If you’ve been asked to sort out the office party, you’ll know what a big ask this is. It’s often a last minute job, casually tossed to an already overworked Executive Assistant with a short and sweet sounding, “…oh, and can you sort out the office Christmas party for next week sometime…”.
The casualness of the ask makes it sound like the task is super simple; that it’s the kind of thing you could do while waiting for the kettle to boil.
Organising a works party is hard.
I had a frantic call from an Executive Assistant whose boss has given her the casual request to organise a corporate event, because they suddenly realised that they had had a great year financially and could possibly do with having a works celebration.
“Yay!” from everyone (except the person who has to organise this last minute affair).
So, a week later, here I was at the lovely – and very convenient (I only live 5 minutes down the road!) – Carden Park Hotel, performing for 150 corporate guests, as they celebrated having an awesome year.
To help take the stress out of the event for the booker, I was there for a longer time period than usual. This allowed me to dip in and out during the “lull” moments (gaps between courses, between speeches, anything “inbetween” really).
This way, she knew that there was always something available to keep her guests interested and happy.
This is a big deal to an organiser, and it’s what you’re really paying me for.
It’s not about the tricks, or the jokes.
OK, well, it is a little bit, but as the booker of a corporate event, you want to make sure that there is always something going on to keep your guests interested and happy. If not, they’ll tell you…and your colleagues…and maybe your boss.
Booking a magician (or any entertainer really – though I shouldn’t really tell you that, should I? That’s terrible marketing on my part), can be a perfect way to relieve you of this pressure.
Maybe enough so that you can actually sit back and enjoy your perfect night.
And, as you’re sat back enjoying your corporate event, it suddenly hits you.
It’s gone TOO well…
…Shit, THEY’RE GOING TO ASK ME TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR!
“I bloody hate magicians!”
I booked John, following a recommendation, for my daughter’s 21st, which she wanted to use as a fundraiser for a charity. As a result, we invited more guests than we normally would and they didn’t all necessarily know each other. To avoid any awkwardness and to help break the ice between guests, we invited John along to perform his magic. John arrived early, was very friendly, visited pretty much every guest and was always cheerful and funny. All I can say about the magic is…WOW! I still have people contacting me to tell me “how good that magician was!”. My son is still waxing lyrical about that trick!C. Bruen, Manchester
Thank you so much for entertaining the guests at our wedding, I cannot recommend you enough. I had been panicking about the drinks reception being too long and people getting bored, but the guests seemed disappointed when they were called for the wedding breakfast and it was time for you to go. Having never booked any sort of entertainment for a party before, we were not sure what to expect with either the magic or the comedy side but we couldn’t decide what you were better at, they were both equally brilliant. Everyone was amazed with your ability to make people belly laugh whilst performing brilliant tricks. Thank you for helping make our day stress free and being “exceptionally entertaining” (direct quote from Carolyn – you had to be there!).E. Holmes, Liverpool
I can’t recommend John enough! From the moment I first emailed him to the evening of our party he was really helpful and professional. John arrived early and then proceeded to entertain a real mix of people, from 10 year olds to octogenarians! He was hugely entertaining, with a real sense of mischievous fun! With howls of laughter and gasps of magical amazement our guests loved him! If you are considering having him to a function, get him booked, you won’t be disappointed!J Fraser, Cheshire
We absolutely loved your magic! Bloody brilliant! Thank you for being so laid back in front of everyone and giving everyone a giggle along with way. It gave our Christening Party such a special touch and lots of people have commented on this! Thank you once again for everything and we will always recommend you to anyone who is asking for suggestions for their parties. Take care and keep up the excellent work!J. Hilton, Rochdale
We had booked John for my wife’s 70th birthday bash and he was truly the icing on the birthday cake. He is an amazing magician who combines his unique array of tricks with touches of comedy which gets everyone laughing as well as being totally bemused by the magic. “How did he do that?” was a question on all our lips trick after trick. Thank you John for making the evening very special.B. Williams, Shrewsbury
We would like to thank you for an excellent time on Saturday, it was amazing and got the evening off to a great start. The photos we have show the good time people were having and over breakfast yesterday, some of them were talking through the magic tricks and remembering the evening. I keep smiling each time I think of the tricks! It was truly amazing and great the way you interacted with everyone (even the difficult people!!) was brilliant. Thank you for making this a memorable time for us and our guests. I hope you don’t mind, but I have passed your contact details onto the venue. They have a file of musicians and entertainment acts that she gives to any potential guests and she would like to add your details to the list, following our recommendation.K. Rochford, Wirral
We booked John to come along for our Son’s 21st birthday gathering with ages ranging from 3-80 and a small guest list of around 40. He was brilliant! An amazing magician but much more than that as he’s a fantastic entertainer. He kept in touch regularly during the booking process and I was 100% confident that he was the right choice before I’d even met him! He had everyone enraptured with his magic and his personality – my guests literally followed him around the tables because they were that impressed by him! Everyone was talking about him. I would strongly recommend John to anyone looking for a reliable, entertaining and clever magician. Put simply he is Magic! Thank you !!Tracey Bailey, Lancashire
John attended my 50th birthday party and…WOW!!! This is one very witty, funny and talented guy.
