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Performing close up magic at a wedding in Stafford.




Staffordshire Magician, Ed Sumner, is a professional magician and one of the few full time professionals in the county. He grew up in Stafford and now lives in a village close to Lichfield. As a professional close up magician, Ed performs throughout the UK, but Staffordshire is home!

"A friendly, interactive gent who oozed confidence and impressed even the most skeptical of our guests. Ed brought our wedding to life!"

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Hiring a close up magician is a fantastic way to bring your event to life. It's one of the most popular forms of entertainment because at it’s core, it’s a social thing. Close up magic brings people together.

There are many magicians across the UK, but few have the benefit of being located where you are. Hiring a local magician in Staffordshire means you don't have to pay extra travel costs. Plus I arrive fresh ready to perform, rather than stressed after a three hour drive.

Am I the best magician for your event? Well, I've work hard to make sure my my performances are lively, approachable, conversational and above all focused on your guests. I know instinctively how to get the most out of people. So if you want your event to fill with spontaneous laughter, squeals of amazement and jaw dropping magic, then let's talk.


Ed is a master of his craft. He is a hard-working, professional and highly skilled close up magician who made sure that everyone felt as though they had enjoyed a special, personal show.

Gary Hudson, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire

We would really like to thank you for your amazing addition to our daughter’s wedding. We were particularly impressed with the way you handled the heckler! Our evening was enhanced with your jovial banter, and amazing magic! A special thanks also for your flexibility over the many start/end time changes. 

Terry Obeney, Stafford, Staffordshire

Everyone was really impressed with you at the party and we would not hesitate to book again or recommend you to others. The sailing club have also asked me for your contact details. Thanks for helping to make our day so special and good luck for the future.

Vicky Colclough, Leek, Staffordshire


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The short answer? A close up magician brings your event to life by entertaining your guests. It's a hugely popular form of entertainment because it's about sharing a new experience with friends and family. My performances as a close up magician are lively, approachable, conversational and above all focused on your guests.

What does it look like? Well, take a look at the photos and videos throughout my site. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If you would like your guests to have as much, if not more, fun than you see in those pictures, then it's probably worth us having a quick chat about your event.

And the best thing is that close up magic is flexible enough to fit into a wide range of events. For large groups, I mix with guests, sharing magic with them either at their table or as they get a drink from the bar. For smaller events, my after dinner show is like having the theatre in your home, or tableside. It's the perfect finale to a meal! Find out more about close up magic here.

Close up magic is perfect for all sorts of events, but more on that below.


Weddings are times for celebrating. Great, we've agreed on one thing. Do you find it strange then that some couples push entertainment down their list of priorities? I do.

I talk to many couples who tell me their only entertainment plans are music for the evening. I think that's a mistake. It's missing out on the fact that weddings are a long day, and you don't want your guests to feel like they are waiting around! If we've agreed on a second thing, then maybe you should consider hiring a magician for your Staffordshire wedding.

Magic is a great choice as it is highly interactive, lots of fun, guests love it (seriously!) and it's flexible enough to fit into a variety of periods. Hiring a close up magician for your wedding, means sharing comedy, conversation and incredible memories with those closest to you. 

Staffordshire is a beautiful setting for a wedding. It has the best countryside in the country. That's why I live here. It also has a fantastic selection of wedding barns and other top venues.

Here are a few unique wedding venues in Staffordshire:

  • Rosliston Forestry Centre, in Swadlincote, Staffordshire - a fantastic woodland wedding venue, perfect for an outdoor / marquee wedding.
  • Tutbury Castle, near Burton on Trent, Staffordshire - for a castle wedding what better choice than these castle ruins which date back to the Norman period.
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park, near Tamworth, Staffordshire - marriage can sometimes be like a rollercoaster, so why not tie the knot in a theme park?


What is a table magician? Well, it's not a magician who does magic with tables! Instead it's a magician who performs close up magic at your table, usually during the course of a dinner.

Hiring a table magician is a popular entertainment idea for awards nights, fundraising dinners, conferences, Christmas parties and other corporate events or private parties. Not only is table magic entertaining and interactive, but with this performance style, you can be sure every guest gets to be part of the fun. As a general rule, a table magician can perform at about ten tables over a two hour period. If your event is large than this, I can help to organise other magicians local to Staffordshire. And I only work with the best magicians in the area.

I've found that table magic tends to be a bit more popular at corporate events. In Staffordshire, the majority of those tend to be around the cities of Stoke on Trent and Lichfield. As well as the larger towns of Tamworth, Uttoxeter and Stafford. In fact the Staffordshire County Showground, in Stafford hosts many events suitable for table magic. I have performed there on multiple occasions.

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A few other events venues available to hire in Staffordshire include:

  • Uttoxeter Racecourse, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
  • Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
  • Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford, Staffordshire

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Entertainment is a key part, maybe the vital element in any party! A magician is a fantastic choice. For one, it's something that guests won't expect. Music is one thing, but everyone does that! Something more makes your party the one to remember. Secondly, a magician gets to know your guests by performing incredible close up magic and mind reading in a shared space. Well, at least I know that's what I provide with my close up magic.

Just imagine your group or friends laughing together, screaming "DO THAT AGAIN!" and ultimately coming together over a once in a lifetime shared experience.

It's perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, balls, proms, retirement 'dos' and much more. In fact, if you've got an idea for a party, I've never heard of, I would love to be there!


An event case study for Staffordshire

Magicians measure their success in different ways. For some it's about the number of reviews they can gather, others try to assess the reaction of the audience. Those are good measurements. For me though one of the strongest signals I’m doing well is when I am recommended to others or hired again by the same person or company.

One Staffordshire company has hired me to perform close up magic for their Christmas party entertainment for the past seven years running. (Well, excluding "the pandemic years!") Staff have also recommended me for other private events.

I always look forward to putting their date in my calendar. and when the event rolls around, it feels like catching up with old friends. My magic is already very relaxed and conversational. Even at one off events, I get to know people and make them feel included in my entertainment. With this recurring event I'm able tailor my magic and my conversation even more finely.

However, one of the challenges with a recurring booking like this is that they have seen my magic before. One of the things I teach to my magic students is that close up magic works well because of a combination of suspense and surprise. Both of those are lost when people know what to expect.

The way that I've overcome this challenge is to provide a mix of brand new material and my tried and tested routines. With regards to the new magic, I've found that the guests love to see what I've been working on throughout the year. Occasionally, I'll even use this party as my chance to show something I've never before performed. And that exclusivity makes them feel really special!

At the same time, I have my greatest hits! Part of the fun of this event is finding the new colleagues, who staff will usually point about by saying, "Show [Joe] that one where the card / coin / tiger appears!" Here the ones who have seen that trick before, get to enjoy watching someone else freak out!

I bet you can guess that I spend a lot of time making sure this client is happy. Here's what they had to say about me:

We've just booked Ed for the eighth time, which speaks highly of how much we value his magic. Every year he puts in an incredible about of effort to entertain staff at our Christmas parties. His magic is always impossible and has people talking about him well into the new year. We can't wait to see what he comes up with this year.

Francesca Evans, Stafford, Staffordshire




It's easy to get in touch with me, either:


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.



I’m always excited to hear about your event, and where you see magic fitting in. Complete the form below and I’ll get back to you very soon.

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"The performance was fantastic and is still being talked about! Thank you for being so friendly, accommodating and professional, it has been a pleasure to deal with you."