Top 10 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Wedding Magician!

So you’ve decided to go ahead and book a professional magician for your big day? Great choice!

Whats next? Well I’ve put together a list of my top 10 tips for anybody who has or is thinking about booking a professional wedding magician for their big day. This list is taken from my experience over the years of performing at hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of weddings!

Enjoy!

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1. Number Of Guests

Weddings sit around the 80-150 guests mark and usually, one magician is the right call to entertain this many people for a few hours! However, if you have many more than this, one magician on his lonesome is unlikely to get around all your guests and deliver the jaw-dropping gasps your guests have been waiting for.

Feel free to ask me about the specifics of your wedding and your number of guests as all weddings are different. I’m always happy to offer my professional opinion and if needed, recommend and help you book a second (or even third!) magician for your day, if necessary.

2. Table Decorations

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I get it, a big bunch of flowers in the middle of each table does look pretty. However in my experience, this is far outweighed by the negatives of having big centrepieces at each table.

First and foremost, it means that the guests at each table can’t see or talk to each other unless they are directly sitting next to each other. I find that weddings with big centrepieces often have a bit less atmosphere at each table as you’ve effectively split everyone into small 2’s or 3’s instead of the big 10’s or 12’s you intended them to be in when you spent all that time making your table plan!

Secondly, it also means that when performing at each table, around half the table will get an obstructed view of your magician, meaning you’re not getting even nearly the fully fun and impact from the performance!

3. Huh? What?!

During the meal and the evening reception, wedding DJ’s sometimes can be found blaring the music loud!

This is a huge issue that I see at weddings almost weekly. It means that your guests can’t have a comfortable conversation and won’t be able to hear and take part in the magic! You want your reception to be relaxed and fun; there will be plenty of time later on to get that party started!

Do yourself a favour and have a chat with your DJ before your big day to make sure you’re all on the same page!

4. Speeches

Encourage your wedding party to keep the speeches short and sweet. As a professional speaker myself, I know from experience that most people aren’t! There’s nothing worse than going to a wedding and sitting through an hour and a half of the same story repeated because the top table didn’t check their material against each other and everyone’s speaking for 15 minutes each.

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5. Timings

Don’t worry if your wedding is running behind! You aren’t the first and trust me, you won’t be the last wedding to do so!

A wedding professional will always allow time for this and your venue will usually be able to make up any lost time in the changeover periods. Don’t let this little thing stress you out on the big day; after all, your magician is there to help keep people occupied if things are taking linger than expected!

6. Tell EVERYBODY!

Some wedding couples like to keep the fact they’ve booked a wedding magician a secret or surprise for their guests. In my experience, it’s always best to let people know. In fact, tell everyone! Shout it out! Put it on your programmes!

This way, when your magician approaches groups of people they all know what’s coming and can get hyped/ excited and prepare themselves for the magic. The alternative is this sort of awkward situation where people are unsure how to react when I say I’m a magician; I’ve even had people at first think I’m just another guest that “knows a few tricks”! Granny nearly fell over when I then showed her a miracle and she realised I wasn’t just an uncle that knows a card trick!

7. What Time?

I often see people asking wedding magicians to perform at all parts of the wedding (drinks reception, during the meal and at the evening reception) and while this might suit some people’s weddings; it’s not what I’d usually recommend.

Everybody loves magic but, just like everything; we love it in moderation.

I usually recommend 2 hours is the perfect amount of time to bamboozle all your guests but still leave them wanting more.

8. Children

Magic is obviously great for kids! However, they do often love it a little bit too much and end up following the magician from group to group. This becomes a) quite annoying for the magician and b) can even start to ruin the experience for your guests. Magic can often be a bit like a good thriller movie. Once you know the big twist, it becomes a lot less amazing and interesting. Children often like to show everyone how smart they are and soil the outcome of the trick for everyone else. No fun!

9. Wedding Couple

Most professional wedding magicians will always make time to come and visit the happy couple and show them a special something just for them. Usually, the best time for this in my experience is as the rest of your guests are making their way into the wedding breakfast. This is often one of the very few breaks the couple will get throughout the day and so is a perfect time to relax, regroup, and share in some magic to remind them why they’re there and to enjoy themselves along the ride!