Two hours of pure astounding entertainment. All my family and friends were amazed at his tricks, John knows how to entertain his audience. Thank you so much John for making my birthday party so special!PJ, Hyde, Manchester
We booked John for our wedding and it was one of the best decisions we made. Our guests were in a combination of hysterics and bewilderment through out the performance and one of Tracey’s cousins said to me “what ever you paid for that guy Matt, it was worth it!”.Matt and Tracey, Preston, Lancashire
What a great night, everyone from my 4 year old nephew to my 90 year old grandfather thoroughly enjoyed your time with us. I didn’t realise you were also a comic! My brother and I provide the best barbecue ever and all everyone wants to talk about is YOU. Thanks for a great night John, I won’t hesitate to recommend you to everybody.Dave Bellis, Buckley, Flintshire
I had been advised to book John after a friend had witnessed one of his performances at a corporate event. Arriving in plenty of time to weigh up the venue and the early crowd goers, John doesn’t leave anything to chance. I was so impressed with the professionalism that John showed throughout the event. Initially I didn’t know what to expect from John. Any fears that I had were put to bed when I witnessed him working the crowd into a frenzy. He will leave your guests flabbergasted! He also brings humour to his magic ensuring a great experience for guests. A great asset to have early in a party to break any ice and get people talking. Will definitely use again. Thanks John!R., Whiston, Liverpool
Thank you so much for your show on Saturday. So many people said they haven’t laughed so much in ages! Very clever skills combined with an ability to draw people into the whole process. If I have another ‘do’ I would definitely book you again but in the meantime will highly recommend you!!C. Meggison, Yorkshire
Thank you once again for a memorable night. Everyone thought you were fantastic and were impressed with your magic skills and personality – just our type of humour. My husband also thought you were really good and he used to be in the magic circle! We all thought you were fantastic with the children too!P. Haslam, Liverpool
Thanks for keeping people entertained at Adam’s party last night…everybody was really impressed and it really gave the evening something special! I think we will be talking about it (and puzzling over your tricks) for quite some time. Adam can’t remember much about the later part of the evening, but was telling me this morning how much he enjoyed meeting you and how he was trying his hardest to work out how you did it! Thanks againMandy Snee, Heswall.
