Birmingham Magician Dodmoor House

Birmingham Magician at Dodmoor House

Birmingham Magician at Dodmoor House

Birmingham Magician at Dodmoor House

Another new venue for me today, Dodmoor House in Northants.And what a gorgeous venue it is!!

Lauren sadly had to postpone from 2020, but  had a lovely  intimate wedding of 30 guests. 

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It was a beautiful sunny day. Everyone was sat in the lovely Courtyard when I arrived. I was booked for the lull after the wedding breakfast,  and before the evening reception. So it was magic in the sunshine in the beautiful Courtyard. It was also the perfect setting for the Bride and Groom Trick, as you can see !!

They had originally also booked me to do 20 mins stand up magic. However Lauren and I recognised everyone was having a great time sat in the sun, and more close up magic was the order of the day.

 

For more information about me performing at weddings, download may brochure here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2022-magician-brochure.pdf

Fore more info about the fabulous Dodmoor House see their website here https://www.dodmoorhouse.co.uk

The remaining 2021 summer dates are nearing pretty much full. There are a few dates left , but they are going quickly. Similarly 2022 is now filling up very quick. At the time of writing I have 50 booked in for 2022, so please be quick 🙂

 

Birmingham Magician at Hyde House

Birmingham Magician at Hyde House

Birmingham Magician at Hyde House

Birmingham Magician at Hyde House

My second wedding back post lockdown was at a new venue for me, the beautiful Hyde House in The Cotswolds. It was gloriously sunny day for Katie and Karl, which added to the beauty of the day

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I was booked to do mix and mingle magic for the “lull” between the wedding breakfast and the evening. It was meeting the bride and her mum at a Wedding fayre that got the booking. The couple has also booked for some stand up magic, but it was decided it was too hot to have guests back inside!

I was also booked as a surprise for Karl. Thus meant it was the first appearance of the year of the “clumsy duty manager”. It was a good laugh and Karl fell for it totally.

Outside it was lovely to mingle with the guests, and all were a great laugh. I did my Special Happy Couple tricks outside, and you can see the reaction they got. The wedding was captured by both White Stag Wedding Photography, and Stark Weddings Videography. Ill very much look forward to seeing their imagery in due course!

 

For more information about me performing at weddings, you can download my brochure here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2022-magician-brochure.pdf

Whitestag weddings can be found here https://whitestagweddings.com

Stark Weddings can be found here https://www.stark-weddings.co.uk

 

 

Bordesley Park Magic with Owen Strickland

Bordesley Park Magic With Owen Strickland

Bordesley Park Magic With Owen Strickland

Bordesley Park Magic With Owen Strickland

It was amazing to do my first post lockdown wedding at Bordesley Park. Rachel and Loz were kindly recommended to me by the Venue itself. They were originally due to get married in February, but lockdown restrictions sadly didn’t allow it. However it was soon May, and what a great wedding it was 

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They booked me for my Special Covid Restricted package. This is where I do 60 minutes of mis and mingle magic, followed by a 20 minute stand up show to the whole room. This really works well after the wedding breakfast, as sadly DJ’s and dancing are not allowed. 

The tables were all great fun, and of course I performed my Special Happy Couple Tricks. Rachel and Loz loved both of these, and the mementoes they got to keep. It was then time for the stand up act, which involved a few of the guests. Of course, it ended with The Happy Couple themselves taking centre stage!!

 

 

 

For more info about Bordesley Park see their website here https://www.bordesleypark.co.uk

To download my wedding brochure please see here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2022-magician-brochure.pdf

There is still some availability for this year, but dates are literally running out fast. I have 35 weddings across July/Sugust, so its a busy time. 2022 is also filling up fast with all the postponements from this year and last. So if you are thinking, please dont leave it and then be disappointed!!

 

The Wedding Industry Awards Magician of The Year 2021

Birmingham Magician Wins National Award

Birmingham Magician Wins National Award

Birmingham Magician Wins National Award. 

I am delighted to announce I have won the Very Prestigious Award of The Wedding Industry Awards National Magician Of The year 2021.This was announces last week on a Live event across Youtube. Usually this is a large and glamorous event at Cafe De Paris In London. Sadly, die to current lockdown restrictions, this event couldn’t go ahead this year.

