I’ve always been a little bit maverick, but then my parents were too. Mum was an expat Brit from South Africa – one of the servants used to brew skokian (illegal beer) and the house was regularly raided by the police. Dad was a holocaust survivor – his experiences left him with a very bohemian edge…. when my (C of E) school report said “Danny does just enough to get by” my father declared me a genius; mum was horrified.
I managed to horrify my wife too. When my boy Joe was little I had a plan to teach him to shoot using apples coated in contact explosive as targets. My wife June was horrified. Mum gave me the recipe for the explosive (it didn’t happen – I know my place). I like word play (sometimes in multiple languages simultaneously), and have a slightly whimsical way of looking at the world, finding joy in almost everything. I bring that to my magic too, an infectious enthusiasm and love of people, making them laugh, go wow and share my wonderful, whimsical world.
I Came To Magic Late
I started performing magic in my forties but I don’t think that’s a disadvantage. Real world experience in a variety of roles has given an easy rapport with everyone from every walk of life. From the heavily tattooed boxing fanatics when I was entertaining at Frank Bruno and Ricky Hatton‘s gig to the rather posher guests at the private “petit chateau” of a client in France. Everyone gets the same service and everyone loves it.
Terrible at Sales – Great at Service
I always want to know about your party or event. It’s not possible to offer the best service without a proper chat. Sometimes this means recommending someone else or something else. I wish I was better at sales but my nature is that I am far more concerned about you having a great time than I am about winning the contract. The plus side is that when people do hire me we are a good fit.
You can read other reviews here. I recommend FaceBook reviews as you know they are honest and if there are any rubbish reviews you will see them. (It’s that service trumps sales thing again).
Commitment To The Magic
I know several magicians who do no prior set up and who present the same tricks in the same way; I think it’s a terrible shame. My wife says that for every hour of performance I spend four hours of preparation (she’s wrong it’s longer) but the end results are worth it.
A £10 or £20 note is borrowed and is turned into a £5 or a £50. The note is turned back and returned to its owner. It’s a good trick which surprises no one. Everyone knows the ending from the beginning.
Red Hat Magic Version:
A note is borrowed and signed – and I promise to turn it into gold – but the trick goes wrong and all I have is a blank piece of paper – mortification. What to do? Some kind of recompense is required, – an art work – An origami phoenix. The phoenix is reborn from the flames, the paper is lit and an egg appears from no-where – listen it is about to hatch. Inside the egg is the signed note.
The Red Hat Magic version has three points of magic rather than one, with a benign premise, unexpected twists, an astonishing ending with more opportunities for banter and laughter along the way.
“I have worked with a lot of magicians and never seen anyone do anything like that! Such good entertainment, this guy is a genius!” – Photographer, Ginny Marsh
“I can honestly say yours was the most outrageously good magic I’ve seen at a wedding“. – Graham Nixon, Wedding Photographer
“My band and I met Danny on the wedding circuit and were blown away by his work! He’s such a lovely guy, very friendly, funny and magical! Definitely the best we’ve seen – a great choice for weddings and parties.” – The Rythmn Stars