Professional Magician for Weddings, Corporate Events & Parties
I'm Ed, and I’m a professional close up magician for hire in Birmingham. And I'm ready to bring your event to life! Birmingham is the closest major city to my home and so as you might expect I have performed in the city many times. I love it and not just because I can get home earlier! I’ve performed at weddings, private parties and corporate conference dinners, as well as hosting my own show and evening of magic at Grosvenor Casino, Broad Street, Birmingham.
I always find the audiences friendly, chatty and receptive to my close up magic, comedy and conversation. So if you’re holding an event in Birmingham and looking to make it a huge success, get in touch today and let’s have a chat about what would work best for you.
As I mentioned, I’ve performed at all sorts of events. There are far too many to name individually but here are just some of the events within the Birmingham area that stand out to me.
Corporate Christmas Party
In December 2019, a national travel company asked me to help them celebrate their Las Vegas themed Christmas party at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens in Edgebaston. I had a great night and got some of the biggest reactions to my magic that I’ve ever had! I didn’t manage to capture any footage, but I did get this snap of the room. Doesn’t this look magical!
Conference Welcome Magic
I was invited to perform for a conference dinner for 250 guests at the Hippodrome Theatre, Hurst Street in November 2019. I would have loved to have been on the stage, but instead, I was welcoming guests with walkaround entertainment. I performed close up magic as guests got a drink and settled in for the evening.
Thanks so much for being with us at our event on Monday. It went down really well, and everyone had a great evening.
- Becky Sheppard, Tessitura, Birmingham
Corporate Anniversary Party
Also in November 2019, to celebrate a company's 60th anniversary I was invited to perform throughout the evening. This included close up magic on arrival, at the guests tables during the courses of their meal, and I was around during the later part of the evening. During this later session, the magic is a lot more relaxed and some people just want to strike up a conversation about magic! I love to share a few stories as well as leaving people with incredible moments they can re-tell.
We hired Ed for our corporate 60th birthday celebration. He did a great job at capturing the audience’s attention and his tricks were in a word - brilliant. Great communication prior to the event. Super friendly, and we would recommend!!
- Melissa Payne, IPU Group, Sutton Coldfield
Repeat Booking Ten Years Apart!
I was rather surprised to book in this corporate event in July 2019! I had previously provided entertainment for this company's 10th anniversary party, and was invited back for their 20th anniversary. For this event, I provided close up magic during a BBQ at The Bond Company, Fazeley Street, in the Digbeth area of Birmingham. What was really great though was that some of the staff remembered me from the last event ten years ago. I hope to be back again for the 30th celebration!
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
Repeat Corporate Christmas Client
Another repeat client. In July of 2018, I performed at a small dinner in Harbourne to celebrate the acquisition of a successful large contract, for an IT company. I was invited back to The Botanist on Temple Street, in the City Centre to perform for the sales team that December. I love these smaller one table events and very often they are in exquisite venues with private dining rooms. The Botanist is a great venue with a lot of character (just take a look!) that I can highly recommend.
Fantastic entertainment for my sales team at our Christmas Lunch, would certainly recommend Ed.
- Peter Barnes, Birmingham
Wedding Anniversary Family Magic
As well as corporate events, I also regularly perform at weddings and at wedding anniversaries. This event was a wedding anniversary at Castle Bromwich Hall Hotel, in December 2017. I provided close up magic and as this was a family celebration, I stayed extra to provide some entertainment that lasted even after I had left.
Ed was absolutely fantastic and created fantastic memories for our ten year wedding anniversary. We had a small number of children at the party, and Ed took time out to make all of them balloons. I didn’t expect this but Ed goes the extra mile and is flexible to work with. I would highly recommend him.
- Ali Shah, Birmingham
Corporate Conference Magic
For this event in July 2018, I was asked to provide both close up magic as guests arrived and got a welcome drink, and then provide an after dinner cabaret performance for the whole group. The event was held at the Regency Hotel in Shirley, Solihull. I was actually recommended direct to the client because I had performed at the Hotel two years earlier. I love to get word of mouth referrals such as this as it proves that I must be doing something right!
