Mandy Davis - Diva of Deception

The Diva of Deception, Mandy Davis, is a professional close up magician and balloon modeller working for the corporate market as well as banquets, dinners, receptions, weddings, bar/batmitzvahs, private parties etc. As a member of The Magic Circle, she is chairman of the Young Magicians Club and editor of their coveted glossy magic magazine. Mandy is also a member of Equity.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF OUR HEARTS ETC ETC...

It seems we've taken on more than we thought we were for tomorrow (or now it's tonight's) charity event. We were in conversation with people who form a committee called Kentongales. They raise money for the Nightingale where my mum lives. We offered/agreed to perform for an evening they would arrange - supper with magic. All sounded great but their marketing was abysmal!

The leaflets I was given to advertise the event were badly put together with clip art cartoon magicians' heads and rabbits out of hats. No one has bothered to find out about us, whether we are amateur enthusiasts who wave silks around or whether we can actually sustain an evening's event!



It turns out that the evening starts at 7 pm and goes on till 10.30 and it's up to us to keep the people entertained. They have managed to raise 70 people - 7 tables and we are supplying one of those. Earlier I made a call and was told we were to do whatever we wanted. So we're hoping the evening will run like this:

Arrival 7 - 7.30pm with me making balloons for as many of the ladies as possible; supper is on table (quiche and salad bits) so everyone eats including us; then during dessert raffle tickets sold and we'll run Rob's quiz with Heads or Tails game; close up magic from us both. Ali Bongo's puzzles on table for table entries throughout this time plus coffee and danish pastries (I think); then raffle drawn, another heads or tails quiz and finally Rob's cabaret. Hopefully that'll bring us to 10.15 - 10.30 and we can all go home.

Wish us luck with it.... I just hope I can keep my cool with these incompetent people.

2 Comments:

Blogger Brian Sibley said...

Hope it went better than expectations -- YOURS, I mean!

I think you have suffered from something that all magicians have to endure: competing with other people's downsized expectations caused, perhaps, by previously having only experienced poor, amateur magic.

"England and America are over-populated with enthusiasts with little skill and less idea of showmanship, performing for a pittance or purely for pleasure at church concerts, charity bazaars, clubs, dinners, and wherever they can find an audience to suffer them."

That was the view of Harry Leat expressed in ----- guess when? 1928!!

Hope you had a really good evening and I've absolutely no doubt that you and Rob made it really magical for everyone and left the guests very happy and, most importantly, with changed perceptions and expectations of magic...

6:35 am  
Blogger Brian Sibley said...

This is a NEW comment left by BS at 11.35 pm on Sunday night, so mandy can test the options to accept or reject comments posted to her blog.

11:39 pm  

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