Is magic what it appears to be?

This may seem a silly question given the nature of theĀ  art of magic but I am often asked when I am out working what I think of some of the television magicians and the magic they perform. I usually respond that I have a lot of respect for the television magicians as most of them are either at or near the top of the profession. However, when I am asked about a particular trick I ask the questioner whether he or she thinks that the trick could be done here at this table in the restaurant or whatever the venue is that we are in. People usually understand the point I am making.

Those of us who perform direct to the public at private parties, weddings, dinners etc., rely purely on our own skills and except for stage and cabaret performances, seldom have an assistant.

If you look at the photographs on this website, which were largely taken at a wedding by the official photographer, you will see me performing “in the real world” without any camera tricks or stooges of any kind. None of the photos is posed or enhanced in any way and “what you see is what you get.”

Magic is not just about the magician showing magical skills but is about entertainingĀ people with magic, which is crucial to a successful performance.

Useful Links

The following information contains links to other web sites and resources that may be of help in relation to your choice of Magician for your party of event or if you have an interest in Magic on a more general level.

It also has links to providers of complementary services for Weddings, Parties and Corporate events that may be of help.

Associated Wizards of the South – want to learn about magic? Click here! The AWS is one of the oldest magical associations in the world and meets twice a month in the Southampton area.

Wedding Photographer – for all your photographic requirements including weddings, portraits and commercial assignments take a look at Southampton based Lisa Gigante Photography

Birthday and Wedding Cake Supplier – if you are looking for a special cake to complement your special occasion then look no further than Southampton based “The MaeFarie Cake Collection” covering Southampton and Hampshire. View the website to see how good they are,

Road traffic information – anyone travelling to my shows, or anywhere else for that matter, could benefit from up to the minute traffic reports on the following link – I’ll certainly make use of it.

The Rock pub restaurant – a great place to eat or drink right next to the New Forest in West Wellow. SADLY THE ROCK CLOSED WITHOUT NOTICE IN MARCH 2013, ANOTHER VICTIM OF THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN.

I Hampshire – Hampshire directory.

Special Day Invitations – wedding stationery for your special day.

Stuart McWilliam Photography – if you’re looking for the finest photography, the highest quality wedding and portrait albums, and the very best customer service, you can do no better than Stuart McWilliam Photography, based in Whiteparish on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border.

The Wedding Index – fast, free user-friendly wedding directory.

UK Wedding Store – for all your wedding needs.

Chad Wonder – children’s magician from Denver, USA.

Ella’s Party Shop – everything for your child’s party, toys, party bags, candles and lots more. Free delivery within 3 miles of Windsor.

William the Wizard – For anyone in the Midlands who visits this site, consider William the Wizard, a Nottingham based children’s entertainer and magician offering value for money children’s parties around the Midlands and the rest of the UK.