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Magician for weddings in York

Magical wedding entertainment,
parties and corporate events
Martin Waring - York Magician



Martin Waring is one of the best close up and table magicians in York. He covers York, Yorkshire and the North. If you’re looking for an amazing magician then contact Martin today. He will be happy to discuss options for your wedding entertainment, party, or other event.

Close up magic is a wonderful ice breaker and talking point. It helps to ensure that your guests are entertained and that your event is memorable. Many times guests get to take home souvenirs of the magic that they treasure for years. Often the feedback from guests is that they are still talking about your event for months after.

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Book Martin Waring, close up and table magician York as your wedding magician in York, Yorkshire or the North. Delight your guests with amazing, fun and engaging entertainment.

Strolling close up magic during the drinks reception
Magic that happens in the spectators own hands
Tricks and puzzles for children to keep them busy
Table magic between courses during the wedding breakfast
Effects with borrowed items like coins, rings and phones
Special jaw dropping effects for the top table
Impossible souvenirs to keep as a memento

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Magic is the perfect entertainment for corporate functions and it will make your event highly memorable for your guests. You can hire Martin as your corporate magician in York and the North. His interactive close up magic is ideal as an ice breaker for a company party. He will entertain your guests, bringing delight and fun to your occasion.

Thinking about organising a Trade Show? Martin's magic can be the perfect addition that will leave your guests thrilled and excited about your event. Read More.


Whether you are planning a Christmas Party, a Birthday Party or a special celebration get your party started by hiring Martin as your party magician?

As both close up magician and table magician Martin will amaze your guests with his strolling close up magic, often using items he borrows from your guests. Your guests will be talking about what they have experienced for months to come. The emphasis is always on providing fun and enjoyment for your guests.

Martin is available as a party magician in York, Yorkshire and across the North. Read More.

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  • «I had worked with Martin on a number of events in the past and when we booked our wedding I jumped at the chance to share his magic with our guests. He didn't disappoint. From the beginning of our wedding planning journey, he was professional and reassuring and couldn't do enough to help make our day especially magical. He definitely provided a service over and above - capturing additional moments on camera and assisting with the running of the day alongside his impressive skills as a magician. We are immensely grateful. See you at the many birthdays and anniversaries to come - the new Mr and Mrs Hampshire!» Google Review

  • « We initially hired Martin to video our wedding and only found out when we met him that he also did magic. This wasn't something I had intended to have at the wedding but I am so glad I did. Our guests loved being entertained during the drinks reception when we were having the 'formal' photos done and again after the wedding breakfast and the tricks he performed really were jaw dropping!!»

  • « Thank you so much for coming to our wedding reception and performing magic tricks throughout. You added so much fun and entertainment to the day and I'll never figure out the magic! »

  • «Martin came to my 16th (in Leap Year) birthday party. I can't praise him enough. He enhanced the whole day with his extraordinary skills. Lovely to be with, brilliant performer and he can clearly read and understand his audience. I highly recommend him for any sized event. He just fits in perfectly. Everyone loved him. Thank you Martin!» Google Review

  • «Martin was fantastic at our party and I was so pleased I booked him. He has a great manner with people. It was only a small event and he handled it brilliantly, circulating well and entertaining people without it becoming a big magic show. I can thoroughly recommend him, the magic is excellent and my guests loved it.» Google Review

  • «Martin really enhanced the drinks reception and wedding breakfast by entertaining the guests in small groups or at their tables. He started as soon as the ceremony was over and stayed until the band was ready to start after the meal. People loved his gentle style of magic, they were fascinated by how he achieved his magic and whole tables were giving him a round of applause. What Martin says on his website is exactly what he does. He was well worth his fee-I can’t recommend him more highly.» Google Review

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  • How much do magicians cost?
    Close up magician prices.

    Prices depend on several factors such as how many people you have at your party, location etc. I will quote you a fixed price for your event. I do not charge by the hour - I like to keep things simple.

  • Is your magic suitable for children?

    My magical entertainment is primarily aimed at entertaining the adults but I have puzzles and tricks for young ones too and even very young children may appreciate some of the effects.

  • What sort of tricks do you do in a walk around and table setting?

