I perform at lots of different events over the course of the year, from outdoor festivals to corporate functions, and I have a great time at all of them; meeting lots of different folk from all walks of life, and getting them smiling and laughing with my performance.
But one of my favourite type of events will always be weddings: not only are you surrounded by people who are celebrating a joyous occasion, unified by the love they have for the two people they are there to see tie the knot; but it is also an honour to be a part of such a special day, to be one of the elements that helps people build some life-long memories.
There are many different elements that help bring such a day together, and I have had the privilege to work alongside some of the best in the business, from DJs and caterers to venue dressers, make-up artists, photographers and so many more. There are many people behind these special days and each year, to celebrate the best of the best, The Welsh National Wedding Awards are held in Swansea.
Suppliers from across Wales can throw their hat in the ring and it’s up to their brides, grooms and guests to vote for them. The country is split into five regions and there are twenty five categories. To be shortlisted for the final means you are in the top five for your category in your region. This year I entered Gatling Magic into the running as part of the Non-musical Wedding Entertainment Act category. And recently they revealed who is on the Welsh National Wedding Awards 2019 Shortlist. As you may have guessed by now… I was shortlisted for the final!
It is such an honour to have got this far, and to know that it is thanks to all those who voted for us. I am so happy knowing that all those folks have enjoyed the magic and have allowed me this amazing opportunity. So on November 3rd I’ll be heading down to Swansea to attend the awards ceremony, with everything crossed that we take home the prize. But even if that doesn’t come to pass just getting this far is truly amazing. Thank you all once again.
As the joint presidents, it was our role to present the trophies to the well-deserved winners of the competitions that we held throughout the last year.
Jay won the Stage & Cabaret competition, and as he couldn’t present the trophy to himself it was awarded to him by Rick Tynan, president of the Northern Magic Circle.
Our final duty as presidents was to hand over the chain of office to Janet Newman-Carty, the new president of the North Wales Magic Circle. We had a great year, and hope the year ahead is just as successful for the NWMC.
Every year the British Ring of the International Brotherhood of Magicians holds a convention, and this years’ was in Southport. At the convention they hold their annual stage competition, and we decided to take part.
This was Jay’s first IBM convention, and Amelia’s first for ten years, so it was a whole new experience for us. On Thursday we picked up our registration packs. There was a very relaxed pace to the convention, leaving lots of time to catch up with friends. We enjoyed the Thursday night micro marathon and the cabaret show. Friday was fun, and we saw some good magic in close up competition.
Saturday was taken up with the stage competition. All the acts were given twenty minutes in the afternoon to go through their sound and lighting, and we had just enough time to do a run through of our routine. We got talking to another of the competitors, Jason & Joanne and had a lovely chat with them.
The evening was spent backstage, getting into costume and setting up all the props. There were ten competitors in all, and we were sixth, which meant that we were the first act after the interval. It was a strange feeling, partly nervous at going on stage in front of hundreds of magicians, but partly calm, knowing that we would just get up there and do our best. The ten minutes we were on stage seemed to pass very quickly. The routine went well, and we could just about hear the audience clapping at the relevant points. We came offstage exhausted, but happy that we had done a good performance.
We were backstage with the other acts as the winners were announced. The first stage competition result to be announced was the Dittia Shield for Manipulation, and we were absolutely stunned when the name read out was Elemental! We went up and collected our trophy, and waited as the other trophies were presented. We could hardly believe it when we heard our name called out again; we had been awarded the Theo Speaker Cup for second place in the competition.