If you are looking for an outstanding magician for an event in Manchester you are in the right place! “Magic” Matt Windsor is an exceptional magician and pickpocket based in Cheadle Hulme. He regularly entertains at corporate events, private events and weddings throughout Greater Manchester and beyond.
Manchester Magician – The entertainment of your guests will be outstanding.
Matt is the matchday magician at Manchester United. His extensive experience covers all sorts of events in pretty much every venue around Manchester, from performing close-up magic at a luncheon for 4 guests at The St. James Club (a private members’ club), to being the headline stage act for the opening of The Point at the LCCC with an audience of 400+. Matt has entertained at private events for Sir Alex Ferguson and several Man Utd team members, at the Carrington Road training ground for the players and families, and for the Manchester United Museum tour.
If you aren’t a Man Utd fan please don’t let that put you off! He has also entertained at the Etihad stadium for Manchester City and for the Rugby League Magic Weekend. And if you enjoy Rugby Union Matt has entertained for the Sale Sharks hospitality at their AJ Bell stadium, and at many, many more venues and events throughout Manchester. To list just a few:
CENTRAL MANCHESTER VENUES
If you are venue finding in Manchester here are a few that Matt has entertained at for corporate events, private parties and weddings. They may just suit your requirements or inspire you.
The Town Hall
Albert Square, M60 2LA www.thetownhallmcr.co.uk
A beautiful and iconic Grade 1 listed building in the heart of Manchester. It is due to be closed from 2018 for 6 years for a complete renovation.
Photo: Matt is performing as a wedding magician, entertaining during the the gap after the wedding breakfast and before the evening party. Here the guests are watching Matt, while the couple are having their official wedding photos taken around Manchester.
PHOTO TO ADD: For 4 years at the Police Excellence awards, oh the irony of stealing from the police.
The Lowry Hotel
50 Dearmans Pl, Chapel Wharf, Salford, M3 5LH www.thelowryhotel.com
A 5* hotel – you can even park a car in the second floor ballroom. José Mourinho lived here for 3 months when he became Man Utd manager, and the team stay here before matches if you’d like to see an amazing array of supercars. PHOTO & VIDEO TO ADD CHARITY BALL – my video of the standing ovation for the RMCH staff. Barmitzvah etc.
Manchester Central Library
St Peter’s Square, M2 5PD www.librarylive.co.uk/venue
Matt performed as a table magician at the first ever wedding here in April 2015 when it was newly licensed as a wedding venue.
2 Watson St, Manchester M3 4LP www.manchester235.com
Matt entertained at the Staff training launch party at Parrs Wood Bowling and then at the Official Manchester235 launch party, hosted by Cat Deeley.
Restaurant magic – anecdote about man signing card couldn’t remember lady’s name
Matt stole Carlos Quieros’s watch and got Sir Alex to put it on before he knew. Photos to add….
Hilton Manchester Deansgate
303 Deansgate, M3 4LQ Hilton Manchester Deansgate Hotel
A 500+ person venue.
Sir Alex Ferguson 6-0 loss to city
Corporates – and Roger Black…
Beetham Tower, 303 Deansgate, M3 4LQ www.cloud23bar.com
The Principal (this was The Palace Hotel)
Oxford St, M60 7HA The Principal Manchester
There is a lovely urban myth about the renovation of this building. It was the Refuge Assurance building. Apparently when the workmen started it’s renovation after many years boarded up they removed some panels and unexpectedly found a huge room – now the ballroom.
PHOTO – ballroom etc.
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Liverpool Rd, M3 4FP www.msimanchester.org.uk
We love the venue.
not sure I have one of the event I did there….
43 Spring Gardens, M2 2BG www.rossorestaurants.com
Rio Ferdinand’s restaurant?
Photo: pickpocketing – I also borrowed £20 off Man Utd’s Phil Jones – tore it up – and restored it – eventually.
Adam Reid at The French
The Midland Hotel, Peter St, M60 2DS www.the-french.co.uk
1 New York St, Manchester M1 4HD www.thealchemist.uk.com
The Avenue, Spinningfields, M3 3AP www.australasia.uk.com
PHOTO/FILM – Grahame’s proposal. I helped to facilitate a surprise wedding proposal – disguised as a waiter. She said yes!
