Volvo Commuter Hijack Advert – Leeds Teaser

Volvo Commuter Hijack #3 Leeds

If you use Facebook or YouTube at all, recently you’ve probably had these Volvo Commuter Hijack adverts thrust in front of you. Basically 5 different people, selected via volvocommuterhijack.com, had £5000 each to spend on their Volvo Commuter Hijack day doing the most random, fun and entertaining stuff! They had a Volvo V40 R Design to transport them around on their day, along with Danny Wallace and a film crew to capture all their happenings, but they were only allowed to spend the money on experiences or something consumable (not a new tele or a load of beer unfortunately!).
This is so that each of their days can then be judged by the public from the 10th April 2013 at volvocommuterhijack.com, giving each voter the chance of winning their own Volvo Commuter Hijack style experience day, I think with £5000 to spend on doing their own crazy things, but the person out of the 5 days already filmed who was voted to have put on the best experience wins the Volvo V40 R Design car!

So how are you involved in this, Oliver?

Last month, 20th March 2013, I received a very last-minute call at around midday from an agency asking if I was available to come to Millennium Square in Leeds to perform close up magic for an hour from about 3pm! After negotiating a fee they didn’t actually confirm they wanted to hire me until 2:20pm, which made things quite interesting, especially as I was already hired later that evening for another Co-operative Regional Operations Managers team building evening.

So I rushed to get ready and managed to make it there at the same time as my friends from The Dance Mob, who had also been hired for this Flash Mob type event along with an Elvis impersonator and lots of free pizza for passers-by.

After a few minutes of waiting around and still wondering what the heck was going on an entire film crew appeared from nowhere and we filmed a few shots of Will and Danny Wallace instructing us on our mission – to provide a flash mob and entertain the people of Leeds over the next 45 minutes or so!

I set to work astounding groups of students on their way to college, families having a day out in the centre and other randomers as the Dance Mob put on a stunning choreographed show, Elvis handed out free pizza and the film crew captured bits of what was going on.

With March being incredibly chilly in comparison with last year, my hands were freezing! It actually started hailing whilst I was performing for people so I was surprised I still managed to perform my sleight of hand close up magic!

Remember to vote for Will and his Leeds experience!

Cirque Du Soul #3 – Nightclub Magician Bristol

The monthly touring circus themed club night is in Bristol tonight!

Here’s a glimpse of the magic and mayhem from Nottingham in February:

Unfortunately, my hands/cards are only in the above video for a split second (3.7 Brownie Points if you actually spot me) but there’s plenty of footage of Bruce and Zayne – my friends/colleagues/crew members at work entertaining the crowds with acrobatic stilts, fire breathing/fire eating, angle grinding and general nonsense!

Nightclub Magician Nottingham

Last month’s Cirque Du Soul was awesome fun driving to Nottingham, watching Zayne and Bruce have a laugh with the queuing clubbers before my slot, then performing my close up magic from midnight until 2am. I met some lovely people, even received some tips and had a great time blowing peoples minds! I was trapped in one corner literally for about half an hour as a crowd began to grow and grow around me because everyone kept telling their friends to come over and check out how crazy my magic was!

I was disappointed that I didn’t take a change of clothes to the first event in Leeds in January, so I made sure I got changed out of my suit when nightclub magician mode was over and did a bit of b-boying (breakdancing) with the guys.

Then the most inspirational thing happened at the end of the night – a guy who’d been watching us dance got up and joined in… (this usually happens quite a lot with drunken idiots) he didn’t really know exactly what he was doing, but you could tell he had a huge amount of enthusiasm and passion to join in and be part of what we were doing, so he was going for it – then out of nowhere he just got up and tried to do a front somersault! His feet hit the floor, but he landed on his bum, so he got straight back up and tried again!

Bruce stepped in and gave him some quick tips and we all gave him some encouragement then he threw it again and landed it! BOOM! For the first time in his life, whilst drunk, this guy threw a front somersault and landed it on a hard floor!

You can tell when somebody is dedicated and just going to do something. You could see it in him, he was absolutely focussed, enthused and was determined to succeed… so he did! 

Myself and Bruce had an in-depth conversation about this which lead to discussing psychology and other interesting things on the journey home.

We also stopped off at a service station just before 5am and whilst waiting for our food, Bruce couldn’t resist the temptation of a large smooth floor so tried to pull out some moves, haha! Here’s how that went:

So after dropping Bruce off, I didn’t get to bed until after 7am…

But tonight is going to be even more challenging as it’s twice as far to Bristol! 

I wanted to stay over in Bristol and have a lovely day by the seaside, but I’ve been booked as a close up magician at a 40th Birthday Party in the afternoon on Saturday, so I have to come straight back!

It looks like tonight is going to be the 3rd Cirque Du Soul in a row to sell out so it should be a huge amount of fun all over again, can’t wait!

I should be fine for Saturday (in theory), but I apologise if I’m looking a little tired at Sunday’s Wedding Fayre at Southwood in Halifax…

Wedding Fayre at Southwood Events venue in Halifax, West Yorkshire

If you’re getting married and planning your wedding, come along on Sunday 3rd March 2013 to see this wedding magician flaunting his skills in person – a great opportunity to meet me and see my magic in action as well as discuss any requirements or questions you might have. There’ll also be lots of other lovely suppliers to check out and get wedding ideas from, and probably cupcakes… there’s usually cupcakes 🙂

Wedding Magician Testimonial

Interactive Wedding Magician in Scarborough Feedback:

Hi Oliver,

We just wanted to say thank you again for helping to make our big day extra special.

Our guests were still talking about your performance long after you had gone and we had to endure the kids trying to recreate your tricks all day on Sunday.

The fact that you stayed beyond your allocated time to show us both some magic after our guests had gone inside was very much appreciated.

Take care and kindest regards,

Stewart & Kerry

I love receiving testimonials from my clients, especially when I haven’t asked for one – it’s always reassuring that I’m doing my job right 🙂

Although I did receive a rather dashing bouquet of flowers after performing at one event a while back…the award for Best Testimonial Presentation so far still has to be a custom printed greetings card with a photo on the front of the groom holding his chosen playing card mid magic trick and a lovely hand written message of thanks inside! I was pleasantly surprised when I received it and it’s been on my desk ever since, I even take it with me and display it at wedding fairs! If I get chance I’ll scan in the card and add another blog post at some point.

I was hired for a few different weddings towards the end of this Summer in Scarborough – luckily all were on really sunny beautiful days, even the one in the middle of September!

Although I’m based in Leeds, I do enjoy the opportunity to travel with my work… particularly when I’m not rushed with other bookings in the same day. I like making a day out of it and also treating my girlfriend if she’s not working!

After one performance at the Ambassador Hotel as a surprise wedding drinks reception magician for 30 minutes, which went down a storm, my girlfriend and I had a great afternoon walking along Scarborough’s North Bay. After I had changed out of my formal magic attire, I even managed to get in an obligatory b-boy photo of me doing a handstand in front of the coast and castle. (Breakdancing is another passion of mine, after magic of course!)

Breakdancing in Scarborough

Anyway, my point was… I think I had a point about this post… I love travelling and performing at all sorts of different events and venues, just as much as I like performing at all the usual events in ye olde Leeds!

So if anybody is organising an event in Cuba, I’d quite like to go there and would be happy perform close up magic at a Cuban party… Anybody organising an event in Cuba…anybody? No? Ok, worth a shot!

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