locationLeeds, West Yorkshire

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

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Review of by Michael Ball
1 month ago

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.

Michael Ball
Review of by Steve and Lynda Cope
1 month ago

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.

Steve and Lynda Cope
Review of by DAVID STOREY
7 months ago

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 Divesh Mistry
8 months ago

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.

Divesh Mistry
Review of by Kev Rayner
8 months ago

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

Kev Rayner
Review of by Gaynor Hughes
1 year ago

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

Gaynor Hughes
Review of by Anthony Bowyer
2 years ago

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!

Anthony Bowyer
Review of by Robert Geeson
3 years ago

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.

Robert Geeson
Review of by magicmattd2d
4 years ago

"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 Morgan Gee
2 years ago

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14 Brackendale Rd, Wakefield WF2 8WA, UK

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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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