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It’s often asked – how to improve your memory. Are there any techniques to improve memory and recall? And what are the memory improvement strategies / techniques.

So, how can you improve your memory? Is it even possible?

Let’s get one thing straight, right from the start. There is no such thing as a bad memory; only an untrained one. But many people have a standard, natural memory, and have managed to convince themselves that they have a broken memory! They have actually managed to satisfy themselves that they have the memory of a goldfish.

Sadly, the more they repeat the mantra “I have a bad memory”, the more their brain believes them, and makes it so.

As a psychological illusionist, or Mind Magician, I utilise the power of memory techniques in my performances.  Shuffled packs of cards. Random lists of items. The entire contents of a magazine including photos, captions, and telephone numbers. And, yes, it looks as though I have a super-power memory. But, actually, my natural memory is no better than that of anybody else. Probably worse!

During these demonstrations, I simply use powerful, well-understood, but little-used memory techniques. Moreover, these techniques are nothing new. In fact, they’re ancient.

Some 2400 years ago a Greek poet, Simonedes of Ceos, was attending a function. He left the banquet hall for a few minutes, and while outside the roof collapsed, killing everyone inside. The bodies were crushed beyond recognition. However, by recalling where everybody had been seated in relation to his position, Simonedes was able to identify every single corpse.

That day, a memory system was born. The Loci System was adopted and refined by Greek and Roman orators who used the technique to speak for four hours, purely from memory, without once referring to notes.

The technique involves conjuring up a mental image of the rooms in a familiar building, or a frequently travelled route, then using the imagination to visit each location in turn within this ‘memory palace’. In each room an image of the item to later be recalled is deposited, and this is continued from room to room. The more ridiculous and ‘cartoonish’ the mental picture that is formed, the more firmly it’s held in the memory.

To bring the list to mind, one merely mentally re-visits each location in order, and ‘sees’ the object that was earlier placed there. It’s simply a case of using spatial memory of a familiar place to efficiently recall information.

Although such a technique sounds simple, it is unbelievably powerful, as demonstrated by the memory masters. These men and women who have mastered the system regularly astound with their ability to accurately recall vast amounts of mentally stored information. Yet they claim such feats are within the grasp of us all.

Ben Pidmore from the UK is a triple world memory champion, able to memorise 365 random numbers after only 5 minutes of study. Johannes Mallow from Germany can recite 370 randomly placed playing cards, having been exposed to them for only 10 minutes.

Like other memory masters, they maintain that their natural memory is no better than anybody else.

How do they do it? As I mentioned earlier: “There is no such thing as a poor memory; only an untrained one.”

I often have people tell me that they have an atrocious memory. “A memory like a sieve” is usually how they describe it. But they don’t have a bad memory – they’ve convinced themselves that they do.

I once had a chap tell me how awful his memory was. However, once I ascertained his passion – football in general, and a specific Edinburgh football team in particular – he was able to tell me who won what games against whom, from any fixture, who scored at what minute during the match, the names of the entire team… and a host of other information. So, he didn’t have a poor memory at all!

So, if you take just one thing away from this blog, let it be this: if you tell yourself you have a bad memory, you make it so.

And consider this: if you were to slowly flick through a set of 50 photographs, then I added one to the bundle and you went through the bundle again, you could easily identify the new one. You would recognise the fact that you hadn’t seen it before. Now, here’s the thing: in order to do that, you must have memorised the other 50 photos without even being aware of it!

I have demonstrated just how powerful people’s memories actually are, live on radio and TV – many times. During my 4-part BBC series School For Genius,  I introduced the system to schoolchildren. The youngsters were easily able to recite lists of 30 random objects, in order, forwards and backwards, after just 20 minutes. They even memorised, and recalled the name of every UK prime minister. And they boosted their exam results beyond all recognition.

On occasion, while performing, I tell the audience a story. I then have the pages from a magazine (which I have previously memorised) handed out. Page numbers are called out, and I accurately recite what is on that page, including all the details of the photo’s and pictures. Names. Dates. Book tiles, and so on.

And, no, I do not have a Super Power memory. I’m using a system. And to prove the point, the audience recite back the story they earlier learned and discover that they have memorised every article on one of the pages. If you can do it with one page, you can do it with ten. If you can do it with ten pages, you can do it with fifty…

Admittedly, the memory systems do not actually improve memory, but utilises the imagination and allows the practitioner to store and recall huge amount of information quickly and efficiently.

