Bordesley Park Magician Owen Strickland

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland March Weddings

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland March Weddings

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland March Weddings at Kingscote Barn,Ye Old Bell, Bordesley Park, Redhouse Barn, and Alrewas Hayes

March is the first truly busy year of this crazy busy 2022. 5 corporate events and 5 weddings ( with a 10 day holiday in Jamaica in the middle)

Kingscote Barn

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland March Weddings

Firstly it was Kingscote Barn for Sam and Nick. This was a covid postponed wedding so it was great to see it finally happen. It was my first time at Kingscote Barn and what a fabulous venue it is. It’s nestled in a lovey Cotswold rural setting It was the lull between the wedding breakfast and the evening. It was a fabulous wedding 

You can see Kingscote Barn here https://kingscotebarn.co.uk

Ye Old Bell 

Next wedding was Sophie and William at Ye Old Bell in Retford. Sophie and William booked me via Bespoke Weddings who are a company who run competitions where you can literally win your wedding venue 

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland

I was booked for my Platinum package which is teh drinks reception and then around the tables during breakfast. 

This is a highlight video of the day 

The Ye Old Bell Website is here https://www.yeoldebell-hotel.co.uk

Bordesley Park

Next it was Bordesley Park for Rosie and Mike, Another Covid postponement wedding, so nice to finally get it done 

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Bordesley is a venue that kindly recommends me to couples. This was again a “lull” booking, to perform between the wedding breakfast and the evening. It was great to work along side Stuart Myers photography. We both did the same wedding fayre the week before . He captures some great photos including these couple. The rest can be seen on my Social Media. Stuarts website is here https://www.stuartmyersphotography.co.uk

Redhouse Barn

Fiona and Thomas were next, at Redhouse Barn.This was an unexpected but very welcome glorious sunny day with mid 20’s heat. It made the drinks reception magic even better.

Here’s a fab video highlight 

Alrewas Hayes 

Finally in March it was Charlotte and Leon who got married at the amazing Alrewas Hayes. This another venue that kindly recommends me..They booked me when they saw me at the taster evening earlier in the year.It was another “lull” booking, filling that awkward gap between the wedding breakfast and evening reception. As an added bonus the absolute best wedding band The Collective were performing. You really need this awesome group at your wedding 

Here’s a highlight video of my time there 

 

So that concluded a busy month, with an hectic summer season coming up

 

For more info about having me at your wedding see my wedding page here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

Warwick House Wedding with Owen Strickland Magician

Warwick House Wedding with Owen Strickland Magician

Warwick House Wedding with Owen Strickland Magician

Warwick House Wedding with Owen Strickland Magician this week.

It was back to one of my favourite venues Warwick House this weekend for Lydia and Callum’s Special Day. Callum booked me after seeing me at an open evening at the venue pre Covid.

I was booked to perform during the “lull” between the wedding breakfast and teh evening reception. This is such a good idea at Venues such as Warwick House where there isn’t much accommodation. It ,means the guests can sometimes get bored whilst waiting for the evening reception to start. Having me entertain stops this happening and keeps the energy of the day going.

Callum also booked my surprise waiter for Lydia, so her face when I kept saying we’d run out of her drinks was a picture.

The guests stayed at their tables for the most part, so I circled the room performing at the tables. I also as ever did my special tricks for the happy couple

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It was great to see Darren from David Wadley photography who was on hand to capture the day. There was also a very committed clumsy waiter, who was very funny. As I arrived he was putting an ice cream all over his head. It was a fabulous Winter Wedding 

For more info about Warwick House you can see the website here https://www.warwickhouse.co.uk

For more info about my wedding packages see this page https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

 

Birmingham Magician at Foxtail Barns

Birmingham Magician at Foxtail Barns

Birmingham Magician at Foxtail Barns

Birmingham Magician at Foxtail Barns this week for Hanna and Ben. 

Hannah booked me after seeing me at a Wedding Fayre last year. She booked me for my “platinum package” which is my most popular package at weddings 

Firstly it was mix and mingle magic during the drinks reception. I pranked teh best man that I was a duty manager first off which went down well. Then I mixed around the guests getting them in the mood for a fabulous day.This is such a good idea at a wedding as it helps break the ice for guests who have never met before.

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All the guests were amazing fun as you can see from the photos. 

Secondly after the speeches were all done, it was table magic. This is where I perform a mini show at each table between courses. As table plans mean people often sit with other guests they don’t know, again it’s a great ice breaker.

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The guests were again amazing fun and there os some great footage on teh video of the day

finally it was time for my special happy couple tricks for the bride and groom. 

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It was such a fabulous day, despite the best efforts of the weather! 

For more info about Foxtail barns see there website here https://foxtailbarns-venue.co.uk

 

For my wedding brochure take a look here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/2022-magician-brochure.pdf

 

Bordesley Park Magic with Owen Strickland

Bordesley Park Magic with Owen Strickland

Bordesley Park Magic with Owen Strickland

Bordesley Park Magic with  Owen Strickland was at the venue twice in one weekend in August for two fabulous weddings.

First up it was Kareen and Gav, who had had to postpone a number of times due to Covid. However the day finally arrived and it was amazing fun. They had booked me after seeing me at an open day at the venue a few years ago. They wanted to perform at the lull between the wedding breakfast and evening reception

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This is a very popular package at Bordesley Park, as there’s no accommadation on site. It means the guests are milling about waiting for the DJ to start , so magic keeps them entertained.

 

The next wedding, just two days later it was Stuart and Ruth. They also had be booked for the same time.

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Both wedding s were amazing fun, as can be seen from the photos. Talking of phots, the other coincidence of teh weekend was that the same photographer was at both weddings. It’s strange how this occasionally happens. These photos are amongst my favourite of the whole summer. The very talented photographer is Mark Horton. the quality of his work is very clear to see, and he was great with guests on the day. You can contact Mark on all the usual Social media channels, and his website is https://www.markhortonphotos.com

For more information about teh fabulous Bordesley park, their website is here https://www.bordesleypark.co.uk

For more information about having me at your weddings and my new Wedding Emcee package, see my new page here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/weddingemceehire/

Birmingham Magician Owen Strickland

Birmingham Magician Footballers Wedding

Birmingham Magician Footballers Wedding

Birmingham Magician Footballers Wedding at the stunning Wrenbury Hall.

Earlier in the packed Summer I was booked by professional footballer Samuel Ameobi for his wedding to Rachel.

It was the first big wedding after restrictions were relaxed after a long 18 months. There must have been 150 guests, which after the last year seemed like 1500!!

Firstly I dod mix and mingle magic around the two reception rooms of the beautiful Wrenbury Hall. The guests were amazing fun, and Rick Dell Photographer was there to capture some great images. The Rangers FC captain James Tavernier was there, and I have to say what a great bloke he was too. Theres some video footage of me performing to him and his friend, and it shows what a great laugh they were.

Secondly I then performed my social Bride and Groom Trick for Samuel and Rachel, which went down a treat as the photos show.

Finally it was into the wedding breakfast where I performed around the tables between courses. This was not before probably the best bridal party entrance Ive ever seen. The parents, Best man, Bridesmaids were all introduced in by an Emcee, and danced into the room, It was such a great spectacle!!

The tables we’re as much fun as they had been in the drinks reception, and again James Tavernier a great laugh. What a great start to a busy Summer!! 

Fore more info about me performing at your event take a look here https://owenstrickland.co.uk/wedding-magician-owen-strickland/

To get in contact with the fabulous Rick Dell his website is here https://rickdellphotography.co.uk

 

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

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

 

 

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