This week I worked as a Douglas Magician in the Isle of Wight, a place I hadn’t visited for some time.
I flew back to the island by taking a short flight from Gatwick, one of the few airports that service the island from London. Having arrived at the airport, I made a short taxi ride to the centre of Douglas where I was staying.
So from my home to the venue was just a few hours.
I arrived late afternoon, so this was a quick turn around, but I managed a short walk along the seafront and a coffee in one of the local shops. The landscape is quite remarkable; fossils can be seen in areas of Compton Bay which date back to the Dinosaurs. On the western point, a 19th Century lighthouse warns ships away from three white chalk rocks known as the needles.
I was performing as a Douglas Magician at the Villa Marina just off the beach. This is a large venue where many top musicians and comedians have worked. The hallways are lined with pictures of stars past and present. It has a capacity of one and a half thousand. However, today the numbers were much smaller.
This was a corporate event for Barclay’s Bank. They are very influential on the island, and many of their top clients were present.
The tables were spread out and the evening flowed nicely, with speeches from different members of the company throughout the evening. The keynote speaker was Malissa Morris the CEO of Lantum, a GP recruitment service. She spoke so eloquently and apparently without notes it was a joy to watch.
I performed close up magic from table to table and found the guests to be very approachable. At these corporate events, it is a mixture of work and play, but it was clear they had the balance right.
I am always happy to fly back, so if you are looking for a close-up magician for an event on the island do give me a call.