Edge of Magic
Reading, Berkshire(30 Reviews)
As the founder of edgeofmagic I have over 10 years experience as a professional magician at an array of celebrations across the UK. I began performing magic at a very early age and now have the pleasure of entertaining people as a full time career, as well as supplying top quality performers as part of the edgeofmagic brand.
As a member of the prestigious Magic Circle, the magic I perform is the kind you'd see on TV but performed right under your nose, before your very eyes, up close and personal. My performances are classical with a modern edge and normally have a few twists hidden within. I can entertain in a pre-dinner drinks setting or around tables as guests are seated.
My philosophy is to make sure every guest is entertained during a celebration and to take a little strain off the event planner! Whether for 10 or 1000 guests, I believe that the experience should be the same for all.
For large scale events, I offer a service which can supply a number of top quality professional magicians with over 10,000 hours of experience and knowledge! When holding an event with a large number of people, it is recommended to book 1 magician to every 100 guests.
Choosing magicleighmagic will guarantee that your guests receive a truly remarkable and magical experience.
I have a video of an event recently I was asked to perform at. Please let me know if you would like me to send this over to you.
Edge of Magic Reviews
Edge of Magic
Edge of Magic Location
2 Coventry Rd, Reading RG1 3NE, UK
Edge of Magic Q&A
How long have you been interested in magic?
It has been a good 10 years now. It started as a hobby then in 2009 I did my first event. My friend's dad was part of Fujitsu and asked if I wanted to come and do magic at their Christmas work party in London. I remember being nervous on the day but also excited. I'd rarely visited London and this time it was on my own too. Take that in to account and how big my first client was, I was way out of my depth. At the time I did't understand why they wanted a magician, and now it is a service I provide. I still to this day say that is was the best night of my life. From then I decided to make my entire living from it and haven't looked back!
Take us through your show – what can we expect?
Up Close –
This is Leigh’s favourite way to perform his magic up close to your guests, right in front of their eyes, under their nose and in their hands. This style of magic is perfect for most occasions where Leigh can mingle through your guests and create little shows in their groups using borrowed objects such as pens, rings, string, rubber bands, coins, notes and anything else Leigh can get his hands on!
Table Top Magic –
This is very similar to up close magic but where your guests are seated around a table. The tricks Leigh performs in this style are normally much bigger than the usual up close magic so that everyone around the table can be involved. Most of the magic Leigh performs happens in your guests hands, however when a table is present Leigh may take advantage and use it for ease.
Stage/Cabaret/Parlour Magic –
Leigh has created a performance for each of these platforms that is tailored towards the audience. The length of these performances range from 25 minutes to an hour and a half, depending what your event is and what your needs are. The shorter performances are an ideal way to end off the evening having everyone involved or highlighting the lucky person celebrating their birthday by a special magic trick – just for them! They also can be great ways to make the CEO, MD or VIP appear in a magical way on stage.
Key words: 10 years experience - magic happens in your guests hands - breaks the ice - creates conversation - saves awkward first impressions - something different - makes your event memorable - unique - cool - fun - personable experience - time filler - entertainment for everyone, no one's left out - guarantee
What do you love most about your job?
I love peoples reactions. The whole reason I do magic is for the reactions. I know that if I make someone smile through a trick, I know that I am doing my job OK!
What inspired you to start your own business?
Like the above, I wanted to make people smile and make sure that I provide a service to enhance your event. I also have a passion form customer service and getting people that don't know each other talking. I am very proud to say that I have created life time friendships, business relationships and even marriages through the magic I initially performed for them.
Why should our clients choose you?
I love performing magic for my full time profession and know that it isn't just about the magic. I could write why you should choose me for your event but I'd rather let one of my previous clients tell you as it hits the nail on the head and I am very grateful that he took the time to write these kinds words below:
"It's just possible, that you've come here seeking a magician. Let me tell you now you've come to the right place! But you've found a lot more than a guy who does tricks. Leigh is a charismatic young man who works hard at what he does. He engages people in front of their very eyes, draws them into his work and leaves them amazed. He performed at my 60th birthday gathering and from the ripples of applause and gasps of "no way" I knew they were enjoying his performance. Two days later and I'm still bumping into people who say "who was that magician, where did you find him, he was excellent" So if you came here looking for an entertainer whose also a top class close up magician to perform at your special event then look no further. You've found him. Thanks Leigh"
Testimonial: John King, Private Party - 08.01.16
Edge of Magic Services
Breaking the Ice
Through the magic I perform I am the perfect ice breaker for your event where you have guests meeting each other for the very first time. I bring them into the magic together, save any awkward first impressions by introducing them by name myself and create great conversation for your guests to start once I have left them. This services can be used at weddings where friends and family members are meeting for the first time or when they are sitting on tables and don't know each other. It is also perfect at the time of when the evening guests start to arrive, as I can introduce them to people as well as get them settled into the setting of the evening so that they are in the same atmosphere as others. This service can also be used at corporate events such as reception, dinners or even at tradeshows. Breaking the ice between colleagues when the CEO, MD or VIP is in the room can make the whole evening flow easier. At tradeshows I use these techniques to break the ice between buyers and to get them on to the stand and in front of the sales team.
