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Corporate Magician


Magician for Corporate Events

The role of Corporate Magician encompasses a huge variety of roles, venues, situations and requirements and I've chosen to specialise in corporate magician work because it is both very demanding and very rewarding.

The main challenge as a corporate magician is the constant development and delivery of new and original ideas and effects, to keep the magic fresh and compelling. Great new ideas and tricks allow me to continually baffle, bewilder and entertain many, many people.

Magician for Corporate Events

"We all had an absolute blast yesterday and you were the talk of the evening and now all I’ve heard this morning is “he was amazing, how did he do that?” – so thank you for making the event extra special."



My experience as a corporate magician
Trade Show Magician to gather crowds

I'm very proud of my reputation as one of the UK’s leading corporate magicians, a reputation I have successfully built over many years.

The absolute highlight of my career so far was in the Summer of 2006 when I had the honour of performing at Buckingham Palace for the Queens 80th birthday celebrations.

That aside, I've a satisfied clients list that reads like a Who’s Who of Business, including:

• Accenture • Affinion International • Allen & Heath • Alliance & Leicester • Audi • B2B Communications • BAE Systems • B&Q • Barclays Bank • Bohle Ltd • Bona Sera (Istanbul, Turkey) • Braemar Seascope • British Army • British Home Stores • British Institute of Technology & E-commerce • Burton Menswear • Butlins • Cadogen • Canary Wharf Shopping Centre • Carlson Wagonlit • David Lloyd • e-Market2 • Estιe Lauder • Fountain Court Chambers • Kleeneze Europe • Land Rover • • London 2012 British Olympic Committee • Mines & Money Awards • O2 • Porsche • Pret a Manger • PricewaterhouseCoopers • Royal Air Force • Royal Navy • Sabre Europe • Sainsbury's • Southampton Airport • The Annual Rail awards • Unleashed PR • Utell Hotels and Resorts • Wallop Defence Systems • Warner Holidays



"David was really professional. We had many overseas customers there, as well as members of our trade press, and everyone was delighted with his act - each table gave him applause as he went round to them. I found the magic amazing - he's very skilful! I'd definitely recommend him!."

Corporate Entertainment

Trying to impress a new client? Looking to entertain an existing client or to impress an overseas one? Hoping to gain the approval of a potential investor? Just wanting a relaxing time after a long seminar?

Whatever your hospitality plans, why not include a touch of intimate, very special magical entertainment? Very often, I'm asked to perform as a table magician, enthralling guests (between courses if that suits you best) with a subtle blend of humour and close up magic.

Over the years, I've undertaken corporate entertainment for many of the UK's largest blue chip companies – performing magic in so many different environments, ranging from a handful of guests seated at a private dining table to being in front of thousands of guests at a banquet in the Grand Hall at the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane, London.

If you'd like to discuss your requirements, please do get in touch. I promise you and your clients an unforgettable evening.

Trade show



Product Launches, Trade Shows and Crowd Gatherings
Trade show magician

If you're launching a new product and you're looking for something completely different, why not try a bit of magic?

A magician's skills are always guaranteed to gather a crowd – whether that be around your product, outside your shop or at your trade show. It also works remarkably well by providing a subtle, 'ambient' entertainment around your showroom for a new launch.

I've used my magician's skills in this way for companies such as O2, Audi, Land Rover, The Mall of the Emirates - Dubai, Alliance & Leicester, British Home Stores, Burton Menswear, Sainsbury's, Canary Wharf Shopping Centre and many more.

"We have used Dave and the team he had with him for the last couple years at our annual Awards night and he has been fabulous!

We have around 500 staff attend and everyone that saw them thought they were great, hence the reason we bring them back each year!

I would definitely recommend Dave to any function you have!"



Annual Dinners, Summer Balls, Charity Balls and Christmas Awards Ceremonies,  Parties

Staff Christmas Party? Annual Award Ceremony? Summer Ball?

Every business will at some time need to host a prestigious function. The Champagne reception and 3-course meal, guest speaker, awards and speeches…

…but why not 'break the mould' and surprise everyone with a really special and very different evening? That's exactly what will happen with my close up magic show. Your staff or guests will remember and talk about the event for months afterwards.

I'll mix and mingle with your guests during the reception drinks, breaking the ice and setting the mood for the evening. There are always plenty of 'wows' and laughter. Then, between courses at dinner, I'll visit each table and perform a 'personal' close up magic show, using sleight of hand, very clever pick-pocketing and some Derron Brown style mind reading.

Please see Close Up Magician for more information on this kind of entertainment

Balls and Christmas Awards Ceremonies,  Parties


"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for your performance at our charity ball on Saturday. All of our guests have commented on how brilliant you were and I can assure you, you were the sole topic of conversation at the breakfast tables in the hotel on Sunday morning!"


Open Days and Opening Ceremonies

Making sure your company day is one to remember can be beneficial in so many ways, whether to impress clients, visitors or staff family members.

Whatever the location - grounds, office, shop floor or warehouse, my skills as a wandering or strolling magician will come in to play. I will mix and mingle effortlessly with your guests, delighting and entertaining them wherever they are.

I've performed magic at airport lounge openings, performed on shop floors, toured call centres and even performed in the cramped conditions of a Royal Navy ship's engine room!

I can even build your "corporate message" into the performance, or introduce your products as part of the magic show.

