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Most of the time when I perform my close up magic at weddings, parties and corporate events people are usually generally pleased and really excited at the thought of seeing some amazing jaw dropping magic and being entertained.


However, on occasions there are a few people who can get a little defensive.  They seem wary that I am going to be a very bad cheesy act.  Most people know what a magician is but very few get to see one work live and close up.  Some magicians are not very good so it could be that they recently saw a very bad magic act and expect me to be just the same.

Sometimes it can go deeper than this.  People may have some preconceived notion that I am going to try and steal their money, make them look silly or try and get cheap laughs by embarrassing them in front of their friends.  Maybe they think I’m also going to be cocky and big headed and will say look what I can do and you can’t!

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Cheap amateur magic acts will do this.  However, a professional magician will not.  Personally speaking all I want to do is to entertain and give my audience an evening to remember with some amazing magic.  I may make a few jokes but never at your or your friend’s expense.  I do not want to you to feel awkward or embarrassed but relaxed and happy!


Experienced and confident magicians have good social and people skills as well as being excellent magicians. We know that unless you like us you will not like our magic.  We also know that if you do like us and feel relaxed in our company then you will join in our show and come along for the ride and experience the joy and wonder of our amazing magic!


Magicians vary in price for a reason.  No qualifications are needed to be a magician and there are no real governing bodies as there are with a plumber or electrician. You need to be very careful and check your magician before you hire them.  Make sure you get a solid and professional magic act rather than a cheap amateur act.  You will be so glad you did as it can either make or break your event.

This is exactly what Wendy did when she looked for a magician to entertain for her husband’s 60th party celebrations at Beaufort Park in Mold, Flintshire. She looked at my website www.andyfield.info and read my testimonials and watched my promotional videos before deciding to book me.


Try and look for a magician who has lots of pictures and videos of them performing.   You are looking for clips of the magician performing and getting positive reactions from the audience.  This shows that they are a working magician and they can entertain and amaze their audience.  Try and avoid videos that have lots of pointless video editing that do not show much magic.

Try and find out if the magician is a working professional or just a hobbyist who does magic “on the side”.  Look at the magician’s website and you will find out how experienced they are.  Do not be too hung up on the magicians travel expenses.  These are usually minimal.  Remember, you are paying for how good they are and not their petrol.

Wedding Magician Performs At The Old Palace Hatfield House

Holly and Jonathan recently hired a magician to perform amazing magic during their wedding in the gardens of The Old Palace at Hatfield House.  I had the pleasure of being that magician!

Wedding Magician Hatfield

This is an amazing building!  The Old Palace, which is next to Hatfield House itself, was built in 1845 by the Bishop of Ely John Morton.  It is one of the foremost examples of medieval brickwork in the country and originally formed a quadrangle around a central courtyard.  The remaining wing contains the banqueting hall where the wedding breakfasts are now served.

Henry Viii acquired the Palace from the Bishop of Ely in around 1538 and used it as a nursery for his three children.  It is with Elizabeth that the palace is most associated.  She had her childhood here and shared in her brother Edward’s education.  Things changed for Elizabeth when Queen Mary came to the throne in 1553.  Mary feared her enemies might try to place her protestant sister on the throne so Elizabeth was kept under house arrest at Hatfield House.

In 1558 Elizabeth was sitting under an oak tree in the gardens when she learned she was to become Queen.  These days The Old Palace, or what is left of it, can be used for private banquets, parties, wedding ceremonies and other functions.

Magic During The Drinks Reception In The Old Palace Gardens

DSCN3095aThis is where I come in.  I was booked on recommendation from another wedding to entertain the guests in The Old Palace Gardens as Holly and Jonathan had their wedding pictures taken.  What a magnificent garden it is and it leads directly out from the Banqueting Hall.  It features a mini maze and is totally private from the rest of the estate.  The back end of the garden is raised higher up and this is where most guests prefer to mingle as the high hedges offer shade from the sun.

It was a beautiful summer’s day and I mixed and mingled with the wedding guests performing my magic and entertaining everybody.  Initially, I was booked as a surprise but eventually word got around who I was and eventually people were requesting that I go over to perform for them.

Magic During The Wedding Breakfast

DSCN3088Towards the end of my performance all the guests were called back into the Banqueting Hall for food.  This part of the wedding is called the Wedding Breakfast.  I have often wondered why it is called a breakfast when it is mid-afternoon but apparently it’s because it is the first meal the Bride and Groom have as man and wife.

As the guests are seated and settled the Usher then introduced the newly-wed couple into the Hall as man and wife for the first time to the cheers and applause of their family and friends and they are seated at the head table.  The final part of my performance was to perform some magic to Holly and Johnathan.  Sometimes this is not easy to do as the Bride and Groom are usually very busy and can be difficult to get near.

Mind Blowing Magic

DSCN3085Luckily on this occasion this was not the case as Holly and Jonathan are big magic fans.  I have several magic effects that I perform exclusively for the Bride and Groom and the head Table.  I performed a card trick effect of mine called The Fourth Dimension and I know these two will remember it for a very long time!  As Holly and Johnathan were seated at the Head Table I performed opposite them.  I had Jonathan select a card.  A corner of the card was torn away and given to Holly to hold.  The remainder of the card was then vanished from my bare hands in a puff of smoke and instantly reappeared right underneath Johnathan on his chair! – A reputation making effect and one that secures me more bookings!

