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Guest lecture – Fay Presto
“Like tears in the rain”
It is about all of the tiny little things that together add up to a table of wonder. There is a danger that all these things will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Teller said of Fay’s lecture notes…… “Absolutely brilliant. Every bit of it……., and the absolutely spot-on observations on magic……..
Not a wasted word and every one of them fundamental and truthful. There’s more real information about magic and performance in this slim book than in the reams of stuff all the academics, theoreticians, and armchair magicians have put out in the last fifty years.
Fay Presto has been around for a while now, back in the 1980’s London was ready but essentially unprepared for some powerful close up magic.
The idea of a magician arriving at your restaurant table at an appropriate moment in the evening was all but unheard of. The thought of an entertainer visiting every table in the course of a black tie banquet had not crossed anybody’s mind. Anybody’s mind other than Fay Presto’s that is.
Patti Clapton was impressed, and so she found herself entertaining at Eric’s 40th birthday party Fay was amazed to be receiving rounds of applause from John Hurt and Ringo Starr.
Some extraordinary parties followed, Freddie Mercury, Paul McCartney, Diana Princess of Wales, HRH The Queen’s 70th Birthday or a private dinner at Ascot on the retirement of Her Majesty’s favourite trainer, Premiers, product launches, weddings and restaurants.
Fay has been the Magician in Residence at Langans Brasserie ever since, 40 years makes it one of the longest residencies in the history of British Magic. Fay Presto has probably performed North of 100,000 tables. Should know what she is doing by now.
A Gold star member of the UK’s Inner Magic circle, she won their Close up competition in 2012, and received a standing ovation from a thousand magicians for her lecture at the Blackpool Magic Convention in 2017. Tatler, Britain’s glossy society magazine voted her the party entertainer of the year 2000.
Her style has always been humorous, self deprecating and above all, fun. At home over a table of ten people, an intimate cabaret theatre of a hundred, or a stadium of a couple of thousand, she reaches out to the child in all of us, and makes us believe that the world might just have some real magic tucked away in odd corners of our imaginations.
Tonight we are putting on a show to raise funds for St. Christopher’s Hospice.
It’ll be great fun and it’s a great cause.
Guest lecture – Chris Wood
With a host of lectures to magic clubs across the UK and Europe to his credit, including an “At the Table” for Murphy’s Magic, Chris is an accomplished performer who runs The Magic Circle Close-Up shows and is known for his insight and attention to detail when improving effects.
Recent talks at The Magic Circle have focussed on topics such as scripting, an exemplar on physical misdirection, impromptu card magic and a masterclass workshop on clarity, rhythm and pace.
His lectures similarly cover in depth the WHY as well as the HOW behind some of the routines from his working repertoire.