This basic system can be modified to recall names and faces, facts and figures, and even to speed-learn foreign languages. Which raises the question: why are memory techniques not being taught in schools, colleges and universities?

And yet, here, waiting to be unleashed is a proven principle so powerful that within a short period of time the average student could easily improve their memory tenfold. A valuable skill, indeed.

Quite simply, if you’re still struggling with inefficient repetition to hammer facts, figures and exam-critical information into your brain – you’re doing it the hard way.



Drew McAdam is an entertainer based in Central Scotland. He has performed his distinctive form of pure mind magic across the UK and from the United States to Russia. From Europe to Africa – and most places in-between. Though mainly performing in the corporate market, he often performs in theatre and on TV – and had his own series with BBC. While specialising in corporate after dinner astonishment and cabaret performances, he loves nothing more than taking his spellbinding demonstrations to private functions, parties and weddings.

If your requirement is for entertainment that is uniquely practical and practically unique… Get in touch.

07711 590618


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Concerned about cyber security and Info security? Then you have to read this.

JUST HOW MUCH sensitive information can an unscrupulous “hacker” glean from you, your colleagues or staff? If you think “not much”, you’re mistaken.

If you are part of an organisation, are connected to the Internet, and you have employees, then you are at risk. Actually, you are at risk from more than just one angle, but for the moment let’s ignore the Insider Threat, and concentrate on a risk that you may not even have considered…

Wee Mary in accounts.

Seriously. You see, the main threat to your info security is not some faceless, hooded hacker in a dim and distant basement. Rather, it is the very real possibility of an employee inadvertently giving out information. Alternatively, any company employee with access to a keyboard and the internet, clicking on a link and connecting to some website you’d rather they didn’t.

Next thing you know, you are the target of fraud or ransomware.

Most people think of a “hacker” as somebody with highly developed computer skills who breaks into accounts. But that’s not how it’s happening nowadays.

More recently, the hacker is somebody who “tricks” the target – a customer, employee or service agent – into opening the way for them. This strategy has been given the title “Social Engineering”. And it is how more than two-thirds of security breaches are achieved these days.

Rather than the whiz-kid “hackers” we hear so much about in the media, these fraudsters are “social engineers”; crafty individuals who exploit the one weakness found in each and every organisation: human psychology.

Using any means at their disposal, these attackers will employ everything from phone calls to social media in order to trick employees into giving them access to sensitive information.

Indeed, the most effective and efficient way for somebody to access and play havoc with your system is by employing Social Network techniques and skills. And the reason is that these techniques utilise the weakest point – the Human Factor.

In my keynote addresses and workshops with companies, I define Social Engineering as: “The psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information”.

Now, as a performer of “mind reading” (or mentalism), the definition of my “art” is the “…ability to read body language or to manipulate the subject subliminally through psychological suggestion”. And I use pseudo- scientific subterfuge to achieve that.

A Social Engineer will “Change perceptions or behaviour using the psychological manipulation of others to gather information.”

Well, as a mentalist / mind magician, that is exactly what I do for a living! The only difference is, I don’t use my skills for fraud, or to access your infosecurity. Indeed, if I wasn’t doing this for entertainment, I would be a crook. I would be your enemy.

When I’m performing on stage, I play with the perceptions of my audience. I gain information – without the participant being aware how I’m doing it – then revealing it as a sort of “mind reading” demonstration (rather than using that information unethically or for reasons of fraud.)

So, though the worlds of stage entertainment and infosecurity may seem quite different, they have a great deal more in common than you might initially think.

And with more than two thirds of cyber security breaches being of the Social Engineering flavour, it’s hardly surprising that the most powerful hack is Social Engineering – gathering information by tricking people into doing what the crook wants.

How powerful is it? Well, as part of my stage performance, I offer a selection of books to a participant. He selects one, then flicks back and forward through the pages, selects a page, a paragraph and any word. You can’t get much more random than that. I get the participant to imagine that the word is his password to his computer… Then within around three minutes, I write something down on my pad. The word I have written down (nine times out of ten!) is the word he was thinking of – his password.

Make no mistake; the underlying principle I use to achieve this result has parallels with the techniques used by Social Engineers.

I’ve given numerous keynote addresses at Cyber Security events and conferences throughout the UK, including Stirling University (NHS), SBRC “Insider Threat” (Royal Bank of Scotland). RSA (Kings Place, London), and Hargreaves Lansdown (Bristol).