    Mainly effects that I can carry in my pockets. They usually involve things like coins, playing cards, cutlery, phones, dice, cords and laces - that sort of thing. I especially like to perform effects with items that end up in unusual places or mind reading type effects that appear impossible.

  • Do you do anything dangerous?

    No - I don't use fire or anything hazardous in my magical performance.

magician yorkrecent bookings

  • York Party Magician - Fun party for John Hornby's 70th at Burn Hall

John Hornsby's birthday party at Burn Hall

"Absolutely amazing. Martin was brilliant,his tricks were unbelievable.Such a lovely guy unobtrusive not " in your face" Punctual,and not in any hurry to end the evening. The day after our 70th birthday celebrations the main topic from the celebrations was The Magic. Please do book Martin Waring you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended

Thank you for entertaining us
June Hornby"

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  • York Party Magician - My latest young assistant and one of many spectators she tried the trick on

Julia Foulger's 65th birthday party

"I hired Martin for my 65th birthday party and he was brilliant. There was a lot going on because we had a live band. Martin fitted around everything else which must have been difficult. He was punctual, unobtrusive and very professional. My little granddaughter was mesmerised when he taught her a card trick and let her take the credit when showing it to others. One of my guests 3 days later said, “I’m still wondering how on earth he did that trick with the kiwi fruit and the £10 note.” I would recommend Martin unreservedly for any occasion."

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  • Magician at Hannah and Paul Hampshire's wedding - photo by Hip to Heart photography - image 1

Hannah and Paul's Wedding at Crab Manor

"I had worked with Martin on a number of events in the past and when we booked our wedding I jumped at the chance to share his magic with our guests. He didn't disappoint. 

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  • Magic for Caroline and Peter Hepworth in Crayke near York

Peter and Caroline Hepworth

"Absolutely brilliant. You completely wowed all our guests with your magical skill. We had a lot of guests who did not know each other and you helped to create a very relaxed, convivial atmosphere. We highly recommend you for any party. Thank you so much."

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  • Magician at Tracey and Nick's wedding party at the Allerthorpe Golf and Park Retreat, near York 1

Tracey and Nicks wedding party

"Martin joined us for our wedding party. He wowed our guests and his magic, his tricks were amazing. The kids absolutely loved his magic, he even taught them a trick of their own! Absolute pleasure to have him join us, and make our day special and memorable. Would highly recommend. Thanks very much Martin."

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  • Magician for Vicky and Andrews Disney themed wedding in Malton 1

Vicky and Andrews wedding in Malton

"Martin is a super lovely man and fabulous magician. All my guests at my wedding enjoyed his fab magic tricks as well as me. Children and adults. Thank you so much Martin making our day extra magic".

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About Me

Magic has been a passion of mine since 2003 when I first discovered a magic stall in York market. I bought a few tricks and started practising them on friends and family.

A couple that I got to know on a trip to Ghana in 2004 then invited me to perform a stand-up show at their wedding. The reactions I got, to my then amateurish performance as a magician, were sensational and I realised that I had the potential to develop this new found hobby into something much more professional.

Since then I have performed as a magician at a range of events including parties, weddings, formal dinners, trade shows, a hunt ball, christenings and festivals, mainly but not exclusively in North Yorkshire.

My preferred style is to do close-up magic at tables making things disappear and reappear in unusual places, often the magic happens right in your guests' own hands.

I work with mostly cards, coins, borrowed rings, strings, borrowed phones and some more unusual items.

I also love to perform mentalist type effects but my aim is not to prove anything, merely to entertain people. If people tell me that they've had fun and they often do, then I know I've achieved what I've set out to do.

Martin Waring - Magician York

What is it about magic that makes it so engaging?

I often ask myself what is the magic ingredient that captures people’s imagination and makes them want to see more and more. When I tap into that rich vein of enthusiasm and people are waving me over to their table and then after my ‘show’ at their table, showing their appreciation, what is the feeling that makes them behave that way?

I remember the first time I saw a magician performing close up magic for me it was a totally different experience to watching magic on the television. As a recipient, or spectator as magicians like to call them, you are participating in what seems like a little play in which you have your part and you know that if you play your part as instructed, something unexpected and magical will happen. Of course all through the ‘play’ you are keen to understand what is happening and how the magical elements work. But if you can suspend too much doubt you know that if the magician is doing his job well, you will once more experience a feeling that you once had as a child, seeing something wonderful for the very first time.