Bohle hails open day as a 'magic event'Magic Event close-up magician

As with any good magic show, audience participation is the key to a spectacular performance and this was certainly the case at Bohle's latest customer open day, seeing the company conjure up another array of exciting activities and demonstrations to mesmerize even the most sceptical of minds.

Spellbinding the visitors was clearly the order of the day with guests entertained by the extraordinary skills of close-up magician David Bonsall whose skills 'wowed' his captive audience.  With perfect sleight of hand Bohle showcased its wide and extensive range of.....

 - Extract from Glass and Glazier Magazine


"Many thanks again for a superb evening of magic – I know you wowed a load of people and I’m extremely grateful. My boss declared the evening a great success so many thanks for your part in making that happen."


Need more than one Corporate Magician?

Some events are so big, they exceed the capacity of one magician on his own!

I'm asked regularly to perform at very large corporate events and I have built up an impressive list of fellow magicians, all of outstanding ability, whom I can call upon. It means I can provide entertainment for up to 1,000 guests.

Generally speaking, one magician can entertain around 10 tables or 100  guests in about 2-3 hours.

Although I work mainly in Central London, I regularly entertain further a field in locations such as Birmingham, Oxford, Northampton, Portsmouth, Southampton and as far away as Scotland and internationally when required. Some of the venues I have performed in as a corporate magician include:

• Arusha Hotel, Tanzania • BAFTA, Piccadilly • Blenheim Palace • Grosvenor House Hotel, London • Hilton Metropole, London • House of Lords • Inner Temple Hall, Temple • Kempinski 5* Hotel, Dubai • Langham Hotel, London • No5 Cavendish, London • Novotel London West • Parker Macmillans, London • Rembrandt Hotel, London • Revolution Bar, Soho • Riverbank Park Plaza, London • Ruby Blue Bar, Leicester Square • Savoy Hotel, London • The Blue Pumpkin, London • The Botanist on the Green, Kew • The Brewery, London • The De Vere Belfry, Sutton Coldfield • The Eve Club, London • The Hurlingham Club, London • The Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Norfolk • The London Darbar, Essex • The Mall of the Emirates, Dubai • The Park Lane Hilton, London • The Press House, London • The RAC Club, Pall Mall • The Rocket Complex, London • The Royal Horseguards, Whitehall • The Venue, Birmingham • The Volt, London • Vinopolis, London • Woburn Abbey

Corporate Table Magician in Central London


"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your amazing entertainment on Saturday night... every single person there said how much they enjoyed it (a few of them couldn't talk on Sunday morning because they were still laughing so much!), and I know you will be a talking point for ages!"

Party Tricks

Magicians are earning rave reviews from businesses planning the perfect corporate event. John Hill meets a few who've wowed the crowds in the Wharf.

I MET two people in hotel bars recently. The first one stole my ring, and the second bent a fork and made my five pound note disappear.

Most of the time, that's a sign that you're drinking with the wrong crowd. But these guys are in demand with multi-billon pound companies from Canary Wharf to Dubai.

David Bonsall and Jamie Raven are professional magicians. While most of their fellow craftsmen might see this kind of gig as a hobby, they're pulling in enough bookings to pay the bills. And an increasing number of them are coming from businesses looking for the ideal entertainment for clients or parties. So thankfully they can afford to give back the jewellery when they make it vanish.
London Wharf Newspaper magician article
David became an full-time magician five years ago after a spell in the Royal Marines. The south coast performer was once an Olympic hopeful for Scotland in the decathlon, but injury lured him towards the art of illusion.

He said: "I started magic at 10, and was performing part time at the age of 17. I had a back injury and the only thing I really knew was magic, so I thought I'd give it a go.
"It's definitely a business. It's not just a hobby you can make money out of. You really have to market yourself. Most professional magicians spend about 90 per cent of our time finding the work, and communicating on the phone and the computer. You need the discipline to get up at 8am and spend all day working, because it's easy to turn on the TV or go out with friends.
"It's almost like the magic is a part-time thing, because you spend so much time getting the work in."

David met me at the Marriott's Manhattan bar in West India Quay on the way to a booking in Surrey, but he's wowed crowds at Wharf-based bank Barclays, Canada Place mall and The O2 arena. He's noticed a steady rise in corporate bookings in recent years.

He said: "It's a different environment. I find people at corporate gigs are much more relaxed, and don't spend their entire time trying to catch you out.
"Five or six years ago corporate events made up about five to 10 per cent of work. Now it's about 60 per cent.
"People are realising the potential of magic as an ice-breaking tool, getting the guests in the right frame of mind and impressing the clients.
"I'm very much a mix and mingle magician. You've got to be a people person for that. I spend a lot of time reading books on body language and the art of conversation. Some people can be very intimidating, and when you interrupt a group of people networking you've got to be their best friend within about two minutes."

David is close friends with London-based magician Jamie Raven, who met me the following day ...... read the full article, click here.

- Extract from London's Wharf newspaper


If you would like to make a booking, please call me on: 

 +44 (0) 7733 010912
+44 (0) 208 8983122 

or you can send me an email to:
Magician for Corporate Events
and I'll get back to you right away.


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I perform as a close up magician, wedding magician and a table magician, mainly in London and the surrounding counties, but I also perform regularly as a magician in Surrey, Hampshire, Essex, Middlesex, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Guildford, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Kent, Portsmouth, Reading, Southampton and many other locations around the UK and abroad.

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