I can't Believe it! Twenty-Years have passed so quickly - but I can truly say it really has been a magical experience.
When I first made the decision to leave my secure job in the insurance industry and plunged into the uncertain world of self employment I have to admit to being a bit unsure as to whether the whole thing would work-out. But I was determined to give it my best try. In the end, it turned out to be the best decision I have ever made.
It was, as expected with any new business, a slow start, but once word got around that I was actually alright at this entertainment lark the bookings started to roll in - and I'm happy to say I've never looked back.
Over the years, I've performed at all sorts of events from birthday parties to trade shows; fêtes and fun-days, schools, playgroups, shopping centres, Christmas parties, weddings and christenings. And the venues I've worked at have varied just as much too: hotels, restaurants, football grounds, amusement parks, Fire and Police stations, theatres, boats, trains and buses. Every event is different and they are always fun. Sometimes I can't believe I get paid to do this job I love so much.
I've been lucky enough to have meet many of my heroes of magic along the way including: Paul Daniels, Wayne Dobson, Geoffrey Durham (The Great Suprendo), Ali Bongo, Derren Brown and Dynamo.
Some years ago, I had the great pleasure of appearing on a children's TV series called 'Little Antics' which was shown on Channel 5, and later on Sky Living - it was great fun. I was proud to be featured on BBC Midlands Today News when I became one of the youngest ever presidents of the British Magical Society, and I've been interviewed several times on BBC Hereford and Worcester Radio.
Recently, I was filmed performing my close-up magic at a wedding that will be featured in Sky Livings hit series 'Four Weddings' - details of the air date will appear here as soon as I know.
Other highlights of my career include: meeting and entertaining Jeremy Kyle and his children at a christening, and on another occasion it Seb Coe and his family at an event for an opening of one of his sports centres. Johnny Briggs - Mike Baldwin, Coronation Street - was the top draw at an event a few years ago - and what a nice guy he turned out to be. And at a big charity event, Don McLean, comedian and star of Crackerjack, was top of the bill with his stand up comedy - hilarious. I was entertaining with my walk-around magic. I've even worked with Bob the Builder, too... what an amazing life I live.
I've had a great time over the last twenty years and I'm looking forward to next twenty and to celebrate this milestone I thought that over the next few weeks I would put some stories of interest - successes and failures; newspaper articles, unseen photo's, that will make you laugh and me cringe, and interesting bits of trivia that you might not know. Plus the true and very sad story of the murder of one of my customers just hours after I'd perform at her daughter'sbirthday. I look forward to sharing these memories with you and I hope you enjoy them all.
To kick off, we'll start with the most recent newspaper article that featured in 'The Shuttle' - our local paper. The Photo used (below) was taken at Deerhurst Nursery in Kidderminster, who are one of my longest standing customers; over seventeen years and counting.