Mind Boggling Professional Magician in Cheshire

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Are you currently planning a wedding or event in the Cheshire area? Are you interesting in hiring a magician in Cheshire but dont really know where to start? If you have answered yes, then this article was quite simply written with you in mind!

Find out below how you can hire one of the UK’s most experienced and professional magicians. One that will elevate your event and provide unforgettable 5 star entertainment!

Mind Reader & Magician in Cheshire

Looch is my stage name. I have been performing professionally for over 15 years and am highly experienced at providing entertainment for all types of events. I specialise primarily in corporate entertainment and weddings all over the region and the wider UK. The entertainment that I am known for is my performance of Magic and Mentalism. Mentalism is a type of magic that deals mainly with ‘Mind Reading’ and something that has become known as ‘Psychological Magic‘. It has become hugely popular over recent years, and is guaranteed to blow your guests minds!

What type of Performances do you offer?

There are many different types of performances that I can offer for various events. There are however two primary ones that are a sure fire way to elevate your event, and provide something amazing for your guests. The first is a type of performance that is known as ‘Mix & Mingle Magic‘. This is also known as close up magic or ‘meet and greet’ entertainment. Mix & Mingle is perfect for drinks reception entertainment, and is equally effective at weddings as it is corporate events and private parties.

In this type of performance, I will mingle with your guests and perform up close in front of them. Its a fantastic ice breaker and a great way to get the party started. Typical bookings for this type of performance are for up to 2 consecutive hours. This is ideal for the vast majority of events. However sometimes when you have a large number of guests attending, you may require a bespoke longer booking. This can be discussed at the time of enquiry!

Looch will deliver exceptional service for your event. (Photography by Will Hey)

Do you perform on stage?

The second primary performance that I offer is my stage show. It is a unique and energetic performance that is designed as the perfect After Dinner Entertainment. Typically 60 minutes in length (but can be performed incrementally) the stage show is designed when you want to amaze and enthral every single person in the room. It is a fully interactive performance that incorporates plenty of audience participation and humour.

Most bookings for the stage show are either conferences or dinners but i have been known to perform a very unique version of the show after the wedding breakfast and speeches! Mind reading & magic has proven to be very popular amongst couples planning their wedding day and want something truly memorable and mind blowing! If you would like to speak with me about performing as your very own magician in cheshire, please get in touch today!

Looch’s Stage Show is ideal for Corporate Events.

Award-Winning Skills

You might be wondering what makes me so special? After all you could hire any magician out there! Well over the years I have been hugely privileged to have won a variety of entertainment based awards throughout the entertainment and wedding industry. I am a full time professional entertainer and absolutely love my job. I am passionate and highly experienced at performing all over the UK and even Europe. My goal is to exceed your expectation, amaze your guests and make sure I help your event be entertaining and memorable!

Where Have You Performed?

As a professional magician in Cheshire, I have been fortunate to have performed at some of the regions most stunning venues. Whether its’ at a wedding or business event, Cheshire has some of the UK’s finest event venues. Here are some of my favourite venues in the region: Peckforton Castle, Styal Lodge, Stock Farm & Nunsmere Hall Hotel. I am a recommended supplier on the majority of exclusive Cheshire based venues, and have had a long standing relationship with many all across Cheshire.

What About Testimonials?

For over 15 years, I have been entertaining at events professionally. In that time, I have been hired to perform at over a thousand events. Most of my clients repeatedly book me for annual events and wedding couples recommend me to their friends and families. I am 5 star rated on Google and take enormous pride in receiving exceptional feedback. Here are a small sample of testimonials:

“Looch was fantastic! He did a number of sets at our Annual Conference and was utterly amazing. The franchisees were talking in awe about him throughout the day and he added a completely different feel to our annual event. Book him, he is great!”

Ian Maclean – Belvoir!

“We booked Looch to entertain the guests at our Wedding. This was the most amazing experience! He constantly wow’d everyone along with ourselves. We would highly recommended Looch to everyone we know that wanted something a little different at their event or party. Many Conversations we have had since have been about the things that Looch did to amaze our guests. So many Wow moments had by all. Thanks again for making our day so memorable.”

Mr & Mrs Robotham

Lets have a chat!

Now that you know a little bit more about me. I would love to get to know more about you and your upcoming event. There are a couple of different ways to get in touch. You could either give me a call on 07841 332816 or if you prefer, make an online enquiry. I look forward to hearing from you and offering you the best service a professional magician in cheshire can.

A Day In The Life of A Mentalist – First Response Finance Ltd Wellbeing At Work Day

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In my line of work, corporate celebrations, conferences and awards ceremonies are commonplace and each one is completely different. However, when I received a request to run a workshop at the First Response Finance Health and Wellbeing Event late last year, I jumped at the opportunity as I had never done anything like it before. 

