When lockdown was announced back in March my entire years work was immediately cancelled. I'm used to performing at events with hundreds of guests, travelling all over the world, mixing and mingling with endless people. I could see no way that I'd be working for the rest of the year. Within days though past clients were contacting me to ask if I could perform for them virtually over Zoom. Fortunately I had a virtual show which I'd performed for a corporate event a few years previously so with a few tweaks and a crash course in using Zoom, microsoft teams, google hangouts etc, I was ready to go. Since then I've performed hundreds of virtual shows for family groups, corporate team meetings and parties. This got me thinking what else is out there. I wanted to find genuinely interactive entertainment that the viewer could actually take part in, otherwise you may as well just be watching TV. Here's my top 5.

5 Amazing Virtual Activities

1. Virtual Magic Show

Ok, so I'm starting off with some blatant and quite shameless self publicity but for full audience interactivity nothing beats a magic show. My virtual show can be performed for any number of people, the minimum I've done is 2, the maximum is about 200. A show can last between 20 minutes to an hour depending upon requirements. Throughout the show the entire audience will take part in bizarre experiments of the mind and will witness mind reading, psychological illusion and unbelievable feats for mental trickery. More details can be found HERE.

2. Virtual Pub Quiz

Here's another one that's fully interactive, unless you know none of the answers. There's thousands of these online so I'm not going to link to any one in particular. Some are worldwide, others for local communities. Pour yourself a pint and after months in lockdown check that your little grey cells are still working.

3. Virtual exercise class

Ughh, My least favourite out of these 5 but probably the most important. It's a cliché to say it but I have put on weight during lockdown (or else all my suits have shrunk, that's probably it right??).  My original plan had been to take up jogging, within weeks I had managed to trip over, break my wrist and found myself with even more time on my hands/hand. This is when I discovered online classes. Most of these are free and with hundreds of other people taking part it gives you a little more motivation to get moving. The best thing about these classes is that afterwards you don't feel so guilty spending the rest of the day in bed eating chocolate.

4. Virtual Book Club

Without a doubt my favourite. Many small local bookshops have a virtual book club and these are the ones we need to support. Each month a book is chosen and once or twice a month everyone gets together and discusses the book. Not only are you reading a book you may have ignored but it gives you the chance to support a local and almost certainly struggling bookshop.

5, Virtual Karaoke

Ok, I'll be honest here. The other four on this list I've tried and loved. This one is not for me. I can't sing and will never force my off key caterwauling on anyone, the world is a hard enough place as it is right now. Many friends have recommended this to me; everyone chooses a song and when it's your turn you take centre stage to the cheers and jeers of the audience. I would imagine it helps to be really drunk when doing this.


Hope these five give you a few ideas for virtual entertainment over the next few months. It won't be long now until we will all be back to normal being entertained in the real world. Until then take care of yourselves.

Edward Crawford is an award winning professional magician and mind reader. Each year he performs at over 200 events for corporate and private events. Head over to the MAIN WEBSITE for more details. In all honesty he's a bit of a hermit so the lockdown really hasn't affected his life but he has been performing a VIRTUAL SHOW for anyone who cares about that sort of thing.



Christmas is coming and usually at this time I'm preparing for my busiest month of the year. Last Christmas I performed 32 shows in 3 weeks at a combination of corporate and private Christmas parties. One week I started off in London, then a flight to Jersey, back home for shows in Bath, Portsmouth and Manchester, another flight to the Channel Islands, this time to Guernsey, flew back to Gatwick where I got a connecting flight to Paris, back home the following morning for a drive up to Liverpool followed by Milton Keynes and ending up with final show of the week back in London. Exhausting!! This year I was prepared for a Christmas period lying in bed, eating chocolate but much to my surprise bookings have been flooding in for virtual Christmas entertainment. It appears that people and companies are still going ahead with their Christmas parties but this year it will be done online. 

Online Christmas Party Entertainment

My VIRTUAL MAGIC SHOW is ideal for Christmas party entertainment as it's fully interactive. All your guests, whether it's a corporate or private party will take part in the show engaging in acts of mind reading and mental magic. Click HERE for more details about the show and click HERE for details of my Christmas shows. There are three main positives about being able to perform at virtual Christmas parties. First is cost, these shows will be considerably cheaper than my standard, real world Christmas shows. Second is location, no more driving around the country for hours on end, no matter where in the world you and your guests are I can be there and with no extra cost for travel and accommodation. Finally availability. On a good day I may be able to perform at two events if I can travel in time from one to the other. With online shows lasting between 30 minutes to an hour on average I will easily be able to perform at 5 to 10 events in an evening increasing the chance of you being able to book me. On a typical year the prime Christmas dates (Friday nights) are booked up years in advance, this year that won't be an issue.

How Does a Virtual Christmas Party Work?

Most of the questions you'll have can be answered HERE on my online magic show page but I'll summarise the basic details here. The show can take place on a number of platforms including Zoom, Microsoft teams and google hangouts. Zoom is probably the most popular and user friendly. I have a licence for Zoom so audience numbers and duration of show isn't an issue. I've performed online shows for groups as small as 2 and big as 200. As long as people have access to a computer and internet connection they can watch and take part. The show is fully interactive, everyone will take part. Sometimes the whole audience at once, other times one or two people at a time. It's a Christmas party so full audience interaction, feedback and fun are the priorities. The most common way for me to perform at events of this nature is for me to join you at some point during the party. I will introduce myself and then perform my mind reading show for your preferred duration. I'll stick around after a performance to answer any questions about the show and chat and then leave you to enjoy your party. Really it's a standard Christmas party, just virtual and no one needs to worry about getting a taxi home after or embarrassing themselves in front of their colleagues! 

Virtual Christmas Party Entertainment

Ok, that's enough of my mindless rambling. Head over to the main website for more details about what it is I do, HERE. Use the contact form to get in touch of give me a call on 07814 135569 or email info@edwardcrawford.co.uk to discuss virtual entertainment for your Christmas party.

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