Hire a Close Hand Magician

When it comes to adding excitement to any event, a "close hand" magician can make a big difference. Though you might be more familiar with the term "close up magic," the term "close hand magic" is also used interchangeably by some. But what exactly is close hand magic, and why should you consider hiring a close hand magician for your next event?

Close hand magic, like close-up magic, involves magic tricks performed right in front of the audience, often with the magician mingling among the guests. Just to confuse things further, we sometimes call this walkaround magic. Rest assured, these are all names for the same thing.

The magic happens just a few feet, sometimes even inches, away from the spectators, allowing everyone a perfect view of the illusions. The magic often involves everyday objects carried with the magician or borrowed from the guests. This can include coins, paper money, rings, pens and playing cards (but not just card tricks), and also mind reading feats!

But this is about more than just tricks. As the performance space is shared, the best close hand magic performers are able to interact with guests, making them laugh with spur of the moment quips and engaging conversation.

This is a special form of entertainment that is perfect for breaking the ice, sparking conversations among guests, and creating fabulous memories.

Why should you hire a close hand magician?

Well, here's just a few key reasons:

Engaging and Interactive: Close hand magic provides an interactive experience for guests. They are right there in the action and can participate in the tricks, creating an engaging and memorable experience. I know that with my performance, the interaction is always provided in a fun, unpressured way. It's conversational, so often people want to be involved where they might not with other more 'show off-y' performers.

Ed is not pushy or imposing! He has an exceptional talent for gauging the audience and adds audience participation without making people feel uncomfortable.

Thomas & Gemma Comer, Birmingham

Breaks the Ice: Every close hand magician says this, but it's because it's true. Magic is a universal language that can break down barriers and spark conversations, making it a perfect ice-breaker at networking events, cocktail hour, corporate functions or private parties.

Ed’s friendly and outgoing manner got everyone interacting and made the first part of the party fly by. I was not the only one to comment, how on earth did he do that!?

Shelly Spooner, EffecTech, Birmingham

Adaptable: Close hand magicians can adapt to a range of environments. Whether it's a corporate function, a wedding, or a private party, they can mingle with guests and perform impromptu magic, adding a dynamic element to your event. As well as walkaround magic as I've described already, another option is table to table magic where the magician performs at each table during the course of a meal. The great thing is that close hand magic is adaptable enough to fit into a wide range of settings and scenarios, so I'll work with you to find the best fit for your event.

Funny, captivating, affable and absolutely fantastic at mesmerising people with his skills. I was absolutely delighted with everything Ed did for our guests.

Ian Gandley, Birmingham

As an experienced magician specializing in close up magic, or close hand magic as some refer to it, I pride myself on delivering a performance that captivates, engages, and enchants. I have honed my craft over the past 20 years, and over 2500 magic performances.

But magic is about more than tricks. It's also about connecting with people and creating a shared experience that brings people together and makes your event truly unforgettable.

Still unsure? Just take a look at some of the images below for an idea about how I fit into events. If you want your guests to have this much, then maybe it's worth us having a quick chat.

close hand magician performing to two women at a party
birmingham close hand magician ed performing to two people at an event

Where do you perform close hand magic?

I'm based in the Midlands, which conveniently is the perfect place to be able to cover a big chunk of the UK. It's true that most of my work is within the nearest big city to me: Birmingham.

However, I often perform nearby in Warwickshire, Northampton, Nottingham, Shrewsbury and sometimes further afield in places like Manchester and Liverpool.

It's always worth getting in touch because even if I can't help I'm well connected to the magic industry and can almost always recommend someone.

How to hire a close hand magician?

If you're looking to make your next event stand out, consider hiring a close hand magician. Don't just host an event, create an unforgettable experience! I provide a high quality, engaging performance that your guests will remember long after the event is over. Contact me today and let's make your next event incredible!

Ready to find out more?

Reach out to me for more information about close up magic at your event.

Sue Phelan
Sue Phelan
Ed was absolutely phenomenal at my friend's 50th birthday! Fantastic magician x
Michelle Talbot
Michelle Talbot
Very, very impressive 😁
Amanda Bryant
Amanda Bryant
He was very professional before the event and everyone was thoroughly entertained by his close magic and the larger scale audience participation tricks.
Rach Ryan
Rach Ryan
We invited Ed to join us at our wedding reception to entertain our guests during / after the meal. Lots of guests were chatting about his tricks the next day. We loved the one he did for us and have absolutely no idea how he managed it! Ed is relaxed but professional, friendly and fun. Thank you for sprinkling some magic on our day Rach & Mick
Laura Darrant
Laura Darrant
Super personable and an amazing magician. Book him for your works events.
kerry smith
kerry smith
Ed was fabulous, what a fantastic magic show this was the perfect entertainment for my 50th Birthday and left us scratching our heads on how he did some of the tricks as we couldn’t work it out, and we were really impressed, and still talking about it later into the night and after my birthday too. I would definitely recommend and book Ed again and he was very professional, fabulous magic tricks and great communication and early to the event to prepare. I won’t mention what tricks he did as I won’t spoil the surprise but we all loved it. Thanks Ed 🤩🥰👍
Fern Dennis
Fern Dennis
I saw Ed last weekend he was booked for a family wedding. Nearly a week later and I’m still speechless, he was amazing best magician I’ve ever seen! He caters to all age groups, so entertaining.
Le pe
Le pe
Excellent entertainment
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During a short phone or video call, we'll talk about your event and your initial ideas. Don't worry, if you're not sure. I've helped to plan many events so I can advise on the best use of magic and other events entertainment.


Once all the details are agreed, I'll send you a booking confirmation and ask you to make the first payment which confirms your date in my calendar. Then it's time to start looking forward to your big event.


I'll check in with you in the week before your event, and on the day of the event. All you need to do now is enjoy the magic, mind reading and conversational comedy.

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