Top Tip: make sure your photographers know that this is plan to get some ace photos of you two with your magician, losing your minds at the magic!

10. Payment

The mark of a professional can often be found in how they deal with the business side of things. Most professional wedding suppliers now take payment up front.

I do this so that nobody has to worry about money on the big day and everyone can sit back and relax without having to stress about the little things. However, if you are still paying some suppliers in cash on the day, make sure all the cash is prepared in clearly marked envelopes to make it as easy as possible for you and so you don’t end up giving the wrong money to the wrong people!

Magic To See At #EdFringe 2019

That time already? The Edinburgh fringe is upon us once again and as ever; magic and the mystery arts are becoming an increasingly popular genre in the world’s biggest arts festival.

So with so much to choose from, how on earth are you going to decide what to go see?!

Fear not, that’s where this blog comes in! I’ve sifted through all 83 (yes, 83!) magic related shows at this year’s fringe that I could find and narrowed it down to my top 13 personal recommendations for this years fringe.


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Unfortunately, this year I am not performing my one-man solo show, however you can still catch me at countless cabaret and variety shows across the festival!

These can be found by getting in touch or by keeping up with my social media channels!


Aaron Crow: FearLess

Aaron Crow - Fearless

Aaron Crow is an award-winning international mystician and danger act. Following sensational appearances on both Britain's and America's Got Talent, Aaron brings you a unique show that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Cameron Says: I’ve seen Aaron perform live countless times and he never disappoints. Death-defying stunts mixed with his beautifully creepy character make him a thrilling watch from start to finish!

Assembly Rooms • 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (Ballroom) • 21:30

Ava Beaux: The Mysterious Tales of Poe

Enter the macabre minds of Beaux and Poe. Follow Ava into a web of gothic tales told through magic, dark humour and thrilling storytelling. 'Delightfully creepy' (WorldMagicReview.com).

Cameron Says: Ava is one of the (very) few female magicians at the fringe and is an absolute delight to watch. Her graceful and eloquent storytelling style leaves her audiences equally mystified and charmed

Revolution Bar • 30 Chambers St, EH1 1HU (Function Room) • 20:30

Ben Hart: The Nutshell

Award-winning magician Ben Hart triumphantly returns to Edinburgh with a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. Total sell-out 2017/18.

Cameron Says: Get tickets early for this one! After his success on BGT this year, Ben is sure to sell out fast! As well as being one of the nicest people in magic, Ben’s unique take on storytelling makes for an enthralling experience!

Gilded Balloon Teviot • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Dining Room) • 17:30

Chris Dugdale: Down to One

Total sell-out 2017 and 2018. The only act ever to win the Edfest Bouquet three times. 14 Royal Performances. 'The most unbelievable ending of any trick ever!' (ITV). 'One of the top magicians' (BroadwayBaby.com).

Cameron Says: Chris is one of the most experienced magicians working in the world today. He’s a great friend and of all the times i’ve seen him perform live (which is many), I think I can only remember one that didn’t receive a full room standing ovation. Speaks for itself, really!

Assembly Rooms • 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (Drawing Room) • 19:40


Elliot Bibby – Magic in a Jiffy

Elliot Bibby - Magic In A Jiffy

Join Scottish Magician of the Year 2018 in this fast-moving show full of laughs and surprises that reveals the magic in the everyday.

Cameron Says: As many people know, i’m very close to Elliot however that means that i’m in a unique position to tell you that his fringe show this year is looking like it’s going to be the best yet! One of the best magicians working in the UK at the moment, this show is an absolute must-see!

The Voodoo Rooms • 19a West Register Street, EH2 2AA (The Ballroom) • 18:30

Griffin and Jones: Surprisingly Good Magicians

The pioneers of slapdash magic are back with another mishmash of magical mayhem, contagious energy and showstopping wizardry. 'Machine-gun patter' SSSS½ (TheReviewsHub.com). 'See the show!' SSSS (BroadwayBaby.com). 'Perfect' (FringeGuru.com).

