Manchester United Magician
Matt has been the resident matchday magician at Manchester United since 2000. With the 2018-19 season too Matt will have been performing there for 19 years. The team’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba, was 7(!) when Matt started at Old Trafford. Performing at nearly every home game, that’s roughly 30 games a season, a total of about 500 matches, means that Matt has performed there at more than 7,000 tables, and entertained approximately 75,000 people! That’s a lot of magic – roughly the equivalent of showing close-up magic to everyone in the 78,000 seater stadium. And if you aren’t a Manchester United Fan, don’t be put off! Matt has performed magic for the Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC players at their private team events, and on match days for six other Premier League teams too.
Here is a quick clip of Jese Lingard realising I have stolen his tie at the 2019 Manchester United UNICEF dinner:
Back to Manchester United…
Without wanting to sound too biased, The Theatre of Dreams makes an iconic event venue, with meeting rooms, conference suites and function rooms of all sizes, and excellent staff – and a magician that would love to entertain your guests! Matt has entertained there at weddings, conferences, trade exhibitions and Christmas parties. And if you would like to enjoy the award winning matchday hospitality…
The real Manchester United Magicians!
On match days Matt entertains alongside The Legends, former MUFC players that help to host some of the function rooms and boxes. These are an amazing group of footballers. If they were playing now they’d have multi million pound transfer fees and huge salaries. They typically wander between tables signing autographs, telling stories from their days as players, and on the mic offer some knowledgeable insight and post-match punditry too.
A few of The Legends are…
Norman Whiteside began his career at Manchester United at the age of 17. He holds records as the youngest player to take part in a World Cup, the youngest player to score in a League Cup and FA Cup final, and the youngest player to score a senior goal for Manchester United. He retired from playing aged only 26, due to a knee injury. If you meet him ask to see his World Cup watch – amazing. Photo: Matt, Norman, Iain (from The 3 Magicians) and a few Man Utd trophies in the Museum.
Lee Martin started his career in the Manchester United youth system. In 1990, he scored the winning goal in the FA Cup final replay against Crystal Palace. He won a European Super Cup winner’s medal in 1991 when he featured in the 1–0 win over Red Star Belgrade at Old Trafford – he was substituted in the 71st minute in favour of the new winger Ryan Giggs (a claim to fame maybe?). Lee is often on Manchester United Television. Photo: Lee signing autographs in the Red Cafe after a match and before his interview.
Frank Stapleton started his career with Arsenal, joining them in 1972 after being turned down by Manchester United. He scored one of the goals in Arsenal’s 1979 FA Cup Final 3–2 win over Manchester United, but then moved to Manchester United in 1981 for £900,000 and helped United win the 1983 and 1985 FA Cups. He made history by becoming the first man to score for two different clubs in FA Cup Finals. Photo: presenter Chris Clarkson, Frank Stapleton, and Matt – wearing Frank’s watch before he notices.
Matt has entertained at match days for UEFA and for numerous Premier League Teams including Manchester City FC (entertaining the Team and Staff at their Xmas party), Leicester City FC, Everton FC, Bolton Wanderers FC, Wigan Athletic FC, & Blackburn Rovers FC. And a quick mention for the Bury FC team too!