At each and every one, delegates were astonished and amazed – and hopefully a little concerned – at just how easily and quickly I could harvest “secret” information. What’s more, they had little idea exactly how I was doing it. Now, if I can do that with hardened security experts, what chance does one of your employees have? Unless they are made aware just how easily they can be psychologically manipulated, and how real the threat is.

When it comes to Phishing, the attacker tries to learn information such as login credentials or account information. They do this using a selection of techniques and skills. Once they have that information (whereas I reveal it, so it looks like mind reading) they use it for a ransomware attack or some other form of cyberextortion.

During my “mind magic” and mind reading shows I use mentalism techniques to get even the smallest scrap of information. From there, I can build upon it, rather like building a jigsaw, piece by piece, till I have all the information I need. And that’s exactly how a Social Engineer works. The only difference is that you, your colleague, or your employee won’t be standing on a stage, having their mind read. And the result could be devastating to the company.

Hi-tech hacking versus Social Engineering? Perhaps Houdini said it best when he said: “Why pick the lock? It’s easier if you have the key.”

Well, in my performance I don’t even need the key. I use Pseudo-scientific subterfuge in order to get people to open the door for me. I manipulate people to give me the information I need, without them even being aware that I’m doing it. They give me information, and they are unaware of the fact.

And that’s fine, because it’s me, and it’s for entertainment. Not so fine and dandy if it’s an unscrupulous fraudster who’d really like to get hold of the sensitive information on your computer.

You can read more about the threat of Social Engineering, and Drew McAdam’s views, in this article:


Drew McAdam is an entertainer based in Central Scotland. He has performed his distinctive form of pure mind magic across the UK and from the United States to Russia. From Europe to Africa – and most places in-between. Though mainly performing in the corporate market, he often performs in theatre and on TV – and had his own series with BBC. While specialising in corporate after dinner astonishment and cabaret performances, he loves nothing more than taking his spellbinding demonstrations to private functions, parties and weddings.

If your requirement is for entertainment that is uniquely practical and practically unique… Get in touch.

07711 590618


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(How to use an addition to your sales team that will target your prospects, engage your potential customer, get them onto your stand… and talking.)

The answer to the question “How to attract customers to your trade show stand” is pretty straightforward… Simply, give away a shed-load of promotional products. And to answer your next question: the best kind of promotional product to give away is free beer.

Big crowd. Guaranteed.

Of course, whether it’s going to attract the right kind of customers is another question. Attracting a thousand people onto your stand doesn’t mean you’re going to generate a thousand sales leads; or anything like it.

RULE NUMBER ONE: Identify the type of customers you want to attract to your company’s booth or stand. It’s not about quantity, it’s about quality. You want prospects, not a big crowd of suspects.

Your primary goal is to attract potential customers and clients. The “obvious” solution is to hand out heaps of promotional products. Unfortunately, what you term “promotional products”, most of the trade show attendees refer to as “freebies”.

Often referred to as “bag collectors”, these individuals can be seen drifting from booth to booth, clutching plastic bags which they stuff full of promotional key fobs, golf balls, and pens.

Sometimes, companies decide to really splash out, and bring in all sorts of “attractions”. Interactive robots are all the rage at the moment. A few years ago it was human statues. Golf simulation and chocolate tasting – even a Formula 1 racing car simulator – make regular appearances these days.

But be honest with yourself; are the people queuing up at these attractions potential customers, or just people who are out for a jolly?  Surely the purpose of a stand at a trade show is not to attract everybody, their auntie and the dog, but to be a focus for gathering valuable contact information and sales enquiries from genuine, potential customers.

RULE NUMBER TWO: Your promotional thrust must be more than simply a crowd-pleaser. It needs to do more than just attract and entertain.

Yes, getting crowds of people onto your stand is relatively easy; you simply put on a big attraction and entertain them. The more you spend, and the bigger the attraction, the larger the crowd you will pull. But a crowd doesn’t guarantee qualified enquiries from genuine prospects. There are better ways…

Increasingly popular at Trade Shows in the US is the use of entertainers – particularly magicians and “mentalists”; mind readers who perform a sort of psychological illusion. They are employed as “traffic stoppers”. Indeed, some of these individuals work exclusively for the exhibiting company at every trade show, seminar, workshop… Ambassadors for the company, who know the products and the personnel inside-out.

I have done this kind of work for numerous companies, from insurance giants and oil companies, to sporting goods manufacturers and the medical profession. And I’ve learned a few things along the way that you might just find helpful.

