Prestidigitation, or sleight of hand magic as it’s more commonly known, is the foundation on which all close-up magic is based.
The word ‘sleight’ is a combination of an old English word ‘sleghth’ meaning cunning and skill, and the Norse word ‘sloeght’ meaning sly. When performing sleight of hand magic, magicians use their dexterity to skilfully make things happen without their audiences realising what’s going on – it’s this surprise element that makes what we do seem like magic.
Whilst a seasoned professional magician will make a trick look effortless and easy, it actually takes a lot of practice to get to this stage. When I was learning my trade, I’d spend hours and hours and hours getting the tricks right. And I still practise a lot even now to ensure my performances are always nothing less than dazzling!
I’m booked to perform my sleight of hand, close-up magic on a regular basis all year round at weddings, birthday parties and corporate events.
The great thing about sleight of hand magic is that it appeals to people of all ages. I enjoy the rapt attention of people aged from 2 to 92 (or possibly older). Magic is a great entertainment option for occasions where there is likely to be a variety of ages and personalities – this is why so many happy couples hire me to sprinkle some magic at their wedding.
I’m always thrilled by the amazed looks and big smiles on people’s faces when they watch me perform – if you want to see them for yourself, click here to check out my video channel!
Sleight of hand magic is also an excellent way to entertain people at corporate events. When you’re bringing together so many people with different interests and outlooks, finding entertainment that the majority will enjoy is an almost impossible task. Having a close-up magician doing table magic or entertaining small groups of guests at the drinks reception is bound to lead to high scores on the feedback forms!
So if you want add magic to your corporate event, wedding or birthday party, contact me to find out more about what I do.