Meet Leigh Edgecombe

Behind The Bowtie

Became a Magician "Just Like That!"

Leigh was bitten by the magic bug from a super-early age, when he witnessed his very first trick performed by his grandad… and “just like that!” he was hooked!

From that moment on, life for Leigh was all about performing for his family and bamboozling his buddies at every opportunity, magic sets for Christmas and Birthday prezzies and entering as many school and local talent shows as was humanly possible.

Leigh’s Inaugural Event

Magic had always been a hobby for Leigh, until he was asked in 2010 to entertain at one of his friend’s dad’s corporate events in London. Not only was this the very first time Leigh was going to perform in public, it was also his first time venturing into the Capital by himself! No pressure! But, needless to say, he accepted… even though he had absolutely no idea how well a magician would be received at such an event.

But, as with all the greatest feel-good stories, Leigh and his magic went down a storm and you can read all about it with his first ever testimonial from this particular event below. To this day it remains one of his favourite nights of all time, both personally and professionally. And so began his love affair with performing at events.

“I have known Leigh Edgecombe for several years. Initially as a friend of our daughter, who entertained everybody with his magic. So I have seen him progress in his skills. I believe I may have been the first to start him with his ‘professional’ engagements, when I asked him to entertain my business team at an event in London. He proved to be an amusing and dazzling magician moving around our tables in a large restaurant. And attracted most of the other diners as well as the management. I will use Leigh at another time when I have the opportunity and whole-heartedly recommend him to any future user of his talents. And wish him every good fortune in his chosen career as the professional ice breaker. Who doesn’t like magic?”
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Jim Stockley
Vice President, Fujitsu

Thoughts Become Things

Then, soon after the closure of Woolworths, Leigh was seeking a new job – something a little different from his last – and happened to catch a magic show when he and his friends paid a visit to Regent Street’s world-famous toy store, Hamleys. It was after this show that his friend got chatting to the demonstrator and mentioned Leigh’s passion for performing magic. Before he knew it, Leigh was clutching the phone number for the world’s leading luxury department store, Harrods, who just happened to be looking for new demonstrators too.

Ringing the number just as soon as he could, Leigh spoke with the manager and was invited to attend an interview at the famed London store. He had no idea what the job would entail, how long the hours were or what the pay was – all he knew was that he could soon be a working magician at Harrods and he couldn’t have been any happier! And after passing every step of the interview process with flying colours, completing a two-day induction at Harrods and three days of training at Hamleys, Leigh was finally awarded his golden Harrods employee badge and could officially call himself a Harrodian.

It really did turn out to be the opportunity of a lifetime. Not only did Leigh get to sell magic sets and demonstrate magic tricks to enhance the Harrods in-store experience for a living, he soon became the store’s Resident Magician too, which gave him another incredible opportunity – performing to high-profile clients including Britt Ekland, Fearne Cotton, Michael McIntyre, Frank Lampard, The Beckhams, Scarlett Johannsson and Adele at the store’s exclusive events. Staying with the luxury retailer for three years (becoming Assistant Manager in 2013), he finally bid his beloved Harrods a fond farewell in 2014 when he left to pursue his dreams of becoming a full-time magician.

Leigh's Gold Harrods Badge

Michael McIntyre

"Oh Wow, That's Amazing!"

Frank Lampard

"That cool mate, thanks for the show".

Adele

"Stop it, you're freaking me out!"

Sir Rod Stewart

"Do you know where I can find the Lego?"

Dreams Do Come True

Beginning the next phase of his career as MagicLeighMagic, his next quest was to become a member of prestigious magician’s club, The Magic Circle and, yep, you guessed it… by July 2015 he was! In the same year he was also offered the position of Resident Magician for Reading’s Specsavers store, entertaining customers who’d popped in to get their eye exams, glasses fixed or hearing checked. It was a job that Leigh absolutely adored and he stayed with this residency right the way through to 2019 (with turns in-between as the preferred magician for The Phyllis Court Club in Henley and QHotels performing as ‘The Edge of Magic’).

It was in 2019 that Leigh decided to rebrand as The Professional Icebreaker, when he realised that, rather than simply performing magic at events, he was – more often than not – using magic to break the ice and get guests talking to each other. Add to this his unexpected ability to memorise over 250 attendees’ names at an event back in 2017 (now a staple of Leigh’s icebreaking entertainment which astounds guests to this day) and he realised there was so much more he could be offering.

