincere thank-you for your talents during our recent boat party. Like many people we have only seen magic performed on the television before but it is much more impressive to watch a performance first hand. Our great nephew Ben has recorded a few video clips of your tricks but we still can’t see how you do it! Thank you again for your valuable contribution to a successful and memorable day.
Best wishes

Carolyn & Richard, July 2013
Thank you Ian for a marvellous performance. Had great feedback from our guests too!! We can all now spin a plastic plate…. my husband wants me to try with the crockery but I think I will stick to plastic!!! We had a lovely party and thank you for helping us celebrate.

All best wishes,

Ginny May, July 2013

Dear Ian

Thank you Ian for the close up magic at our wedding reception on Saturday. You were fantastic and loads of our friends have said so. Brilliant night had by all and we hope we can use you again sometime.

Emma and Ali Temple, August 2012

Dear Ian

Keith and I would like to say how pleased we were that we asked you to attend his 70th birthday at Lysses hotel in July. It was amazing how you held everyone’s attention, our guests were very impressed and delighted with your table top magic. A very welcome addition to our party and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you.

Jennie and Keith Jeffery, July 2012

Dear Ian

You were fantastic. I didn’t realise how good it would be. Wendy thought you were fantastic and really enjoyed being part of the show.

Email from Mrs S following the 40th birthday party of her daughter who has learning disabilities, May 2012.

 

Re Table magic 16th December, everyone was most impressed and very happy. Thanks for taking us on.

Luke Gamble, World Wide Veterinary Service. December 2011.

 

Thanks for coming to our Christmas party on 9th December. Everyone to whom I have spoken was delighted with your cabaret show and especially that you were able to entertain for 30 to 40 minutes without using bad language like so many today.

John Slow, Wimborne Rotary Club. December 2011

 

“We are so glad we chose you Ian”

Major and Mrs T of Salisbury after a close up and cabaret performance at their 50th wedding anniversary.

“Dear Ian, Thank you very much for such a fantastic contribution to our dinner on Friday. This was just what I had in mind and you were superb. I have had nothing but good reports. I hope you will be able to come again in future.

From Robin Tolson Q.C., Outer Temple Chambers, The Strand, London.

 

“Ian was the perfect addition to our wedding in June 2010. He did table magic for the adults during the meal and later put on a magic show for the children so we could listen to the speeches in peace! He was professional and very talented and so many of our guests commented on how good he was.”

Debbie and Phil Hacker, 12th July 2010

 

We just wanted to send a short note to say thank you very much for your work on Saturday at our party. The magic while mingling with our friends & family went down well – lots of people talking about their wedding ring ending up in your wallet – and the children certainly enjoyed the show in the afternoon – you did an excellent job in what was a pretty ‘close’ environment. We appreciated you coming along and working so well with everyone.

All the best,

Matt & Lou.

 

“Hello Ian,

I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful show yesterday. David has talked about nothing else and his alien octopus is a favourite (why buy expensive gifts?!). Thank you also for his Thomas book, I really appreciate the quality gift and not some cheap plastic rubbish. The other children have all said they enjoyed the show – so maybe we’ll be seeing you again at another venue.

Catherine

“Dear Ian, I just wanted to thank you for entertaining the young people at our party yesterday. During the afternoon I kept hearing about how amazing you were and how much they all enjoyed it. We particularly wanted something out of the ordinary for them, something they wouldn’t forget and you certainly provided that!

Thank you very much

Val Hollyhock”
Val Hollyhock, Project Administrator Baseline Youth Inclusion Programme

 

“Thank you for the wonderful magic show at Hannah’s party last Friday. We have received many positive comments and the children really had a great time.”

Sarah and Rob M. of Southampton.

“Thank you for entertaining my friends and me at my sixth birthday party. We all loved the magic and thought your show was very funny. Love from Adelice.”

Adelice C. of Salisbury (with a little help from Mum and Dad) after a third performance at her birthday party.

“You successfully entertained everyone here from age three to eighty.”

Mr M. of Romsey.

 

“I’ve seen a lot of magicians recently and you were outstanding.”

Mrs J. of Surrey after a children’s party near Salisbury.

“Absolutely superb”

Hampshire Royal Pharmaceutical Society after a close up and cabaret performance.

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What I do and and Where I Perform

I am a professional magician, providing Close Up Magic, Wedding Entertainment and Children’s Entertainment. I am based in Romsey and perform in Southampton and surrounding areas of Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Dorset, and Sussex.

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A Little Bit More About Me

I entertain both adults and children (ideal for weddings), performing close-up magic, table magic or children’s magic shows, with an emphasis on entertainment and audience participation which adds to the fun of any occasion.

Whether it’s performing at a children’s party or impressing your guests with amazing close up magic at a function for adults, I understand that organising an event with a magician is not something most people do every day. I have the experience and credentials to ensure your event runs smoothly, that your guests have a great time and leave with a real sense of amazement that they’ll talk about long after the event.

I am a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the Southampton based Associated Wizards of the South (the sixth oldest magical society in the world, of which I was president on four occassions), the Wessex Magical Association and the Portsmouth Magic Circle. I am also a member of Equity, am fully insured and have a full CRB check.

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