Mental health and wellbeing is not only intrinsic to happiness, which of course is paramount, but it is vital for productivity and efficiency in the workplace. This is something First Response Finance, whose Head Office is in Nottingham, recognised and they invited me to be part of a series of ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’ days they were hosting for employees.

A Meeting was Set

I had met the company’s New Business Operations Director, Matt Dickie, during a wedding I’d performed at, at Colwick Hall the previous year. He kept my card with the intention of inviting me to perform at a business conference however, he then had other ideas.

We met in Nottingham and discussed the possibility of me tailoring a bespoke performance in which I could take some of the techniques I use in mentalism and mind reading and teach them to small groups. Naturally, the skills I taught would need to be relevant for their industry and before we’d even finished the meeting, I had numerous ideas of what I could do.

We settled on two wellbeing event workshop sessions: one at their offices in Leigh and the other in Nottingham. They had asked if I was able to travel to their Glasgow offices, but I had a prior commitment.

Teaching the staff how to spot ‘Poker Tells’

The Workshops

The first workshop came around so quickly and I was excited at the prospect of delivering something entirely new. The day was going to be split, with me delivering the workshop three times to small groups. This would work best for delivery, teaching practical techniques and answering questions.

I explained at the start of each session that my segment was part workshop and part performance, which would help give the team an insight into what I did and welcome them into my mentalism world. Only once they were feeling relaxed and settled would I teach them skills they could add to their own professional toolkit.

Throughout my performance, I involved as many of the participants as I could and they soon became an excellent audience, with some forgetting it was meant to be a training day.

When it came to teaching techniques, I’d chosen psychological tells. This was to be a simple 50/50 task of one person placing a coin in their right or left hand and their partner reading their ‘tells’ (which are not too different to poker tells) in order to identify the correct location. To make this a little more entertaining, I taught two different techniques to see who did better and interestingly, it was always the second group!

The people-reading skills I taught were designed to help the team with customer relations and team dynamics and seemed to be a success.

As well as mentalism, the day involved a series of yoga sessions, gong baths, art therapy, drumming, cooking demonstrations and healthy food.

It was wonderful to observe team dynamics and the benefits of these types of exercises on the mind, body and soul.

Photo of the Wellbeing Event Board that was on display throughout the day.
The event was fantastically well organised by Matt Dickie

What They Said…

“Ace, fantastic, insane, amazing, entertaining, eye opening and fun. Not to mention a great education on how to read people! Best part of the day by far!”

Matt Dickie – New Business Operations Director

If you are looking to open up your business doors soon, why not welcome staff back with a unique workshop to help them return to a business mindset.

Contact me today  to learn more about my employee engagement workshops. All performances can be undertaken effectively from a distance, while still managing to bring the room together.

The Ultimate Guide on How to Host a Successful Virtual Event

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COVID-19 has significantly changed the business landscape.

Everywhere you look, big and small events are getting cancelled—the Summer Olympics, Coachella, book fairs, concerts, indie markets, parties, the Cannes Film Festival—you name it.

Shelter-in-place or safer-at-home orders prevent many corporations from holding conferences and events they’d previously planned for weeks or months.

But the smart, adaptive companies are doing something different: they’re learning how to host virtual events. Businesses like Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and a slew of others are pivoting their tactics and spearheading the virtual events space. This innovation allows them to continue to connect with and serve their clientele, while others have no choice but to, well, disappear.

So, how can you host a digital event or conference that entertains, educates, and engages your audience? Keep reading!

Honour Their Distractions 

When you’re hosting a face-to-face event, it’s almost guaranteed you’ve got your audience’s full attention (especially if there’s an entertainer on stage). Everyone is sitting down in their chairs, looking up at the person speaking, with the kids at home and chores out of mind.

When hosting a virtual event, however, you’ve got to recognise that people are dealing with different distractions. Many people have children at home, dogs barking in the background, meals to be made, and more. Homelife makes it a tad bit harder to focus and engage.

Rather than allowing this to be a point of frustration, acknowledge it!

You can even acknowledge it right there in your introduction, making everyone breathe a bit easier. Explain exactly what the audience can expect during the time, how long the event will last, and how they can participate. 

Keep it Authentic.

Keep It Authentic to Your Brand

In the physical realm, your audience knows you—they name your name, logo, employees, niche. How can you translate your brand and vision onto the digital screen?

This question will have to be answered by you.

Consider what makes your brand your brand, and try to bring that into the digital space. Keep it consistent and authentic, so your audience recognizes you. Now isn’t the time to reinvent (any more than you already have to do)—instead, people want something they can rely on.

Consider Your Hosting Platform

Your choice is highly subjective per cooperation and depends on the goals of your event, how many people are attending, and what’s budget-friendly and user-friendly (for you and them).

You can even consider omnichannel hosting, providing different sections of your conference on various platforms. If you choose only one channel, vet it through a series of queries and tests. Do your research when it comes to virtual conferencing and determine which would be best for your mission and vision. 

