Magician for Corporate Events
The role of
Corporate Magician encompasses a huge variety of roles, venues,
situations and requirements and I've chosen to specialise in corporate
magician work because it is both very demanding and very rewarding.
The main challenge as a corporate magician is the constant development
and delivery of new and original ideas and effects, to keep the magic
fresh and compelling. Great new ideas and tricks allow me to
continually baffle, bewilder and entertain many, many people.
"We all had an absolute
blast yesterday and you were the talk of the evening and now all Ive
heard this morning is he was amazing, how did he do that? so thank
you for making the event extra special."
My experience as a corporate magician
I'm very proud of
my reputation as one of the UKs leading corporate magicians, a
reputation I have successfully built over many years.
The absolute highlight of my career so far was in the Summer of 2006
when I had the honour of performing at Buckingham Palace for the
Queens 80th birthday celebrations.
That aside, I've a satisfied clients list that reads like a Whos Who
of Business, including:
Accenture Affinion International
Allen & Heath Alliance & Leicester Audi B2B Communications BAE
Systems B&Q Barclays Bank Bohle Ltd Bona Sera (Istanbul,
Turkey) Braemar Seascope British Army British Home Stores
British Institute of Technology & E-commerce Burton Menswear
Butlins Cadogen Canary Wharf Shopping Centre Carlson Wagonlit
David Lloyd e-Market2 Estιe Lauder Fountain Court Chambers
Kleeneze Europe Land Rover LastMinute.com London 2012 British
Olympic Committee Mines & Money Awards O2 Porsche Pret a
Manger PricewaterhouseCoopers Royal Air Force Royal Navy Sabre
Europe Sainsbury's Southampton Airport The Annual Rail awards
Unleashed PR Utell Hotels and Resorts Wallop Defence Systems
"David was really
professional. We had many overseas
customers there, as well as members of our trade press, and everyone was
delighted with his act - each table gave him applause as he went round
to them. I found the magic amazing - he's very skilful! I'd definitely
Trying to impress a new client? Looking to
entertain an existing client or to impress an overseas one? Hoping to
gain the approval of a potential investor? Just wanting a relaxing
time after a long seminar?
Whatever your hospitality plans, why not include a touch of intimate,
very special magical entertainment? Very often, I'm asked to perform
as a table magician, enthralling
guests (between courses if that suits you best) with a subtle blend of
humour and close up magic.
Over the years, I've undertaken
for many of the UK's largest blue chip companies performing magic in
so many different environments, ranging from a handful of guests
seated at a private dining table to being in front of thousands of
guests at a banquet in the Grand Hall at the Dorchester Hotel in Park
If you'd like to discuss your requirements, please do get in touch. I
promise you and your clients an unforgettable evening.
Product Launches, Trade Shows and Crowd
If you're launching a
new product and you're looking for something completely different, why
not try a bit of magic?
A magician's skills are always guaranteed to gather a crowd whether
that be around your product, outside your shop or at your trade show.
It also works remarkably well by providing a subtle, 'ambient'
entertainment around your showroom for a new launch.
I've used my magician's skills in this way for companies such as O2,
Audi, Land Rover, The Mall of the Emirates - Dubai, Alliance &
Leicester, British Home Stores, Burton Menswear, Sainsbury's, Canary
Wharf Shopping Centre and many more.
"We have used Dave and the team he had with him for the last couple
years at our annual Awards night and he has been fabulous!
We have around 500 staff attend and everyone that saw them thought
they were great, hence the reason we bring them back each year!
I would definitely recommend Dave to any function you have!"
Annual Dinners, Summer Balls, Charity Balls and
Christmas Awards Ceremonies, Parties
Christmas Party? Annual
Award Ceremony? Summer Ball?
Every business will at some time need to host a prestigious function.
The Champagne reception and 3-course meal, guest speaker, awards and
but why not 'break the mould' and surprise everyone with a really
special and very different evening? That's exactly what will happen
with my close up magic show. Your staff or guests will remember and
talk about the event for months afterwards.
I'll mix and mingle with your guests during the reception drinks,
breaking the ice and setting the mood for the evening. There are
always plenty of 'wows' and laughter. Then, between courses at dinner,
I'll visit each table and perform a 'personal'
close up magic show,
using sleight of hand, very clever pick-pocketing and some Derron
Brown style mind reading.
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"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for your performance at our
charity ball on Saturday. All of our guests have commented on how
brilliant you were and I can assure you, you were the sole topic of
conversation at the breakfast tables in the hotel on Sunday morning!"
Open Days and Opening Ceremonies
Making sure your company day is one to
remember can be beneficial in so many ways, whether to impress
clients, visitors or staff family members.
Whatever the location - grounds, office, shop floor or warehouse, my
skills as a wandering or strolling magician will come in to play. I
will mix and mingle effortlessly with your guests, delighting and
entertaining them wherever they are.
I've performed magic at airport lounge openings, performed on shop
floors, toured call centres and even performed in the cramped
conditions of a Royal Navy ship's engine room!
