He Became Interested in Magic..."Just Like That!"
From a very early age, Leigh got bitten by the magic bug after seeing his first trick performed to him by his Granddad. Leigh was hooked from this day, with magic sets for Christmas and Birthday’s, he was always putting on family shows, fooling friends and entering school and local talent shows.
Leigh’s First (ever) Event.
Magic had always been a hobby for Leigh, until in 2010 he was asked by a friend’s Dad to come and entertain at their corporate event in London. Not only was this the first time Leigh was going to perform but it was also the first time he ventured to London by himself… He accepted not really understanding why a magician would work so well at the event, but with tremendous affect, Leigh reminisces this being one of his favourite night’s of his career and life! This was the night it all started his interest into performing at events.
(You can read this first ever testimonial Leigh received from this event below).
With a job in retail working at Woolworths until it’s closed in 2009, Leigh would perform on the day’s he was working in the shop to entertain at weddings, parties and school proms. He also became the preferred supplier for the Macdonald Hotel Chain for the South East during this time.
Leigh The Harrodian
After the closure of Woolworths Leigh was open to something new and was seeking a new job when he and his friends went on a trip into London back in 2011. They visited the famous Hamleys Toy Store where they watched some magic being demonstrated.
Afterwards Leigh’s friend mentioned to the demonstrator that Leigh was interested in magic too and then they got talking. Surprisingly, Leigh was given a number to call as they were looking for new demonstrators to join their team at Harrods.
Ringing the number Leigh spoke with the manager and was told to attend an interview set up. The interview took place at the luxurious Harrods store in London. Leigh didn’t know how much the job paid, what he’d be demonstrating or how long the hours were – all he knew was he was going in for a job to be a magician at Harrods.
After this initial HR interview, he had another phone call from the concession manager, the department manager followed by a face-to-face meeting with the manager and the department manager before being invited to a two day induction at Harrods and then a 3-day training at Hamley’s toy store.
After all that, Leigh was given his badge and was a Harrodian.
The Resident Magician at Harrods
Leigh’s job was to demonstrate magic tricks to the guests that visited Harrods to enhance their shopper experience as well as sell magic sets to the customers.
As Harrods is a luxury brand Leigh got the opportunity to perform for high profile clients at their exclusive events becoming The Resident Magician and had the pleasure of entertaining famous celebrities such as Frank Lampard, Adele, Britt Ekland, The Beckhams, Fern Cotton, and Michael McIntyre.
Leigh becomes a Full-time Magician
In 2013 Leigh was promoted to be assistant manager and stayed with the company for another year before leaving to pursue his dream job of being a magician full-time.
From 2014 Leigh was a fully fledged magician known as MagicLeighMagic.
Becoming a Member of The Magic Circle
It was then on 25th July 2015 that Leigh interviewed and auditioned for The Magic Circle and got in to becoming a member of this prestigious magician’s club.
Specsavers Resident Magician - Yes, You Read That Right!
In the same year he was approached by the owner of the Specsavers Store in Reading, Berkshire who offered Leigh a position of Resident Magician every Saturday. Yes, you read that right! Leigh became the Resident Magician for the Specsavers Store!
Each Saturday he would entertain customers that came in to have their eye exams, glasses fixed or hearing checked. Leigh loved working here and stayed at this residency all the way until 2019.
In between those years Leigh became known as the Edge of Magic and also became the preferred magician for The Phylis Court Club in Henley and QHotels.
Leigh becomes so much more than Entertainment
It was in 2019 when Leigh decided to rebrand as The Professional Icebreaker, as he found he wasn’t just performing magic at events anymore, rather using magic to break the ice and get guests talking to each other. This and the event he did back in 2017 opened up his new brand as he realised at an event that he could memorise everyone’s names and there was over 250 people in attendance. This has also become a staple part of Leigh’s icebreaking magic and guests are still amazed by his incredible memory!
Lucky enough to be doing this full time, bringing people together and traveling all over the world to do it, Leigh has a repertoire of tricks using borrowed items from guests to create a real personable experience which helps to create memories.
Leigh's 3 Favourite Career Highlights So Far!
Perhaps with your help Leigh will choose your event to show off here…
Performing alongside The National Orchestra of Wales in 2016 at St Davids Hall in Cardiff
Creating a bespoke stage performance to compliment the music and perform along side The BBC Orchestra of Wales
Flew to Oman to become The Resident Magician at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Hotel Resort
Being invited to perform to guests in Oman at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah hotel and entertain in 40degree heat!
Invited to perform for the Sinior Directors Dinner for Avis Budget Group and entertained the president
Performing at the senior directors dinner at PennyHill park Hotel and entertaining the President of Avis Budget group – Larry DeShon.
Inviting to Entertain at Stephen King's Book Launch in London in 2017
Being invited to perform at the midnight release of Stephen King’s new book launch at Waterstones in London.