Magic Up Close

Magic Up Close

Magic Up Close locationBristol, Bristol

(29 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.

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.

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

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.

Nicola Stirzaker
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

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)

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

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!

Gail Beaver Used this pro
Review of Magic Up Close by Tina Hamilton-James
5 06/10/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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,

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

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.

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

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 !

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

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.

Bruce Dorricott
Review of Magic Up Close by Katherine Heenan
5 19/07/2017

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

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.

Mrs S. Dorricott
Review of Magic Up Close by Anne Haywood
5 10/05/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

very good service. Replies came quickly with good information

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

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

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

(Husband's 40th birthday party)

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

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

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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,
Cowbridge Rotary Club President's Night 13.5.16

Peter Moug

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Review of Magic Up Close by Peter Harris
3 months ago

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

Peter Harris
Review of Magic Up Close by Sunder Ganapathy
2 years ago

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

Sunder Ganapathy
Review of Magic Up Close by Sunder Ganapathy
2 years ago

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

Sunder Ganapathy
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56 Beverley Rd, Bristol BS7 0JN, UK

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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 20 years professional experience. A 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!!

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Work History


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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