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 – Belvoir 2020 National Conference

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Bespoke performances are some of my favourite to design and plan whether for private parties or large corporates. My most recent event for Belvoir Estate Agents was exactly that; it was bespoke, personal and so much fun – what’s more, it was over a year in the making and so I am extremely grateful it went ahead given the current climate. Here’s how the Belvoir 2020 National Conference happened!

Introductions

I met a member of the Belvoir Estate Agent team at a property show in Lincolnshire 18 months ago. I approached them and gave a demonstration. As usually happens, they were freaked out and later that week, she made an introduction to Ian Maclean who is company’s franchise director.

We met for a coffee and he was extremely responsive to what I did as he seemed to like mentalism; he mentioned the company would be having their annual conference in 2020 and asked if I would be interested in performing at such an event; of course the answer was yes as corporate events are so rewarding to perform at as they are often large scale.

The booking came directly from Alan Baker, the event planner at Xprez, who was responsible for organising the 2020 conference. During the ensuing months, it was decided three, 20-minute-long performances would work well alongside the other presentations happening throughout the day.

Fast Forward to 2020

With such a long time in between booking and performing, I was able to carefully craft the three requested individual acts to ensure they were truly bespoke to the company and in the blink of an eye, the conference arrived.

I travelled to the venue the night before the conference, staying at St. George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent, which is nestled within the National Forest and home to all 28 English football teams (not difficult to understand with 330 acres of private land surrounding it).

I felt extremely fortunate the event was going ahead with many events being cancelled that week due to Coronavirus and it turns out this would be my last event for the foreseeable.

Belvoir 2020 National Conference

I woke up early as I usually do when staying overnight anywhere that isn’t home. However, I had an undisturbed sleep and this was probably due to the room I was in, which is what I would describe as a sensory bubble. It was so quiet and peaceful; truly lovely.

I met Geoff Ramm, who was the main keynote speaker on the day, for breakfast. Dealing with customer service and customer experience, his talks use many anecdotes and his northern humour makes him extremely approachable. I instantly hit it off with Geoff, he was warm and welcoming. I was looking forward to watching him work.

We then both left to set up our various ‘acts’ and waited for everyone to arrive for the day-long event.

Photo showing Keynote speaker Geoff Ram & Mind Reader Looch at the conference.
Geoff Ramm & Looch

The Stage

While I have performed for numerous large corporates, I had never seen a set up quite like this. The Main Stage was a catwalk-like platform, arranged as a living room complete with Chesterfield sofas and a cartoon-like window looking out. There was also the Kitchen Stage, which was set up as you might expect, except with a 1940’s element. Finally, there was a smaller stage to the side of the room.

Something would happen on every stage throughout the day, keeping things moving and keeping the presentations fresh for the audience which was mostly Belvoir franchisees.

The Performances

The day opened with a discussion between Ian Maclean who I had met all those months ago and Director of the Belvoir Group PLC, Dorian Gonsalves. They both sat at the Kitchen Stage counter enjoying coffee (which I thought was a nice touch) before introducing Geoff Ramm. Geoff’s ‘Celebrity Service’ seminar was fantastic! He was funny, direct and delivered a keynote that inspired many of the delegates and got them thinking along his lines.

Finally, it was my turn to perform on the main stage. I gave a demonstration to show how easy it is to read people. I revealed someone’s name without them telling me verbally and then performed some memory magic. Then, I asked someone in the audience to Google search anything they wanted before revealing precisely what it had been.   

My next slot saw me invite three participants up to the stage to sit on separate chairs. I asked them to think back to their school days before selecting specific memories which I in turn revealed whether they were memories about certain teachers, incidents or childhood friends.

The Final Vision

Following lunch and an auction, I took to the stage for my final performance and the main bespoke piece of the day which was something entirely new for me. As the conference itself was entitled ‘Vision 2020’, I decided to manipulate the senses.