Keep It Goal-Oriented and Structured

Just as you would plan a face-to-face event, you’ll need to structure your virtual event, too. 

You’ll need to have goals (what is the point of the event?), date and time, a purpose. What is the core need of your audience, and how can you plan an event around that theme? What makes your affair unique and valuable to your guests?

Additionally, having a pre-event and post-event follow-up is immensely helpful. Pre-event, ask your guests if there are any subjects they’d like included. Ask the audience for feedback post-event so you can know how to improve for next time.

Take your time to research and answer all these questions. Ensure that you’re staying on track with your theme or purpose. Last, provide value for those taking the time out of their day to be there.

Advertise the Same as You Would a Face-To-Face Event

What day is the event taking place? What time? Which platform are you planning to use? Does your audience need anything to participate other than their laptop or smartphone?

Market your digital event the same as you’d market anything else.

Prepare flyers and ads that answer these questions and advertise them through Facebook, Instagram, email, and any other social media platforms you use. Encourage your audience to set reminders, and be consistent (but not sales-y) in sending out your own reminders. 

Ensure the Tech is on your side!

Identify Potential Problems and Prepare Solutions

Another part of hosting a digital event is preparing for various problems you wouldn’t have considered otherwise.

This includes things like internet connection, having a paid channel that doesn’t boot you off before you’ve concluded, and even having less tech-savvy audience members attending.

How can you help them before the event begins?

Consider sending out an email that breaks down the process of getting into the event—something that explains exactly how to join or log in. Encourage people to ask questions pre-event, so that you or a team member can gladly guide them through the process.

On your end, ensure everything checks out before beginning.

Check your internet connection, video feed, and microphone volume. Consider areas where things could go wrong and identify solutions early-on.

Learn How to Host a Digital Event (Or Risk Getting Forgotten)

Using this guide, you should be well on your way to having a fantastic event!

The best part is that since businesses are still actively navigating the digital event space, everyone is a little more understanding.

If you have a few hiccups, you can likely overcome them with tact, and no one will be judging too harshly. In fact, once we’re back to face-to-face events, you and your audience will feel that much closer having gone through it together.

Now that you know how to host a virtual event, let’s get to planning.

If you’re looking for a great guest to spark fun and laughs and keep the audience engaged, I can help. Contact me today for extraordinary, unforgettable virtual event entertainment. 

4 Outstanding Entertainment Ideas For Your Next Black Tie Party

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Throwing a black tie party or corporate event takes a lot of planning. In most cases, there’s a specific reason for throwing these types of events, and you’ll want to be sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. 

Because the event you’re throwing is a professional event, it’s important that you impress all of your guests. Impressing your guests will leave an ever-lasting impression and will have them ready to RSVP for the next event!

For this to occur, you’ll need to find some amazing entertainment ideas that’ll make your event stand out from others. Here are 4 outstanding entertainment ideas for your upcoming black tie events!

1. Hire Live Music

Not many professional events have live music. It’s a great way to stand out from other corporate or black tie occasions and doesn’t mean hiring a DJ to spin tables and play favourite songs.

It consists of hiring actual bands who will come to your event and perform live. Consider choosing a band that’ll play classical music to fit the theme of a classy event. Don’t forget to set up a dance floor as well. 

Your choice of entertainment is vital

2. Hire a Mentalist / Magician 

Hiring a mentalist or magician is the perfect way to break the ice in the room and get people to start mingling with one another. A mentalist/magician creates a relaxed setting with amazing performances that’ll lead to conversations amongst your guests due to the “wow” factor.

Another added benefit of hiring a mentalist/magician is you can have the performance incorporate your brand or company message into it! You can have the performance after dinner as a way to entertain while guests eat dessert, and leave them on a fun and exciting note.

3. Hire a Bartender and Catering Service

Don’t forget to include a bartender and catering service. A great bartender with a few sophisticated choices such as wine and cocktails is an exceptional way to keep guests entertained, content, and relaxed while at the event.

The right professional catering service will also know how to deliver dishes in a way that impresses everyone! Imagine being served a beautiful dinner plate with vibrant colours and design patterns all made with food.

Black Tie Event Entertainment
Incorporate an Additional Theme into your Black Tie Event

4. Incorporate a Theme

Incorporating a theme is a brilliant way to spruce things up for your event. Think of a theme that might fit well with your brand. If you’re throwing black-tie events, then you can consider hiring entertainment that’ll fit well with the black-tie theme, such as a sophisticated or classical performance. 

If you’re throwing a company corporate event, then consider choosing a theme for the guests and entertainment. Consider a cabaret-style theme, which is a classy and fun theme to follow. 

How Will You Impress at Your Black Tie Party?

Black tie event planning doesn’t have to be difficult when using these tips.

Which ideas listed above will you use to impress your guests at your next black tie party or corporate event? Use a few or use them all to create an event that everyone will remember!

Contact us today to see how we can help make your event an event to impress!