As a guest speaker, I have many different talks / lectures that I perform at Rotary Clubs, Women's Institutes, U3A, Over 50's groups, Probus, Luncheon clubs, Care & Retirement Homes, corporate functions and on Cruise Ships.
I am based in Stockport and travel around Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
My lectures cover a variety of topics that work for any number of guests from 5 to 500. Most are accompanied by a slideshow presentation, for which I bring my own headset microphone, projector and screen.
Each talk lasts around 50 minutes but can be adapted to fit your schedule. I will also have my books for sale at the end of the talk. Feel free to choose the talk from the selection below that's best for your attendees.
The History of Puzzles
This is a series of independent talks / lectures which explores the origin of popular puzzles such as the Crossword, Sudoku and the Rubik's Cube. Based on my own published puzzle books; each talk is accompanied by a PowerPoint and looks at solution methods along with live speed demonstrations.
Talk 1: Word & Number Puzzles - We look at the history of the Wordsearch, Crossword, Criss-Cross, Sudoku, Magic Squre and Riddles.
Talk 2: Optical Illusions - We look at the history of deceiving imagery and how it is used in the world.
Talk 3: Pictures Puzzles - Learn the origins of the Jigsaw, Spot the Difference, Where's Wally and Dingbats.
Talk 4: Toys Puzzles - Rubik's Cube, Twist, Three Cup Shuffle, Dominos and Chess challenges are explored.
Talk 5: Carnival Games - Learn the secret to winning funfair attractions like Ball in the Bucket & Hoopla.
Talk 6: Playing Cards - In this talk we look at Poker, Three Card Monte, Blackjack and High or Low.
Talk 7: History of Magic Tricks - How the art of sleight-of-hand has evolved from street busking to the big stage.
Talk 8: Proposition Bets - An enjoyable challenge and answer workshop where the audience is invited to find solutions to pub type games. Learn how to blow up a balloon in one breath and balance a glass on a note.
Specialist Subject Talks
1. Stories from the Life of a Magician - Enjoy a collection of amusing anecdotes from my career as a magician. I will recite my experience on Britain's Got Talent, working on cruise ships and when the guillotine illusion went wrong!
2. The Writing Process - Writing advice, tips and guidelines all structured to a letter of the alphabet. We examine several of my books and the process of going from notes to draft, storyboard, editing and publication.
3. Heroes of the Modern World - Throughout history there have been unsung people whose works have contributed in saving humanity. Often at risk to their own lives; they invented vaccines, eradicated diseases and prevented war. This talk explores their achievements & stories of heroism.
The following is a talk where I had to work from my back-up prints. However it should hopefully give you an idea of my speaking style:
Quizmaster Game Show
I can also provide my services as a quiz games master. Your guests are split into groups and have to answer questions, feel what's in the bag, solve challenges, unscramble the anagram, identify the chocolate bar without the wrapper, complete picture puzzles and other fun activities. All from the comfort of their chair..
There are often six rounds, containing ten questions in each round. The quiz often lasts an hour but more rounds can be added to make it longer as needed.
I can either provide the game show on its own, or as a follow up to one of the talks.
Cost & Availability
I work approximately 25 miles around Stockport and Greater Manchester.
Around Cheshire and Greater Manchester on a weekday; a single talk is £70.
I do not offer the talks at weekends, for Birthday Parties, Weddings or Christmas Parties. They are only available between January and November. If you require my services in December, I can provide my adult cabaret magic show which is £165.