Magic Up Close

Magic Up Close

Magic Up Close locationBristol, Bristol

(49 Reviews)

Startling magic for your event!
Amazing 'walk around' style of magic for events from weddings and parties to special events of all kinds. It's a unique form of entertainment that is fascinating to watch and fun to enjoy. Have a look at all the reviews to see how well it works at other clients parties. 21 Years' experience and a great ability to entertain and amaze make for a successful event.

Performing at dinner tables or mix and mingle style events providing that special extra to make your event memorable and entertaining for your guests, friends or colleagues. Your guests, clients or friends will have a great time and you get the credit!

Also magic on a larger scale for cabaret, stage or more formal performance including some classic stage illusions featuring members of the audience with an act combining comedy and amazing magic.


  • 83 hires on Bark.com
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Magic Up Close Reviews

Magic Up Close Reviews


Review of Magic Up Close by Emma (Woolen) Mears
5 23/10/2018 Emma (Woolen) Mears

Paul performed at our wedding in June and had everyone gripped. We would definitely recommend him. Thanks for making our wedding special and extra fun.

Review of Magic Up Close by Simon Hobbs
5 12/10/2018 Simon Hobbs

Fantastic Close-up magic.
Paul really entertained my guests with his amazing close up magic. Paul was very professional and a really nice man. Couldn't be better! (Birthday Party in Lambourn .)

Review of Magic Up Close by Steve Walsh
5 02/10/2018 Steve Walsh

Thank you for your great magic service at Karen's 60th Birthday lunch. Every one thought it was really entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed your magic tricks and great sense of humour.
I will definitely be using you again in the future.
Kind Regards Steve

Review of Magic Up Close by John Roberts
5 25/09/2018 John Roberts

Paul Preager arrived bang on time and entertained my 40 guests at The Ivy restaurant Bath for the next 1h hours. Amazing magic so close you can touch him. Everyone was thrilled and the following day many complimenaswere made of his superb entertainment. One word describes the show--SUPERB.

Review of Magic Up Close by Caroline Squire
5 21/09/2018 Caroline Squire

Paul was a wonderful asset to our party and soon proved to be very popular. Suddenly one would hear great peals of laughter and astonishment at his spectacular feats of magic. A very professional and accomplished magician and I would certainly recommend him to add sparkle to any gathering. Thank you Paul, you really were a great asset to my party.

Review of Magic Up Close by Robert Moxham
5 28/08/2018 Robert Moxham

Thank you for the couple of hours you spent with us at the Livermead House Hotel, Torquay.
The talk at the breakfast table this morning was how could he have done this, how did he do that I was watching at all times. Everyone was amazed at the tricks you did, it certainly helped our wedding day go with a swing.
Robert and Julia Moxham.

Review of Magic Up Close by Carol Brown
5 20/08/2018 Carol Brown

Dear Paul,
Just to say a massive thank-you for Saturday (18th August), you really made our day so special. Everyone said how brilliant you were, unbelievable. Thank-you !!!!
Regards
Carol and Michael

Review of Magic Up Close by Carol Watt
5 24/07/2018 Carol Watt

Paul Preager attended our 50th Wedding Anniversary Party on a very hot afternoon with guests ranging from 4 to 80years of age and everyone was enthralled with his magic. He was very relaxed going from table to table, very experienced and comments from our guests was "how did he do that trick" !! Would thoroughly recommend Paul for any occasion. It was purely "magic"

Review of Magic Up Close by Angela McDonald
5 03/07/2018 Angela McDonald

By far the best show we saw at the 'Shaftesbury Fringe'. It was a scorching hot day which must have been very uncomfortable for Paul during his performance. Nevertheless the show was excellent and the close up magic enthralling. Look forward to seeing you there in 2019 !

Review of Magic Up Close by Anne Bogie
5 25/06/2018 Anne Bogie

Paul Preager is a true professional. He performed 'close up' magic at my husband's 80th birthday dinner. He moved around the room discretely, making sure not to disturb guests who were eating. Everyone was entralled with his magic and he proved to be a highlight of the entire evening, much talked about by all. He is a very personable man and we would recommend him without reservation.

Review of Magic Up Close by Diana Aitken
5 20/06/2018 Diana Aitken

Very many thanks for all your magic - you amazed everyone, provided a nice focus and interlude during the meal, and gave each table a different range of your stock of tricks - so it was fun comparing notes. Thank you so much, it certainly helped to make the party a huge success. We will spread the word! D Aitken.

