So the curtain came down on 2017 with a performance in Bahrain. This was the fourth year I had been invited out to perform and it seems that each year just keeps getting better and better. With over 400 guests to entertain, I started the evening at 7 o clock and left the venue at 6 in the morning! A new record!! Catching up with familiar faces, meeting new people and just having a great time was all part of the journey and it was a thrill once again.
I have always and will continue to feel not only a sense of pride in what I do but feel privileged to be able to travel out to the middle east and do what I believe I have been put on this planet to do.
I sit writing this on my way back to the UK and reflecting on 2017 with so many thoughts, so many emotions. It was a successful year but I can't help hold onto the fact I truly believe there is better things yet to come. As the years go by the learning never stops, the fun never goes away and my mind continues to thrive with ideas of how I can improve and how I can create and challenge myself further within my craft.
2017 saw the sad loss of my favourite Magician of all time Daryl. I still remember meeting Daryl when he was lecturing in the UK. His passion, energy and talent has never gone unnoticed and it has left such a sad and huge gap in every person's life who had learnt, seen or who had the pleasure of talking to the who I believe was the greatest of them all.
Away from Magic saw the arrival of my beautiful daughter Frankie who has brought an extra element of love and joy to our family. My little boy Ronnie started school and seeing a young boy now start to develop further is magical in itself and something I am so proud to witness. His cheeky personality and bags of energy I admire despite the early wake up calls in the morning!
My wife Zoë has guided us through a busy 2017 and has been at the heart of Jason Rea Magic. Zoë has the task of organising all bookings and she really has done a great job. Over the past 6 years she has worked hard to make us more efficient and make the booking experience as easy and straight forward as possible. She may be working hard in the background but she definitely deserves huge credit for the tireless hours she's puts in and for all the effort, dedication and commitment she has along with looking after two children, our dog Mavis and of course me!!!
So here's closing the door on 2017 and starting a new chapter and another exciting adventure.
To all who I performed for in 2017 I say thank you! And I cannot wait to perform for everyone in 2018! The year is what you make it so let's make it the best yet!
I was always taught to be me. I was brought up to try and be original, creative and be the best me I can possibly be. When doing something like performing and seeing other performers in action its very easy to look at what they do and start to copy and imitate what they do, sometimes unintentionally and sometimes because you know its material that is surefire. We can all have a website that looks the best and tells potential clients how good we are and how untouchable we are but then when we make that booking on this principle we are sharply disappointed that they didn’t live up to the 20 plus years of performing excellence they convinced me they had and the worlds best effects in their repertoire.
I have always believed and always been told to do things right. If you cant do the best job or at the very least the very best you can do then you shouldn’t take on the job and even to this day that saying still rings in my ears. I strive to do the very best I can and give every person I perform for an experience and a performance like no other. I want to leave people speechless, make grown adults laugh again like naughty school children. I want to raise a smile and I feel I still have the same passion to do this as I did after the first time I performed in front of total strangers and they enjoyed what I did. I truly believe at what I do and am fully committed to learn and further polish my act. I have always been highly ambitious and aim for the highest mountain I can and keep working and climbing that mountain until I have reached my own personal objectives… and what are those? I will tell you when I am there!!
With this in mind when you are looking for a Magician to perform at your next event and you would like more information or would like to see me perform before you book me then I am always happy to come and meet you for a coffee. Get a few friends round and have more than one opinion. My aim is to please and to provide confidence that you are booking the best. I am very fortunate to receive lovely feedback from previous brides and grooms and have continued to hold large corporate contracts of up to 10 years of repeat bookings which is really a great thrill for me. I will always continue to push the performing boundaries to showcase great live Magic and I feel its this passion, dedication and commitment to not stand still but keep moving my craft forward that shows why I am born to do what I do.
So I thought it would be a good idea to start an insight blog where I share with you various videos answering common questions and letting you know what its like to be a working Magician. I have so many stories to tell and I keep promising to write a book one day. Nothing beats performing live and I absolutely love it and I have been very fortunate to perform at many different events and venues and for all types of interesting guests. This first Insight blog talks about how it all started for me and what keeps me motivated..... Enjoy!
Last week I was very fortunate to be asked if i would like to have a small story published in the Lancashire Evening Post. I was thrilled to accept and gave a brief interview to reporter Tom Earnshaw who asked about my recent performances including traveling out to the middle east. To read the full story click the link below.