Cameron Says: Again, these two are two of the most genuinely nice guys in the magic community. Having become a bit of a fringe institution, their two-man shows have some of the most genuinely side-splitting and creative moments of any magic show i’ve seen. If you’re around late at night, be sure to look up the “Lock-In Cabaret”, their cabaret show, for the show that you’ll be telling your pals about for weeks after!

Voodoo Rooms • West Register Street, EH2 2AA (Speakeasy) • 18:15

Luke Jermay: Strange Power

Luke Jermay : Strange Power

Luke Jermay is the most incredible man you've probably never heard of. He knows your past, present and future! This interactive show has Jermay providing personal, intuitive readings and future predictions with amazing razor-sharp accuracy!

Cameron Says: Those magicians that know me will know how much of an influence Luke has had on my style of performing (hint: it’s a lot!). His shows feel an awful lot more like an “experience” than a “show” and I guarantee you will leave with your head spinning in amazement! Highly recommended!

Assembly Rooms • 54 George Street, EH2 2LR (Drawing Room) • 21:10


Man of Mischief - Mark Watson

Magic. Juggling. Comedy. One man's story of escaping corporate life to run away with the circus. 'Absolutely fantastic… 10/10!' (Jamie Raven, Britain's Got Talent). 'Hilariously bamboozled… a rare treat' (TheCircusDiaries.com).

Cameron Says: Mark is first and foremost a street performer and a bloody good one. His sharp, quick-witted humour combined with stunning magic and juggling makes this a variety show not to be missed!

Subway • 69 Cowgate, EH1 1JW (Main Room) • 17:00

Split Egg: A Magic Show About Being Twins

Every question the identical twin brothers have been asked during their life have been developed into the narrative of this magic show. 'Both shine individually as magicians and comedians' (BroadwayBaby.com).

Cameron Says: Another pair of absolute gents who i’ve had the pleasure of getting to know over numerous fringe festivals. Both of their shows at the festival are fun, hilarious and give a unique twist on your classic magic show!

CC Blooms • 23-24 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA (CC Blooms) • 18:45


Stunt Magician – Danger Dave Reubens

Danger Dave Reubens - Stunt Magician

Back with more outrageous stunts, jaw-dropping magic and crazy comedy in a new show that'll have you on the edge of your seat. This is one for the thrill seekers and magic lovers!

Cameron Says: The return of Danger Dave! After taking a year off the fringe to travel the world, Dave is back with a vengeance! One of my favourite concepts for a character show, I absolutely know Dave has some treats in store for those brave enough to see this daredevil in action!

Bar Bados Complex • 65 Cowgate, EH1 1JW (Room 4) • Aug 3-13 17:00

Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse • 9c Victoria St, EH1 2HE (Warehouse) • Aug 14-25 15:45

Tom Crosbie: Nerd World Problems

Not just a big beautiful brain, Tom Crosbie put the heart and soul into being an unabashed nerd, performing for your pleasure. Come for the Rubik's Cubes, stay for a big hug of be-cardiganned joy.

Cameron Says: The world’s first (and only) performing nerd, Tom is as nerdy as I aspire to be and he uses this to the absolute joy of his audiences. Maths, useless facts, rubik’s cubes, you name it! Something totally different to break up the rest of the magic!

Gilded Balloon Teviot • Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Square, EH8 9AJ (Nightclub) •

Dan Bastianelli – Trixated

Dan Bastianelli is fixated with magic and trickery. After a very successful debut Fringe in 2018 (at just 19 years old!) he returns with a brand-new magical hour, which strives to share with you his love for the art of deception, in a fresh and vibrant way.

Cameron Says: Dan is a brilliant young magician from Edinburgh that’s making waves locally at the moment!

CC Blooms (Venue 171) • 15:00

The Grumpy Magicians Present ‘There’s One Born Every Minute’

The Grumpy Magicians are back with another hilarious show where they will entertain the audience with some amazing magical effects. Come along and find out if you will be duped into being one of those born every minute.

Cameron Says: Another staple of the Edinburgh fringe, this pair are the happiest grumpy magicians I know. Fun Fact: Paul Novak actually gave me my first opportunities to perform on stage when I was 16 years old!

CC Blooms (Venue 171) • 17:30

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C