Review of Magic Up Close by Linda & Ken Bowers
5 15/06/2018 Linda & Ken Bowers

Just wanted to let you know that we have received so much positive feedback from our guests on Saturday. They were left puzzled and astonished at the tricks you performed and our younger guests were certainly inspired by your magical skills.

Your contribution to the evening made such a big difference, not only providing entertainment but encouraging people to get together and socialise. Thank you once a again.
(June 2018 Illminster)

Magic Up Close replied:
It was great fun to do and everyone was so receptive!
Review of Magic Up Close by Lorraine Palfrey
5 07/03/2018 Lorraine Palfrey

Superb, kept everyone entertained at my Son's wedding March 2018. Would highly recommend.

Review of Magic Up Close by Lorraine Palfrey
5 07/03/2018 Lorraine Palfrey

Superb, kept everyone entertained at my Son's wedding March 2018. Would highly recommend.

Review of Magic Up Close by paul stahel
5 04/03/2018 paul stahel

This guy is very very good . he was at my daughter in laws wedding on saturday 3rd March 18, Best i have ever seen. 5 stars and more

Review of Magic Up Close by Capt Mark Lambert
5 01/03/2018 Capt Mark Lambert

Thank you once again for your fantastic work at our Christmas party in December, It really was a fantastic night made all the better by your magic.
Captain Mark Lambert , The King’s Royal Hussars , Wiltshire

Review of Magic Up Close by Mark
5 01/03/2018 Mark

Magic up close provided a simply jaw dropping service to our Christmas Party. The range of illusions (or is it really magic..!) was superb, I could not reccomend highly enough.

Review of Magic Up Close by Janet Noad
5 09/02/2018 Janet Noad

Just to say a massive thank you for amazing everyone at our wedding reception at Rookery Manor. Everyone is still talking about how much they enjoyed you being there, you really made our special evening extra special. Thank you so much x

Review of Magic Up Close by Sheila Hanman
5 06/02/2018 Sheila Hanman

Amazing, charming, extremely clever to watch. Super entertainment. A very memerable 90th. birthday party.
Thank you!

Review of Magic Up Close by Nicola Stirzaker
5 08/01/2018 Nicola Stirzaker

I hired Paul for close up magic at our work Christmas ball and he was fantastic. Really mesmerising and had a fantastic reaction from everybody. Looking forward to hiring him again for the next event where a magician is needed.

Magic Up Close replied:
It's always great fun performing at RNAS Yeovilton for the Officer's Christmas Ball. A great evening for the whole Airbase that went on into the early hours.
Review of Magic Up Close by Matt Drew
5 23/10/2017 Matt Drew

Many thanks Paul great feedback from the guests. The bits I caught were fabulous, I look forward to enjoying your work another time. Hopefully you may get some bookings from my guests. You pitched it superbly thanks again
Matt (50th birthday event at Wells 21.10.17)

Review of Magic Up Close by Gail Beaver
4 10/10/2017 Gail Beaver

I chose Paul because based on his profile, he is very experienced and qualified. He is a really pleasant, modest, humorous and entertaining professional who engaged well with everyone and captured their attention. Paul performed a variety of magic tricks and also mind reading which were amazing and baffling. We are still trying to work out how he did them! I would recommend Paul to anyone who would like a Magician to astound their guests and keep them guessing!

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Review of Magic Up Close by Tina Hamilton-James
5 06/10/2017 Tina Hamilton-James

Paul was outstanding and everyone was blown away by his performance. What he did was impossible - completely impossible; it's bonkers - complete magic!

Review of Magic Up Close by Peter Harris
5 06/10/2017 Peter Harris

Paul gave a very entertaining performance at our Golden Wedding dinner last week. We can assuredly give our best recommendation.

Review of Magic Up Close by Peter Harris
5 06/10/2017 Peter Harris

Paul gave a very entertaining performance at our Golden Wedding dinner last week. We can assuredly give our best recommendation.

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Review of Magic Up Close by Jools lloyd
4 04/10/2017 Jools lloyd

Paul was excellent.
Very talented gentleman and he kept all my guests entertained for hours.

