Can you believe it? I can’t! How is it nearly Christmas party season already?
My email inbox is starting to fill up with emails about upcoming office and company Christmas parties. I have been performing at them for nearly 10 years and they are always such incredible fun, it is the one night of the year when everyone lets their hair down and enjoys themselves and a Christmas party magician added to the event is the perfect way to ensure your colleagues are talking about something fun and not anything work related.
Go to the contact page right now to enquire about my availability to be your Christmas party magician.
Richard Young performing magic at a corporate Christmas party.
Interviewing the legendary Paul Daniels for The Magicians’ Podcast.
Being a working magician means I spend a great deal of time on the road (over 30000 miles last year!) and to help make the time go by a year or so ago I started listening in the car to podcasts. If you are unfamiliar a podcast is basically a radio show which isn’t a Live broadcast which you can listen to whenever you feel like via the internet or a mobile phone signal. There are thousands of them in existence and they cover all manner of genres (I mean literally anything you can think of, there is probably a podcast about it!). I well and truly fell in love with them and decided to create my own after listening to a podcast for comedians and wishing there was one for magicians.
So after a bit of research and some training regarding how you even make a podcast I started producing The Magicians Podcast, it is a weekly show available on iTunes and in each episode I interview a different magician. It isn’t really for the public, it is aimed at magicians and talks about the subject of magic in some real depth, however a few non magicians have got in touch with me who have stumbled across it and said how much they have enjoyed hearing magicians talking about magic and the odd (and often extraordinary) lives they lead because of their unusual career choice. I have now made dozens of podcasts with a different magician in each episode and have had an absolute blast going to the homes of my heroes and asking them about their career’s and the magic they perform. Some of the magicians you will have heard of such as the legendary Paul Daniels (above image) and the biggest star in UK magic today Dynamo, however most are the genius’s who have worked behind the iron curtain creating extraordinary magic which you see magicians doing on television, the internet and at Live events.
If you would like to have a quick listen (it’s free!) you can do so on iTunes at this link:
Trade Show Magician Richard Young with his colleagues from Infoserve
Last night I was working as a Trade Show Magician with my great friends from Infotech at an industry trade show at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster. My job was to create a stir in the room and bring as many people as possible to the Infotech stand so that the sales team could qualify them as a potential new client.
Having a Close-Up Magician at a Trade Show is a really clever idea (not mine admittedly!). The floor is very competitive and you have to do something different to bring people to your stand. I actually went and performed out on the floor away from the infotech stand and after a few minutes of magic for a group of people I asked them I could show them ‘one final trick over here at my table’ (funnily enough, positioned right in front of the infotech stand! After a final magical moment I introduced the sales team, talked quickly about what infotech does and passed over my audience to the sales team. I did this every 10 minutes for 3 hours.
At the end of the Trade Show I had some lovely feedback from the client, saying how happy they were with my efforts and for keeping everyone busy. I actually had a great time too and met loads of interesting people. If you are considering hiring a Trade Show Magician in the near future please do get in touch so that I can tell how how I can help bring some top sales leads to your sales team every few minutes of the day using just my personality and a few amazing magic tricks.
I can also offer bespoke magic tricks, branded with your company logo and message which you can give away to the delegates. They are amazing, simple magic tricks which anyone can do after 2 minutes practice. This means the delegates leave the Trade Show with some magic in their pockets which they can share with their colleagues (they leave with your contact details too).
A Trade Show Magician could be just the thing you need to find your next biggest client.
Milton Keynes Law Firm Howes Percival hired the magician Richard Young for the launch of their new office in Miton Keynes
The best thing about my job is the huge variety of events I perform magic at. I recently received a call from the Law Firm Howes Percival who have just moved into the town of Milton Keynes as part of a rather exciting company expansion.
They are located in an amazing modern office building in the centre of Milton Keynes and to celebrate their arrival they were having a drinks reception in the new office space and inviting along their current clients and local business people. They had the great idea of having me pretend I was an employee of the company with a rather interesting hobby! It worked really well and created a real buzz in the room as people speculated over whether I was actually an employee or really an undercover professional magician!