Selecting one member from the audience to join me, I proceeded to manipulate their sense of touch, making them believe I had touched them when I was actually standing a metre away. I then went into the audience to touch someone much further away than I had originally been. As I touched them on the shoulder the lady on stage screamed out loud.

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Looch on stage ‘Influencing Thoughts’

Influencing Thoughts

The sense of sight was next, and I showed the audience a sheet of paper with the instructions ‘Draw a Picture’ printed on them. This was turned around to face my participant. She drew a flower, which I had predicted and drew while she was drawing hers. When asked why she drew a flower, she answered ‘because you told me to,’ to which the audience laughed. This unnerved her as she realised she had seen something written on the piece of paper which was totally different to what everyone else had.

For the final section of my performance, I took an envelope from a stand which had been present on stage the whole day. Through a series of tasks involving the lady, other members of the audience and their calculators, the room reached a 7-digit number which was exactly the number I had concealed inside the envelope. The finale was turning this number through 180° to reveal the name BELVOIR in specialised, stylised writing to great applause. I was delighted and so pleased the performance had been everything I had hoped for, for both me as a performer and the company.

The End of the Day

I hung around to watch the final presentations by Geoff Ramm, who really was a delight to be around, and former Rugby Union star, Ollie Phillips who also delivered a talk covering his lifetime achievements including setting a Guinness World Record!

The whole day was a sheer delight to be part of and if this was the last performance I will do for a while, I could not have hoped for more. Thank you so much Belvoir Estate Agents and the delegates at the Belvoir 2020 National Conference. I wish your company and franchisees continued success, particularly through this unprecedented time.

Testimonial

“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 Franchise Director

To bring Looch to your annual conference please get in touch today!

A Day in the Life of a Mentalist – Oakley Hall Hotel

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As an entertainer, you cannot always be sure where your next booking will come from. However, if you are booked because someone has seen you perform at another event, you will never be out of business. My latest ‘A Day in the Life of a Mentalist’ series covers a booking that happened precisely like that; the client (Inciper Ltd) saw me perform my After Dinner Entertainment act before Christmas and decided it was exactly what they needed.

An Advocate from the Beginning

Mark Roberts and David Sanderson, founders of Inciper Ltd, booked me to perform at the company’s third anniversary celebrations after Mark had seen me perform at a 50th Birthday celebration. Having grown considerably since their inception, Inciper Ltd celebrate with all their employees and book an annual overnight stay at a country house. This year they had selected Oakley Hall Hotel in Basingstoke; a beautiful location complete with old-fashioned flair and modern twists.

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Oakley Hall Hotel – The Perfect Hosts

The Long and Winding Road

The 3.5-hour drive was not too arduous, but I had to leave in plenty of time to ensure I was able to set up the show before guests arrived. Another aspect that put me at ease before this long journey was I had already met the clients and knew them to be great characters; often as an entertainer, you don’t always get to deal with the client directly before the day, especially for business events.

I arrived around 3.30pm and was greeted by hotel management who were lovely and took me to the Bramley Room. This was to be my dressing room and holding area until the performance. However, complete with a large flat screen TV, I ensured I made use of the facilities and caught up on the football as I unpacked the show.

The Garden Room

Now able to set up the show downstairs, I took my props to the Garden Room which had already been prepared for the evening’s dinner. There was a space for me at the front but only around three metres in between me and the first row of tables. For anyone in the magic and entertainment industry, having and audience that close when you’re not intending to perform close-up magic, can leave you a little vulnerable. However, having been in the industry for 14 years performing at all sorts of venues, I did some quick calculations and couldn’t foresee this intimate spacing as being an issue.

I set up the show, including a prediction envelope (complete with a large black question mark on the front), which I left on the mantlepiece. Hoping the hotel staff and any guests who arrived early would realise it was part of the act and not touch it, I went back to my changing room and waited for guests to arrive.

The Main Event

I don’t usually eat before a performance but as I had a couple of hours, I was able to enjoy a sit-down meal while I did my own social media and marketing.

