Close up magician Russ Appleby has been providing amazing magic in a professional way since 2002. Russ travels nationwide & specialises in exciting & engaging magic for wedding guests.
Products and Services
This is as close to modern magic as you can get. Russ uses personal objects & creates an ever lasting memory for your guests. Magic is great for creating a buzz, filling unexpected gaps & is a real talking point for friends or family who may never have met before. No sponge balls, rope or bad jokes in sight, this is modern magic at its best.
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
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Press & Awards
Accreditations / Associations (3)
International Brotherhood of Magicians
What is your most memorable wedding?
Star Wars themed on May 4th.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Fast, modern, exciting, engaging, magicial.
What about your business are you most proud of?
Word of mouth bookings, it's always a great honour to be asked to perform for someone off the back of a booking. It's even more special when that person is also a magician, great honour.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Spread the entertainment out, dark rooms with a dj playing is not the best setting for close up magic.
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
Lego characters for each of the guests made up to look like them. Very clever & original.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
Exchange emails, possibly speak on the phone or meet in person if required, receive a deposit, send a receipt & see them on the day. I like to keep it simple & let them concentrate on all the other organising whilst I take care of my side of things.
What is your No. 1 top tip for keeping a crowd entertained?
Engage them all by getting them involved in the magic, borrowing items or letting them take part in it.
Where is the most memorable place you have performed?
Norway was great, castles are always fun. Film sets were memorable but anywhere can be amazing with the right magic.
Have you had any interesting surprises at a wedding?
Because of repeat bookings by word of mouth, people tend to show me bent coins or playing cards from years ago which they still carry around with them to show people.
What is your party trick?
I'm a magician, everything I do is a party trick 😁