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Mangham - Magician - Chelmsford, England, UK

Oliver Mangham

Chelmsford, England, UK


I am a magician, psychological mind reader or mentalist, escapologist and balloon modeller. I have been performing for over 10 years, focusing particularly on student events, private parties and weddings nationally.

I am currently based in Essex but can be frequently found travelling nationwide from one event to another performing my shows and close up.

I have performed at top national and international events and am also a regular performer at charity events in my home county.




I have been a magician for over ten years, primarily working as a close-up or walkaround magician for students and adults, however, over the last few years I have added stage and stand-up performances due to popular demand. I am mainly booked to entertain at weddings, private and corporate parties and university events.

My magic includes all the expected items such as cards and coins, however, I also bring along a wide variety of other more unusual objects as well and if you like I can use your own objects too.

My strolling or walkabout act is a great ice breaker at receptions and events and, alongside my other specialities, creates a night that will be talked about for a long time to come. I normally mix my magic act with psychological mind reading, demonstrating just how far the mind can go, as well as teaching you a few of my methods. With the rise in popularity of NLP in the workplace, this takes a fun sideways step and looks at whether we really are in control of our own thoughts.

My other acts that can complement the magic are balloon modelling which is a surprisingly overlooked hit among adults and older teenagers, and not just children. I also perform escapology which brings something very different to the party. Click on my other skills to find out more about these areas.

Work History

Owner and Founder

Magical Oli

From September 2001


Magical Oli

Illusion is entertainment but entertainment is no illusion. It is the key to our happiness.


Wandering magic makes every party popular and keeps guests entertained throughout the night.

Mind Reading

Are your thoughts really your own, or have they been implanted there?


The first escape.

Magical Oli in a strait jacket

The very first attempt at a strait jacket escape.

Magical Oli outside marquee

An ESP test.

Magical Oli outside Durham Cathedral

Mind reading at the cathedral.

Freestyle Restraint Escape; the best and the worst

Fastest Escape: 3 minutes 29 seconds at Durham Castle

Slowest escape: 7 minutes 10 seconds at Worcester Garden Party

Strait Jacket Escape Times; the best and the worst

Fastest escape: 2 minutes 20 seconds at St Mary's Summer Ball

Slowest escape: 3 minutes 2 seconds at Green Templeton College Summer Ball

Magical Oli strolling act

After-Dinner Walkaround Magic.

Magical Oli at a reception

Walkaround magic in a marquee.

Magical Oli at Aidan's Summer Ball

Performing magic to a university college in Durham.

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