I feel we all need inspiration to believe and to carry our dream
We all dream lets face it, I dream to be the best Magician in the world (big dream I know) but the struggle is keeping the belief alive that it can be done, staying on course to remain motivated and inspired to work hard and get up and try and try until that dream becomes reality.
Anyone that knows me will know how motivated I am to do my best, from the moment of getting a booking I want to deliver, preparing my close-up bag I leave no stone unturned, the journey to the venue is taken up going through the motions analysing what I will do, how I be better and what can I do to prove my worth. I find great comfort in watching inspirational stories and reading how people have come from nothing to achieve their dreams.
One person whose dreams were always knocked down was Sylvester Stallone. A broke wannabe actor who had to sell his beloved dog he needed money that bad. He wrote one of the greatest films of all time Rocky in 3 days but struggled to be given the green light for the main role. However he stuck to his guns, plugged away and believed in what potential and talent he had. Since that film he has never looked back and I still to this day listen and believe in his speeches taken from the films: ‘If you know what your worth, then go and get what your worth, but you got to willing to take the hits and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you want to be because of him or her or anybody, cowards do that and that ain't you! Your better than that!’ This I feel is such a true saying and one that sticks with me as when I was younger, when I wasn’t very good, when I didn’t perfect my art enough, I wanted an excuse for not getting to where I wanted to be. The second quote ‘it ain't about how hard you hit, its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward! That’s how winning is done!’ Again such true words that we all take knocks, we all have to get up and keep going, keep fighting. Getting up makes us learn, makes us better and drives us ever closer to our dreams.
My wife tagged me in a short video from Dwayne Johnson. Someone who I have the upmost respect for, for his work ethnic, his continuous drive and inspiring words. I have copied the link to the video below in the hope it can inspire you and motivate you, as that inspiration is needed to believe and carry our dreams.
So you are getting married!! But where are you getting married? Who do you invite? What theme should you go for? What flowers do you need? What church? What food? What entertainment? First dance music? Arghhhhhhhhh!!!
Firstly congratulations!!!! You are getting married! Now its time for the fun to really begin and time for you to enjoy planning your big day.
I have been married for two years and I still remember my wife tearing her hair out with a million questions from table plans to flowers and from songs the DJ should play to what food we should eat! The options are endless but here are some tips to help!
Tip 1: Plan well in advance
Like most things in life you should always plan well in advance and give yourself plenty of time to find what you are looking for, by planning well in advance you can spread the cost of all the things you want on your big day as well as feel more relaxed and not rushed leading up to the big day.
Tip 2: Don’t be overwhelmed
I remember going to a lot of wedding fairs and having people throw leaflet after leaflet at me and try the hard sell on the day of the wedding fair. Don’t feel pressured to purchase anything at a wedding fair unless you know you really want it and don’t feel like you have to like everything. Remember its your day!
Tip 3: Make it different
I am sure you have been to a wedding and thought it lacked that spark. Think outside the box and think what you would enjoy if you were a guest, its your day so make it one to remember and add things that will make it memorable and get people talking about your special day
Tip 4: Plan together
Remember there are two people getting married and so the big day should be planned by both of you to ensure you are both going to really enjoy it, you both have great ideas and the combination will make the day even better!
Tip 5: Enjoy it!
When the big day arrives, enjoy every minute and soak the atmosphere up and the day a sponge. So many people told me that your wedding day flies by but it is so true! So cherish every second and try and step back and take it all in!
Tip 6: Don’t let the weather spoil your day!
We all wish for sunshine at a wedding but did you know its good luck for it to rain? It was so hot on my wedding day I was badly sunburnt and had to ask the videographer to have the final video in black and white it was that bad! So don’t let the weather spoil the day, if its sunny make sure you get the sun cream on if you are like me and if it rains then your photographer will still get some amazing pictures, its your day not the weathers!!
Tip 7: Family Peace
We all have family members who don’t get on or who you don’t particularly like but feel as though you have to invite them. If you don’t then well done for being brave but if you do include them and show them a good time!
Tip 8: Payments on the day
If you are paying any suppliers on the day, sort the money out before hand in separate envelopes and let the best man or a trustworthy guest sort the payments out. There’s nothing worse than being chased around for payments and having to count money out after one to many drinks! If you can pay before the big day to get it out of the way then there’s nothing to worry about. All good suppliers will be happy to take payment before your wedding and be happy to provide a receipt!
Have fun, enjoy the day and enjoy spending the rest of your lives together!
