Close Up Magician as seen on TV

Close Up Magician

Hire Nick Rushton Close Up Magician

Nick Rushton is a professional close-up magician who performs close-up and walk-around magic at events and parties with a twist. His unique blend of ‘close up magic’ combined with his friendly character ensures he is the perfect addition to your event, party or function.

Nick has been a working professional for over 20 years and during this time has picked up several top prestigious awards and accolades. He has made numerous TV appearances and has hundreds of 5-star comments on Facebook, Google and on this website too.

Close Up Magician

Award-Winning Magician As Seen On TV

So what does this mean for you?

It means you are in safe hands when booking Nick Rushton for your wedding, party or event! Nick has been recognised as one of the Worlds top performers from a very young age, and he continues to update and improve his skills with new and unique routines to keep the performance fresh.

Reasons To Book Magician Nick Rushton For Your Event:

  • Amazing sleight of hand and visual close-up magic that you will talk about for years after the event!
  • Magic is the perfect ice breaker
  • Fast, exciting modern magic
  • Quick, friendly help and advice from the first enquiry right through to the event
  • Over 20 years of professional experience
  • Award winning magician
  • Audience participation that Nick includes as part of the fun gets everyone involved
  • Unique high impact close up magic routines, including Mind Reading and Pickpocket Magic too
  • Family entertainment that’s suitable for all ages. No bad language or inappropriate jokes

Events Perfect For Hiring Close Up Magicians

Close-up magic is perfect for a vast range of events, as it is self-contained and flexible. It can be performed virtually any time, anywhere. Mix and mingle or at tables, it’s the perfect way to liven up your Party, Wedding, or Corporate Event.

Wedding Magician | Top Class Wedding Entertainment

Nick has worked as a close up magician at thousands of weddings over his long and enjoyable career. It is always an honour to perform on such a special day. The level of trust, rapport and friendship that Nick develops with the bride and groom is amazing. It is always a real pleasure to work as a magician at weddings, even after 20 years!

Popular times to book Nick as your wedding magician:

  1. A close up magician for entertainment during the drinks reception and photos
  2. Table magic for entertainment in between courses of the wedding breakfast
  3. Book a professional magician after the speeches and meal, to bridge the gap from daytime events to the evening party
  4. Book a wedding magician as part of the evening entertainment (usually in a quiet bar area or side room if the disco or band are loud!)

Make your wedding day magical, get in touch today!

Private Party Close Up Magician

Close up magic is excellent for Private Parties, including milestone birthdays and anniversaries. There are numerous different effects that can be used to enhance the celebrations for your guests.

For example, party magician Nick can perform a routine of close up magic tricks designed especially for the birthday person and will give away unique souvenirs such as signed cards, bent, twisted forks and more.

Mix and mingle magic is ideal entertainment for small groups and parties, through to larger gatherings, both indoors and out.

If you have any questions about booking a party magician, please get in touch with Nick today.

Close Up Magician For Corporate Events

Corporate events make up a large number of events that Nick attends each week. From award ceremonies and product launches to small exclusive dinners and large team building events.

Nick is able to tailor his close up act for your event so that it fits with your theme and message of the evening. He has a vast amount of corporate experience as well as many references from well-known companies such as those listed below:

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“Amazing close up magician. Highly Recommended!”
Lee Johnson – Booked as a close up magician – Facebook Review

“Totally Brilliant! We saw Nick at a Golden Wedding Celebration, he entertained and amazed all the guests, regardless of their age with his close hand magic. Thoroughly recommended! “
Lee Murison – Booked as a close up magician for a Golden Wedding Anniversary – Facebook Review

“Nick performed on Saturday 4th August at my daughters 21st birthday party. He had everyone mesmerised with his close up magic and left them talking about it for hours after. A truly talented guy who is also a pleasure to know. Would recommend him for any social occasion.”
Chris Clowes – Hired as a close up magician for a 21st birthday party – Facebook Review

“Nick was phenomenal at our wedding at The Ashes, Endon. I honestly cannot recommend him high enough. He was worth every single penny and most definitely money well spent. He was a huge talking point on the day and still continues to be now. His talent, wit and professionalism is absolutely outstanding. Nick mingled with our guests during our drinks with the intention for him to help break the ice with the families.

He most certainly did this and exceeded our expectations massively. All our guests commented and were completely flabbergasted and impressed with his magical performance and the added comedy value incorporated was hilarious. I’ve had so many comments since the wedding about how unbelievable Nick was and even now I am completely dumbfounded as to how he did some of the tricks. Just phenomenal. Thank you again Nick for playing such a special part in our day, James and Steph Barker.”
Stephanie Barker – Wedding close up magician – Facebook Review

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Award-Winning Close Up Magician

Magic Circle

The Magic Circle

“Young Magician Of The Year”

World Magic Awards

The World Magic Awards

“Best Young Performer”

International Brotherhood of Magicians

International Brotherhood Of Magicians

“British Junior Magical Champion”

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Top Tips For Booking Or Hiring Close up Magicians

If you are looking to hire a close-up magician and have searched Google, Bing etc for the perfect entertainer, it is important to keep in mind that although a magicians’ website may look fancy, the performance may not live up to your expectations!

Many magicians advertise as “award winning” but the awards they have actually won are not prestigious or fiercely contested! Also being a member of “The Magic Circle” can be misleading as there are many smaller local magic clubs and groups which are not THE Magic Circle, which is actually based in London.

