Charlotte Balbier
Brides Up North Wedding Fairs

and for our next trick: introducing wedding magician danny jewell

December 6th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Stephen McGowan

A DJ and live music are the types of entertainment that instantly spring to mind for brides and grooms to consider when planning their wedding, but there are further acts that can be incorporated into the day to make it all the more memorable.

Magicians being one such offering – and we’re not talking seen-it-all-before pulling a rabbit out of a hat style tricks, but mesmerising magic that will leave guests impressed, stunned and enthralled.

We know just the man who can help wow you and your guests with his amazing skills – talented north-west based magician, and Brides Up North Sponsor, Danny Jewell.

Having been practising magician for more than 12 years, Danny has developed a fabulous range of close-up magic that works particularly well as an ice-breaker among guests and keeps all ages entertained during the ‘slower’ points of the day, such as during photos and the switch over from the wedding breakfast to evening reception.

Jess Yarwood Photography

Jess Yarwood Photography

When did you first start performing magic and how did you get into it?

danny says: I started performing magic at the age of 13 (I’m now 25!). I saw a magician on holiday in Dominican Republic blow up a balloon, pop it and a live dove appeared on stage! It was the first time I’d seen live magic, so I decided to buy a Marvin’s Magic Set with some pocket money I had saved from my holiday spends. I practised every magic trick for hours then ended up doing my first family show that night. I then found myself a mentor and I started learning all the techniques used with cards and coins.

I ended up performing in Salou, Spain at the prestigious House of Illusion magic dinner theatre show entertaining more than 200 guests per evening six nights a week. All the hard work was worth it in preparation for all the lovely bride and grooms I’ve met over the years. Evidently, I learnt a lot more about the performance side of magic and being a top-class entertainer specialising in wedding entertainment.

Is there a certain type of magic that you specialise in?

I predominantly specialise in close-up magic around Manchester, Cheshire and the North West, performing at weddings to guests of all ages using cards, coins, ropes and other everyday objects. In my opinion, performing high quality magic with plenty of audience participation for adults and children is important because the bride and groom are purchasing a package that they can trust for their wedding day. I have the ability and experience to accommodate the magic to the situation of the event too. For example, performing around tables or mix and mingle magic for guests in groups of two to ten people, who have a drink and are relaxing in the bar area of your chosen venue.

Every single routine I utilise has been tried and tested at more than 150 weddings, so you can be sure to receive the very best in wedding entertainment for your special day!

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For what points of the day do wedding couples tend to book you and what type of magic do you perform at these times?

Drinks Reception – shortly after your ceremony finishes, you will be having photos taken with your photographer so your guests will need entertaining until you sit down for the wedding breakfast. This is the perfect time for me to break the ice for all your guests by performing interactive close-up magic for approximately five to ten minutes per group of two to ten people. Most of the magic I do can be done in the spectator’s hands and I always work my hardest to ensure everyone is involved during the wedding performance.

Wedding Breakfast – the show usually continues from the drinks reception around tables in between the courses of the meal. The magic doesn’t interfere with service and I perform a varied routine which adds a lot to the atmosphere of your special day. I have the experience to work the tables in a professional manner ensuring guests have a fantastic day!

Changeover Section – this is probably my favourite place to perform at a wedding because everyone has eaten, the atmosphere is a lot more relaxed and guests are up for high quality entertainment before your evening party starts. I’d perform magic for people in the bar area and around tables.

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Jess Yarwood Photography

In your opinion, why is a magician a good choice of entertainment for a wedding?

Every bride and groom want their wedding to be unique, memorable and to stand out from the rest! A magician is the perfect way to do this because magic is an interactive personal form of entertainment suitable for adults and children. People presume magicians are cheesy however, this is definitely not the case! The right magician with plenty of experience will entertain guests with magic, laughter and plenty of applause throughout the drinks reception, around tables or during the changeover section at your wedding.

Magic has also been revitalised from shows such as Britain’s Got Talent. Therefore, the public understand that a good magician stands out from the rest and is definitely something to squeeze into the plans for your wedding day.

What makes you different from other magicians?

Most magicians are remembered by an audience from one particular trick they did, such as walking on water or bending a coin in the spectator’s hands. The main difference with me is the fact that I have an extensive repertoire whereby every magic trick I do flows in a routine and I have the ability to change my act if people start following me around. This is important on a professional level and develops from a lot of experience performing at many types of events.

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Amanda Boileau

What do you enjoy most about performing, and particularly at weddings?

I’ve always had a passion for acting and a strong interest in performing arts. I think magic combines both of these together and enables me to express myself as a performer. I love meeting new people and putting a smile on their faces and after all, there’s not one person I’ve met that doesn’t want to be entertained! Magic enables people to remember a special moment in their lives that they can talk about for years to their friends and family and that means a lot to me.

I love performing at weddings because each wedding is different. Brides and grooms always put their own spin on their wedding and it’s fantastic to see so many people come together and celebrate the wedding of their loved ones. Everyone has a smile on their face and wants to be entertained which makes everyone more approachable and encourages a much better performance.