Review of Magic Up Close by John Hignett
5 04/10/2017 John Hignett

Whole party throughly enjoyed the evening even though being my party didn’t see a lot all my friends thought it was a brilliant evening

Review of Magic Up Close by Janet Noad
5 01/10/2017 Janet Noad

It's just to say a massive thank you for amazing everyone at our wedding reception at Rookery Manor, everyone is still talking about how much they enjoyed you being there, you really made our special evening extra special. Thank you so much Janet Noad

Review of Magic Up Close by mrs elaine ford
5 11/08/2017 mrs elaine ford

excellent show and varied to suit all ages. Enjoyed the close up but especially the floor show, so everyone interacted . Very very good, arrived early, good value and made the party . Everyone said how good the show was and how much they enjoyed it and also such a nice fellow,

Review of Magic Up Close by pippa richardson
5 09/08/2017 pippa richardson

Paul did an amazing job of entertaining our guests at my husbands 60th. He mixed in well and read the mood of the event perfectly. His skill and repertoire were really impressive and I have no hesitation in recommending him.

Review of Magic Up Close by Denise Williams
5 31/07/2017 Denise Williams

I just wanted to say thank you once again for coming to entertain us at our celebrations on Saturday 29th July - I have had many complimentary comments about your skills and the fun you gave everyone ( especially and including my grandsons who were mesmerised by your tricks!). It was such a long way for you to come and pretty awful weather as well so I am even more grateful you agreed !

Review of Magic Up Close by Bruce Dorricott
5 31/07/2017 Bruce Dorricott

Thanks so much for your brilliant contribution to Ceri's 30th Birthday celebration last Saturday - everyone has commented on how 'Amazing' you were and Ceri really loved the one-to-one. You really added a great buzz to the evening - will be highly recommending you to all . Thanks again.

Review of Magic Up Close by Kat
5 19/07/2017 Kat

Really good communication, his work looks amazing, can't wait for him to perform at our wedding.

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Review of Magic Up Close by Mrs S. Dorricott
5 09/07/2017 Mrs S. Dorricott

Paul is absolutely amazing. His magic thrilled everyone, it was an all age party from toddlers to seniors. Everyone talked about Paul's magic for ages after he left.
Paul was so approachable and very helpful.
I would certainly recommend Paul.
In fact I have already passed on his details to some who were at the party.
Paul , thank you so much for a wonderful evening of magic.

Review of Magic Up Close by Anne Haywood
5 10/05/2017 Anne Haywood

Paul, you were great and everyone enjoyed the magic. Thank you for helping to make our day special

Review of Magic Up Close by Lara
5 11/04/2017 Lara

Very professional and talented. Turned up at the venue prior to event to introduce himself and clarify timings. Went down very well with customers. Would definitely recommend.

Review of Magic Up Close by Les Andrews
5 13/03/2017 Les Andrews

Many thanks for entertaining us, so well, on Saturday. You were a surprise for most of the guests and It was just what we wanted. The evening was a great success everyone was singing your praises, even those who, on the surface, appeared disinterested! The two youngsters Jack and Thomas are still working out how to do the tricks. Fantastic combination of table magic and cabaret entretainment.
Les Andrews

Review of Magic Up Close by Dean Clark
5 12/03/2017 Dean Clark

Our booking with Magic Up Close was in order to provide evening entertainment at a university conference and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. Paul and Mark made every effort to understand our needs prior to the day and kept our delegates wonderfully engaged during the conference dinner. We will use their services again and would recommend them to any other event organiser. Thank you both very much.

Review of Magic Up Close by Fiona Graham
5 27/02/2017 Fiona Graham

Paul attended my 50th birthday party at my home to create his magic.
My guests were very impressed with his magic, saying he was amazing and incredible.
I would highly recommend him for entertaining at any event.
Thank you Paul x

Review of Magic Up Close by Suzanne Dorricott
4 15/02/2017 Suzanne Dorricott

very good service. Replies came quickly with good information

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Review of Magic Up Close by Samantha
5 16/01/2017 Samantha

Very professional. All the guests, young and old were raving about Paul after the party.

Review of Magic Up Close by Lucy
5 24/10/2016 Lucy

Hi Paul
Just a quick note to say a big thank you for your work on Saturday night. We thought you were brilliant! We have had so much positive feedback from our guests about your tricks. You really managed to put everyone at ease, before amazing and delighting them!