The best advice is to always take a look through lots of independent reviews (not just 1 or 2) and watch unedited “live” video footage to get a good idea of what you’ll actually get on the day at the event. That way you can be sure the magicians style will suit your event and your guests. Also get in touch to have a conversation by phone or email to chat about your requirements.

Nick is on hand to answer any questions relating to hiring a close up magician – you’ll find him to be very friendly, polite, helpful and knowledgeable as well as being professional and efficient too.

How To Book Nick As Your Close Up Magician

The first step is to get in touch to check your event date is available and get an exact quote from Nick. Planning early is always best as popular dates do get booked up quickly.

Bookings are all confirmed in writing using a unique, secure and easy to use online booking system which is “paper free”. Nick has public liability insurance through his Equity Membership which is required for a magician by many of the venues across the UK.

So if you are arranging anything from a small private house gathering, a wedding all the way through to a huge high profile corporate event with 1000’s guests – please get in touch to see if Nick Rushton can perform close up magic for you!

Magician FAQ’s

So what exactly is close up magic?

Close-up magic has been around for many years – Nick actually started entertaining with close-up magic over 20 years ago when there were only a few really good close up magicians working full time! 

Made popular by David Blaine, Dynamo and the magicians who have done so well on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent, a close-up magician is now one of the most requested entertainers available for hire. There are more “magicians” now than ever before advertising on the internet, offering a vast variety of skill level, professionalism and experience.

How long do I book?

Close up magicians usually provide entertainment at events for around two hours to three hours and perform sleight of hand visual magic using cards, coins and other small objects to amaze everyone present. 

Magic is a very flexible form of entertainment when performed up close, either mix and mingle or at dinner tables and can slot in during drinks, between courses or as part of the evening entertainment. In fact close-up magicians very often work in usual places too – on buses, boats, in the middle of a field, you name it!

Although close up magicians used to use mainly playing cards for the majority of the magic they perform, times have now moved on to to perform fantastic magic with everyday objects and borrowed items such as phones, rings, cutlery and more. Top magicians like Nick now include mind reading (PIN numbers etc) and pickpocket magic too – stealing watches wallets and phones while performing magic creates a lot of fun and laughter

What are the different types of close up magician

Just as every singer has their own style and can put a different spin on the same song, close up magicians each have their own style of performance.

Old school magicians may have a more traditional style with longer more drawn out card tricks and routines with lots of chat (patter) and scripted / cheesy jokes and gags. Paul Daniels is a fantastic example of a traditional magician.

In contrast, some magicians and mind readers especially are very serious (David Blaine style) and ask guests to believe that it’s real magic being perfromed, or that mind reading is real and is possible(!), whereas others like Nick tend to keep it more lighthearted and fun.

Nick Rushton’s performance includes outstanding illusions performed right under your nose, hitting guests with high end, highly skillful and visually amazing magic. His approach is very lighthearted, brilliant fun and nobody is ever made to feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. 

When magic is coupled with quick-witted comedy one-liners and improvised natural jokes, it is guaranteed to thoroughly entertain all ages. When you book Nick, you’ll soon come to realise he is certainly one of the very best close up magicians in the UK.

Close up magician Routine includes …

♥ Sleight of hand card magic – far from anything you will have seen before!

♣ Fantastic visual magic with coins.

♦ Visual, fast paced “Dynamo” and “David Blaine” magic.

♠ Mind reading – PIN numbers, names, places and anything else “thought of” is revealed.

♥ Fork and spoon bending, Uri Gellar style.

♣ Comedy magic with borrowed £10 / £20 notes (and £50’s!)

♦ Pickpocket magic and watch stealing (don’t worry though – everything “borrowed” is given back!).

♠ Magic with borrowed phones and borrowed objects

♥ Plus much, much more.

When is the best time for a close up magician to perform?

Most clients choose to hire a close up magician during an arrival drinks, at tables between courses of a meal or as part of the evening entertainment.

At weddings it is very popular to book the time slot after the meal but before the evening disco / band gets into full swing to keep daytime guests happy and add a highlight where there would otherwise be a lull.

What is the Magic Circle?

Is a Magic Society based in London founded in 1905. Candidates must first qualify for membership by passing a performance test or producing a written thesis on magic. There is also a junior club called the Young Magicians Club.

Types Of Events Suitable For Close- Up Magicians

Corporate Events:

♥ Awards Nights
♣ Conferences & Seminars
♦ Corporate Golf Days
♠ Barbecues
♥ Business Meetings / Lunches
♣ Family Fun Days
♦ Christmas Parties
♠ Charity Fund Raisers
♥ Black Tie Events / Balls
♣ Team Building Events
♦ Staff / Departmental Parties
♠ Tradeshows & Exhibitions
♥ Drinks receptions

Private Events / Parties

* Birthday Party
* Wedding Anniversary
* Barbecues
* Family Lunch
* Christmas Party
* Black Tie Event
* Charity Ball
* Christenings
* Engagement Celebration
* Summer Ball
* University Ball
* Beer Festival
* Surprise Parties

More Private Events

* Dinner Parties
* Garden Parties
* Cocktail Parties
* Fundraisers
* Housewarming Parties
* Farewell / Retirement Events
* House Parties
* New Years Eve and New Years Day Celebrations
* Halloween Events
* Weddings
* Plus many other special occasions.

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