This is a video of me winning on the night http://https://youtu.be/7O376bF2Fj0

About The Awards 

The Wedding Industry Awards is THE best awards there is in The Wedding Industry. Its the one that every supplier  wants to win.

To enter, it involves submitting a number of photos and videos of you performing at weddings in the past 12 months. You also have to answer a series of questions about your experiences over the last 12  months. Things like weddings done, trends etcetera. Then you ask Couples whose wedding you have performed at, to submit a review and a series of scores. These are then viewed by a set of judges who are experts in the industry.

This is the one of my lovely reviews that was read out on the night 

The Wedding Industry Awards Magician of The Year 2021

Suppliers deemed suitable then go forward to The Regional Finals which were held in November. I was fortunate to be the Midlands Region Winner, which was the Third time I have won. 

The Regional winners then go forward to the National Final which was last week. I was up against 5 top class magicians who are all very weak known in the industry, so I was genuinely thrilled and honoured to win,

The Wedding Industry Awards Magician of The Year 2021

The Wedding Industry Awards Magician of The Year 2021 Owen Strickland

 

After a really tough 12 months , where I had 70 weddings either cancel or postpone, it was thrilling to have this amazing news.

 

For more details of my performing at weddings, see my weddings page here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

To see my directory listing on TWIA website, see here https://directory.the-wedding-industry-awards.co.uk/united-kingdom/aldridge/magician/owen-strickland-magic

 

Birmingham Magician at Puckrup Hall

Birmingham Magician Covid Wedding Package

Birmingham Magician Covid Wedding Package

Birmingham Magician Covid Wedding Package

I am now offering a Special Package for couples who are getting married during restrictions for Covid 19. Sadly, and weddings taking place at the moment are restricted to just 15 people, including the Happy Couple. However many couples are still going ahead with their Special Day, and why not!!

Ive had the privilege to perform at a number of these weddings this year, and each one has been amazing. Despite having numbers drastically reduced, they have been lovely intimate events that I will treasure for many years to come. This is a video of me performing at some recent Covid Restricted Weddings 

 

So How Do I Perform for 15 Guests?

Firstly, the easy answer is, exactly the same as I do for a full wedding! However, where as mix and mingle magic usually takes a couple of hours to get round all the guests, with 15 it takes way less time. Therefore I just do 60 minutes mix and mingle magic. I say mix and mingle, but this could be at tables. Rues ad regulations are constantly changing, so I remain flexible for how I perform. As an example, for a recent Aston Marina Wedding, guests were stood up so it was ix and mingle in the traditional sense.

At Warwick House, however, guests were all seated at tables throughout, so it was table magic for this period. Either is fine with me!!

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Do I Wear A Mask?

If required, absolutely! My first Cold wedding was before regulations changed,so that anyone indoors at venues should wear a mask when not seated. I offered the Bride and Groom when they booked that I’d be happy to wear one if they preferred. However they were happy for me not to wear one, and actually preferred it. On arrival I also checked with each table, who also said they would prefer no mask. So for that wedding, I didn’t wear one. For the subsequent weddings, the regulations had moved on so I did wear one. In a nutshell, I will always comply with Government regulations, and where I can, wishes of The Happy Couple/Guests

Social Distancing Magic/ Sanitising

I can offer Socially Distancing magic if required, where by none of the guests are required to touch any props etcetera. In the weddings I have done, this was not requested. Couples and guests have enjoyed some “normality” and have been keen to be involved/selecting cards etc. In this instance, I carry hand sanitiser around with me, so that anyone involved sanitises  before and after each trick. 

Stand Up Magic 

After the 60 minutes mix and mingle/table magic, I can do a stand up show that all the guests can watch. As (at the time of writing) DJ’s etc are still not allowed, its the perfect entertainment fir the guests. At some venues, guests will have been sat at their table all day, and boredom can certainly creep in. A 20-30 minute show can really lift the spirits ad provide some welcome entertainment. 

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Each show offers some light hearted magic with laughs and fun aplenty. The Happy Couple are also brought up to be starts of the show-its their day after all!! As my time at weddings currently is a lot less than would be usual, the price reflects this!! Get in touch to see how I can make your Covid wedding even better?