As a psychological illusionist, I saw myself as part of the marketing / sales team. Yes, I would start a performance on the stand to bring in a small crowd – perhaps even plug the company logo or a particular product as part of the programme. But I was aware my task entailed much more than just entertaining.

I would have the sales team identify and single out certain individuals that they would really like to talk to. I needed to know who were the centres of influence, the decision-makers; qualified prospects who would benefit from the offered service or product. I would then target those individuals, approach them, and engage with them.

I would use a quick mind-reading demonstration to capture their attention and curiosity – perhaps tell them the name of their first love, or reveal a word they were merely thinking of. I would then invite them onto the stand to see one more remarkable thing. There, I might bend a spoon in their own hand; Uri Geller style, or duplicate a drawing they made in secret.

But my job didn’t just stop there. I then introduced them to somebody from the sales team, leaving them with something to talk about – and for the sales process / information gathering to begin – while I set off after the next prospect.

Be honest, doesn’t that sound more productive than merely handing out key-rings and pens?

RULE NUMBER THREE. Find a way of engaging with genuine prospects – ideally using a professional “attention grabber”, such as a magician, who can target those you want to talk to – rather than simply handing out free promotional trinkets.

A little bit of imagination goes a long way towards attracting the right prospects onto your trade stands – and keeping them there.  For example, at several trade shows, I took part in a “Challenge the Mind Reader” competition. Selected individuals (and by that I mean genuine prospective clients, as identified by the sales team) were given the opportunity to challenge the mind reader. If I failed to read their mind, given three attempts, they would win an iPad / laptop. (Nobody ever beat me!)

After having been at that for a while, I was delighted to see every single one of the sales staff engaged with a genuine prospect – one that they had earlier identified.

See? A little bit of imagination – and a rifle bullet, rather than shotgun, approach – to getting your potential customers onto the stand, and talking.

So, here is your DO and DON’T tick list for a successful trade show presence.

DON’T do anything that will simply attract those looking for “freebies”

DON’T employ a novelty “attraction” simply to get a crowd – any crowd.

DON’T waste time and effort on those who are not centres of influence or decision makers.

DO think about the kind of prospects you want to attract.

DO use the rifle, rather than the shotgun approach.

DO consider employing a professional “traffic stopper” – entertainer.

DO use an entertainer who is briefed on products and personnel.

DO use an entertainer who considers himself part of the sales / marketing team.

DO identify the prospects you want to talk to, and have your entertainer bring them to you.

Next time you have a trade show, think about ditching the promotional gimmicks. Instead, consider hiring in an individual who would be part of your sales team, tasked with targeting your potential customers and clients.

It would probably work out less expensive than a fancy novelty attraction, and would certainly prove a great deal more effective in actually bringing in business leads, too.

And after all, isn’t that what you want?


Drew McAdam is an entertainer based in Central Scotland. He has performed his distinctive form of pure mind magic across the UK and from the United States to Russia. From Europe to Africa – and most places in-between. Though mainly performing in the corporate market, he often performs in theatre and on TV – and had his own series with BBC. While specialising in corporate after dinner astonishment and cabaret performances, he loves nothing more than taking his spellbinding demonstrations to private functions, parties and weddings.

If your requirement is for entertainment that is uniquely practical and practically unique… Get in touch.

Tel: 07711 590618

How Much Does a Magician Cost?

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How Much Does a Magician Cost?

I promise, I will answer this question. But first, there are a few things that must be taken into consideration.

Asking “What can I expect to pay for a magician?” is a lot like walking into a car showroom, and asking “How much is it for a car?” You see, much like booking a magician, it depends on your requirements, not the price tag on the windscreen.

So, right from the start, let me tell you what you might expect to pay for a magician. You can get a wonder worker who will perform in your front room for your private party, or at your wedding, for £50. Yes, you really can hire a magician for that; maybe even less! Of course, whether he’s going to be any good – or any better than the flat-tyre old banger that’s rusted away in the back area of the car showroom for two years, and only costs you £200 – is something to think about.

I recently saw a question posted on an Internet forum, asking; “How much should I expect to pay for a magician”. Somebody responded that they had recently booked a magician who was the son of a friend of their next-door neighbour, and it was only going to cost them £50. They genuinely thought they sealed the bargain of the year… Who, knows? Perhaps they had. But I very much doubt it.

And I doubt it, because the first thing to take into consideration is the professionalism and experience of the performer.