Best wishes for the future

Kind regards

Lucy
(Husband's 40th birthday party)

Review of Magic Up Close by Kay Rycroft
5 16/10/2016 Kay Rycroft

Hi Paul

I just wanted to email to thank you very much indeed for coming to our fund-raising party last night and giving everybody such a fantastic demonstration of your skills!
I have had several notes and cards arrive today from guests who all commented on how much they enjoyed your magic tricks..
Kay

Review of Magic Up Close by Sue Cameron
5 05/10/2016 Sue Cameron

Thank you so much for being part of our special day, you were utterly amazing thank you again, especially for our very own personal mini show!

Kind regards
Sue and Matt
(Wedding at Ashton Court Bristol 24/9/16)

Review of Magic Up Close by Wendy Reading
5 23/09/2016 Wendy Reading

Thanks Paul for the fantastic entertainment, it was so polished and mind-blowing, you made the evening very special. Extra thanks for levitating the birthday girl - Cerys will never be quite the same ......
Wendy Reading (party at St Mellions Resort Hotel Cornwall)

Review of Magic Up Close by Jackie Main
4 23/09/2016 Jackie Main

We had a very enjoyable & fun evening at our recent 50th BBQ party. Paul Preager made it a very special evening indeed, his close up Magic was very entertaining & it made the evening that much more fun, we all felt as we had our own Magician doing Magic just for us on each table. Paul made our celebrations just that much more special. Thank you on behalf of everyone.
Kind Regards
Jackie

Review of Magic Up Close by Brian Snary
5 22/09/2016 Brian Snary

Dear Paul. Thank you sooooo much for last night. Everyone enjoyed your magic both at tables, and your final spot was breathtaking, Moira was a starlet, you were the star!!! It was really good to have a chat. Thank you once again----- until next time. Brian Snary President Bristol Rotary

Review of Magic Up Close by Peter Moug
5 29/05/2016 Peter Moug

Morning Paul,
A huge thankyou to you for making last night a fantastic success.Your cabaret act was brilliant and had the oldies talking about it all night.

Your round table session was particularly well received.I think Simon is still examining his jacket, not convinced there isn't a hole!.

I feel after last night there will be more engagements coming your way.I hope so.

Again,a hugh thankyou, you really did make the night a memorable one for us all,

Kindest regards,
Peter.
Cowbridge Rotary Club President's Night 13.5.16

Review of Magic Up Close by Sunder Ganapathy
5 15/07/2015 Sunder Ganapathy

Paul you provided so much laughter and magic last night at our Rotary function people are still talking about it today!

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How long have you been interested in magic?

Since the age of 10 with a magic set which set me on the road to learning all the skills a magician needs from sleight of hand to making magic interesting and entertaining. Since then its never stopped and the art of illusion has been a lifelong fascination for me.

Take us through your show – what can we expect?

The close-up magic is varied performed with cards, coins, borrowed rings, borrowed money and notes in fact most normal things without any strange looking magicians props! Certainly no doves or rabbits! It's difficult to go in to the detail of all the tricks and would spoil the surprise, except to say that, in the words of the old song the audience are always bewitched, baffled and bewildered. No boring card tricks!!
My cabaret show is quite a funny act often using people from then audience without embarrassing anyone and ending with the levitation of someone from the audience often a lady or sawing someone in half with an electric jig saw (and restoring them!) as a finale.

What do you love most about your job?

Watching people experience a sense of amazement and enjoying the magic. Leaving people feeling they have had a great time with smiles on their faces.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Independence | Freedom | Challenge | Aspiration | Enjoyment |

Why should our clients choose you?

Professional | Experienced | Entertaining | Amazing | Baffling | Reliable | Award winning |
Advising the client the best way to make my time work best for them. A background of 21 years professional experience. A professional member of The Magic Circle since 1999 and winning the Bristol Close-up Magician of the Year a record 11 times. Did I mention no boring card tricks!!

Work history from Magic Up Close

Work History

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Shaftesbury Festival; Thorbury Golf Centre; Chipping Sodbury Town Hall; SS Great Britain; Lord Mayor's Mansion House Bristol; Bishopstrope Hotel Warminster; Bath University Fresher's Cabaret; Manor By The Lake Cheltenham; Camely Lodge Somerset; Hotel Du Vin Bristol; Tortworth Court Gloucestershire; Gloucs County Cricket ground; Bath Race Course;

From 2014 to 2016.

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