Close Up


What is close up magic?

Close up magic involves tricks and illusions performed right in front of your guests. Unlike stage magic, where the audience is often separate from the performance, a close-up magician actively engage with your guests, moving between groups and tables to demonstrate various tricks with amazing sleight of hand, often asking people to be directly involved in the trick themselves.

Close up magicians are a popular choice for special events such as parties and weddings because they provide the perfect ice breaker to get people talking amongst themselves, whilst also generating a feeling of wonder and excitement. With close up magic, there is no smoke and mirrors, just one magician performing mind-bending feats which are sure to have your guests talking about them days after the event!

James can travel to any event or wedding in Dorset, Bournemouth, Hampshire, Christchurch, Dorchester, Ringwood, Wimborne, Burley, Bath, Yeovil, Salisbury, Southampton, Wiltshire, Somerset, Surrey, Winchester, Weymouth and Portsmouth.

Why choose James as your close up magician?

James was awarded the prestigious title of Close Up Magician of the Year and has been performing as a close up magician for over 20 years, so has experience in performing for a wide range of events, encompassing weddings, parties and corporate training events. James is totally flexible and is certain to put on a magical performance that is sure to impress your guests.

Want to make an enquiry or find out more? Get in touch today!

Create magic at your next event…


  • Just wanted to say thank you so much for being so amazing on our wedding day, everyone absolutely LOVED you and your magic! We've had so many people tell us how amazing you were, they were all blown away! Really hope to see you again soon!

  • Many thanks for your fabulous show, the family are still talking about it, you really made our evening.

  • James! A huge thank you! I've heard nothing but great comments from Saturday evening and am still getting questions and comments of disbelief!  You really made the party special so thank you! I will certainly have you in mind for future events and a number of people have already checked out your website. Including some event management and PR friends so hopefully you'll get some extra work from the party too!.

  • Tony Hooper, Christine Finch, I and all the guests at the party of Saturday night would love to say a huge, huge THANK YOU to our fantastic magician James Brown.  Absolutely mind blowingly Amazing, everyone loved you!

  • The weather stayed mild and dry for drinks in the barn and on the lawn. Inside though was an excellent magician – James Brown – don’t stand too close if you want to keep your watch, belt, tie, wallet……! His card does say professional opportunist! Planning a wedding? Book this guy!

  • We've had a fabulous evening watching James Brown do what he does best. What a great magician. If you haven't seen him in action then you really, really must.

  • Could you please give James Brown a big thank you for making our daughter’s wedding even more fun!! He really is amazing.

  • We first saw James in action at a friend’s garden party, and were completely mesmerised by all the different tricks and magic acts he carried out. We then booked James to ‘perform’ at our middle son’s wedding last June as we thought it would be great to have him going around the tables after the wedding breakfast, to keep our guests entertained. His tricks and sleight of hand amazed and enthralled everyone.  

  • The guests were talking about it for months afterwards, and were all truly in awe .  We are still trying to work out how he did them all – I don’t think we will ever know! It went down so well, that we booked him again for our youngest son’s wedding in July this year. Once more, he totally amazed and delighted everyone. I can’t recommend him highly enough. He will make your occasion a completely unforgettable experience .