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Riffle Shuffle Tutorial for Beginners. Shuffle Like A Pro!

Ever wanted to learn how to properly shuffle a deck of cards without dropping them all over the floor? Let me teach you how to do a professional riffle shuffle with bridge ending in four easy steps!

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Magician Performing at Blenheim Palace with the Red Arrows
July 08, 2016
Corporate Entertainment

Yesterday I worked with 8 other corporate magicians in possibly one of the most extravagant events I have ever had the pleasure of working in the UK. The client Martin Baker; is the worlds leading manufacturer of ejector seats, providing over 70’000 ejection seats to 93 air forces around the world. With their technology, they have helped to save the lives of a staggering 7497 pilots worldwide. Click below to see this incredible technology in action! 

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UK Illusionist Performs on the Largest Ship in Australia
May 26, 2016
Cruising

As an Illusionist, I get the privilege to see a lot of the world. To be able to travel, share my passion of performing magic and get paid for it, I really do feel blessed indeed. Australia and New Zealand have always been two countries right at the top of my bucket list. The unbelievable landscapes have always appealed to me as a truly magical place. Recently I got a chance to see them in all their glory when I was invited to perform as an Illusionst on the Golden Princess for four months.

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Magic for One of the World's Greatest Travel Companies

Recently I was asked to perform some close up magic for the great guys at G Adventures. G Adventures are the world's greatest adventure travel company, who offer a wide range of safaris and expeditions to some of the most stunning destinations in the world. 

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Close up Magician Jason Latimer performing his clear cups and balls routine
Jason Latimer | Close up Magician | Will Blow your Mind!
October 08, 2015
Close Up Magic

Jason Latimer is an  inspiring Close up Magician. Seen here performing the oldest trick in the world. He has completely re-invented it, now performing it in a way that definitely shouldn't work, using clear cups.

Even though you can see through the cups, You still can't see how it's done!

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Venue at Expro 15 Epsom Downs
EXPO 15 | Northamber Plc at Epsom Downs, Close up Magician
October 05, 2015
Corporate Entertainment

2nd October - Had the great pleasure of performing as a Close up Magician at the beautiful Epsom Downs Race Course which is home of both the Derby and The Oaks and is a gorgeous venue for Weddings and conferences. I was Hired by Northamber Plc as part of their Expo 15 event which celebrated 35 years of I.T distribution.

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Close up magician Yann Frisch performing his world famous cups and balls
One of the Greatest Sleight of Hand Artists Ever
July 22, 2015
Close Up Magic

Yann Frisch,  2012 World Champion of Close up Magic

Yann Frisch is a magician from France. In 2012 he competed in FISM the Word Championships of Magic with his now signature routine called Baltass. Not only did he become World Champion of Close up Magic, but in one week alone, a video of his sleight of hand had over 1.3 million hits on Youtube. 

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Close up Magician Shin Lim
Close up Magician Shin Lim Fools Penn & Teller!!!
July 20, 2015
Close Up Magic

Shin Lim Fools Penn & Teller on FOOL US!!!

Shin Lim. As you can see here is easily one of the greatest close up magicians in the world. But his greatest achievement here isn't fooling Penn and Teller, really that is just the tip of the iceberg...

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Close up Magician performs for DPD
May 12, 2015
Whats On

DPD Awards Night

This saturday just past I was booked as a Close up magician to perform close up magic for the courier company DPD. It was an regional awards night celebrating the outstanding achievements of their drivers as they were treated to a well deserved night of entertainment including a barbeque, open bar, roof top terrace, casino games and of course an excellent close up magician!

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Close up Magician Peter Eggink
Peter Eggink Live At the Magic Circle
May 05, 2015
Close Up Magic

Close up Magician Peter Eggink

So it’s not very often that we magicians get to see each other work, and even more rare that we get a chance to learn the secrets of one of the most creative Close up magicians of the present day. That’s why I’m excited to say that tonight I will be attending a talk by Peter Eggink, a professional Close up magician from the Netherlands that will be sharing his secrets and giving a lecture on Close up Magic at the Magic Circle in London.

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Close up Magician Working on Material
April 29, 2015
Close Up Magic

Close up Magician reveals his latest work

Lately I’m working on securing more contracts as a close up magician. So lately it has occurred to me that I really need to get some new Close up Magic footage filmed for my website. Very soon there is going to many more videos of me out on contracts working as a close up magician. I’ll keep the site and blog updating with magic that I’m working on. Its a great way to receive feedback from you and see what people are really going for.

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FAQ’S When Booking an Illusionist/Magician | Matthew McGurk
October 30, 2014
News

How much?

Of course this is the number one question! Cost is a major deciding factor in choosing a magician or Illusionist. I don’t confess to be the cheapest magician available, but more importantly what I do offer is superb value.

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Illusionist Matthew McGurk being filmed for the Paul O'Grady Show
The Paul O’Grady Show – Footage
May 15, 2014
Whats On

Katia and I had a fantastic time performing live on the Paul O’Grady Show yesterday. It was an honor to work alongside Paul O’Grady, a true gent, great comedian and un-predictable entertainer! Paul was hilarious and really kept us on our toes. Special guest Rupert Everett was very kind and said some wonderful things about our show. For anyone who missed the performance, it can be seen here.
https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/the-paul-o-grady-show/series-1/episode-38

The Paul O’Grady Show – Wednesday 14th May, ITV, 5PM
May 12, 2014
Whats On

So delighted that we have just been booked to perform live on the Paul O’Grady show this Wednesday 14th May 2014, on ITV at 5pm. We have been asked to perform 4 show stopping Illusions including making Paul O’Grady appear by magic at the start of the show. We will then be performing ‘Fire Cage,’ Spiker and the Assistants Revenge with a twist. With Paul O’Grady as my dutiful assistant, stay tuned, anything could happen!

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Magician Matthew Mcgurk and Rocco
Studying with World Champions of Magic | Matthew McGurk
February 28, 2014
Whats On

Recently I got the chance to study and learn from some of the greatest magicians in the world. Welcome to Blackpool Magic Convention, an event that happens once a year in Blackpool that brings Magicians from every corner of the globe to study, share secrets and socialise at one of the biggest and best events in the magical community. This convention proved to be one of the biggest with over 3’500 attendees and over 100 magic dealers and teachers offering their latest and greatest creations.

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3’500 Magicians to Attack Blackpool!
February 20, 2014
Whats On

February must strike fear into the hearts of the locals of Blackpool as its at this time of year that they are attacked with over three thousand magicians wielding cards, coins and questionable objects made of sponge. However being one of this lot myself, I can’t be to harsh and its easily the highlight of the year for most of us.

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Illusionist Performs at 18th Annual Crystal Boot Awards 2014
February 15, 2014
Corporate Entertainment

Most of the month on January was spent preparing something truly spectacular for one of the most prestigious events in the World of Line Dancing. The 18th Annual Crystal Boot Awards was hosted at Norbreck Castle in Blackpool and was to be our biggest audience yet. Acts had been booked from all over the world and we were asked to headline the event. The show was performed in front of 2000 people at the venue but also streamed live to over 70’000 viewers worldwide.

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The Independance of the Seas
Illusionist Performs on the Independence of the Seas
November 15, 2013
Cruising

I’ll never forget the day 6 years ago when I was happily sailing along onboard a ferry that has just sailed out of Cork in Ireland. There was a moment when everything turned black and what I first thought was an eclipse turned out to be another ship blocking out the sun with its enormous size. That ship was the Independence of the Seas.

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