For me, if I find the magician trustworthy and I know that I’m not going to be made a fool of I can safely re-enter that child like world of wonder and amazement and experience again what it is like to be genuinely amazed. Of course I know that I am being ‘fooled’ and I am balancing that feeling of amazement with a curiosity about ‘how it’s done’. The more experience of magic I get the more likely it is that I am going to be able to guess at part or sometimes all of the method being used.

This understanding of my own attraction to and experience of close up magicians gives me some insight into how the magic might appear to my audience, my spectators.

I also know that, for whatever reason, some people don’t like being fooled by a magician. I find that sad but I have to respect that and move on.

For people who are willing to engage with what I am doing I treat them with warmth and respect, albeit if I feel they can take it I may indulge in a bit of playful banter.

I believe that it is important that my spectators feel safe that they are not going to be embarrassed by what I do as a magician.

Stories are important to some magic effects. Without stories a trick can become a series of moves with cards and a story helps the trick along, giving it a structure and also that feeling of childlike openness to the magic of the effect.

Pacing is important too. Whilst I am doing one effect I am on the lookout for the next effect. I’m looking for rings and phones I could use for my next effect. I’m also watching the table for which people have that gleam in their eye that tells me that they will make a wonderful audience for my next trick. Of course the ultimate is to get the whole table on side and clapping at the end which of course gets the other tables wondering when it’s going to be their turn.

So I feel that for me, the magic is as much about engagement with people and winning their trust in me to entertain them. When I have that trust I can safely try out new effects that I haven’t yet quite mastered if I tell them that ‘this is new to me’. I can almost feel them willing me on for the trick to work.

Why I love teaching people how to perform a trick.

At a lot of events I do these days I will show someone how to perform a trick that is almost self working and then help them, if they are willing, to perform it at a table. Obviously I’m not going to reveal the  method behind my best effects but it adds to the fun to find someone who is up for it, what it is like to perform as a magician for other people and receive the applause. 

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Magician York Venues

Previous venues where I have performed as a close up magician include:

The York Hilton, The Marriott Hotel, The Monk Bar Hotel, The Cedar Court Grand Hotel, Hazlewood Castle, The Pavilion Hotel, Churchills Hotel, Burn Hall, Aldwark Manor, The Hospitium, The Merchant Adventurer's Hall, Sandburn Hall, York Racecourse, The National Railway Museum, Chiquitos, Fairfield Manor, Biltmore Bar, Rowley Manor, Barley Hall, The Parsonage at Escrick, St William's College, Solberge Hall, Middlethorpe Hall, The Grange Hotel, The Morritt Country House Hotel,  Hotel du Vin, York's Chocolate Story, The Golden Lion in Northallerton, Kellington Manor Hotel, The Wensleydale Creamery, The Crown Hotel Harrogate, The Palm Court Hotel, Scarborough, The Alice Hawthorne gastro pub, The Holiday Inn York, Rotherham Golf Club, Crewe Hall Hotel, Woodhill Hall, Otterburn, The Salix Yurts, York, The Durham Ox in Crayke plus numerous private houses, marquees, village halls, various old people's homes, Driffield Showground, The Great Big Welly Fest, an RAF base and an Army base.

Wedding Magician near me

  • « We initially hired Martin to video our wedding and only found out when we met him that he also did magic. This wasn't something I had intended to have at the wedding but I am so glad I did. Our guests loved being entertained during the drinks reception when we were having the 'formal' photos done and again after the wedding breakfast and the tricks he performed really were jaw dropping!! »

  • « Thank you so much for coming to our wedding reception and performing magic tricks throughout. You added so much fun and entertainment to the day and I'll never figure out the magic! »

  • « I can't express just how fantastic Martin was. All of our guests were wowed and amazed and even the children throughly got involved in the magic! Martin was the absolute professional even when the kids almost ruined the magic! I knew when I booked Martin that he was good, I had seen some videos but I wasn't prepared for how genuinely nice he is and how much he made our day better for being there! Thank you so so much for being a part of our wedding! »

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Last update 21st December 2020

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