How did you first get started in magic, and when did you first start performing in front of an audience?
Ed the Magician: I have always been into magic and loved it from a very young age. My parents would always put magic shows on the TV so I could watch them.
My first public performance was when I was 18, I remember it well, a friend’s party of about 50 people. I was incredibly nervous but they loved the tricks; I got 2 bookings on the spot and I never paid for a drink all night.
Tell us a bit about your act (no spoilers though).
Ed: My act is full of magic that involves lots of participation, borrowing items, and magic that happens in the spectators hands. You can expect card magic, mind reading and lots of other things too. I won’t give away too much I don’t want to ruin the element of surprise – us magician folk are mysterious like that!
Do audiences always try and guess how a trick is done, or do you find people usually enjoy the mystery more than the answer?
Ed: There is always someone that wants to know how the tricks are done, but being a professional and member of the Magic Circle, those secrets will stay with me only. But the majority of people just like being entertained, everyone loves magic.
Big illusions on TV look great, but we hear it’s the close in magic that’s really the toughest part of any magician’s act. True?
Ed: Yes this is true, each trick should be better than the last and it can be tough if you have an outstanding opener.
Saying that, the opener is just as tough as it really needs to grab the attention and make the audience want more!
We’re planning on having some light-hearted gambling tables to add to the atmosphere on New Year’s Eve, but should we be worried if you start playing?
Ed: Ha ha good question. Is this a proposition? How about we go 70/30 in my favour?
And finally, the founding tenets of the Moulin Rouge were Freedom, Beauty, Truth and Love. Which is the most important, would you say, and why?