You can read about my first Wedding post lockdown here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/2020/09/22/birmingham-wedding-magician-puckrup-hall/

For more videos of me performing at weddings my Youtube Channel can be found here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ7NX_mCS3YMWasgzDG8quw

Birmingham Magician at Puckrup Hall

Birmingham Wedding Magician Puckrup Hall

Birmingham Wedding Magician Puckrup Hall

Birmingham Wedding Magician Puckrup Hall

 Owen Strickland performs for Andy and Sarah at Puckrup Hall in September. After an awful year for weddings,  on the back of Covid-19, it was finally time to perform at a wedding again. 

 

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I had never actually performed at Puckrup before, but what a lovely venue it is. As weddings are now capped at 30 guests, and not allowed DJ’s/dancing, Andy booked me for the evening. I was to perform an hour around the 5 tables and then do a short stand up session to the whole room. 

It was slightly nerve wracking walking into the venue to be faced with everyone in masks. The venue is very well controlled when it comes to Covid guidelines. There was sanitiser everywhere and the staff were always on hand to monitor. But it felt secure whilst also welcoming, which was nice for both me and guests. Photographer Dale Stephens was on hand to capture the day.

It was wonderful to be finally performing again, and thankfully the guests were all amazing fun. Firstly I did an hour around the tables before doing a 20 minute stand up spot. This is a new feature Im offering for weddings, as it works well under the current guidelines. It involves a few tricks that play nicely to all the guests, similar to if they went to visit a show. It finished, of course, with getting Andy and Sarah up, as its their special day.

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I had previously discussed with Andy about wether he wanted me to wear a mask/shield. He was open to me asking guests as I went around, which is what I did. Everyone had sanitiser before I performed and no one requested the mask. The result is some brilliant reaction photos as can be seen here.

 

For more information about me performing at your wedding, please take a look here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

For more info about Puckrup Hall you can see their website here https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/bhxphhn-hilton-puckrup-hall-tewkesbury/

Dale Stephens website can be seen here https://www.dalestephensphotography.com

These are some of his amazing photos that he kindly sent me from the day 

 

Wedding Magician 999 Discount

Wedding Magician 999 Discount

Wedding Magician 999 Discount

Wedding Magician 999 Discount. Birmingham Wedding Magician Owen Strickland is offering a £100 Discount for any 999 staff. 

As a former 999 worker myself, I wanted to do something to help our amazing frontline staff.

Wedding Magician 999 Discount

Our 999 staff do an outstanding job. Every day they literally put their lives on the line to protect us all from harm. They are incredible people and deserve our thanks. This is even more so with what’s has happened this year with Covid 19. The NHS and emergency services have shown amazing courage and commitment.

Therefore anyone working for them, will get £100 off any package price in my brochure. Theres are no timescales or limits on this, it is any event at any time of year, oil any day. Peak and Off Peak!!

Popular times to book me for a wedding are 

  • Drinks Reception. Performing Mix and Mingle magic straight after the wedding ceremony. This is a great ice breaker for the two sides of the wedding which may not have met before.
  • Wedding Breakfast. Doing a small intimate show at each and every table. This helps with your seating plan as it gives everyone not only some entertainment but also a talking point. It also includes special trickles for the Happy Couple at The Top Table.
  • The Lull. After the meal there is a natural lull whilst guests wait for the evening festivities to begin. Its the perfect time for entertainment to keep the guests energised
  • Evening Reception. Helping the evening guests to feel welcomed to the event with some amazing magic 

The whole range of packages is available from my brochure here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/wedding-magician-brochure-2020.pdf

Foe clarity, 999 staff include

Police, Fire Service, Ambulance Staff, NHS Staff and Armed Services. Im sure that I have missed some people off this list- if you think I have, please ask!! 

 

Just quote 999 £100 and I will knock it off!!

 

All my weddings are on my social media. My FB page is http://www.facebook.com/owen.magic

 

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland

How To Choose A Wedding Magician?

How To Choose A Wedding Magician?

How To Choose A Wedding Magician is not as easy as you’d think. Because, there’s so many, right? 

Hopefully you’ve now decided to book a magician for your special day, and understand how much added value one can bring to your day. The easy answer to this, is make sure they’re great! But how do you that? Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland gives 10  handy tips to help you out.

 

1.  Try To Meet Them

If you can, you should absolutely try and meet ANY suppler that your going to have on your Special Day. This way you will get a feel for their personality, and that is so vital. This is even truer with magicians. Any professional magician should be happy to meet you, and show you some magic. Websites can make anyone look good, but can they match up to that in real life? I get the majority of my weddings from meeting couples at wedding fayres, where couples can meet me and see what I do for real. No camera tricks!!

Aston Marina Magician Owen Strickland

2. If You Can’t Meet them, Research them !

Are there videos/photos of the magician performing at weddings online? Does the magician actually do as many weddings as they say? It’s easy for suppliers to say, “we do X amount of weddings a year”, but is there evidence of that? If there isn’t, ask yourself why? Every wedding I perform at goes on my social media accounts. It’s therefore very easy to look back at say, 2019, and see all 70 weddings on there. My website has over 1000 photos of me performing at various weddings over the years.

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland

3. Check Their Reviews

A big indicator of the quality of a magician is reviews. What have previous couples said about the magician? But how do you tell if it’s a real review? A sentence on a website, saying “He was amazing. Mr and Mrs W” could easily be made up. How do you know they even exist? How do you know that review wasn’t from 1994? Verified reviews are what they should have(preferably with dates and locations of weddings on)such as Google reviews, Trust Pilot etc. I have over 120 5 Star Google Reviews and over 340 5 star reviews via my verified “Best Of” page.

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland

4. Are They Recommended by Venues?

Is the Magician recommended at any venues you know? When an established and respected venue recommends a supplier, its usually a good sign that they are both good and trustworthy. They will not stake their hard earned reputation on just anyone. I’m very humbled that a number of exclusive venues recommend me. Amongst such venues are Alrewas Hayes, Aston Marina, Hogarths Solihull, Moor Hall, Bordesley Park, Calderfields Golf and Country Club, The Limes Earlswood and Swinfen Hall.

Birmigham Magician Owen Strickland

5. What do They Cost ?

Cost is very subjective, and every wedding will be working to a “budget” of some sort. You probably already know how quickly the budget can get out of hand! Magicians vary greatly in cost, as does the quality. I’m probably in the mid to higher range of pricing (my packages are £450-£700). But with that comes the assurances that have been mentioned n the other paragraphs. If a price seems too good to be true, ask yourself why, and check the other 9 points in this article. A quick look at any of the “Wedding Scam” pages for suppliers will show that in every instance, its been a cheap supplier that’s caused the issue. My best advice would be, do not book a magician on price alone!

Birmingham Wedding Magician Owen Strickland at Nuthurst Grange

6. Are they Actually Entertaining?

As well as performing magic, your Wedding magician needs to be entertaining. He needs to be personable, be able to make your gusts feel relaxed and at ease. There is no use having a technically amazing magician, if he is as dull as dishwater. I know some magicians who are the best technical magicians in the country. However they would be no use at a wedding, as they’re not fun to be around or slightly entertaining. Hopefully my show reels will show you how I am at weddings. Its all about entertaining to keep your guests happy.

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland

7. Insurance

A dirty word in many ways, but an important one!! The current Covid Pandemic has opened a whole can of worms when it comes to wedding insurance. If ever an event has shown how vital insurance is, it’s this one! Its vital that any supplier at you wedding has the relevant insurance. For magicians, it’s Public Liability Insurance. The majority of Venues will insist on it, and will not let a supplier on site without it. You don’t want to find out that your magician has been escorted off the premises, as he hasn’t got PLI! I have it with Equity, and covers me for £10 million. Thankfully, I have never had to use it!!

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8. Have They Won Any Awards?

Has the Magician won awards? Actually , scratch that ! Nearly every Magician has “award winning” on their website!! But what is the Award? Its very easy to add “Award Winning”, without specifying what that Award was for. Do ask them what the awards they have won are, and when they won them. I’m very fortunate to have won The Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Entertainer a number of times. TWIA is the leading awards in the Wedding Industry, where only Brides and Grooms whose wedding a supplier has attended, can vote. They all leave feedback and its independently judged

How to choose a wedding magician

9. Are They A Member of The Magic Circle?

This isn’t in itself vital, because I know some excellent magicians who are NOT Members Of The Magic Circle. I equally know some boring magicians that ARE!! However, you can certainly take some peace of mind that if a Magician IS a Member. He will have been through a rigorous application procedure of an interview, exam and audition in front of some of the best magicians in the country.Only those deemed good enough are admitted. Thankfully, I passed and I am a Member. In fact, I am the West Midlands Regional Representative for The Magic Circle!

