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Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre

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As a magician its very important to constantly find the opportunity to keep performing. The only way a magician can hone in an act, polish routines and be constructively criticised is by performing for the lay public regularly. The life of a magician can be very lonely as so much practice and study is done in private and it surprises me to learn how many magicians in the industry hardly ever perform for lay people.  I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform every week in Bath, England at Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre

The shows run every Friday and Saturday at 8pm Upstairs at the Ale House Pub. Its only 10 pounds a ticket which can be purchased in advance here OR at the door. Its a small theatre and we can only hold 35 people but the intimacy adds to the atmosphere and the quality of magic that we do. We do suggest an age limit of 10+ as magic is not just for kids.

Krowd Keepers is my weekly venue where I can play, try new magic out, and perform constantly to lovely lovely audiences. I hope to see you there sometime soon.

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Posing on the stage at Krowd Keepers Bath’s only Magic Theatre.

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Audience having a fantastic time watching magicians perform at Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre

 

The Next Great Magician on ITV

When I was first introduced to magic around 8-9 years ago it was during a time in my life where I was training on aerial silks, rope, and static trapeze with my colleagues at Firefly Theatre in Edmonton, AB Canada. We put together a show and I was challenged by Firefly theatre to see if I could combine magic and aerial arts together. I was a baby beginner at both art forms but decided to come up with 3 different routines using the apparatus. Its quite embarrassing to look back at the lack of technique in magic and in circus but this is what I came up with….Billy Kidd Silks & Card Trapeze

At that time I had no idea I was going to go deeper into a magical career. I also had no idea that by putting  this on youtube would generate numerous requests to perform this routine at other events and television programs in the future. I successfully avoided performing this routine for 8 years until ITV called me to be apart of a new show called The Next Great Magician on ITV in the UK. So I thought maybe its time to retrain on the Trapeze, maybe its time to finally get this over with and recreate a magical trapeze act again. So challenge #2 accepted. But wait…I totally have lost all my skills on the Trapeze. This is going to be a problem.

So I got a private coach, the wonderful Nicole A’Court Stuart at the Island circus space in Bristol and trained for 3 months. Trapeze is hard! very hard! It requires so much strength and focus. I had to redevelop calluses on my hands so I wouldn’t drop and die! I also had to learn how to speak while huffing and puffing keeping myself up while performing an already crazy magic routine with a bean coming out of my eye! To say the least I was terrified for so many different reasons.

The Next Great Magician on ITV.

Series 1 of The Next Great Magician on ITV.

 

Backstage with presenter / magician Stephen Mulhern.

Backstage with presenter / magician Stephen Mulhern.

 

Magic & Trapeze & Beans.

Magic & Trapeze & Beans.

So if you watched ITV on November 27th 2016 I am on episode 4 of The Next Great Magician hosted by the hilarious Stephen Mulhern and the beautiful Rochelle Humes. Lots of trapeze moves were edited out but at the end of the day I’m glad I took the challenge and also very glad its over. lol.

Here is a link to my performance on The Next Great Magician on ITV

Italy, Scotland, and Portugal…Oh My!

Summer is officially over!  After performing in China for a month I had the opportunity to continue my mostly new/non english speaking street show for Masters of Magic in Turin Italy. We toured to small villages in the mountains around Italy and performed for the tourists and locals. It was great fun filled with even greater food. It was my first time performing magic in Italian and I had to learn quickly. I love taking on the challenge of performing my show in foreign languages.
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After Italy I flew straight to Edinburgh Scotland for the Fringe Festival. This festival is a beast. Its very very hard work, long hours and lots of competition. If you are a street performer who wants to perform at the Fringe please do  your homework. Its a tough one for so many different reasons. All in all a good laugh and great to see so many amazing shows and meet up with old and new friends. img_0714

After Edinburgh, a quick week off performing at Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre in Bath and then off to Portugal for the 20th Anniversary of Encontros Magicos. This is a fantastic magic festival and it had been 7 years since I was last there. Luis de Matos and team are simply amazing to work for. Every day I was performing shows in the streets of Coimbra along with other magicians from all around the world. It was a great brain switch from learning Chinese, to Italian, to Scottish, to Portuguese.
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Performing in China

For the month of July 2016 I had the opportunity to perform in China. I was doing daily shows in a funny looking theatre in a city called Chengde.  It was my first time doing a completely silent magic act!  I’m usually a very verbal act on stage so this was quite a big challenge for me. I’m happy to say that everything worked! Although I think I prefer to speak on stage:) Hoping to go back and perform in China again soon. Thanks to all the people of China who came to watch our show in Chengde.

Before my last show in China I took to the local sights of SledgeHammer Rock. Beautiful!

Our interesting looking theatre in Chengde China. British Magic Show every night of July.

In between magic shows I took a hike to the Great Wall of China.

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