On Thursday 9th February I entertained the guests with my style of close-up magic at an event put on by Macmillan Publishing at Oakley Hall Hotel, near Basingstoke, Hampshire.

The event was organised for members of staff, as well as ex-members – but only those who have had at least 21 years with the company. A great way to honour those employees (both past and present) who have dedicated so much time to the company.

MacMillan Publishers Oakley Hall MagicOakley Hall is a fantastic venue, and as the recommended magician to the venue it’s one I visit on a regular basis. It’s great for weddings, as well as corporate events and parties such as this.

On this occasion I started entertaining in the main bar as guests arrived for the drinks reception, before going around the tables. I liaise with the staff so I can entertain those waiting to be served, then once they are I visit those that have already eaten – naturally avoiding those mid-meal!

I also received an email this morning from Elaine (PA to the MD) who organised the event:

Hi Robert

Just wanted to say thank you for entertaining all our long service employees and retirees so well at our event last night.

I’ve received lots of lovely comments today saying your magic was really amazing and they thoroughly enjoyed it.

I will definitely keep you in mind for any future events.

Best regards,


I did attempt to take a few pictures whilst the Managing Director of Macmillan was making a short presentation, but hopefully I will have a few that were taken by a professional photographer who was covering the event. I’ll update this page with those when ready.

If you are organising an event and want your guests to be amazed either drop me an email, fill in the contact form or register for the client area where you can get a quote and book me – instantly!

Macmillan Publishing Event at Oakley Hall, Basingstoke
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