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JANUARY 2021Happy New Year to everyone and I hope it is much better than 2020 was. With the severe restrictions enforced for the start of the year it is imperative to remain positive and so having some Zoom shows booked in has been morally uplifting for people and the rollout of the vaccine even more so.
The summer has proved to be a very trying time for entertainers what with all the various restrictions and normally Christmas is a busy time. Having been doing the Zoom shows it has not been a complete washout. A lot of trial and error goes into setting up virtual shows and they get easier with experience.
I managed to pick up several talks to Probus and U3A clubs with my "My Magic, magicians and more" lecture especially for their Christmas Parties.
Thankfully the good weather has sustained us through the lockdown summer months and the ever wishful thinking we could have some normality in our lives. Gave me time to totally rearrange and paint my magic shed. A good clearout was required. Although short lived, we were still able to squeeze in a couple of weeks to the Uists which was really needed.
MARCH 2020LOCKDOWN started on 23rd. Cancellations and postponements started to come in with deposits having to be returned. Nobody knows how long this is going to last and how it is going to affect the entertainment industry. Staying safe and at home.
JANUARY and FEBRUARY 2020These have always been busy months for me. Performed some magic and traditional Scottish songs at a Nursing Home which was a nice change as well as a couple of talks to Probus clubs down in Jedburgh and Livingston and the usual birthday parties. A week in Lagos, Portugal was a nice time to get some sun. Made some friends from Holland when performing magic in a restaurant. The Blackpool Magic Convention followed and the rumblings about Coronavirus was present then although nobody expected it to come to these shores. How wrong were we !!!
DECEMBER 2019Visited Brussels at the beginning of the month prior to the Christmas mayhem. Enjoyed some fantastic shows during the weeks that followed and for the first time, in more years than I can remember, I did not work on Christmas Day.
NOVEMBER 2019I have started a new venture going round various groups such as Probus, U3A etc giving a talk about magic and magicians of the past interspersed with some magic. My first one was in Paisley and I was very well received. I got some excellent positive feedback which will help me. A very interesting thing happened when I was talking about The Great Lafayette who was one of the highest paid performers at the beginning of the 1900's. He died in a fire in Edinburgh and his body was driven along Princes Street to a crowd of 250.000. Anyway a lady came up to me and told me her great uncle conducted the funeral service. Amazing the people you meet in this profession.
OCTOBER 2019It always thrills me when I see peoples faces when they see magic done in front of them. I always perform something no matter what city or country I am in (international magician LOL). We were recently in Belfast and had such a laugh with some people in a restaurant we visited and they just wanted more and more.
This was the first year I have not done my balloon modelling at the Fringe for over 25 years. Due to having sore fingers throughout the year I decided to retire from the heavy workload the Fringe can be. It was something I loved doing. I met so many people from all across the globe and made many friends in all the years I worked it. It was rather sad to have to give up and I missed the buzz but it did give me the chance to take in more Fringe shows and it also meant I was still free to do magic shows in August which I have not done for many a year.
July 2019Its been a busy time socially with yet another wedding and once again Magic Ian was called into play to entertain the guests this time just outside Dunbar. An excellent wedding and the magic went down a storm.
June 2019I was invited as a guest and to perform magic at a friend's wedding in San Lorenzo El Escorial just outside Madrid. The bride's brother is Anders Herrera who played for Manchester Utd. Had a brilliant time then headed down to Malaga for a weeks holiday.
Another trip down to Trix in the Stix the children's entertainers convention. Always good to see old friends and meet some new ones.
MAR 2019Enjoyed some memorable events including several children's parties, a dinner, a 30th and Wedding all doing close up magic.
FEB 2019One of the magical highlights of the year is the Blackpool Magic Convention which gets better every year. Time to restock and learn some new magic.
JAN 2019The start of the year can be slow but this year I had a very busy month and finished it off with a trip to Madeira to recharge the batteries.
DEC 2018December is always a busy month with Christmas shows but also included a return to the Museum of Childhood for a Christmas Balloon Workshop and a special show at the Edinburgh Sick Kids Christmas Party. Christmas Day was a delight to be working doing close up magic at The Principal Edinburgh (formerly The Roxburgh Hotel) .
AUG 2018Another successful Edinburgh Fringe including a balloon workshop at the Museum of Childhood.
Taking bookings from now on. Had two weddings performing close up magic and a couple of birthday parties to get me back into action again. Onwards and upwards.
Op was a success but unable to lift anything or drive for a few weeks.
Having to take things a bit easier as I need a hernia operation so might be out of action soon. Not taking many bookings.
Spending a few days in Vienna before the December rush of shows. Christmas Day working at Capital Hotel. Always fun.
Its Festival time again and I can be found on the Royal Mile most days.
Struck down with a bad cold during the last week. never had a cold in August before but managed to do some magic for the East Lothian Taxis Fun Day.
Quietest June for a long time as going to Portugal on holiday. Sure to pick up in the Summer months
Heading back down to Trix in the Stix children's magic convention. Need to stock up on balloons for Edinburgh Fringe.
Busy month ahead, great start to the New Year
Christmas shows going well so far not caught a cold although voice is going.
5 - 10 AUG 2016
Only a few days at this years Edinburgh Fringe balloon modelling
29 Jul 2016
Royal Commonwealth Pool for Family Fun Day. Magic Show and balloon modelling. It was hot in there !!!!
28 - 30 Jun 2016
Run of Nursery shows done for end of term
8 Jun 2016
Had a fantastic morning balloon modeling for the Rotary Club's KidsOut Day for disadvantaged children at the Jack Kane Centre. Nice to meet some children who remembered me from performing at their Xmas party.
25 May 2016
Back from a couple of days in Shropshire at children's entertainers magic convention called Trix in the Stix. Good to see old friends and see some top class lectures.
15 May 2016
Spent a couple of hours balloon modelling and helping a friend who was raising money at Tesco Broughton Road for British Heart Foundation and Diabetes Scotland. Met some wonderful people who dedicate their time to raise much need cash. Every little helps.
5 May 2016
New Magic Ian website goes live!