The Milton Club
Milton Hall, 244 Deansgate, M3 4BQ www.themiltonclub.co.uk
PHOTO Paul Owen’s co. party
Great John Street Hotel
Great John St, M3 4FD www.eclectichotels.co.uk/great-john-street
Wedding – terrace / bar area
Manchester Central (formerly Gmex)
Windmill St, M2 3GX www.manchestercentral.co.uk
1) Events e.g. PP photo stealing glasses
2) Exhibitions – as a stand attraction
Dukes 92 Bar and Restaurant
18-25 Castle St, M3 4LZ www.dukes92.com
PHOTO Nov 17 gig for MC Central staff
The Comedy Store
On stage as guests arrived
And Matt has performed in offices and buildings throughout town. And so many smaller bars and restaurants – Jamie Oliver’s Italian vault room photo, albertsquarechophouse.com and The Beef and Pudding for CPC, Genting Casino, Vermillion, Yang Sing for the Chinese New Year celebrations and K2 Karaoke in china town,
VENUES AROUND GREATER MANCHESTER
Raddison Blu, Manchester Airport, Renaissance
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
The Whitworth Art Gallery
Oxford Rd, M15 6ER www.whitworth.manchester.ac.uk
PHOTO to add Retirement party for the Vice Chancellor Tom Bloxham
Lancashire County Cricket Club, Emirates Old Trafford, M16 0PX www.emiratesoldtrafford.lccc.co.uk/
PHOTO to add Matt on stage for the building opening
England Cricket Match
8 of us 88 tables
Photo: Rafi’s Barmitzvah.
The INTU Trafford Centre
Trafford Blvd, Stretford, M17 8AA
At Selfridges for Christmas promotion and this photo on stage in the food hall hosting…
Mere Golf Club – one of my first events for the Medic’s Ball in 1996 and many Golf Days since. A recent one of note was Sir Alex Ferguson’s charity gold day. I listened to a very interesting speech including his Bucket List (horse racing in Australia etc.)/
EXTRA INFO TO FIND/ADD…
What was the late night TV show Matt did 2002 I think – Manchester something ? Matt filmed for live TV at the Granada Studios…
About Matt – Magician, Manchester.
Matt started performing as a magician while he was studying Law at the University of Manchester. During his postgraduate MBA at the University of Salford he started to promote his entertainment skills more seriously. For the first time he had to start paying his own way in life properly! Shortly after graduating Matt was given a tough dilemma – to join the world of graduate recruitment or to take up the offer of entertaining on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Matt packed his bags.
As an anecdote it was lovely that 20 years on from graduating Matt entertained at The Whitworth Art Gallery for the retirement of The Vice Chancellor Tom Bloxham. Many of the guests were alumni, staff and academics that had overlapped with Matt’s time at the university.
Coming back to Manchester after a few years on the ships Matt started to establish himself again as a local magician. He started to promote himself to venues around Manchester and picked up a residency at Down Under bar (now closed), which alone spun off enough work to keep Matt busy, and his magic career took off. Matt joined both magic clubs based in Manchester, The Order of the Magi and The Manchester Circle of Magicians. Sadly event commitments mean that Matt has let his memberships lapse.
But his entertainment work has continues. He now lives in Cheadle Hulme and has performed at events throughout Manchester for over 20 years – with his own style of misdirection-based magic and world class pickpocketing skills. It was a long time ago that he decided to take this branch in magic…
Magician? Pickpocket? Mind Reader?
Part of becoming a performer is deciding what to be. Matt’s fascination with sleight of hand close-up magic led to an interest in misdirection-based magic, which then led to pickpocketing: the concept of controlling someone’s personal space and being able to distract them enough to steal their watch was mildly addictive. Since becoming a professional Matt has performed at almost every conceivable kind of event, from a single table with 2 guests (a romantic evening where Matt produced an engagement ring as a surprise), to festival audiences in a marquee, from a stage at the Tower of London performing to 800 bankers, to a train on the way through the Eurotunnel, from a balcony overlooking the finish of the Grand National to a bar in the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. His eclectic magical career has taken him from Inverness to the Isle of Man, from Belfast, to Jersey, from Le Touquet in France, to Hurghada in Egypt. An unusual career choice for a graduate in Law with an MBA. Matt worked primarily as a close-up and table magician to start with and his performances have now developed to include an after dinner comedy magic show too.
The Famous Magician John Ramsay
Here is an anecdote for magicians, and a claim to fame from Matt’s Mum. His granddad was a magician – John Knox. He lived in Ayr, in a house opposite John Ramsay’s grocers shop. They were great friends and Matt’s mum remembers an unassuming John Ramsay coming round to the house – and then visiting when they had moved south to Birmingham. Matt’s granddad, John Knox, became president of the BMS and MMS.
Contact: 0161 485 5489. Mobile: 07973 890401. Address: 18 Cheadle Wood, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 6SS.