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Darren McQuade Magic

Essex

Darren McQuade is one of London's premiere close-up magicians. He will appear at your event, mingling with your guests, enteraining them with some spellbinding illusions. He has a mind variety of tricks that are perfect for all age groups. He has performed at some of the top venues around the county including the prestigious London Palladium. "Darren, that card trick!! I'll never figure it out, sick!!" Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Guns n' Roses Guitarist "Darren always wowed our guests as part of our magic evenings. Darren's unique and entertaining personality ensured all our patrons enjoyed top quality magic whenever he was at their table" James Phillips, General Manager Castaways Entertainment Restaurant "We just wanted to say a BIG thank you for entertaining our guests at our wedding last Saturday at 5 Lakes Hotel. Everyone was very impressed with your magic and we had so many comments from everyone on how good you were. We were just sorry you couldn't stay till midnight!! You expertly kept everyone entertained in the gap between the dinner table being cleared and the evening reception starting. You definitely made our wedding reception one to remember and we would definitely recommend you to anyone" Matt & Sazza Byron "Darren, our magic man! Thank you so much for enteraining us! You helped make our day extra special! Thank you. We will certainly recommend you and hope to see you again" Jo & Craig "Darren is a true professional. His show had the children screaming with laughter and we would definitely book him again to liven up our bookshop" Heather Shepard, Children's Bookshop Manager "Just to say thank you for all your hard work on Saturday. Everyone had a fantastic evening and you added to the fun. Many thanks again" Claire Archer "Thank you so much for a truly magical & entertaining time on Sunday! You were loved by all :-)" Ian & Georgina Cartmell

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How long have you been interested in magic?

I have been interested in magic since the age of six. I started with a Paul Daniel's magic set and never grew up :-) I still have my first ever magic book 'Ali Bongos Book of Magic' which was given to me by my Nan. I am thinking of putting together a show based around tricks from that book.

Take us through your show – what can we expect?

I do close-up magic which involves mingling with people in small groups showing them my illusions. I have a wide variety of effects. Two of my favourites include a coin burning through a pack of cards so find the chosen, signed one and making money appear inside of a lemon. for the right crowd I also swallow needles and cotton, then pull the cotton back out with the needles threaded on!

What do you love most about your job?

I love entertaining people. The looks and smiles on their faces bring me a lot of pleasure.

What inspired you to start your own business?

When I left college my first job was working in a magic shop at Lakeside Shopping Centre. This shop sold good quality beginners tricks, and my job was to gather a crowd, then perform and sell these tricks. All this constant performing for strangers was a massive part of my growth as a magician, and I think I learnt a lot more in those two years, than I did in all the years I spent practising in my bedroom.

From working in this shop, I had people ask about booking me to perform at their parties and that is what inspired me to start advertising properly. My first advert was in the Yellow Pages. It was still 2 inches thick back then.

Why should our clients choose you?

As well as being a magician I am also a trained actor and have plenty of experience performing on stage. I also perform stand-up comedy and improvisational comedy (similar to Who's Lind is it Anyway?) I believe all the performance skills I have picked up over the years with these other ventures have really improved my magic and gives me an edge over other magicians. I love meeting new people and am good at mingling with crowds, an essential skill for a close-up magician.

One important thing I have, and something you should check when booking a magicians no matter who you go with, is that I have Public Liability Insurance. A lot of venues will not allow people to perform without it nowsdays, which is something I completely agree with. PLI is essential. I am insured via Equity, the entertainers union.

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Magicians won’t give much away - that’s the nature of their job after all! But one thing you should be certain of when hiring a magician is whether they’ll be worth your money. The best way to assess your magician’s ability and skill is by viewing their website or Bark profile. Most magicians will have video examples of their tricks to showcase the best they have to offer. Always remember to check their reviews, as genuine customers will give an honest assessment of their work. It’s quick and simple to read reviews of professionals on Bark - just head over to their Bark profile and have a read!

As magicians work with the general public every day, it’s important that they have insurance to cover them in the case that anything goes wrong. It’s a good idea to ask for their insurance details before committing to a booking so that you can rest assured that you’ll be safe in their hands.

As the name suggests, a close-up magician will perform a variety of tricks up close - just inches away from their audience. This adds to the allure and surprise as you’ll be left wondering how the magician managed to pull the trick off literally in front of your eyes. Close-up magicians usually circulate around the room to perform tricks on smaller groups, making for an immersive experience.

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