The “Amazing” Blog
Well we are finally getting from boxes to organised, in-between the chaos have been some really great gigs. A corporate event for Morgan Sindal at the lovely venue of Coombe Abbey in coventry. I even picked up a review on the facebook page! always a bonus.
The highlight tho over the past week was a lovely wedding in St Albans. The family had chosen a Barn Converted social club, which was really quite unique. The family was lovely and also quite large as it was part Irish, the booking was described as multi-cultural! The Catering was provided by a pig roast buffet! Simple and effective and the sun shone and the day was amazing.
I was booked as a surprise magician by the father of the bride for his daughter. When she first met me the bride was visibly stressed and having something she hadn’t planned could have been very awkward. However, she soon realised how I fit in and was already by that point getting great feedback from her friends and family who I had already been entertaining while she was having photos. I simply let her know that I was there to help her enjoy the day let her friends be entertained while she go on with meeting everyone and enjoying her day. She instantly relaxed which was a real pleasure to see happen.
Sometimes, having the experience of having been at so many events its really easy to see the bigger picture and help guide things in the right direction. I think that this was possibly one of those moments. It just needed a the family to know or hear the words someone say something like “I got this! Its cool!”
So it was not the high expense wedding of a big 4 star hotel, but you wouldn’t know! However, if you don’t have the hotel you may also miss out on a restaurant manager or Wedding coordinator to help things keep moving along or getting guests to the buffet in order or introducing the speeches! There are several options to help this. Maybe hire a toast master, this can be superb but sometimes may feel a bit too official unless you get the right one for the job. Alternatively there is always the magician who knows how to use a microphone, the order of the day and how to encourage guests to follow the order of the day and enjoy themselves!
I have seen the day happen so many times when I was asked to fill in these gaps it was a absolute honour to be able to step in and help. This is also why I ask for all the timings of the day and names of important guests on my booking form. The just in case need to be prepared mentality! You will always see the words on many a website for magicians; “A magician will bring your guest together and fill in the gaps etc etc” Yes there are lots of magicians capable of this but personally I take pride in being able to carry that tool kit that is ready for everything. The tool kit labeled experience! Being able to see the bigger picture, step in and help with what ever might be needed on the day and most importantly make sure what I do fits in perfectly on the day to make it 100% personal for the Bride and Groom and professional.
So the house move happened about 3 weeks ago! It only took 95 boxes. Along with other useless statistics I would say only 50% of all boxes get opened within 2 days of moving, 10% will never get opened …ever, and the rest are all my boxes that will one day get opened but not until the shower is fixed the shelves are up the garden is trimmed back and the spare room is constructed. (Don’t mention the cooker!)
In between all this there is still entertainer work to be done. Of course finding the right pair of shoes or prop in the box that looks all the same as the rest does not make life any easier. I had an amazing wedding Fayre (Open day) at the Manor House Hotel in Moreton-in-Marsh. An Amazing Cotswolds Hotel, they always look after us well! Then there has been a nice event at Silverston as The Stig. Yesterday was an opening of a new venue in Swindon.
While taking this booking of course I had to temp fate by reminiscing about the good ol’ days with the agent. (Who I have know and worked for for over 20 years.) One of us put the curse of fate on the gig and said that we have only been kept in the business by being reliable and making sure we always get there and make it happen…whatever the circumstances! Of course thats like the commentators curse. So i was already nervous several days before.
The day itself the sun shone and all looked great. Until on the school run the car comes up with a engine fault, then I come down with the gastric bug that the rest of the family had be parading all week. All this before 10am. So several plan “B”s happen all at once. Call the mechanic, get it diagnosed…”not suitable for long journeys!” (the car not me!) Call the wife and get her to leave me her car. Get some rest, and get to the gig! Even if it means the only sun glasses in the car are the Donnas prescription lenses! Get to gig…buy a large bottle of pink medicine and get on with the gig!
For them they only see the duck floating on the surface calmly! But then again thats what the Magic and Magicians life is all about!
Up next…this week I kicked started an amazing new project…Which I am very excited about!
So I have decided to add a Blog to my site, to keep things up to date and give the world a little insight into the crazy world of a magician. If you are brave or determined enough to join me for the journey. The idea is to have somewhere to put my thoughts down and diarise, for both personal events, work events and fun happenings.
Also perhaps to give out some handy advice and share some links to other superb suppliers, facebooks pages and other great ideas I stumble across. I will try and post every week at the least. Short and sweet sometimes and others I reserve the right to have a good ol’ rant.
I’m gonna learn how to do this Bloggin’ stuff as I go. So maybe it might take a while.
So when do I start for real? Well this week we are moving house, all my time has been involved in putting things in boxed and my head if full of loads of ideas for the future. Initially there may be lots of posts here about decorating and building things!!! However as soon as the iMac is plugged in the blogs will start in earnest. For now if you want to find out some things that might be included, have a quick look around my youtube channel. You will find a good collection of work, fun and family.
’till then! The Amazing (Magic) Blog is born!