I soon received a message from Mark and David to say they had arrived and went down to meet them so we could brief each other on what was happening throughout the evening with regards to our respective responsibilities.

As the guests arrived, they selected their own name card from a side table and sat where they desired rather than having a space allocated for them which I felt was a nice touch. Mark and David gave a speech and kindly introduced me for the pre-dinner show.

A room of around 50, there was no need to have a microphone and it’s always lovely to be able to see individual people rather than a sea of indiscernible faces. With an intimate gathering such as this one, I was able to make eye contact with almost every member of the audience at some point throughout the performance which is essential to connect with them.

As a group, they were very receptive, and everything went well. I felt I put on a good show and was even able to try some new things as well as amending other parts of my performance from previous shows. I am pleased with how they went and will likely replicate them in the future.

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The Inciper Team

View the Review

Finally, I always gauge feedback by if a client seeks me out after the performance which Inciper Ltd did immediately. Asking me where they could leave feedback, I received this 5* Google review in the days that followed:

“Looch provided the pre-dinner entertainment for our annual company celebration after I had seen him perform at a prior event. Looch had the whole audience fully immersed in his show and amazed with his performance and mind-blowing skills. He created a real buzz in the room during and after the show – still being talked about now. Big thanks from all the Inciper team.”

Mark Roberts, CEO and Co-founder of Inciper Ltd

Thank you to both Mark and David for inviting me to be part of your celebrations. Here’s to the next three years and beyond and I wish you and your team every success as you continue to grow.

Practical Magic: How Much Does a Magician Cost, Anyway?

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When you’re a kid watching a magic show, the only question on your mind is how they made a bunny appear from an empty hat. And even though the magic still enthralls you as an adult, you start to ask more practical questions, like how much does a magician cost?

Magicians can add major entertainment value to corporate events, fundraisers, private parties, and even weddings. Kids and adults alike enjoy the mind-blowing, awe-inspiring illusions that truly make you believe in magic.

If you’re considering booking a magician for your upcoming event, here’s what you can expect to pay:

How Much Does a Magician Cost?

Asking questions like How much does a magician cost? is much like asking how much Benedict Cumberbatch or Gary Oldman charges per project — the answer is, it depends. 

In general, a well-established, professional magician will usually cost between £500-£3000 per event.

The actual cost will depend on a variety of factors, including the following:

Experience

It’s no secret that world-renowned actors will command a higher price than a novice who is just getting started, and the same holds true for magicians. 

It takes countless hours to develop the skills needed to become a successful magician. Those who make a career from performing magic are continually practicing their acts and creating new illusions or tricks to give their guests a fresh experience. 

In addition, professional magicians also invest thousands of pounds into high-end equipment. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill joke shop props, but rather carefully created, high-quality items that add to the show.

Magicians heavily invest in their performances, which is why hiring a professional magician costs more than those who do it as a hobby. 

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Looch – Mind Reader & Magician

Type of Request or Event

Different markets and types of events may influence the cost of hiring a magician. For example, a small wedding party may not be as expensive as a corporate event. The number of people involved can also affect the price, particularly since the audience size can determine the type of act the magician performs.

Some acts may not require the use of large equipment or high-end lighting, which could help to offset the cost. However, larger events typically will require some form of PA system, which is typically provided by the client. Some magic acts have their own staging and lighting, which can push the price up significantly.

Another point to consider is the distance the magician will be travelling. Events in a 30-minute radius may not cost as much as those that take a couple of hours or more to travel to. If your event is international, you will have to factor in flights & accommodation into the budget in addition to the magicians fees.

Length of Booking

Magic acts can vary in size and scope, and the time the magician spends performing will affect the price. For example, doing a 30-minute show for a private party will cost less than a two-day engagement at a trade show. You are essentially paying for the magicians time and experience, it is a very specialist area and not one that many people offer professionally!

