Essex magician and mind reader Edward Crawford has been performing his close up and cabaret act throughout Essex for the past 15 years. The London Standard described Edward as the perfect guest at any high class gathering. Whether performing as an Essex magician at corporate events, Christmas parties, banquets, balls, or weddings, Edward’s performance is the perfect entertainment for any event. Edward is one of just a few full time professional magicians working in the UK so whether you are after an Essex Magician for close up magic, a stage show or a dinner show Edward will have the perfect act to make your event unforgettable.
Edward’s act is considerably more than your standard magic show. He specialises in demonstrating the amazing power of the human thought. Using influence, psychology and deception, Edward will read minds, influence the present, predict the future, and on occasion, will demonstrate feats of psychokineses (moving objects with the mind). It really needs to be seen to be believed. No camera trickery, everything will be performed directly in front of you. Think of an old school friend, Edward will tell you their name and what they looked like. Draw a picture, open the envelope Edward handed you before you started to draw, it’s an identical image. Take a coin out of your pocket and watch it bend! All these and more can be witnessed both in his cabaret show and in intimate close up performances.
When booking a magician it is very hard to judge whether someone is a seasoned professional or just set up in the last week with a few reviews from family and friends! You can check out Edward’s reviews HERE. To see Edward in action go to the VIDEO page or have a look at his PICTURES. In the last year Edward has set up a facebook page for past clients to leave reviews and post pictures and amateur shot video. This should give an idea of some of the 150 shows Edward performs at each year. Click HERE to take a look.
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Just wanted to say a big thank you for performing at our Christmas party. You were a huge hit and there has been a lot of discussion afterwards about how good you were and how impressed we all were. Our director is still carrying the key around with her that bent in her hand as a memento as she was so impressed and has been telling all her friends
Marks and Spencer
Just wanted to say a huge thank you!! You was amazing and blew everyone’s minds! Best magician we’ve ever had!!
Cara Dore – Twenty Twenty Television.
We had Edward perform at a private function last night for friends and family, I must say, just wow. I have had a chance to see mind reading and magic tricks in various bars and parties i have been to over the years and it is often hit and miss. With Edward however this was not the case and he managed to pull off and perform every trick, illusion and mind blowing performance with awe inspiring results and a coif, sophisticated and professional style. Thank you again Edward and anybody who is looking for entertainment and that something different that will leave guests talking of such a great night and/or event for decades to come, look no further!
The following are blogs taken from my old site. Hopefully these will give an idea of some of the events I perform at in Essex.
Someone kindly sent me a short, amateur shot video, following a performance at Friern Manor Country Hotel, Essex from a few weeks back. The sound quality isn’t the greatest but this will give you an idea of a typical close up performance. To see more professionally shot videos head over to my video page. Please get in touch if you’re after an Essex Magician for your event.
Last week I was hired to perform close up magic in Essex at a 40th birthday party in Hornchurch. The client required a close up magician to mix and mingle with her guests at a casual drinks party.
The event took place in a bar which the client had hired for the evening. There were about 100 guests. People started arriving about 7.30, I like to give people a chance to get in the door and chat to friends before I start to perform so started at 8.30. By this time everyone had a drink in hand and were settled in. It was a very casual affair so I went from group to group performing for 4 or 5 people at a time. Each group got a five to ten minute routine. I always keep things quite simple at events like this where it is quite noisy with lots of people chatting and music playing. My favourite routine for events of this nature is to ask someone to draw a picture, unseen by everyone, and then I attempt to duplicate it. Very pleased to say I had 100% success rate. I also attempted some metal bending in the hands of the guests, this is something that always freaks people out, watching your own coin bend in your hand!. I performed for about 2 hours but was waylaid by a few people on my way out who wanted to see more so I stuck around for about another 30 minutes. It was a fantastic evening, a lot of fun performing for everyone. Here’s what the client had to say:
“Thank you so much for entertaining at my party yesterday. Everyone was so impressed and left gob smacked. I will definitely keep you in mind for any corporate events and gatherings and I be telling all friends and family”
June and July are the busiest time of the year for weddings and this week alone I’ve performed at 4 of them. Thankfully it has become more popular, and cheaper, to have weddings on week days which means it’s not just Saturdays I have wedding bookings. On Wednesday I was booked to perform close up magic in Essex at the wedding of Luke and Victoria at Parklands Quendon Hall. I was booked to perform throughout the drinks reception after the ceremony (the ceremony took place at the venue). This is without a doubt the most popular period to perform at a wedding, it’s generally a bit of a dead time for a lot of people as photo’s are being taken and for those not included they may find themselves standing around aimlessly. Performing close up magic at a wedding in this period is also an excellent way to bring together people who haven’t met previously. Having your mind read is something you’re going to want to discuss with other people! As ever with weddings everything was running a bit late and the bride and groom were being dragged from place to place to have photo’s taken and I didn’t get the chance to perform for them during the drinks reception. As they had requested a performance and it was their big day I stuck around later than the time I was booked and performed for 30 minutes into the wedding breakfast. During this time I performed a special routine for the bride and groom. By this point everyone was asking me to come to their table and show them something else so I ended up staying another 30 minutes only leaving when I realised I had to get to an evening booking in London.