Everyone I have spoken to thought you were fantastic and thoroughly enjoyed the magic you entertained them with, even Aga from Birmingham and the many Stu MacLarens from Chester! The trick you did for me with that marked card was superb as well and is a card I will keep for quite a while. Thanks again!S. MacClaren, Hoole
Have been meaning to get in touch just to thank you so much for making my mums party such a great evening. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed your magic and have not stopped commenting on it. My nieces were in awe of you, they just love magicians, and you obviously brought out the devil in some people….making grannies wanting to pole dance and several apartment keys being waved under your nose! Many thanks once again, you have a great personality, thoroughly enjoyed you being there, and would not hesitate to contact you again or recommend you to anyone.Rita and Gary Sharp, Stockport
We hired John for our Golden Wedding celebration party and he was fabulous. He had to compete with continuous Jazz and a continuous supply of food to our 80 guests, but he overcame all the diversions. He engaged fully with all our guests from age 8 to 80, tailoring his presentation to enthral and amuse those in front of him. Overall an excellent magician and entertainer – book him, you’ll be pleased you did!Alan Roberts, Willaston
My husband and I had a anniversary soiree and secured John to perform for our guests. We met John on the day, and I have to say he came across as a lovely man and was keen to make sure the event went off well and take some of the pressure off me and my husband. True to his word, as soon as guests arrived, he began to mix and mingle. The laughter we heard from our guests being entertained indicated that John was being well received and a very good choice. This was further confirmed when we spoke to our guests who ranged from 7 years to 80 years old, some of whom can be harsh critics, and everyone spoke very highly of him and how marvellous his act was. They advised they were entertained, shared a laugh and were very impressed with him. I would not hesitate to once again secure the services of John. Highly recommended.Sylvia Reynolds, Liverpool
I just wanted to send an email to you to say a big ‘thank you’ for coming along to my fiftieth birthday celebrations and helping make the night so memorable. Everybody really enjoyed the magic and had a great time meeting you. They were delighted and baffled by the magic. You certainly helped get the night off to a great start!A. Pike, Hertfordshire
I was looking for ways to make my Mothers 80th birthday celebration memorable in any way possible…Having ruled out a male stripper and such like, I luckily happened upon John’s web site and having read various recommendations decided that he was just the ticket! What a brilliant decision! The personalised touch of close up magic delivered in a very entertaining and witty manner really impressed our guests. Many thanks again. Highly recommended!Simon Keys, Pontefract
We had the pleasure of John’s magicalness at a Christmas event we were organising and I can honestly say the 2 hours flew by! John seemed to have a knack of being able interact with each guest, making them comfortable enough to participate and be involved. He worked the table so everyone saw his magic tricks and I can honestly say I still cannot fathom how he did them! If you’re looking for a genuinely talented and fun entertainer, who will seriously impress, then John is your man.Daily Mail Group
John was amazing !! People were constantly saying to us the magician was incredible!! And how did he do that !!! We cannot recommend him enough. Don’t think about it: book him; you will have such a successful event ! Thank you so much for making our wedding so special Sam and Dean xSam and Dean, Northamptonshire
I booked John for my mums 70th birthday in order to add something different to her party and so didn’t really know what to expect. I have to say I needn’t have worried, he went down a storm, the guests ranged from 8 to 78 and yet he was able to intrigue and amaze them all. He worked the rooms with his tricks and all you could hear was laughter, he was a great success so much so that everyone was talking about him long after he’d left. I’d definitely book him again!J. Sinott, Wigan
I contacted John at short notice to see if he could perform at my girlfriend’s 30th birthday party. He bent over backwards to make it happen and arrive at a time that was good for us. I could not have been happier with the show, John had the whole room crying with laughter even before the first trick and brought a great energy to the party, everyone was blown away by the magic but it was John’s personality that really made the show. I would 100% recommend John for any party or event, it gave the party that wow factor I was hoping for.R. Lindley, Stockport, Greater Manchester
We have never acquired the services of a magician / entertainer before, so we were a little unsure on how it would go. I contacted John via email and he was more than helpful in explaining to me the formalities. Unfortunately the date I wished to hire his services, he was fully booked, however, he gave me the details of other magicians which I thought was very kind. However, due to change in circumstances John contacted me soon after explaining that he had a cancellation and was free for that date (Phew…). We had a small party of 10 people around for dinner, I didn’t tell them he was coming as I wanted it as a surprise…… and sure enough….it was a great surprise. Very charismatic and funny – we had not laughed that much in a long time. He made our evening truly magical. We would definitely recommend this guy!! Thanks again John.S. Neermul, Wirral
