Close up Magician

Close up magic is just that, magic performed up close and personal but within the field of close up magic there are subtle differences in styles and approaches. These depend on the environment the magic is performed in and over the years different names have appeared to differentiate each style. But dear reader, just for you below is a short description for each type of close up magic and a bit of jargon busting.

Table Magician

Table magician; table magic is a term that was first coined by you guys (normal people who aren't magicians) Table magicians work at all the huge functions where people are seated and having a meal like balls, banquets, Christmas lunches etc

Walkaround Magician

Walkaround magic; Walk around magic is sometimes called strolling magic or mix and mingle magic and the difference here is that the magician walks around and performs magic for people at a drinks reception. Sometimes the magician will perform at the cocktail reception before then going around and entertaining at the tables. If you aren't sure what you want be sure to contact Noel and let him know and he can advise when magic is most suitable.

Traditional Style Street Magic

Street magician – Street magic in an interesting one! Before 1996 street magic meant magic performed on the street in a busking fashion and the hat was passed at the end. Street magic has a noble history in London since the 1600’s and has been performed in Covent Garden since then. In fact you can still see street magicians doing their thing most days in a few spots in London and on occasion in particularly touristy areas of the UK. Now though street magic usually means David Blaine style magic performed in an informal way with huge reactions.

New Style Street Magic

But there is also the street magic popularised by David Blaine, Criss Angel etc. Since David Blaine appeared on the scene in the late 90’s with a TV special called “Street Magic” a section of the general public have referred to all types of close up magic as street magic which is fine but I think magicians tend to think of David Blaine as more hit and run magic. It's all just close up magic but street magic kinda means two things.

Formal Close up Magic Show

Formal close up magic show – There is a grand history of formal close up magic shows in the UK. In Victorian times the gentry would hire a close up magician to perform his shows for the well heeled folks about town. In the last 10 years there has been resurgence in formal close up magic which is sometimes called parlour magic.

The main difference between formal close up magic and the other types of close up magic discussed here is that formal shows are for a set amount of time. Typically after coffees have been served the magician will start performing, in front of the guests for a set time for 30-45 minutes. This works perfectly if you are small group so you can all enjoy the magic at the same time it also allows the magician to perform some slightly different types of close up magic effects. Normally the close up magician will keep all the effects in this jackets and trouser pockets but in a parlour show you can introduce slightly larger tricks.




Close up magician


Hire Close up magician

If you want to hire a close up magician please give as much info as possible. Fill in the enquiry form with as much info as you can and if you want a mix of different types of close up magic then just ask.

Close up Magicians

If you need several close-up magicians then you might want to have a look at the magician’s page for info on how Noel can book several close up magicians for your event.

Some of the key skills a close up magician needs is the ability to break into a small group and essentially interrupt them with good humour and charm. The 3 seconds at the beginning of the performance can make or break how the guests receive the magic. Noel has been a pro for nearly 10 years and really understands the fine balance needed. Obviously it’s impractical to always wait till folks have stopped taking so you do need to interject sometimes but you can always feel when the moment is right.