About Martin Reed

Apart from “Can you make my wife disappear?”…one the most common questions that I am asked when mentioning that I am a Magician is “So how did you get into magic then?”.

Like most young children, I was always keen and interested in learning a few magic ‘tricks’, however it wasn’t until the age of 18 that I began learning professional ‘sleight of hand’ magic.

At the age of 21, I realised that it would potentially take me years to get my name around on the UK circuit, so I packed up and flew to Spain attempting to make a living in Magic. I started by simply performing close-up magic table to table in bars, literally just for tips. On the first night of trying this, I was offered a 7 night per week contract by one of the bar’s managers to perform exclusively in 3 of his bars along the sea front in Benidorm…lucky I didn’t nick his watch before given the offer!

After two months performing seven nights per week in the beachfront bars, I was noticed by the management of the largest variety show venue in Spain, boasting the largest stage in Europe, The Benidorm Palace. Here I became the resident close-up magician for five years performing close-up magic on spotlight, table to table in front of audiences of over 1000 nightly. I was also offered a spot on the stage, which in turn gave me the drive to increase my knowledge and experience in magic by developing and performing a dove and parrot magic act, followed by making a 16 metre long Lear Jet Aeroplane magically appear on the stage…now known as the World’s largest stage illusion.

After gaining a large amount of experience in visual stage magic & illusions, I decided it was time to develop my life-time ambition to travel the world whilst performing. I therefore further developed two 45 minute stage shows coupling visual magic with comedy. After performing over a thousand shows at the Benidorm Palace, I performed by chance to table with a cruise line booker and his wife, which lead to performing on over 100 cruise ships worldwide for a further 5 years.

At 33 years old and settled with my family in West Sussex, I now perform Close-up & Comedy Stage Magic at various corporate events, weddings, private parties and more in London, throughout the UK & worldwide upon request.

So there you have it…that’s how I got started and what I have been up to over the last 15 years. So…if you are looking for a professional and experienced Magician to entertain at your upcoming event, check my availability or contact my agent now for booking information and I’ll appear magically (or by car) at your venue soon!