How to choose a wedding magician

10. Are They Trustworthy?

A MASSIVE one, and good one to finish.For any couple, trustworthiness in suppliers  is vital. You are not only investing a significant amout of money with them, but also investing trust that they will make your day amazing. This is a huge responsibility, and one I take very seriously. Ensure you magician gives you a legal contract that covers your money and their terms&conditions. Also ensure they give you a full invoice, detailing what you have paid

With all the postponed weddings from 2020 through Covid 19, I have heard of some horror stories from my couples about some suppliers. Some have refused to move dates or refund, leaving couples short of a lot of money. During this Crisis, I have moved 99 per cent of weddings where I was available for no cost. I have kept the original price that was agreed, and where I have been able to fulfil new dates (through already being booked), I have refunded any deposit paid. My recent feedback from the poor couples who have had to postpone will bear testament to that.

So there we have it. How to choose a Wedding Magician in 10 hand steps!

For more information about booking me for YOUR wedding, please take a look at my wedding page here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

To see some reviews of me at weddings, take a look here https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=owen+strickland+magic+reviews&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#lrd=0x4870a17bf093f7e3:0xc2be9e5d67a87efc,1,,,

How to Choose a Wedding Magician 

Hogarths Magician Owen Strickland

Birmingham Magician Covid 19 Help

Birmingham Magician Covid 19 Help

Birmingham Magician Covid 19 Help

The last few months has seen something that we have not seen before in our lifetime. Absolutely unprecedented, and something I hope never to see again! 

I feel really sorry for the poor Brides and Grooms who have had to either postpone of cancel their weddings from this summer. At the time of writing I’ve managed to reschedule round 50 2020 weddings to 2021/2022. I can only imagine how awful this myst be for my couples. BUT, the end of it all is hopefully now in sight, so I thought I’d mention what Ive been doing to try and help.

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Any couples that need to move their wedding day, I have moved free of charge. I have also been honouring the price agreed, so 2021 prices have not kicked in for them at all. If I cannot do a new date ( as I’m already booked), I have been refunding deposits in full. For me, its the only fair thing to do. I do not wish to gain a single penny if I’m not going to perform at the wedding.Thers also been the option to find another magician for them if they so wish. Ive passed a few on to trusted friends that cover bookings for me.

For later this year, if and when weddings start again, there may well be some social distancing involved still. If thats the case, its not a problem at all. For each wedding, there will be enough hand sanitiser that each guest, if they would like some magic, can sanitise before and after the trick. I will also have disposable gloves should they wish. If they don’t wish to handle a playing card, for example, thats also fine. I will simply write their name on it for them. For other tricks i will do effects where they don’t physically have to touch anything and can stay 2 meters away. 

If the law changes to say masks are required in public, I will of course wear one. If the law doesn’t require it, but the Couple would prefer it, that is also fine. I will do anything I can to easy an concerns , whilst still making the magical experience EPIC!

I even have an option for couples to buy masks/hand sanitiser in bulk should anyone need it. A family member can provide them.

These are some lovely reviews Ive had during the Virus to say how Ive helped couples so far 

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For more information about having me at your wedding, please take a look here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

For more reviews, please see here https://www.thebestof.co.uk/local/walsall/business-guide/feature/owen-strickland-magic/reviews/

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland

Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland

Today, Warwick House Magician Owen Strickland was back at the fabulous Warwick House  today for Beth and Dale’s Special Day. The couple booked me at one of the open evenings at the venue that they hold throughout the year. These evening s are exclusive for couples who have already booked their wedding at this wonderful Warwickshire Venue. I am truly lucky to be the recommended magician at such a wonderful venue as Warwick House.

 

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Beth and Dale booked to perform mix and mingle magic during the drinks reception. This is a great time to have me, as the two sides of the  wedding are just meeting, probably for the first time. Magic is a great ice breaker, and keeps the guest entertained whilst the all important photographs are being taken. The guests were all great fun, and the horrible rainy day made no difference to the atmosphere. 

Then i performed my special tricks for Beth and Dale in the music room. I love this part of the day, as it always makes such a lovely photo. 

For more information about me performing at weddings take a look at my weddings page here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

Fore more info about Warwick House, their website can be seen here https://www.warwickhouse.co.uk