If you want a performer who has a full time job, but practices card tricks in his bedroom, and would jump at the chance to make a few bob from a one-off performance, then you’re going to get that at a great price. If you’re having music at your event, you could apply the same thinking and hire a band with a singer who’s tone-deaf and a guitarist who only knows three chords; and hasn’t quite conquered the third one.

You’ll save a bundle. (They won’t have overheads like Public Liability insurance or membership of Equity). But, of course, the event may not turn out to be quite the roaring success you envisaged.

And a search on the internet isn’t going to help either. It’s amazing how many seriously awful magicians I’ve seen that have incredibly flashy websites. And don’t be suckered in by celebrity endorsements. I recently discovered a magician who was caught out using Photoshopped pictures of himself with a number of TV and movie stars… Several from the famous London Waxworks!

Every second magician has the words “award winning”, on their website. But in many cases it means they were handed a certificate at their local magic club. I know of one “magician” who has that on their website; there were only two entrants in the competition.

So, how do you make sure you are paying a fair and reasonable fee for the quality and experience of the magician you hire?

Well, there is a great place where you can almost guarantee unearthing a magician who perfectly meets your needs, and that’s at The Magic Circle. It’s a society for magicians, but in order to gain membership, each applicant has to go through a 3-stage process. They are required to submit an application, attend an interview, and then perform an audition.

You can even search The Magic Circle website by location and the type of event you are hosting.

Another way of selecting a magician that will have all the relevant documentation and ensure your event is a success is through an agent. Additionally, you have somebody to contact if something goes horribly wrong. I have had dealings with people like Douglas Gillespie at The Entertainers Agency (, and Kenny Donaldson at Speakout ( Both are members of the The Agents Association (GB), take their jobs seriously, and will only recommend acts that they know will deliver the goods. They have magicians on their books who I know, from personal experience, are professional performers who deliver the goods each and every time – and have done so for a number of years.

Cost will also depend on another few factors:

(1) The type of event. Is it a children’s show? Or is it a full after dinner event?

(2) What style of magic do you require?

(3) What is the location? Is the magician local, or is he travelling from the other end of the country?

Just to give you an idea, I have performed in theatres, live TV, massive halls, people’s front rooms, and at weddings. Each will have its own price.

The type of “magic” I perform is mind magic – or psychological illusion. There are no cards, ropes or fluffy bunnies. Instead, it involves reading minds, fast memory work, influencing the choices of the audience and so on. Yes, it’s more expensive than a run-of-the-mill magician.

In terms of location, I have performed all over the UK, in Russia, The Netherlands, Sicily, Marbella, and dozens of other far-flung locations. I have also performed at a hotel, just six miles from my home. Obviously, that has a huge impact on my fee, too.

But I promised to answer the question “How much does a magician cost” – and taking everything into account – here is a very rough guide. (Given that, you may pay more. But if you’re paying less you are probably getting something that’s going to leave you and your guests seriously disappointed.)

For a children’s party, a professional with all the correct documentation will charge around £250 – £400.

* Hiring a magician for a private party – a bit of walkaround / table hopping plus a floor show should cost somewhere in the region of £400 to £700.

* A cabaret style performance for 100+ people or so will probably fall into the bracket of £700 – £1200. Of course, at this point you would also be considering a low stage (riser) and PA equipment (possibly lighting, too.)

* A big-prop illusionist show; well, it’s just going to be silly money.

* Walkabout (strolling table hopping).  Magicians tend not to charge by the hour, or to bring travelling costs into the equation – unless it’s a fair distance, in which case accommodation must be factored in, too. But it’s actually a pretty good indication of cost, if you consider (minimum of two hours) £150 – 200 per hour flat fee.

While all this offers a fair indication of a standard magician’s price list, it is worth bearing in mind that a more specialised form of “magic” such as mind reading / psychological illusion which I perform, may cost a bit more. That said; I, like many others of my ilk, are very keen to fit in with the client’s budget.

But one thing is for certain; if you are on a tight budget, you do not want to blow it on a performer who will at best disappoint, and at worst, prove to be an embarrassment.


Drew McAdam is an entertainer based in Central Scotland. He has performed his distinctive form of pure mind magic across the UK and from the United States to Russia. From Europe to Africa – and most places in-between. Though mainly performing in the corporate market, he often performs in theatre and on TV – and had his own series with BBC. While specialising in corporate after dinner astonishment and cabaret performances, he loves nothing more than taking his spellbinding demonstrations to private functions, parties and weddings.