Sometimes turning up to a venue having no idea what type of show I’m about to perform can be the most exciting. I had been booked to perform at a 50th birthday for a small group of friends, 12 in total. They were having a meal at home and wanted entertainment after the meal. The client wasn’t sure whether a close up magician performance or a small parlour show may be best best suited. After many emails and phone calls we still hadn’t reached a conclusion so decided to make the decision on the evening. I arrived prepared to perform either type of show. The party was taking place in the clients beautiful home and it was a small intimate affair for their closest friends. As they had plenty of room I decided my parlour show would be best suited. I performed the show in 3 acts throughout the meal, between courses. This allowed the guests to stay in their seats as I performed, apart from those who were called up to assist me in demonstrations of mind reading. The show culminated in a routine performed for the client (the birthday boy) and his wife which demonstrated the natural empathy between the two, my absolute favourite routine to perform. After the parlour show I joined the guests to discuss the show, how mind reading works and to give them a few close up demonstrations. The evening was a lot of fun and I want to take this opportunity to thank Lord and Lady Abinger for the booking and for inviting me to perform at their beautiful home. Here’s what they had to say:
“Thank you for such an entertaining and thought provoking evening. The entertainment that you provided worked beautifully with our friends and in a dinner party setting. We had a chance to catch up with everyone, yet also have the inclusion of additional conversation by what we were observing. Your ability to interact with a new audience also made it a very relaxing evening. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
We appreciated your efficiency, professionalism and promptness. It was a perfect evening.”
Lord and Lady Abinger
On Saturday night I was hired to perform close up magic At The Canvey Island Yacht Club for a joint 60th birthday party. The event was a very casual drinks party. These are generally the easiest of events to perform at. People are relaxed and up for fun and it is always a delight to mix and mingle with people and read their minds! I performed for about two hours going from group to group performing a 10 minute routine each time. This way I manged to perform for each group of people 2 or 3 times. For the first routine I would start with something very simple to get an idea who I could work with easiest. I might ask people to think of a 2 digit number, I would then tell them what they were thinking of, this would then go onto asking someone to think of their PIN number, which I would reveal (secretly)! When I returned to each group I would take things further and delve further into their minds revealing thoughts, name sand places that meant things to people.
The whole evening was a lot of fun and the party goers seemed to love my performance. Huge thanks to Maureen, Les for the booking. If you’re after a close up magician in Essex for your party please get in touch.
Last weekend I was hired to perform during the wedding breakfast of a wedding at Maiden Barn in Essex. This is probably my favourite time to perform at a wedding as I have everyone seated on one place and everyone is very relaxed and up for some entertainment. I performed for 2 hours going from table to table, each table would have a 10 minute performance at a time. At each table I would read minds and predict the actions of the guests. I also tired out a new routine which includes a mild hypnotic induction in which the person participating loses the strength to lift light items off a table and ultimately finds the strength to bend a solid steel nail. A lot of fun to see something I have been working on for months work very successfully.
Here’s what the bride and groom had to say in an email received today:
“Just to say a massive thank you for being a part of our wedding at Maidens Barn a couple of weeks ago. We didn’t really know what to expect, but were amazed by your performance and all our guests equally impressed. The final trick you did with us was just incredible and we’re still a bit in shock! (a few guests thought we’d rehearsed it with you!)” Mike and Ali
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Edward will mix with your guests, whether seated or standing, engaging them in intimate displays of his stunning mind reading and contemporary magic.
A wedding magician in Essex is the perfect way to entertain your guests with a truly astonishing and unforgettable performance during the quiet periods of the day
Edward specialises in creating unique corporate entertainment in Essex for events including dinner and cocktail parties, team building days, trade shows and awards ceremonies.
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Edward’s stage show combines amazing demonstrations of mind reading with humour, all the while ensuring that the audience get to participate throughout the entire show.
A combination of the theatrics of a stage show whilst allowing Edward to interact with each of your guests, making the whole performance far more intimate and personal.