Being a Close-Magician means I get to travel all over the UK at various events and venues and meet so many wonderful people. Some inspire, some make you laugh, some make you feel motivated and others give you strength and make you understand how lucky so many of us are to be healthy.
On Friday 16th June I was privileged to be booked for The Rosemere Touch Of Pink Ball organised by Mr Srinivasan. The evening was a great success with a huge turnout from NHS staff, Rosemere supporters and guests who have stood up and fought cancer. The evening was full of entertainment including the very funny Ted Robbins, Amy Fields playing wonderful music on the violin, myself performing close up Magic as guests arrived and around the tables during dinner and a DJ carrying the crowd through to the early hours.
The atmosphere was fantastic and it was a joy to perform for so many wonderful and inspiring people. We live in such an unfortunate world now as we are confronted with terrible illnesses and a world divided by race and religion that attending events like this make me realise the amount of good in the world and how the human nature and spirit is incredibly strong.
I am sure I am not the only person who wished we could end the divide in the world and cure all illnesses but seeing so many people come together as one is inspiring and makes me see how under such unfortunate circumstances we can all stand as one and support one another.
I was sent some pictures from the evening, which I have shared underneath this blog. If you are affected by Cancer or would like to support The Rosemere Cancer Foundation please click here
So the wedding season is in full swing and I have had the great pleasure of performing right across Lancashire at many events and venues. From Bartle Hall to Shrigley Hall, Grasshoppers to Wigan Cricket club, White Bull at Alston to Hotel Football, Eaves Hall to the Midland Hotel. Each event has been amazing and has been so much fun!
I have managed to find the time to have 4 days away in Wales with the family to recharge my batteries. Even when I am away and taking long strolls on the beach with my dog Mavis, the brain is still thinking and planning new material and looking at what else I can bring to my performance.
Over the last year I have been working hard to bring new routines and ideas into my act and although some haven't worked out I am delighted to say a lot have and so these will begin to filter into my number 1 act very soon.
It gets harder and harder to produce the impossible but its a challenge I relish and am keen to conquer! The best Magic I feel is quick and to the point, highly visual and that will leave people stunned.
It's back to business as normal from tomorrow where I am performing all over Lancashire at a charity event, wedding, private party and restuarant. The fun never stops and with a new website nearly complete, I am just about ready to start filming some new videos, so look out for those too!
So you may have heard about me from friends or family and now want to know why you should book me for your next event rather than another Magician..
There is so much more to performing Magic than just doing trick after trick after trick. My Magic is based on many principles all of which i have learnt over the years. From starting Drama School at the age of 8 i was taught how to perform, how to entertain and how to connect with my audience. Its vital to deliver a polished performance where the Magic is exceptional and the performance is exceptional. I take great pride in each and every performance i am booked for and take great pride in the effects that i have created for you to see up close and personal.
Forget the usual pick a card tricks, the special trick decks and pulling a coin from someones ear. My new generation of Magic delivers so much more! The demand for me to perform across the UK and the world grows year to year, from cards appearing in impossible locations such as bottles, other peoples jackets and even my shoe, to causing smoke to flow from my bare hands and producing various items from fire. Its this level of skill and dexterity that leaves my audience speechless, in fits of laughter and demanding more and more!
I have been very lucky to gain great help and advice from many of the worlds top Magicians including the UK's best Magician Paul Daniels. Each effect is carefully selected, carefully structured, carefully choreographed and practised to perfection in order to look and feel like real Magic.
Magic has become my life, to be able to meet and perform for young or old is a true honour and i am humbled to be able to share what i do each time i perform.
I am proud to perform at any event big or small and will guarantee your event being one that everyone talks about, remembering entertainment like no other.
There are MANY Magicians on the Internet, all claiming to be the next best thing, however my goal and ambition is to prove to each and every single audience why i should be your number one choice:
* Over 10 years performing experience
* Performer at many prestigious events and venues around the world
* Creator of Best selling effects for Magicians worldwide
* Performer for soap stars, Footballers and even Royalty
* Resident Magician at various restaurants and Football Clubs for over 6 years
* Not just Magic Tricks, but a true entertaining performance!
* Award-Winning Magician
* Creative in his art, pushing the boundaries to give you and your guests new Magic that wont have been seen before
So please get in touch and discuss how I can make your next event one to remember!
Here is a fun little interactive magic Trick for you all to enjoy....
Let you mind go blank.................. That was quick!!!
Click the play button and enjoy!
Jason Rea Magic
Enjoy reading all the latest news! where I have been performing and what is coming up over the next few weeks!