Feedback from the client:
I just wanted to express our thanks once again on my behalf and also on behalf of all of the team at Howes Percival for your excellent show last night. Everyone loved it and the tricks were so subtly done they didn’t interfere with the mingling at all – well done! – Jane Bloomer
Richard Young entertaining the Bride & Groom at a wedding at Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire.
Spring is here and and the wedding season isn’t far away either. I perform at lots of weddings and they are always great fun! There are three slots which are popular for me to fill during a tradional wedding format with close-up magic.
The first is during the welcome drinks reception, you will usually find that this is a slot lasting up to 2 hours where the guests have nothing to do except drink and hang around waiting for dinner. Having me come in to perform close-up magic, fills the gap nicely and creates a real talking point and ice breaker. I always tell the brides who book me never to tell the guests I am coming, the reactions are much bigger this way.
The second slot which works really well is for me to perform during the wedding breakfast, it is a fact that there will always be a few guests you have to seat together who do not know each other, I always ask which tables these are and ensure I go to that particular table as early as possible to break the ice of the wedding guests seated there.
The final slot is during the evening wedding reception, all of the formalities of the day are over and everyone is up for a good time, having a close-up magician wander around gets the party atmosphere fired up and ensures the guests who have just arrived immediately feel part of the celebrations.
Sometimes brides have other creative ideas regarding when my magic can be best utilised during the wedding day. If you have any fun alternative formats for me, let me know!
I have been a proud member of The Magic Circle since 2008. As a child while I was learning magic I dreamed and hoped that one day I would become a member of the most prestigious magic organisation in the world. I could have never predicted that one day not only would I be a member but I would also (all in the space of 12 months) be promoted to the highest level of membership achievable through performance examination (known as AIMC, Associate of The Inner Magic Circle).
Be asked to lecture to the members on my own tricks and ideas, asked to host the public Christmas shows at the headquarters and also appear on the cover of the magazine. Thanks to a lot of hard work, myself and my double act partner have achieved all of the above in 2014. Our act known as Young & Strange (www.youngandstrange.co.uk) opens up some really interesting opportunities and this year has been a bumper year for us at The Magic Circle.
If you would like to visit The Magic Circle (which is in Euston, London) then the Christmas shows really are the best time to do it. For £28 you get a tour of the spectacular building and fascinating magic museum, witness stunning close-up magic right under your noses from some of the best close-up magicians in the country and see a spectacular variety show in the theatre featuring international acts which this year is hosted by Young & Strange. It runs on December 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and January 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Tickets can be purchased here.
2013 was a great year for magic in the UK and 2014 is shaping up to be even better. Magic is riding a true rejuvenation in the UK at the moment, which I absolutely love. In my opinion this is down to a few factors; there really is some fantastic magic being shown on TV at the moment and also some superb live touring magic shows visiting theatres across the country.
You might be aware that I am part of a stage illusionist double act called Young & Strange. There are some great opportunities to see us perform some of our rarely seen Las Vegas style grand illusions over the next few weeks. We have been booked by RIP Productions to take part in the Champions Of Magic shows, which are receiving rave reviews.
Each show contains four very different magic acts showcasing their best tricks. We did two of these shows at the end of 2013 and are pleased to be doing two more in February;
February 14th 2014
Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, HG1 1QF
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February 22nd 2014
Bromsgrove Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove, B60 1AX
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One of the great things about this job is all the different projects I get to work on. Last month I was asked to star in a viral video for a company called PayPoint who were producing a video for the internet in which people popping in to their local convenience store would be unexpectedly served by an undercover magician (me!!). The results were recorded on hidden cameras and the below video is the final result. I hope you like it!!
I’ve just returned from a month long run with our stage show at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It was probably the most fun I’ve ever had and I’m already looking forward to next year.
What amazed me the most while I was up there was not only the surprisingly beautiful August weather so far north, but rather the fact that my email and voicemail inboxes began taking enquiries for me to appear at Christmas events.
Yep! You better believe it! Christmas is not far away and the numerous parties organised by companies up and down the land are already being planned, in addition to lots of fantastic family occasions which are always so much fun to perform at.
Please do get in touch if you are considering having a close-up magician at your event this December, I have some really interesting ideas and formats which I believe are different and magical for your clients, colleagues and families to enjoy.