John is a popular and welcome addition to our match-day and events set-up. It’s great to watch him interact with our customers, he has a great style that they enjoy watching (and taking part with!) and are thoroughly entertained by him. I look forward to continuing to work with him in future.Gary Wilton, Corporate Sales Manager, Everton Football Club
John Holt is one of the best magicians I have ever seen in action. He was excellent with our guests and really went a long way to amaze and entertain them. I was particularly impressed by how funny he is and not only are you getting a magician for your money you are getting someone that is sure to make you laugh out loud. I would wholeheartedly recommend John Holt to anyone who is considering a close up magician. He would be perfect for practically any special occasion: Weddings, Corporate, Parties etc. – he really brings a group of people together and elevates the mood of the event.Joanne Evernden, Event Coordinator, Tents and Events
For our staff Christmas party I wanted to do something different. I had heard great reviews of John’s act so I decided to invite him to entertain our staff. John’s magic act along with his incredible personality went down a storm with our team. His magic tricks amazed everyone and they are still left wondering how he does what he does. Not only is John a great magician but he is an amazing entertainer, he had us all laughing together and made the act relaxed and fun throughout. Thanks for an amazing evening John!Gareth Evans – Operations Manager, Cineworld Chester
I was organising a black tie and diamond ball for my 30th Birthday and and wanted to do things to impress my guests. I thought a magician would bring some more magic to the night. I was certainly not disappointed! John Holt came as a recommendation and all I can say is Wow! Every time I saw any of my family and friends being entertained by him they had a smile or a look of astonishment on their face. It was an extra touch that I am so pleased I had and it did indeed make the night that little bit more special. Looking forward to the next party! Whenever I need a magician again I wont be looking anywhere else!Carl Scourfield – Owner Pied Bull Chester
We booked John for our Wedding in November and had him perform while we were having our photos after the Ceremony. He was brilliant and his mix of magic and engaging humour had everyone entertained. We were worried people would be bored in the time between Ceremony and Reception. But, John helped make it into one of the most talked about moments of the day.Mr and Mrs Densham, Blackpool
I had seen John at a restaurant, performing amazing close up magic. We decided to have a party for my husband at home and wanted something different. I booked John for the evening. He really surpassed himself! We were all very impressed not only with his magic, but also with his personality and wit. What a lovely man. John made my husbands birthday very special. I thank him very much and would not hesitate to recommend him.Linda Melville, Heswall
We booked John for a social night and he went down a storm. His skills as a close up magician are absolutely brilliant. Everyone was totally amazed and impressed by what he could do. He is really funny and kept a lively banter throughout all his tricks. I cannot recommend him highly enough. On a personal note I found John to be a great bloke who I will definitely will be using again. He really took the night to another level. Thanks John you were a superstar!L. Monk, Coppull, Lancashire
At Frankie and Benny’s we have used John on several occasions to entertain our guests at new openings and special events. His magic really is spectacular and with a great sense of humour he adds to the atmosphere and definitely enhances the experience of the guests. He is entertaining to all members of the family and we will definitely continue to use him.Frankie and Benny’s restaurant group
John Holt was a pleasure to deal with. He was extremely professional, courteous and punctual. Exactly what is needed when you are hosting a Gala dinner! He made sure that he made it to every one of our New Year’s Eve guests and all were very impressed with his performance. I would definitely book John again in the future.Laura Hines, Operations Manager at Holiday Inn
John performed for us the latest James Bond Premiere, SKYFALL in Chester. With exciting card tricks and a wonderful sense of humour, everybody really enjoyed what he did and felt it made their night even more special. We would 100% recommend John and he will be top of our list when we need entertainment at future events.Anthony Moore – Marketing and PR – Marketing PRojects
John entertained our guests at a VIP Launch evening at the hotel recently, he was key in creating an enjoyable atmosphere amongst our attendees, and we had lots of good feedback from the guests, they commented not only on John’s ‘magical skills’ but his sense of humour and ability to entertain people no matter what their age. I would definitely recommend John for a variety of functions and will hopefully be using him again soon.H. Martin, Marketing Director – Holt Lodge Hotel
John, Thank you so much for entertaining our wedding guests last Friday. We were so sorry not to have a moment to spend with you especially when we heard from all of our guests that you were fabulous and funny too! The main reason I wanted you at our wedding was because I’d heard you were funny and that is certainly reiterated in the feedback from our guests so a BIG THANK YOU John.Nicola & Mike, Birmingham