Mandy Davis - Diva of Deception

Mandy Davis - Diva of Deception - is a professional close up magician working for banquets, dinners, receptions, weddings, bar/batmitzvahs, private parties etc. A member of The Inner Magic Circle, she serves on their ruling Council and currently holds several posts. . Mandy is also a member of Equity and twice honoured with the Society of American Magicians' Presidential Citation.

Friday, July 17, 2009


It's been a while since I've either read Brian's blog (or anyone else's) or written my own but I've been compelled to do this now as Brian has all but given up on me! He apparently tagged me over a week ago and I hadn't noticed because I hadn't visited!

It's an arduous meme too 26 answers required, with pictures to stop it being boring as it's all about me! So here goes:

Age: No answer, too many young magicians read this!

Bed Size: Double - because other sizes are expensive and we don't seem to spend big money on house stuff. The duvet is king size though - does that count?

Chore you hate: Is that the one I don't like doing but do anyway - cleaning the loo, washing the floor. Or the one I hate so much I don't do it - washing windows, gardening, decorating, putting things away!

Dog's name: We don't have a dog now as we never know when we are going to go away. When I was ten my grandma nagged my aunt to go rescue a dog advertised free in a newspaper. Once she'd brought it home my grandma said 'What do you want a dog for, better you give it to the children!' So our family of two adults and two children (three of whom terrified of dogs) acquired Sherry the Cocker Spaniel or, to give his full name, Sheridan Ostler of Ware, He stayed with the family for around fifteen years and when he had to be put down as he was so ill my brother told everyone my mum was the 'dog murderer', because she'd taken him to the vet, for years afterwards.

Essential Start your Day Item: Cocopops (when I'm home) and prunes in hotels.

Favourite colour: Blue since a child but nowadays loving pink so guess i've mellowed.

Gold or silver: I thought i loved gold but I think I prefer silver as it shows up so much better whether tanned or not.

Height: 5' 1.5"

Instruments You Play: You should be glad the answer is none! Can't even sing and that is not being modest, it's true. No sense of rhythm, [refer spoken word to music!

Job Title: Magician

Kids: One son, Hadleigh, who lives in Phoenix.

Living Arrangements: Now what does that mean? Who with? Type of house? Owner occupier or rented? I live with Rob, my partner of 16 years and husband of 11 months in a terraced ex-council house.

Mum's name: Myra - sadly she doesn't know her own name now, let alone mine.

Nicknames: This might give my age away - I was called Ricey at school because of the prominence in the news of Mandy Rice Davis and in teens was also called Randy Mandy for no reason at all other than the words rhymed!

Overnight Hospital Stay other than birth: Mine or someone else's birth? Mind you, Hadleigh's birth was not the first time - I was there for nine weeks, six before and three afterwards. I was in hospital as a child for: adenoids, then for a hole drilled in the bone of my nose to stop mucus traveling to the brain and killing me within hours (I don't know, I was two but my mum said so). Then there was a few years gap till ten and was in for two weeks to learn how to inject myself with insulin; then... wisdom teeth; infected lymph gland; benign breast lump, hysterectomy. I should also include the two weeks I stayed in a London hospital but was allowed out during the day so they could monitor blood sugars - had a great time shopping, theatres, films, museums! Well... you asked!

Pet Peeve: Being patronised!

Quote from a movie: I can never remember things like that from movies although I want to. I suppose the obvious one - 'I'll think about that tomorrow!' from Vivienne Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind - or 'I am born' from any production of David Copperfield.

Right or left handed: Left which makes learning card flourishes and fancy stuff difficult.

Sports: Absolutely not! Not playing nor watching!

Time You Wake Up: You have to realise we don't even think about going to bed before 3 a.m. and lately it's been nearer 4 before putting out the light so wake up tends to be around 11.

Underwear: Always

Vegetable you dislike: Beetroot and cooked spinach. The spinach reminds me of the night we arrived late at a hotel in Belgium and they did us a favour and made us supper - Eggs Florentine, poached eggs on a bed of spinach. I can still see my brother crying and her my mum and I retching as my dad insisted we ate it so as not to offend anyone!

Ways You Run Late: If I'm working I'm always early. But if I'm meeting people or just going somewhere like visitng my mum or deciding I must leave the house to shop or go to the bank - I misjudge how long everything will take me before I go out or how long the journey will be or start doing things that 'will only take a minute'.

X-Rays You've Had: Give me a break - you can see the list of hospital visits I've had! Most recent one was a couple of months ago to see if I have Arthritis in my hands - but I don't.

Yummy Food You Make: Good old-fashioned Jewish Chicken soup. Oh - and a mean Christmas turkey! Take your pick - I please everyone!

Zoo Favourite: Whipsnade! Seriously - I love that zoo. You can drive from area to area and the animals appear to have freedom but it's not like a Safari Park so you don't have to be confined to your car either. I also love Regents Park - and although I remember Brumus the Polar Bear cub, my favourite Zoo animal was Guy the Gorilla.

So I'm done - I know that no one else will do this but I feel honour-bound to tag people so I am tagging Rob Cox and Mark Lee! Of course, Hadleigh, you don't have a blog yet but consider yourself tagged too!