What is close-up magic?


Astonishing magic, right before your eyes

I like to promote exploration. You're not sat metres from the stage, you're taking part in the performance at close-quarters…and still without a clue how it's done.

The Social Art

It's quite demanding to stay one step ahead of your audience the whole time, and to direct each and everyone's attention just how you want it… non-verbal communicative psychology is a must.

Close-up magic, sometimes referred to as 'table' or 'walkaround' magic is perhaps the most direct, versatile and entertaining form of magic. It fits into any venue and provides high levels of audience interaction and involvement. Whilst watching magic on stage may well be impressive, there is a certain falseness and intangible nature to the display.

When people watch magicians on television, they feel this falseness too…and so to see magic happening just as on T.V. but right in front of their eyes can be a truly astounding experience.

With no cameras, smoke or mirrors, armed with only a pack of cards and an understanding of his audience, Jonathan is able to create the sensation of profound impossibility in his performances, leaving his audiences speechless and asking for more.

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