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Wedding Magician, North Yorkshire

Magician For A Wedding

Wedding Magician, Yorkshire and The North East

Wedding Magician, Yorkshire and The North East

Are you planning a wedding in Richmond, Catterick Garrison, Northallerton, Ripon, Harrogate or York and looking for a Magician to entertain your guests during your wedding reception? If the answer is yes then look no further.

I am a Magician based in Richmond, North Yorkshire and provide Wedding Entertainment at venues in Yorkshire and the North East.

I can mix with your guests and entertain them with close up magic before the wedding breakfast or I can perform table magic at appropriate intervals during the course of the meal.

Magic is great ice breaker. Its a nice way to get people to relax and have fun. Its also a good warm up for the wedding speeches.

I perform a variety of tricks using cards, coins, rope, borrowed rings etc.  I like to keep it simple and get people involved and having fun.

The most important thing to me is that everyone has a great time.

If you would like more information or a FREE quotation:

Please use the ENQUIRY FORM to ensure I have all the information I need.

Alternatively call me on 01748 821621.


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Birthday Party Magic

Magic for a Children’s Party

Magician Ron Wood

Magician and Children’s Entertainer

Children love magic and so hiring a magician for a Birthday Party is a great way to entertain them.

Once a parent would pick up the Yellow Pages and  look up the Children’s Entertainers section where there would be a long list of kids entertainers and magicians offering their services. Today the first port of call is likely to be Google.

Of course children today are very sophisticated and they see such amazing things on TV and You Tube. If you type Magician into Google ( at the time of writing )  you will find a list of articles about the amazing Dynamo whose tag line is “Magician Impossible”. How does he do those incredible illusions?  This  got me thinking about the expectations of parents and children regarding Birthday Party Magic.

If you type “Magician, North Yorkshire”, or “Magician, Catterick Garrison” or “Magician, Richmond”, the chances are you will probably end up on my Birthday Party Magic Show page and be looking at me Ron Wood aka “Mr Jolly” rather than the famous Dynamo.


So what do people expect when they book a Magician / Kid’s Entertainer for a Birthday Party?

Mostly parents want the children to have a great time. They want to hire someone who is good with the kids, who is professional, organized, reliable and experienced. They are not too concerned about the actual content of the show and what tricks will be performed. They may ask if you include balloon modelling or party games. They may even request a particular routine that their child saw you perform at another party or event. They are certainly not expecting disappearing ladies, tigers jumping through hoops or famous people being levitated four feet off the ground.

Children’s Magic

Performing for children is an art in itself. Children like funny stuff. They love it when things go wrong. They like tricks which

Jubilee Magic Show

Jubilee Magic Show (Photo credit: ronwooduk)

have a story attached to them and they love to join in.

A good children’s magic trick should:

  • be straightforward and easy to follow
  • use colorful props
  • have some humor
  • be part of a story
  • include audience participation
  • have a magical ending

Most important of all is the skill of the performer.  An experienced children’s magician can engage and mezmerize an audience using the simplest of props.

Variety is the key

Children have fairly short attention spans and need to be kept interested.  An endless string of magic tricks will not work. Variety is the key. A good children’s magic show includes other activities such as balloons, games, storytelling, puppets etc.

The ability to entertain and delight  a group of children for sixty minutes is magic in itself.

Birthday Party Magic to me is not about individual tricks, its about  being able to create a magical experience of excitement, fun and laughter. Bringing happiness and making happy memories which parents and children will look back on enjoy long after I have gone!

To Enquire about booking  a Magic Show for your Children’s Party ask for a free quotation.

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Close Up Magic Or Acting?

Magician Or Actor?

Harry Houdini, full-length portrait, standing,...

Legendary magician Harry Houdini is reputed to have said that  “A magician is just an actor playing the part of a magician”.

I remember when I first started playing around with magic tricks,  a very experienced and highly respected magician said to me “It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it”.  He said he preferred simple easy tricks which don’t rely on too much concentration to get right. That way you can concentrate on the storytelling and the performance.  At the end of the day spectators want to be entertained. Of course everyone appreciates an amazing display of dexterity and sleight of hand but too much can be boring and make it look like you are showing off. I know one really good magician who only uses about six tricks but that’s all he needs because his performance is so good.

Entertain your audience!

Everyone wants to know how the magic works. People are fascinated with the secrets of magic. It is very tempting for a magician to get carried away with learning the most complicated of routines or creating the most complex illusions. World Champion Magician Lance Burton gave the following advice:

Remember your true goal is to entertain your audience. Your audience can be your family, friends, coworkers, or a theater full of strangers. The goal is the same, to amaze, yes, but primarily to entertain.

Weaving the magic

In addition to learning the skills of sleight of hand a magician also needs to be a good storyteller. It’s really the story that is woven round the trick which makes the performance entertaining and memorable. In the magic business the words that go with the trick are known as the “patter”.


A good magician needs to know his stuff but the patter, personality and acting ability are equally important, if not more important for the entertainment and enjoyment of the audience.

To hire a Magician go to Close Up Magic For adults

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It’s Magic! Coins and Cards by Ron Wood

Close Up Magic!

This is a really nice trick with coins and cards which I love performing.

The magician shuffles the cards and places four, face down, on the table. A coin magically appears under each one. The coins then jump from beneath each card until all four arrive together under the last card.

Hope you like it!