I was asked to perform as a Chipping Norton magician this week. I had worked as an Oxfordshire magicians on many occasions, including performances with Devious Minds and Close Up Magic for private and corporate customers. So I am familiar with the county.

The Company

I have worked for Stonewater in the past so was delighted to get a call from them regarding their event and even more delighted when they hired me.

The company provide affordable housing and services to people in need it. Working with local authorities, developers and community Agencies. They have an ambitious vision and are planning for the next five years. Having formed in 2015 they now have 65,000 customers.

The Awards

The company hosts an annual Values Award ceremony. Where members of staff can nominate each other. The winners are given a ticket to an evening event and overnight stay. Given the location they were looking for a Chipping Norton magician to entertain the guests.

The Venue

Heythrop Park is magnificent. The main grade two listed building looks very imposing as you drive up the main path. With high ceilings and massive rooms it still has its original charm and features. The grounds sprawl around it and the complex offers golf and a health spa.

It is home to weddings, corporate events and meetings throughout the year and the website boasts some wonderful aerial shots on its homepage.

The Event

I was asked to perform close up magic during the drinks reception, prior to the main sit down meal. The setting was perfect, with log fires, live music and cocktails. Guests were in high spirits given their recent win and certainly up for some magic.

This was typical reception, walk about magic, moving from one small group to the next, performing sleight of hand tricks.