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Perspective and empathy

Every event I go to, I try my very best to embrace and gauge the atmosphere appropriately. Clearly a formal diamond wedding anniversary celebration will have a different ambience than that of an 18th birthday party. Empathising with the group of guests I perform to and trying to understand how I would feel if I were interrupted in a conversation, is something I am always aware of. I pride myself on having a polite but confident approach. Certainly, when performing at academic conferences, I interrupt conversations that are deep and meaningful and I am mindful of this. I also try my best to understand how the orangiser of the event must be feeling. Apprehensive, with lots of things to remember and organise.
Weddings are no exception and are among the best events to perform at. However, it wasn’t until I actually got married myself that I could truly understand how people feel on their wedding day.
Typically for a wedding, I recommend some magic during any drinks reception, followed by some table magic in between the courses of the wedding breakfast. 9 time out of 10 I will perform for the head table after the main course and in the lead up to the speeches. The logic is that they are more relaxed and settled by the time I get to their table. However, on my own wedding day the 3 people making speeches (myself included) were nervous. Would I have liked to have seen a magician at this point when I am concerned about remembering certain anecdotes and thank you’s for the day? Probably not.
I have learnt a lot from the experience of organising my own wedding day and I genuinely feel I understand the day and industry better than before. I guess it’s all part of the experience as I strive to improve my performance and ability as a magician.

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Stage performance

Alongside the close up magic, I also perform in a stage act with a colleague called Richard Young. We have been performing on stage together for a few years now and we have just finished a run of shows in Oxford City Centre.
Stage Magic is an entirely different performance style to the close up magic that I perform at Weddings and private parties. I’m passionate about both stage and close up magic. Both are brilliant fun to perform!

Close Up Showreel coming soon....

So, it’s the most anticipated new release in cinematic history.

I have started the process of producing a new Close Up Magic Showreel. I am having it filmed by a brilliant dynamic company called FX Media, who are based in Oxford. This hotly anticipated blockbuster is due for release in the next 2 months, so contain the excitement until then.

Sam Strange and Richard Young perform together for Penn & Teller. Can you guess how they managed this trick.

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