These days, Leigh continues to be living his dream: bringing people together all over the world with his rousing repertoire of magic, comedy, laugh-out-loud cabaret and emceeing, creating the most magical memories to all who witness him in action.

2019 Rebranded to The Professional Icebreaker

MagicLeighMagic

When Leigh was dark and mysterious... This is what he was known as when starting out

Became a Member of The Magic Circle

Became Resident Magician for The Phyllis Court Club in Henley-on-Thames

Rebranded to Edge Of Magic in 2017

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Specsavers Resident Magician

Performed at Specsavers for 4.5 Years

Leigh's 3 Favourite Career Highlights So Far!

Performing alongside The BBC National Orchestra of Wales and The National Chorus

In 2016 Leigh was asked by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to create a bespoke stage act for their Halloween Spook-tacular evening at St David's Hall in Cardiff. 

Leigh performance had to be no longer than 6minutes20seconds and compliment the piece of music which was The Planets Op 32, Uranus: The Magician by Gustav Holst.

This is one of Leigh's highlights in his career and describes performing magic to a live orchestra in front of 1500 people to be an 'epic experience!'

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“On behalf of all the team at BBC National Orchestra of Wales I’m getting in touch to say a big thank you again for your truly magical performance during the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales Halloween Spooktacular concert at St David’s Hall in Cardiff. We really appreciated the work you put in to prepare and create a sequence of magic that fitted perfectly with the complexities and changing pace and atmosphere of the Uranus The Magician by Gustav Holst. Your performance was totally appropriate to our Family Audience and kept their attention whilst also complementing and drawing attention the music. Thank you also for entertaining our audience before the concert and during the interval with your close magic – it was a real pleasure to work with you.”
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Peggy Holder
BBC Partnerships and Learning Departments.

Becoming The Resort Magician for The Shangri-La Hotel in Muscat, Oman

For Easter in 2018, Leigh had the pleasure of being invited to entertain the guests staying at the Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat, Oman.

He performed daily around the pool areas and on the beach in the 34degree heat. Normally wearing a suit, all he was able to wear was shorts and a T-Shirt!

In the evenings Leigh would dazzle guests with his spectacular illusions with X2 45 minute cabaret shows a night. He loved every second of being out there performing.

5/5
''Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa hired Leigh for a seasonal engagement from March 28 to April 08, 2018. Leigh has proven himself to be a great team player and character. During his employment with Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, he has developed a strong relationship with the hotel team and across the Recreational Department. Leigh has shown a strong engagement with our hotel guests across all ages. He has performed his magic tricks around the swimming pool, the beach and evening shows. His gentle yet confident spirit empowers him tom communicate well with our international guests and the response is always positive. He is an individual that goes above and beyond to deliver an unforgettable experience for our guests. Leigh leaves due to the end of contracted terms. Should the requirement for a magician become present again, we would not hesitate to engage his services again in the future.''
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General Manager
Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort in Muscat, Oman

Entertaining the President of Avis Budget Group

On Leigh's 24th back in 2015, he had one of the best birthday's as he entertained at Avis Budget Group's Seniour Directors Dinner and as such entertained Larry DeShon the President of the company. had one of the best Birthday's ever, entertaining the then President and CEO; Larry DeShon of Avis Budget Group at the Senior Directors dinner one evening. It was great to perform my signature routine borrowing a €10 note from his table and then magically changing it to a green £5 note before making it appear in someone else' pocket. After the event I received my proudest testimonial written from Larry himself which I would love to share with you below:

Leigh performed his signature routine borrowing a €10 note from the president and then magically changing it to a green £5 note before making it appear in someone else' pocket. After the event, Leigh received one of his most loved and proudest testimonial written by the president himself, which is below:

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"We hired Leigh to provide our conference attendees entertainment during one of the evening events. He was absolutely terrific! He had heads shaking in disbelief table by table. He is a very charming young entertainer that made everyone watch his every move. I really do not know how he does what he does but it was certainly entertaining to watch".
Larry DeShon
President of Avis Budget Group

Performing at Midnight for Stephen King's Book Launch

Leigh had a great evening performing for all the guests who came out and queued up at midnight in the cold outside Waterstones Piccadilly.

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