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Hocus Pocus

April 11th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North chatted to magic circle magician, McBratney Magic.  This fantastic entertainer will certainly put a spell on you!  Make your memories magical ones!

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How did McBratney Magic begin? What is your background?

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I moved to Yorkshire in 1986, my brother had become the proud owner of Mother Shipton’s Cave and the Petrifying Well (now there’s a magical place)! I initially came to help set up and develop the attraction, but sort of stayed.  In addition to Mother Shipton’s Cave we created a company that advised and ran attractions all over the country and it was great fun.  In 2001 the business was sold and I decided to do something completely different.  Within the tourism and hospitality businesses we worked with entertainers and magicians.  One who became a great friend, Brian Le Slie suggested that I would make a good magician and entertainer.  I shrugged it off but then thought, why not! McBratney Magic and Bob’s your Uncle were launched in December 2001.

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You are a member of the Magic Circle, what does that mean?

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The Magic Circle is the most prestigious magic organisation in the world, it has less than 1500 members worldwide and has a strict vetting and rigorous selection procedure.  Members of the Magic Circle are tested on the skills in the magical arts and their entertaining ability.  Being a member of the Magic Circle is like a quality Kite Mark – you know you’re in safe hands – but you still might want to keep hold of your watch!
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Why should a Bride book you for her wedding day?

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You don’t need me to tell you this is a BIG day, and a skilled and personable magician can help make it a great and memorable day. There are several sections of the day where a great wedding magician and entertainer can be really useful:

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After the ceremony before the wedding breakfast – this is an incredibly busy time for the Bride and Groom and the immediate wedding party, lots of formal photos to be taken and quite often video footage to be grabbed.  Guests not directly involved are often left to their own devices, albeit with a glass fizz in their hands.  This is a perfect time to use a close up magician to mix and mingle with the guests.  Using stunning close up magic I can bring groups of people together to get the party started, the ideal icebreaker.  The magic is strong and it’s happening right under your nose!

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During the wedding breakfast is perfect for table magic, where I move from table to table performing two or three mini miracles using cards, money, napkins – in fact anything I can get my hands on!

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Bobs your Uncle has a great deal of experience with young people, I have a young son and 19 nieces and nephews! Having some set entertainment for children at a wedding is a good thing, it adds some positive structure to the day for the children to look forward to.  It also gives the parents some bargaining power  – you know what I mean: “Hurry up and finish your food the magic show is starting soon”. The children’s show is fast paced and appropriate for the mixed age range that you get at weddings. There’s puppets, a real rabbit, lots of magic, music based party games and tons of audience participation.

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What sort of magic do you perform?

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Stunning Close up Magic – mini miracle happening right under your nose.

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Table Magic – classic and cutting edge magic performed at your table during the Wedding Breakfast.

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Comedy Magic and Mindreading Show – a very funny show with lots of audience interaction.

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Bob’s your Uncle Children’s Magic and Entertainment – walk around entertainment with balloons and magic, Full magic shows with Puppets, wild animals (well a rabbit, guinea pig and sometimes a chicken!) music based party games, discos and hilarious magic.

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Have you performed at many weddings?

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Yes, I have, loads of happy Brides, Grooms and their guests.  I enjoy performing at weddings a lot.

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Which celebrity wedding would you like to perform at and why?

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David Tennant and Georgia Moffett – Performing for the Doctor that would have to be the best treat ever.
It turns out that Georgia has time travel in her blood too, her father is Peter Davidson a former Doctor Who!

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What magic tricks would you perform for the royal wedding?

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Without a doubt “The Love Test” this is my advanced, magical compatibility test with an amazing twist at the end, they’d love it.

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What is your best/favourite trick?

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I have loads but I guess the one I’m most famous for is where I take someone’s signed banknote, make it disappear right in front of them, to find it later in some of the most implausible places – it blows people away, I’m very proud of it.

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Can you give us an idea on price?

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I can quote accurately after a telephone (or email) consultation.

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What areas do you cover? Will you travel?

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I generally perform throughout the North of England, but have created magic throughout the UK and in Europe.

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How can Brides Up North find out more or get in touch?

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Dead easy!

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www.mcbratneymagic.co.uk 
www.bobs-your-uncle.co.uk

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Tel:             01423 340568
Mob:           07815 494275
email:         wow@mcbratneymagic.co.uk 
email:         fun@bobs-your-uncle.co.uk

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Can you make mothers in law disappear?

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I’m good, but not that good!  However, I could saw her in half if you wish!

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Why do you read and like Brides Up North?

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It’s well informed and keeps up with current trends and styles for 21st century weddings.

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Any funny stories?

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I was performing close up magic to a group of guests at a wedding recently, we were outside and I was aware that there was something going on some way behind me.  My audience were looking at whatever was going on so I turned around, only to see a blurred object hurtling straight for me, yep, you guessed it, I caught the bouquet!  I immediately re-launched it, and it was captured by someone much younger and prettier than me!

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