Type of Performance

One of the most overlooked areas of pricing for magicians is the type of performance the client wishes to hire. As a general rule, if you want to book a magician to perform close up. This could be in the form of a Mix & Mingle performance, it will generally be cheaper than if you wish to book a stage performance. Stage shows can be towards the higher end of the budget and typically cost upwards of several thousand pounds.

Some magicians, especially those that specialise in the corporate market, will often charge daily rates for special events such as exhibitions and trade-shows. An experienced Trade-Show Magician will cost in the region of £1500-2000 per day! I have known some professionals who specialise in this market who charge significantly more for international events.

Infographic showing various factors that affect the cost of hiring a magician.

Where to Find a Magician for Your Next Corporate Event

Asking How much does a magician cost? is usually followed by another important question: Where can I find a magician for my next event?

Looch Mind Reader & Magician has you covered — we specialise in corporate events and weddings to bring your guests an experience they’ll be talking about for months. Contact us today for pricing and availability, and let us give your event the magic touch it deserves!

5 Clear Reasons You Need to Hire a Corporate Magician for Your Next Event

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Mind reading and magic tricks at corporate meetings and events?

Yes, please.

The idea of a magician for hire isn’t new. In fact, magicians have been wowing and enticing the world for over 5,000 years. Anyone and everyone finds some level of fascination with magic. Adding mind-reading to the magical mix, and all eyes and ears are piqued.

Here are a few reasons to consider hiring a corporate magician to awe your guests, clients, and employees.

1. Grab Attention

Someone making balloon animals and doing card tricks is cute. But how about someone who’s perfectly honed skills as a magician and a mind-reader? Corporate events can have a stigma of being dry and sometimes uncomfortable. Not everyone knows each other. Pair that with the feeling of the event being work-related or mandatory, and this can make guests feel uptight. This can often result in your guests not always relaxing and enjoying themselves.

Add a magician to an event, and you’ll instantly grab everyone’s attention.

Infographic showing the benefits of hiring a Corporate Magician.

2. Get Them Talking

Did you hear about the guy reading minds?

If that kind of phrase becomes the buzz at an event, people will want to stay longer. They’ll want to learn more. They’ll want to have their minds read. Adding some magic to any evening can be the best icebreaker. People will want to talk about what they witnessed. They’ll want to compare their experiences and discuss your event!

Allow for a little bit of magic to create a collaborative experience for guests, one they’ll be excited to talk about, even after the event’s over.

3. Make It Memorable

Anyone can sit and listen to a band or an act. It’s a passive style of entertainment often with little or no interaction between act and guests. What happens, though, when a corporate magician mingles around an event? One stop to wow a small group turns into another stop that draws a larger group.

No one is sitting, waiting for the event to finish. People are gravitating towards the entertainment. Your guests want to be part of a magical experience; almost everyone loves magic

4. Inspire the Group

Magic is universal; it has the ability to inspire. Seeing something who doesn’t make sense to the mind is intriguing. The saying seeing is believing can become a group experience that draws people together, regardless of title or status within a company. Witnessing a corporate magician perform up close in front of their very eyes will be inspiring as many will have never witnessed live magic in person.

Hiring a magician is an easy way to bridge the divide between guests.

5. Leave Them Wanting More

Corporate magicians don’t just perform fun tricks of the mind.

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Corporate Magician & Mind Reading in Action

One of the most alluring traits of a corporate magician is easily involving the crowd. Guests become the focal point of the tricks, which provides a personal and exciting experience.

Consider letting guests challenge the mind-reader as a way to develop company culture and morale.

Let Your Mind Wander With a Corporate Magician

Hiring a corporate magician for an event can add value, excitement, and awe in just a few short hours.

Your clients, employees, and guests will appreciate the endless opportunities for fun and camaraderie. Give them an experience that won’t quickly be forgotten.

Interested in discovering how a corporate magician can make your event amazing? Contact us to find out why others have chosen wonder, mystery, and intrigue to create the perfect corporate event.