Simchas Live, Jewish News presents Simchas Live, Features, Simchas Live 2017I must confess I’m a sucker for magic, says Brie Bailey. Blame it on my inner fairy, but if there is anyone at a party who can make things disappear, I’ll find them.
It’s the mechanics and sleight of hand that fascinates me and after an entire evening with Dynamo, I still couldn’t begin to fathom how he did his tricks.
At the show this year ,we have three maestros of magic, but reading about them can’t compare to seeing them conjure live…
Stephen Barry is a multi award-winning magician, mind reader, hypnotist and pickpocket who shatters all the cheesy clichés of a typical magician. You won’t find any spotty silk handkerchiefs, bunches of flowers or rabbits in top hats.
Stephen joined The Magic Circle in 1997 and was later promoted to Associate of the Inner Magic Circle. A favourite with VIPs and celebrities, Stephen has been the resident magician at the TV Choice Awards and Inside Soap Awards for the past 10 years and, in 2014, gained an exclusive contract with Gilgamesh and Shaka Zulu in Camden as their regular magician performing Saturday nights from 7pm to 11pm. Stephen can perform, mix and mingle, table to table or on stage to your own personal requirements. Adapting his style to offer a bespoke service, Stephen can be the ice-breaker at a wedding reception performing tricks alongside canapés or on stage as the cabaret.
stephenbarry.co.uk / 07787 556083
When Derren Brown describes another entertainer as “absolutely amazing”, you take notice and that is what he said about Matthew Garrett, who won the highest award in the UK for close-up magic – The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of The Year.
Matthew can transform a mundane function into an unforgettable social event, and his philosophy on magic is to relax his audience and then astound them.
He can do tricks between courses at a wedding or barmitzvah or a full show, and his appearances on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky are a testament to his ability to entertain.
professionalmagic.com / O7511 933 386
Joshua Hennes may be at the threshold of his career as a magician, but being almost 16 works in his favour when entertaining young people, as they identify with him.
The JCoSS pupil got into magic aged seven, although it was then just another interest alongside football and “a lot of tennis and surfing, including competing at the Maccabiah Games”.
But it was perfecting origami, yo yo and juggling that turned magic into more, and much practising for friends and family led to Josh becoming a member, and finalist, for close up and stage performances in the Junior Magic Circle.
Performing at exclusive events around the UK and several internationally has prepared Josh for what he hopes will be a long run doing simchas.
07983533612 / @joshmagician
Come along to Jewish News presents Simchas Live on Sunday 22 October at the Village Hotel, Elstree, 11am to 4pm.
Read the supplement here: