locationLeeds, West Yorkshire

(31 Reviews)

Matthew J Magic & Variety Arts is my company where I am an expert in the magical entertainment field with over 2 decades of experience which allows me to tailor my vast bank of skills to suit your event or occasion perfectly.

My passion has led to me performing across many fields from close up magic to full on stage illusions, not to mention everything else in between. I have even been lucky enough to perform magic for HRH The Prince of Wales onboard the HMS Invincible.

I pride myself on providing the best possible entertainment for any occasion and adapting to whatever suits the situation best on the day. Reviews


Review of by Michael Ball
5 17/05/2018 Michael Ball

Matthew performed at my son's wedding in the Ribble Valley between speeches and disco. He was professional and very well received.
He was also good enough to attend a Macmillan coffee morning and entertained a very demanding group of children superbly -waiving his usual fee on that occasion.
A good all-round entertainer and a really nice guy.

Review of by Steve and Lynda Cope
5 16/05/2018 Steve and Lynda Cope

Great entertainment all round and professional from start to finish. All our guests loved him and couldn’t stop talking about the magic for the rest of the night, highly recommended.

Review of by DAVID STOREY
5 11/11/2017 DAVID STOREY

Hired Matt for my wife’s very special birthday. Family party included 12 children and adult guests of all ages, which didn’t faze MATT at all......he entertained the children first whilst parents relaxed with a drink and then moved around the tables, delighting young and old with his amazing close up magic. All this achieved with one hours work before the dancing began. MATT has a very professional approach from the moment he entered the room, to saying goodbye. Highly recommend this wonderfully talented guy and worth every penny of his fee.

Review of by Kev Rayner
5 04/10/2017 Kev Rayner

Absolutely fantastic performance at a recent wedding and left everybody astounded! Really friendly and an awesome magician, defo recommend!

Review of by Divesh Mistry
5 02/10/2017 Divesh Mistry

Hired Matthew for our evening wedding reception and we were very impressed by his professionalism and magic. He worked the tables well and his magic catered for both young and old who loved it.

Review of by Gaynor Hughes
5 23/11/2016 Gaynor Hughes

Matthew is a great magician and is a regular at our wedding fairs, entertaining guests, would highly recommend subscribing to his boxes if you want to learn magic yourself to booking him for entertainment if you are looking for a magician

Review of by Morgan Gee
5 24/03/2016 Morgan Gee

Review of by Anthony Bowyer
5 27/10/2015 Anthony Bowyer

Matt was instrumental in ensuring our company image was superb during a recent trade show where he accompanied our marketing team. Not only was he the perfect ice breaker, but his carefully tailored tricks also ensured all delegates left the conference with a reminder of who we are, and most importantly, what we do. I am already looking forward to our next trade exhibition with Matt as part of our team!

Review of by Robert Geeson
5 16/04/2015 Robert Geeson

Hi Matthew. The masterclass at Wakefield was fantastic last night. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening. You have a natural engaging personality which made me feel very comfortable and I will certainly recommend you for masterclasses and evenings of entertainment. I look forward to the next step up the ladder to learn some more magic. Cheers Bob Geeson.

Review of by magicmattd2d
5 15/04/2014 magicmattd2d

"Just a quick note to say thank you very much for a fantastic job on Friday night. I have rave reviews from the client."
Mark Donaldson, Masquerade Productions

Review of by Emma Chuckles Wilfred
5 Emma Chuckles Wilfred

Matt came do my daughter's namind day cermony and was absolutly fantastic! Varied his magic for adults.and then for children with a little show at the end. Very professional and a great laugh. I would definitely recommend matt!

Review of by Jonathan Scott
5 Jonathan Scott

Matthew performed some 'street' magic for Northern Media at Wakefield Business Week in 2015 and was superb. We are planning on exhibiting at several events next year, so we will certainly be calling on his services again to 'wow' our prospective clients.

Review of by Allison Piggott
5 Allison Piggott

we have hired Matthew for a few corporate events and some friends of mine hired him for a birthday party so I would highly recommend Matt to entertain you and your guests

Review of by Matthew Wood
5 Matthew Wood

I have booked Matt for a children's party a magic master class and a family party!! He is absolutely brilliant, he interacts with both adults and children brilliantly definitely recommend!!!

Review of by Chris Elliott
5 Chris Elliott

I recently used Matthew J Magic for a relative's birthday party and he was brilliant!

His tricks kept us entertained throughout the party and I would strongly recommend him for any event.

If I had a pound for everybody who said "How did he do that?" I would be a millionaire!

Review of by Rhys Jones
5 Rhys Jones

Matt has entertained at many events I have been to and has delivered a thoroughly professional act every time. I cannot speak highly enough of this extremely talented individual. Book him now to see for yourself!

Review of by Ellie MacDonald
5 Ellie MacDonald

Not your usual cheesy magician, Matt beings class, intrigue and the added wow factor to a range of personal and corporate events. I would (and often do) highly recommend him!

Review of by Sadie Garrity
5 Sadie Garrity

Absolutely brilliant. Entertained everyone. Both adults and children loved watching the magic. Would truly recommend. Thank you. �

Review of by Michael Ward
5 Michael Ward

Matt ran my son's 6th birthday party. He was brilliant! Made all the kids laugh, kept control of 30 children perfectly. The parents really enjoyed it too. My son's teacher even commented on how all the kids have been talking about it non stop since. Thank you!

