Richard Parsons

Close-up Magician - weddings and corporate events



Richard is a full-time professional magician (one of only a few full-time magicians in the UK). As a successful and in-demand close-up magician and table magician based in the South West county of Gloucestershire, Richard travels all over the South West, to London, the Midlands, and indeed internationally entertaining and dazzling guests with his charming and professional contemporary close-up magic and pickpocketing.

He regularly performs as a magician in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Stroud, Cirencester, Stratford Upon Avon, Warwick, Worcester and throughout Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire and beyond. He is a popular frequent entertainer at some of the Cotswolds finest hotels, castles, country houses and venues. He also entertains at corporate events regularly in London and is happy to travel.

In May 2016 he was flown to Venice Italy for five days to perform his close-up magic and pickpocketing at three large corporate events at the JW Marriott hotel. He has performed magic at the Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena in Spain at a very high profile destination wedding. He is in high demand for his wedding magic and is a hand-picked supplier for both Rock My Wedding and Smashing the Glass, the largest wedding blogs and jewish wedding blogs respectively.

Richard can also be hired as a trade show magician for your next trade show to create a buzz at your stand, increase footfall and help you to gain more leads. Professional and ethical at all times he can represent your company well on the day and help to make sure your trade show and product is remembered. Some magic tricks can even be branded with your logo - contact Richard for more information.
  • Wedding receptions and wedding breakfast table magic
  • Magic during photos at a wedding
  • College and summer balls
  • Corporate parties and dinners
  • Charity events
  • Christmas parties
  • Smaller house parties or anniversaries
  • Trade Show magician
  • Exhibition / Expo magician
  • Pickpocket act


Corporate Clients include:
  • IBM
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Morphisec security (pickpocket act)
  • Stibo Systems (pickpocket act)
  • Gloucestershire Constabulary (pickpocket consultant)
  • Crimestoppers
  • British Army including SAS regiment
  • Royal Air Force
  • Gloucestershire College
  • Kim Bailey Racing
  • Cotswold House Hotel and Spa
  • Dormy House Hotel and Spa
  • Slaughers Manor, Cotswolds
  • Trinity Mirror group
  • Budgens
  • Gloucester Rugby Club
  • Holiday Inn

Performed at:

  • JW Marriott Venice, Italy
  • Castilla Termal Monasterio De Valbuena, Spain
  • Kingsholm (Gloucester Rugby)
  • Intercontinental London The o2
  • Houses of Parliament (members dining room)
  • The Greenway
  • Berkley Castle
  • Clearwell Castle
  • Bristol City FC, Ashton Gate stadium
  • Hilltop Country House, Cheshire
  • Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire
  • JW Marriott, Venice, Italy
  • Hatherley Manor
  • The Brewery, City of London
  • Cheltenham Park Hotel
  • Lower Slaughter Manor / Slaughters Inn, Cotswolds
  • Queens Hotel, Cheltenham
  • Hotel Du Vin, Cheltenham
  • Cheltenham Racecourse corporate area
  • Grosvenor House, London
  • Vale Resort, Wales
  • Mere Resort, Cheshire
  • London Olympia, London
  • Kingsway Hall Hotel, London
  • Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London
  • Foxhill Manor, Broadway, Worcestershire
  • Dormy House, Broadway, Worcestershire
  • Imjin Barracks, Gloucester
  • Credenhill 22 SAS Regiment, Herefordshire
  • The Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Gloucestershire
  • Wyck Hill House Hotel
  • Pendrell Hall, Staffordshire
  • Great Barn, Aynho, Oxfordshire
  • Aynhoe Park, Oxfordshire
  • The Lanesborough, London Hyde Park Corner

He has worked closely with other magicians at various top-class VIP events including performing at large corporate balls such as the Daisy Ball, held in The Great Room at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

As well as being an experienced close-up magician Richard is also a pickpocket entertainer for corporate and weddings guests (don't worry, he gives everything back). Richard has worked with security companies at London Olympia trade shows to highlight theft and security. As a professional pickpocket entertainer Richard has consulted for Gloucestershire Police and the Office of the Police Commission Gloucestershire making the public aware of distraction theft and has appeared on radio and in publications discussing the subject of distraction theft.

He was voted by The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA), the 'Best Wedding Entertainer (non musical)' in the South West for 2015 and went on to represent the South West in the London finals.

In 2016 he received the Cotswold Life Magazine 'Editor's Choice' award in front of 420 guests for his contribution to events around the Cotswolds.

At a prestigious awards ceremony in November 2016 he has again been voted South West Best Wedding Entertainment for The Wedding Industry Awards 2017 went on to become a National Finalist at the awards in January 2017.

He is a member of the world-famous Magic Circle in London and a member of Equity with full public liability insurance.

Whatever your event you can be CONFIDENT when booking Richard that you will get a full-time professional magician from the inital enquiry through to the event itself.

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