I can even build your "corporate message" into the performance, or
introduce your products as part of the magic show.
hails open day as a 'magic event'
any good magic show, audience participation is the key to a
spectacular performance and this was certainly the case at
Bohle's latest customer open day, seeing the company conjure up
another array of exciting activities and demonstrations to
mesmerize even the most sceptical of minds.
Spellbinding the visitors was clearly the order of the day with
guests entertained by the extraordinary skills of close-up
magician David Bonsall whose skills 'wowed' his captive audience.
With perfect sleight of hand Bohle showcased its wide and
extensive range of.....
Extract from Glass and Glazier Magazine
"Many thanks again for a
superb evening of magic I know you wowed a load of people and Im
extremely grateful. My boss declared the evening a great success so many
thanks for your part in making that happen."
Need more than one Corporate Magician?
Some events are so big,
they exceed the capacity of one magician on his own!
I'm asked regularly to perform at very large corporate events and I
have built up an impressive list of fellow magicians, all of
outstanding ability, whom I can call upon. It means I can provide
entertainment for up to 1,000 guests.
Generally speaking, one magician can entertain around 10 tables or 100
guests in about 2-3 hours.
Although I work mainly in Central London, I regularly entertain
further a field in locations such as Birmingham, Oxford, Northampton,
Portsmouth, Southampton and as far away as Scotland and
internationally when required. Some of the venues I have performed in
as a corporate magician include:
Arusha Hotel, Tanzania
BAFTA, Piccadilly Blenheim Palace Grosvenor House Hotel, London Hilton Metropole,
London House of Lords Inner Temple Hall, Temple Kempinski 5*
Hotel, Dubai Langham Hotel, London No5 Cavendish, London Novotel
London West Parker Macmillans, London Rembrandt Hotel, London
Revolution Bar, Soho Riverbank Park Plaza, London Ruby Blue Bar,
Leicester Square Savoy Hotel, London The Blue Pumpkin, London
The Botanist on the Green, Kew The Brewery, London The De Vere
Belfry, Sutton Coldfield The Eve Club, London The Hurlingham Club,
London The Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Norfolk The London Darbar,
Essex The Mall of the Emirates, Dubai The Park Lane Hilton, London
The Press House, London The RAC Club, Pall Mall The Rocket
Complex, London The Royal Horseguards, Whitehall The Venue,
Birmingham The Volt, London Vinopolis, London Woburn Abbey
"I just wanted to say a huge thank
you for your amazing entertainment on Saturday night... every single
person there said how much they enjoyed it (a few of them couldn't
talk on Sunday morning because they were still laughing so much!), and
I know you will be a talking point for ages!"
Magicians are earning rave reviews from businesses planning the
perfect corporate event. John Hill meets a few who've wowed the
crowds in the Wharf.
I MET two people in hotel bars recently. The first one stole my
ring, and the second bent a fork and made my five pound note
Most of the time, that's a sign that you're drinking with the
wrong crowd. But these guys are in demand with multi-billon
pound companies from Canary Wharf to Dubai.
David Bonsall and Jamie Raven are professional magicians. While
most of their fellow craftsmen might see this kind of gig as a
hobby, they're pulling in enough bookings to pay the bills. And
an increasing number of them are coming from businesses looking
for the ideal entertainment for clients or parties. So
thankfully they can afford to give back the jewellery when they
make it vanish.
David became an full-time magician five years ago after a spell
in the Royal Marines. The south coast performer was once an
Olympic hopeful for Scotland in the decathlon, but injury lured
him towards the art of illusion.
He said: "I started magic at 10, and was performing part time at
the age of 17. I had a back injury and the only thing I really
knew was magic, so I thought I'd give it a go.
"It's definitely a business. It's not just a hobby you can make
money out of. You really have to market yourself. Most
professional magicians spend about 90 per cent of our time
finding the work, and communicating on the phone and the
computer. You need the discipline to get up at 8am and spend all
day working, because it's easy to turn on the TV or go out with
"It's almost like the magic is a part-time thing, because you
spend so much time getting the work in."
David met me at the Marriott's Manhattan bar in West India Quay
on the way to a booking in Surrey, but he's wowed crowds at
Wharf-based bank Barclays, Canada Place mall and The O2 arena.
He's noticed a steady rise in corporate bookings in recent
He said: "It's a different environment. I find people at
corporate gigs are much more relaxed, and don't spend their
entire time trying to catch you out.
"Five or six years ago corporate events made up about five to 10
per cent of work. Now it's about 60 per cent.
"People are realising the potential of magic as an ice-breaking
tool, getting the guests in the right frame of mind and
impressing the clients.
"I'm very much a mix and mingle magician. You've got to be a
people person for that. I spend a lot of time reading books on
body language and the art of conversation. Some people can be
very intimidating, and when you interrupt a group of people
networking you've got to be their best friend within about two
close friends with London-based magician Jamie Raven, who met me
the following day ......
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Extract from London's Wharf newspaper
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