Review of by Anthony Bowyer
5 Anthony Bowyer

Matt was instrumental in ensuring our company image was superb during a recent trade show where he accompanied our marketing team. Not only was he the perfect ice breaker, but his carefully tailored tricks also ensured all delegates left the conference with a reminder of who we are, and most importantly, what we do. I am already looking forward to our next trade exhibition with Matt as part of our team!

Review of by Sandy Duff
5 Sandy Duff

Matthew was amazing at our event, he was straight in amongst the guests, putting everyone at ease, and wowing them with some first glass magic. I can't recommend him enough!

Review of by Bethan Almond
5 Bethan Almond

Matthew performed at our wedding and was fantastic! Fab entertainment on our special day and what a lovely man � xx

Review of by Amy Boyle
5 Amy Boyle

Such an amazing Magician! Matthew performed at our wedding and we were all blown away!!! 👍👍

Review of by Denise Wood
5 Denise Wood

The people at our event loved him. Most of them spent the whole evening trying to work out how he did it. Our DJ let us down at the last minute and Matt saved the day by helping out. Not only is he a brilliant magician he is one of the nicest people I have met. Without a doubt I would recommend him worth every penny.

Review of by Simon Finch
5 Simon Finch

Seen Matt doing children’s entertainment and adult table magic definitely the go to guy if you want either....can’t wait to see what he comes up with in two weeks at our curry magic night @Barkisland cricket club

Review of by Mark Whitfield
5 Mark Whitfield

For the passed 4-5 Year’s magic matt has attended the summer and winter cub camps and done a fantastic job entertaining the cubs and putting on a great show. Would definitely recommend him.

Review of by Sarah Coulson
5 Sarah Coulson

Been to a 6 year olds birthday party, Matt was fab! Entertained the children and the adults!

Review of by Ballinger Kate
5 Ballinger Kate

Seen Matthew three times now once at a birthday party, then at our school back in 2014 for our 60th anniversary and last October at a 50th birthday party. All were great performances, especially the ones with children involved. Would highly recommend!

Review of by Breanne Rodgers
5 Breanne Rodgers

Having been to a few events where Matthew has performed,when it came to organising my Mums 60th I knew exactly who to book for the entertainment on her special day. I wasn’t sure how it would all tie in but he took full charge and made some great suggestions on how it would all flow.

He catered for all ages, did some up close magic whilst people were arriving and then did a set on the stage for us all to enjoy. He catered for the younger ones and performed some magic specifically for them to keep them entertained and also got them involved during the show.

Everyone commented on how fantastic he was and what a brilliant idea it was for him to perform at our Garden Party. I would highly recommend him for any type of event.

Review of by WrightFamily Wright
5 WrightFamily Wright

Matt provided the entertainment for our twins birthday party and did a great job. The show was perfectly tailored for the age of the kids, they all felt involved and had a great time. A pleasure to deal with and highly recommended.

Review of by Paige Mortimer
5 Paige Mortimer

Matt came to our wedding and entertained all the guests during the drinks reception. He was absolutely amazing and people were left stunned at his tricks.
He is such a nice and friendly guy and really knew how to work the room.
Thank you so much! We can’t wait for our son to be a little older so we can get you to do his birthday parties. �

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How long have you been interested in magic?

I started out as a juggler when I was 10 years old, my Mum used to leave me in a juggling shop in Manchester called Mushy Pea (the shop, not my mum). The guys in there would teach me new juggling tricks but there was also a magic department at the back where a young guy started teaching me a few magic tricks. Before I knew it, I was hooked.
I started performing at kids parties at the age of 13 then street performing at 14 and on to illusions on stage by the time I was 15, my Dad was my "roadie" & my Grandad was chief carpenter. I've been performing professionally ever since.

Take us through your show – what can we expect?

Exactly what your event needs. I've performed at thousands of events over the years which has lead me to learn that being able to adapt to the situation on the fly is an absolute must, there are thousands of magic tricks but only a select few that will work for each particular audience so I make sure I have plenty in my arsenal that I can switch between as and when I need to.
Typically I perform in a contemporary and humorous style where I experience the magic along with the audience, favouring the "I can do some pretty cool stuff, let's enjoy it together" rather than a "look how good I am" style. I perform with everyday objects such as cards, coins, pens, bank notes & dice (hence the profile pic) so that the magic comes across as a lot more real and in-keeping with the event. On that subject, if I'm representing a particular company or celebration, I like to get playing cards made especially for that purpose, feel free to ask about this as well as tailoring specific magic tricks to a company or message.

What do you love most about your job?

Adapting to provide the best entertainment I can, this means I can always generate a "buzz" which is the whole reason I'm there and the whole reason I love my job. I like to get small groups laughing and joining in together before moving on to the next group to do the same.

What inspired you to start your own business?

To love what I do every single day, I was pretty much running a full time magic business alongside teaching so I took the leap, travelled the world for a year then came back as a full time magician.

Why should our clients choose you?

For the impression I will leave on their guests of their event. Even guests that are a little more reserved, I have the knack of winning over and making sure they have a great time at the event. Clients love my professionalism, punctuality and dedication to provide the best possible service for their event.

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