About Neil

Lucky Full-time Professional Magician

How did it all start I hear you ask? Well if you are comfortable then I shall begin.

I don’t remember exactly how old I was but it was certainly between 6 and 10 years old that I was given a Paul Daniels Magic set after being thrown out of Cubs after 3 weeks for refusing to take a part in any of the activities.

I remember playing with the shrinking and growing magic wand, the little plastic paddle and the rope/ring but being a shy child kept what I’d learnt to myself.

When the teenage years came around, new and more important endeavours put magic on hold completely and I thought my magician years had been left behind forever.

It was in my last term of my last year in University, where I was doing a television production course, that I was diagnosed with cancer and had several long stays in the hospital.

It was here that a friend bought me what they thought of as a novelty present. A cheap plastic set of cups and balls.

My First Professional Magician Event

It secretly started off the passion that had lain dormant in me for the good part of 9 years. From there it all kicked off and I started learning all the close-up magic I could get my hands on and spent every hour of free time either reading, watching or practising magic.

Magic helped me shake off my shyness with strangers and I became a shameless showman.

Whenever I left the house I would have pockets full of magic, whether I was out with friends or at the workplace, and I wasn’t afraid to perform to anyone in the vicinity.

It was from a colleague where I got my first professional event. The Pool Bar on Old Street. I took a huge case of every magic trick I’d ever bought and therefore spent half the gig looking through my props rather than working the room.

My real training in magic began here. Even though I was extremely nervous people at the event loved what I did and started inviting me to perform at their events. Most notably a club night at the Bloomsbury Bowl called “Pin Up” which ran once a month for an entire year in 2007.

They say that time flies when you’re having fun and that is certainly the case for me with many highlights that I will treasure.

As a total science nerd, I was very excited when I was asked to perform at the Humanist of the year awards 2011.

I got to perform for many scientists and academics such as Peter Atkins (Former Professor of Chemistry at Oxford), Lawrence Krauss (renowned theoretical physicist), AC Grayling (Philosopher) and Richard Dawkins (evolutionary biologist). They all loved my act and it is something I will remember forever.

I’m Trusted With Some Of The Most Important Days

Other highlights include working the Christmas Party for the company BP at Twickenham Stadium and working with one of the top magicians in the country for an investment bank at a very swanky private members club.

Of the many things that continue to motivate me and fuels my passion, the one that tops the list are the people who have enjoyed my magic and then trusted me with the most important of days such as weddings, anniversaries and landmark birthdays.

To then receive written letters and emails from them thanking me for adding an extra touch of magic to the day is really the icing on a well-decorated cake.

With so many years of professionally performing for different audiences, it has been an amazing learning experience and although it is now second nature to me there is always more to learn and new amazing people to meet and share a magical experience with.

I hope you have enjoyed my quick biography. Enjoy looking at the rest of my website.

Experience a Unique Kind of Magic!

Imagine having a professional magician mingling amongst your friends and family creating bursts of spontaneous applause, laughter and delighted gasps of surprise and disbelief…
Martin WilcoxMartin Wilcox
10:30 26 Jul 22
Having known Neil for a while we were delighted that he agreed to come to our wedding reception and entertain our guests with his close-up magic. When he suggested being our MC as well we were delighted. Neil helped our day go so smoothly and took away any worries about how the reception was running. The look on the faces of adults (including my 90 year old mum) and children at his magic were brilliant as he went from table to table absolutely captivating everyone. His personable and funny style was a perfect fit to the relaxed semi-informal wedding we were hoping for. Thank you so much Neil.Martin & Helen
Laura DasheyLaura Dashey
18:09 19 Jul 22
Neil performed at our wedding last weekend and he was absolutely incredible! All the guests commented how fantastic he was and he just made the day even more special. I’m still absolutely baffled by his tricks, I’ve no idea how he does it! Thank you again Neil for making our day so magical. Highly recommend!Thanks,Laura & Richard Kosmala xx
Will WoodhouseWill Woodhouse
08:03 21 Jun 22
Neil is a master of his craft and a consummate professional.We booked him for my 50th birthday and for two hours he mingled with my guest amazing then with his repertoire. Neil is a member of my networking group and I’ve seen many of his tricks before, but it’s testament to Neil that it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen them, it’s still entertaining, and it’s great watching your guests reactions.Some of my friends are very clever people who enjoy nothing more than catching you out, and they were watching Neil like hawks, and yet they too were blown away.Thanks so much Neil, you add something extra to every event you’re part of.If you’ve got an event or wedding, don’t hesitate, book him.
Darren SpiveyDarren Spivey
09:08 29 May 22
I have seen Neil Edwards perform and have always been impressed by his style of performance. Very natural and entertaining.
Jon BJon B
10:05 12 Apr 22
We met Neil a few years ago at a wedding fair. There were maybe 5 other magicians but none of them made a fraction of the impression on us as Neil did. The communication on the lead up to the wedding (even through the chaos of covid) was so good, never had to wait too long for an answer and was always available if we needed anything. Nothing was ever too much hassle. On the day, Neil kept everything running as smoothly as possible and amazed absolutely everybody with his magic and kept the guests laughing all day. We had so much fun watching you, and playing the hilarious Mr & Mrs paddle game. We had so many compliments about Neil and had been asked by a lot of guests for his details. Definitely worth the money! We can’t recommend highly enough. Absolutely insane. Thank you so so much for everything Neil ????From Amber & Jon Xx