Christmas and New Year’s Magic
This was another series of two events, and I really enjoyed performing at them. I was hired initially to perform at a family dinner for seven guests at Christmas. I was the secret guest! Following that, I was asked me to return for another event just a few weeks later for a New Year’s Eve dinner.
Ed was just as I thought he would be, entertaining, funny and really engaging. He was perfect for my events and I would recommend him to anyone.
- Rob Robbins, Sutton Coldfield
Birmingham University Charity Night
For this event in May 2017, I was hired by students from Birmingham University for a circus themed night at Revolution Bar, on Broad Street, in the heart of Birmingham’s night life. I have performed at a wide range of events, and this was a noisy, lively one, but it was great fun. I also captured a short video which you see below.
From the moment we contacted Ed he was extremely professional and helped us sort out the booking easily. Ed arrived 15 minutes before he was due to perform and started early for us. This was really appreciated as he managed to get around all of our guests. All of our guests were amazed by the magic and many said he was the best part of the evening.
- Sian Leonard, Birmingham
Military Ball Magicians
This was a large event in 2015. It was a black-tie ball where I organised multiple magicians from my team of expert magicians. We entertained table to table during dinner in the legends lounge at Birmingham City Football Stadium, St. Andrew's. We all got some great reactions to our entertainment, with lots of laughs, gasps and enjoyment from everyone there. Even better was that many of those great moments were captured by their event photographer. Just take a look at some of the pictures below.
Ed sorted out all the fine details. Would definitely use their service again and would recommend to a friend.
- Luciano Grana, Birmingham
Promotional Magic Leads to an Ongoing Contract
Selfridges asked me to organise entertainment within their store in the Bull Ring as part of the WORK IT campaign. I organised myself and another magician to provide a lunchtime session which included welcome close up magic, a short magic workshop and a cabaret performance to top things off. You can view some photos from my performance below, as well as the five-star review that was left following the event.
You were amazing! Your classes were definitely the most popular and received the best feedback. A number of our guests have said they and are still talking about them to this day.
- Serena Tutt, Selfridges, Birmingham
I’m pleased to say that we were also invited back to perform that December for a run totalling over 30 hours of close up magic!
Professional Wedding Magician
This wedding reception in 2013 was at the beautiful Banqueting Suite in the city centre, next to Victoria Square I performed as the main act for the evening. There was no wedding band or DJ, just some light background music while I went around and met everyone. After my walkaround entertainment I performed a large stage show to the whole group. This isn’t what I recommend as magic for every wedding, so it’s worth us having a conversation to talk through things if you are considering a show for your wedding entertainment, but it did work well here.
A Unique Magic Performance
This one is a little bizarre, but for valentines night 2012, I was hired to perform magic at a speed dating night. It’s true! Actually it worked really well. Close up magic is great for breaking the ice and getting people talking and that’s what my performances did. I provided close up magic during the welcome and provided a short show to round off the night. I don’t know if anyone managed to form a relationship that night, but if they did - you’re welcome! It’s a little embarrassing because it’s so long ago now, but here is a photo of my magic performance at that evening at a cocktail bar in the Jewelry Quarter.
Birmingham Wedding Magician
This event during 2012 was held at a venue at Hampton Manor Solihull, near Birmingham. This was the first time I had been to this venue, but it is a very high-class place and a lovely place for a wedding! Hiring a close up magician for a wedding is a great idea as magic keeps guests entertained throughout the day. On this occasion, I only provided a short spot during the evening but it was great to meet everyone and it’s always a humbling experience to a part of a day that others will remember for the rest of their lives.
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
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Magic is enjoyed by many because of the memories that are formed when people share something impossible together! My performances spark the stories you'll be telling throughout your event and for many years after.
What will yours be?
Ed regularly performs magic for weddings, anniversaries, parties and corporate events in Birmingham, Nottingham, Staffordshire, and Shropshire. But you can hire him to perform anywhere in the UK. In fact, it's recommended that you do!