Archive for the ‘Private Parties’ Category
I have been rather preoccupied of late…
On 12th September my wife gave birth to a second beautiful baby son, Edward. With a 20 month old and a 2 month old, life in the Hudson household has been incredibly busy; yet in between nappy changes and midnight feeds (yes, I get up, too), I have managed to squeeze in a few adult and family magic shows to earn some much needed pennies to pay for my rapidly growing family. Following are a few “thank yous” from some of those bookings:
“We have used Dan now on several occasions, most recently at a 40th birthday party. Dan Hudson Magic is mesmerizing. The tricks are amazing and simply magic! Dan is hilarious to be around, charming and very witty and he always lights up a crowd!” Melanie Duggan – Husband’s 40th Birthday Party October 2011
“It was a great night – thank you! Everyone was talking about you so all good! I’m still trying to figure out how my signed card got in the envelope!!” Lindsey Hawkins – Husband’s Surprise 40th Birthday Party October 2011
“The day was a huge success; we could not have asked for better. Your magic and caberet were a perfect addition and were greatly appreciated. Keep October 2021 free in your diary for our 60th!” Paul Reevey – 50th Anniversary Party October 2011
“This is the second year we have used you for our graduate training dinner and as last year, it was brilliant and funny. I am still amazed and confused as to how you made a ring disappear and reappear on car keys…right next to me. Everyone was talking about your magic into the evening, along with the standing ovation you received. We look forward to seeing you again next year.” Krupa Shah – Price Waterhouse Coopers’ Graduate Training Dinner November 2011
Many thanks to all those who take the time to express their thanks and while I absolutely love amazing people with card tricks and the like, nothing quite compares to this…
…now that really is Magic!!
Tags: 40th Birthday Party, 50th anniversary, anniversary party, caberet, Close-up Magic, close-up magician, family magician, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Surprise Birthday Party
Posted in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Comedy Magician, Corporate Magic, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Private Parties, Professional Magician, Surrey |
“The Yattendon Estate in Berkshire is the amalgamation of several smaller estates acquired by the first Lord Iliffe between 1925 and 1940. In 1955, Yattendon Estate was formed to hold the land and run the in-hand farms. Yattendon Farms was amalgamated with the Estates company in 1975 and on 1st January 2003, the entire business became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yattendon Group. Today, it represents a total of nearly 3,629 hectares divided between in-hand farms, let farms, woodlands, Christmas tree areas, let small holdings and grazings.” Yattendeon Estates Website: Yattendon.co.uk
Over the summer I was very pleased to entertain families who live and work on the estate at a family fun evening arranged by the Estate Manager. I was also very pleased to receive the following testimonial:
” Dan Hudson / Fred in the Shed provided a very enjoyable and highly entertaining evening at our annual staff party. The family party had an age range from 3 to 70 years old and Dan’s range of tricks and magic kept everyone amused all evening. I would highly recommend him.
Paul Sedgwick, MD Yattendon Estates Ltd”
I was delighted to be asked to perform an hour of close-up magic for Dan and Jo at their home in Earley, Bershire. The weather was certainly on their side and guests were able to mingle in the garden, enjoying the late Spring sunshine.
Dan was kind enough to email the following message and sequence of photographs:
“Thank you for giving us such a great start to our special evening. Your brilliant magic skills and your ability to connect so quickly and so well with the party goers was a real recipe for success. All the guests were amazed by your magic and also commented on your wit, sense of fun, and excellent banter that made a real difference . The environment that you created for us made sure that the rest of the evening was a resounding success. I will be recommending you as often as possible.” Dan Ingwell
Recently I performed 90 minutes of Close-up magic and a 30 minute Caberet show at a 50th birthday party in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. The fancy dress event was a great deal of fun and I was delighted to receive the following testimonial and fun sequence of photographs from the birthday girl’s husband:
“We hired Dan for my wife’s 50th fancy dress birthday party and he did not let us down. Not only was his magic stunning, but he is a really nice bloke; and just seemed to fit in with the party perfectly. Thanks Dan, you really helped the evening become something special.” Andrew Spratley
This fun sequence of shots was taken last week at Melanie J’s party at the Coppid Beech Hotel, Binfield, Berkshire.
Many happy returns, Mel!
Happy Birthday also to: Paul F in Ascot, Ashley C in Woodley and Jennifer R in Crowthorne who have all celebrated their special birthdays recently.
It is always extremely satisfying to leave an event, be that performing as a Wedding Magician, Mix and Mingle Magician, Party Magician or Table Magic, with the sincere thanks and appreciation of the client and their guests. Even more of an ego boost is receiving further thanks in writing. Here are some quotes from emails and letters I have recently received performing as a comedy magician at various events:
‘Everyone had a great time at the masked ball on Saturday night and I would like to thank you for your part in making the evening such a success. All the people I have spoken to thought you were a great entertainer and absolutely loved the magic.’ Susanna S
‘Dan, all we want to say is…You were totally spot on, hilarious, entertaining and PERFECT! Thanks a million. Until next time…’ Heather and John
‘Thank you so much for Friday night, the evening was a huge success. The caberet was great; I don’t think North Hants Golf Club has heard so much laughter for a long time. The close up magic was amazing and finished the evening perfectly. On behalf of the members who attended, I thank you for such a wonderful evening.’ Heather B Chair Social Committee North Hants Golf Club
‘I wanted to say a massive thank you for coming to Paul’s surprise 40th birthday party at Stirrups last weekend. He had a brilliant party, and we had a great evening. We’ve had lots of people get in touch this week and everyone has said how much they enjoyed your magic. Paul is still talking about the trick where you had the card in your mouth!’ Emma F
If I can help to make your Masked Ball, Anniversary Celebration, Club Members’ Social Event or Surprise Birthday Party that little bit more magical with Close Up Magic, Mix and Mingle, Table Magic or Caberet then please do not hesitate to Contact me.
Tags: Anniversary Celebration, caberet, Close-up Magic, Club Members' Social Event, Masked Ball, Mix and Mingle, North Hant Golf Club, Stirrups Country House Hotel Berkshire, Surprise Birthday Party, Table Magic
Posted in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Comedy Magician, Hampshire, Private Parties, Professional Magician, Surrey |
I am often asked this question and usually respond with a simple Yes and, if encouraged, a subsequent explanation about how I came to be a Professional Full-time Comedy-Magician and member of The Magic Circle.
The brief version is as follows:
My apprenticeship was working for Haven Holidays as part of the Entertainments team for 5 years, followed by a further 5 years in various corporate sales guises for three IT companies. I then returned to entertainment and started working for myself as a full-time magician and entertainer 9 years ago. (more…)
Many congratulations to Billie and Trevor who were married last week at The Mill House, Swallowfield. I was delighted to perform my family comedy-magic caberet show to all of the guests; Bride and Groom, Grandparents and Children alike and it got me thinking…
Whilst the strolling and close-up magic I show to adults is complex and intricate and can prove difficult for children to follow let alone comprehend, it is important to me that the magic I show to children still creates that same sense of awe and wonder in the adults watching.