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Trevor Duffy

Farrarmere, Benoni, GP (10.1km from Isando)
Trevor Duffy is a highly motivated international Magician who has been involved with the magical entertainment arts for 25 years. He is based in Johannesburg, but travels as required. A true master of his craft, he has vast experience entertaining and working with audiences of all types and is able to adapt his magic performance to suit your needs. His style is upmarket, sophisticated and comical. Trevor is an award-winning magician, having received Gold and Silver Medal awards in the National South African Championships as well as in Australia where he placed 2nd in 2002, in Close up Magic. He...


Linksfield Ridge, Johannesburg, GP (11.6km from Isando)
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Smilemakers Entertainment

Fairmount, Johannesburg, GP (12.5km from Isando)
Smilemakers Entertainment is a specialised entertainment and eventing company which provides a personal service to each and every one of our clients. Whether you are looking for the appropriate entertainment or equipment for a Birthday party or Corporate function we have experienced consultants on hand to assist you. Smilemakers was established in 1988 in Johannesburg. Our variety of options has grown substantially over the last 29 years, in the children's birthday party and corporate event market, and has established itself as the leading brand for entertainment and equipment. As you dream, so we create. Due to our personal service we...

Sparkles The Magical Clown

Sandton, GP (17.1km from Isando)
A hilarious Children's Magic Show for 4 - 6 year olds performed by Sparkles the Clown, featuring Pipsqueak the mischievous Parrot and Toast the Ghost. Your child becomes the star of the show when they come up 'on stage' to do some magic themselves. Delivered directly to your door - this High-Energy Magic Show will keep your little guests bouncing in their seats with enthusiasm. Sparkles will arrive in costume with everything she needs to ensure colorful and astounding entertainment at your party or event. All you provide is the children. Sparkles has a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art...

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The appeal of magicians

Magicians are entertainers

Who amongst us is not fascinated by the art of the magician? Who has not been astonished and awed by their skills when performing magic tricks which leave us truly baffled and unbelieving? Professional magicians are invited to entertain at events such as birthday parties - for all ages - which clearly shows their popularity. Why? Simply, because we love to believe that magic really does exist, and the entertainment value of a magic show never fails.

What can a magician help with?

Bring magic to your event

A magician is a multi-talented performer whose entertainment skills and tricks have the ability to confuse and question our factual beliefs and reasoning of the known world. A magician is also known as an illusionist, as he creates scenarios which appear to be factual but are really very cleverly designed tricks. Who has not been astounded by acts such as cutting someone in half on stage and then putting them back together with no apparent ill-effects, making someone disappear and then re-appear in an entirely different location almost instantaneously, on-stage levitation, “mind-reading” (often using the audience as his subjects) and, of course, the famous card tricks and relocation of various objects. 

We all know that the magician is performing exceptionally skilled and sometimes personally dangerous tricks, but convince ourselves that magic is involved when we can find no rational explanation for the illusion. We surely all remember the incredible illusionist David Copperfield, who made the Statue of Liberty “disappear” during one of his most famous tricks. No wonder he has been named the Magician of the Century!

Magic and humour make an unforgettable party

A good magician wears many different hats, as he is an actor, illusionist, storyteller and often a humourist, able to build up suspense within his audience to draw them into the magical scenarios he creates on stage. Nonetheless, a magician works mainly through trickery achieved by sleight of hand, speed, skill, experience, suggestion, imagination, misdirection, manipulation and showmanship.

His act may include various stage props built specially to accomplish particular illusions, and many stage magicians have one or two trained assistants on stage with them to perform certain parts of their show. In previous years, magicians were mysterious and rather haughty characters whose acts were carried out with a serious demeanour and in near silence, which added to the whole belief of being part of an elite and secretive clan. Nowadays, magicians add a lot of humour and sometimes clever foolery to their acts to keep the audience, and children in particular, fully engaged in the act. After all, involvement is the intention for such magicians, and both children and adults of all ages love an entertainer who makes them laugh whilst being tricked into believing that real magic is happening right in front of them.

Choosing the right magician

Check their ratings and customer feedback

Magicians are definitely making a comeback as professional entertainers, and a steadily growing number of these special people are beginning to advertise their services. Before committing to any particular magician, be sure to ask around amongst your friends and acquaintances for recommendations. While word of mouth is usually a favoured method for finding entertainers, magicians who are very popular and well-known have their own websites and it will be easy to check their client lists and online reviews, which are guaranteed to give honest feedback. Uptasker is a valuable and informative resource when looking for the styles and previous shows of various magicians, as well as online reviews. 

Make sure your magician is the right fit for your audience

Speak to your intended performer and ensure that his act is suitable for the function and audience you have in mind. Ask about his clients and, if possible, contact them directly to discuss the performance and reaction of the audience to the act. Always make your expectations clear and agree fees and any requirements the magician may have for his act well before the function, so that you are not caught unawares at the last minute. It might also be wise to arrange some form of backup entertainer with the magician, if possible, should he become ill and unable to appear on the day of the party, especially if children are involved.

Top magician tips

Top magician tips

When choosing a magician for your next function, think of the audience you are planning to entertain. If it is a children’s party, a magician who brings fun, laughter and participation into the act would be an ideal choice. For more discerning adult functions, it would perhaps be better to choose an act which challenges the mind of the audience. For a function or party full of entertainment, fun and participation with the promise of pure magic, you could not do much better than hiring a magician. For more tips, see our magician articles.

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