Altogether The Old Palace at Hatfield House is wonderful wedding venue and it was another wonderful day for me as a wedding magician.  I am really am very lucky to be invited to such amazing venues and perform my magic.  That must be magic itself!

Wedding Magician at Orchardleigh Park Somerset

If you have the budget, and are looking for a magnificent venue to hold you wedding, then Orchardleigh Park in Somerset is without doubt perfect.

Somerset Wedding Magician

This magnificent venue can hold civil ceremonies for one hundred and forty guests with a capacity for one hundred and sixty five in house banqueting guests.  This privately owned and family run house is set in 500 acres of beautiful Somerset country side and even has an eighteen hotel golf course and church.

The House is set in formal beautiful gardens and consists of ballroom, library, vestibule, morning room, Victorian kitchens and a snooker room.  Once the house is booked it is yours exclusively for the day and you are free to use all the facilities.  Hunting and shooting are available and if you so wish can have your disco run until dawn.

Magician at Evening Reception

Wedding Venue Somerset It is also an excellent venue for a wedding magician to entertain, and  this is where I come in. July 2016 Ashleigh and Ben invited me along  to perform on their special day and entertain their one hundred and  thirty guests after their wedding breakfast.  Not only are the facilities  excellent for the guests they are also great for any booked  entertainers.  In my case I was able to use the snooker room as a snug  to hide away and prepare myself which was perfect!  Plus, as a former  snooker player myself, it was nice to be familiar surroundings!

Walk Around Magic

Somerset Wedding Magician 3During the early evening the guests wandered around the house and outside in the gardens.  I wandered around and mixed and mingled with them.

I performed my magic to them in groups and created moments of pure astonishment and entertained them with my magic skills.  I used items such as playing cards, coins, paper money, phones, borrowed jewellery and other such items to blow their minds.  I even did a little bit of mind reading.  We all know that magic is not real but I’m pretty close to what it would look like if it was!

Later in the day Ashleigh and Ben told me their guests told them I was unbelievable and unforgettable.  This always makes me relieved to hear clients say this to me then I know I have done my job.  I’m sure it is the same for every entertainer.

Somerset Wedding MagicI am also pleased that I got the chance to perform some magic for the happy couple and have a picture with them.  Believe it or not, this is something that I am not always able to do.  Usually the Bride and Groom are very popular and getting close to them on their day is like trying to get close to superstars!

Magic at Wedding Reception Orcharleigh Park

I was really honoured that Mr and Mrs Melhuish invited me along to perform at their wedding to entertain their family and friends.  Plus I made a few friends along the way too!  This really was an excellent day and I am pleased to have pictures as keepsakes to remind me of a most magical day.

Magician Andy Field Performs at Eynsham Hall in Oxfordshire

I recently had the pleasure of being asked to perform my close up magic during the drinks reception at Eynsham Hall based in the heart of the Oxfordshire Countryside.

The Hall (Or manor) itself is Jacobean in style and a listed grade two manor house. The hall retains many period features but is also includes modern features for guests too such as the health and fitness club and sauna.

Classic-style rooms are in the main house, whilst more modern rooms are in the scenic grounds. All rooms have a TV, free tea/coffee, free toiletries, and most also have free Wi-Fi.

Here is a sample of one of my close up performances with no camera tricks, large budgets, secret assistants or special equipment. Just me and I and my “Trick Hands”

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Romance This Christmas

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This year my wife and I spent Christmas at Buxted Park Hotel in East Sussex. A brilliant and very high class establishment. I highly recommend it. I had been booked to perform close up magic around the tables during Christmas lunch. However, this year I had a romantic request.

A gentleman was planing on proposing to his girlfriend during Christmas lunch. He took me aside and asked me if I could find some way to magically produce the engagement ring sogician” I knew I had to figure something out. Luckily I had a little time in hand and so I came up with a little idea that involved the gentleman helping me and being in on the set up. We had a little rehearsal in private so I could show him my idea and so we could practice it together.

Later, I carried on performing to the other guests and patrons and eventually the maitre d gave me the nod to go over to the gentleman’s table where he, his girlfriend and her parents (who were also in on it) were dining.
(A really great bit of advice came from my wife. She told me to let the man do the “magic” and make sure that the ring ended up in his hand so their was no confusion as to who was proposing to her!)

So, that’s what I did. I did a few other magic effects first then I asked him to make a fist and poured some small table objects into his hand such as salt, pepper, bits of tinsel and even bits of Christmas cracker! I then asked his girlfriend to hold his hand firmly. I did a magic gesture and then told him to open his hand. All the salt and pepper and other items had magically turned themselves into a one carat diamond engagement ring!

At this point the maitre’d had got the attention of the whole room and everyone waited to hear if she had accepted (She did because she had been asking him for a while!) and then the the whole room erupted into thunderous congratulatory applause!

Not a “killer trick” by my standards but that was not what it was about. It was a romantic gesture that will definitely be remembered by them both for a very long time!

They later both thanked me and said they they loved magic and wanted a magician for their wedding……I wonder who they booked!!