Facilitate the Event
Specialising in bringing people together is what the core of my business is about. with the skills and techniques I have learn't over the years of entertaining at events across the UK I can facilitate the event you are organising to make your job that little bit easier. Think of me like a toastmaster but for your event. Not only will I be entertaining them, but I am able to give directions to guest or make announcements just like an MC but in a up close environment. I can be a host to your event and facilitate the event with you. The techniques are also used to create conversation and bring people together. And in some cases such as Networking Events I make sure that I bring together the right people, like business that want to work with other businesses. Other uses of this service are for student proms and leavers balls where I bring different social groups together through the magic and can help watch over the event to give you that extra helping hand.
Having magic at an event you are organising is still a newish idea and one that does a tremendous job. I provide an entire different entertainment service for your events. One that can guarantees bringing people together, is a lot of fun for all and most importantly an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. I create high levels of energy, atmosphere as well as build suspense around the room.
Gifts and Souvenirs
For special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties, product launches, award ceremonies and other corporate events, I provide giveaways and souvenirs for the newly married couple, birthday person, business, CEO, MD or VIP. All of these magical keepsakes are presented through my magic and produced in a magical way. For example I can produce a bottle of Champagne from a balloon for a desired table, or make your companies logo appear on an engraved glass deck. Enquire for more details.
Workshops and Teambuilding
Now and again it is a good idea to keep your team fresh thinking, focused and getting along with each other. Many companies hold corporate team building days and events to maintain good from their staff. I provide a different choice to the usual team building event. I can either provide a magical workshop where you and your colleagues will get to learn about the history of magic before learning a few tricks to impress your friends or a team building class where I perform a special tailored show with the help of team work, to highlight trust, communication and respect. Some of my clients that have used these team building workshops include; Mars Incorporated and the MacDonald Hotel chain.
A Magical Distraction
Although this service works well in situations where the meal is running late or a delay has occurred at an event, this service is more for events that will have a waiting area or queue. My Magical Distractions are great product launches and book signings where you are having a continuous flow of people through the event or where you may have a queue forming outside. This service provides entertainment to these people waiting so that it isn't just another boring queue to be in. At most of these events the excitement is high but can drop depending where you are in the queue. So my job is to make sure everyone is still having a great time as well as distracting the guests away from the time. Some of my clients that have used this service include; Stephen King's - The Revival Book Launch where my job was to entertain 1000's throughout the night.
I provide a consultancy to businesses, TV, Film, Theatre or other organisation where they would like to expand their knowledge of magic. I have provided this service for a radio presenter you wanted to perform a magic trick on stage when she was a guests appearance in an Opera in the Brighton theatre. Other works include independent film projects to come out later next year.
From December 2009 to present.
• Harrods – Hired to entertain their high profile clients X4 • Vodafone – Corporate Event • Mars Inc – Teambuilding Workshop • Reckitt Benckiser – Corporate Event • Gillette – Corporate Event • SABmiller – Corporate Event • Fujitsu – Corporate Event • Avis Budget Group – Corporate Dinner • ZipCar Hire – Corporate Dinner • 3M – Family Fun Day and The Innovation Centre Launch X2 • ShopSmart – Product Launch • Stephen King Book Launch • GoodLight LED – Tradeshow • Mortons Mayfair Private Club – Halloween and New Years Eve X2 • BNI – Annual members Networking event • Ryboc – Tradeshow • Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust – Gala evening at the BT Tower • Macdonald Hotels – Networking Events and Teambuilding Events • Qhotels – Staff and clients events (ongoing) • Milton Sandford Wines – Launch Party, Wine Tasting Evening, Networking Event and Work Party • The Pink Singers – Anniversary Gala • 98 Bar Shoreditch – Private Corporate EventsX2 • AgeUK Berkshire – Resident Events X4 • Clifton Ingram – Various Events X6
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