If your requirement is for entertainment that is uniquely practical and practically unique… Get in touch. Tel: 07711590618

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What is the best kind of wedding entertainment? 

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What is the best kind of wedding entertainment?

So, you’re getting married, and you want to know what entertainment would make for a memorable day. It seems like a mammoth choice. But actually, it’s not… Not if you follow a few simple guidelines.

You’ve had the good sense to realise that entertainment should be fairly high on the list. The obvious question is: “what is the best kind of wedding entertainment”?

But perhaps that’s the wrong question. You need to consider: what is the most suitable form of wedding entertainment for your guests. And for that, you need to know what your guests would enjoy, and what would engage everybody from the youngest to the oldest?

You also have to ask yourself: do you want your entertainment to be a spectacle, or would you prefer to engage your guests, bring them together, and leave them talking?

what is the best wedding entertainmentIf you visit any wedding entertainment website you’re faced with an overwhelming landslide of suggestions. In my time, performing at weddings, I’ve seen circus performers, fairground side-shows, stilt walkers, jugglers, a quiz, silent discos, fire-eaters, falconry, casino table and crazy golf… Not all at the same wedding, I hasten to add!

And that’s all fine and dandy. A bit of a spectacle will certainly give your guests something to watch or amuse themselves. It also offers a diversion during the long pauses in proceedings between the service and the meal. It’s certainly better than everybody hitting the bar to pass the time.

It seems obvious, but it’s far too easy for couples to fall into the trap of thinking “that would be good” as opposed to “that would be good for my guests.”

There’s no doubt you can unearth hundreds of acts that can bring an element of entertainment to your event, but how many will engage your guests – and keep them engaged – all day? It’s all very well having a novelty act or activity, but it has to be entertaining and engaging, rather than just something to be looked at.

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SO, here’s a tick list of questions it might be worth asking yourself when considering the best form of entertainment for your big day.

  1. Is it actually entertainingThere are going to be long pauses in the proceedings, and you really need entertainment that will fill that gap.
  2. Is it engaging? Will it have your guests interacting with their new friends, and members of the other side’s family? Will it leave them talking?
  3. Will it make a great video or photo opportunity? (laughing / surprised / enthralled / happy). Or is it just a spectacle that, once the guest has seen it, and admired it, it’s quickly forgotten?
  4. Is it suitable for all ages? Would Old Aunty Gertrude really be that interested in a bouncy castle or silent disco?
  5. Does it break the ice? Bringing groups of your guests together, and leave them chatting.


Here’s the good news. From attending numerous weddings I’ve reached the conclusion that there are actually very few forms of entertainment that can tick all those boxes, so that in the valuable moment you return from two hours of having the wedding party’s photo shoot, you find all the guests chatting and bonding, rather than having just watched five minutes of something spectacular and then hanging around at the bar.

You see, what people will remember from your wedding (apart from the service, the meal and the speeches, of course!) is the people they interacted with. The new family members. The new friends.

With this in mind, I have to say, the most successful wedding entertainment I’ve seen in a long career of performing is remarkably limited. Celebrity lookalikes – who are happy to have photo’s taken and chat with groups of guests is one. Magicians, in all their forms, is the other. That’s about it.

Yes, the sideshows are great. The activities and spectacles are enthralling and a wonderful talking point. But entertaining and engaging? Choices are limited – which makes your job of selecting the right entertainment for your wedding remarkably easy.

The main types of entertainment I have seen that meet everything on the tick box are: celebrity lookalikes and magicians – in all their forms. Seriously, that’s it.

One wedding I attended had “Only Fools and Horses” celebrity lookalikes. Most of the cast were there, and each was a consummate professional. They acted out little scenarios and circulated among small groups with which they could chat. It was funny, entertaining, engaging, made for superb photo opportunities, and gave the guests something to talk about for a long time afterwards.

Another celebrity lookalike who should be on the radar is Scottish actor and entertainer Jock Ferguson from Herald Events, who is not only a scarily lifelike Sean Connery (he does the voice and everything) but a professional actor, raconteur and a wonderful people-person. He is engaging and hilarious to the extreme. I loved the way he interacted with people, and had them laughing to bursting point… It also makes for a fantastic photo opportunity, as you can imagine.

And that brings us to magicians – in all their forms. Comedy magicians. Skilled workers of wonderment with ropes, cards and tricks that will make your jaw drop. Mind magicians – who duplicate drawings that have been kept secret, and tell you the name of someone you are merely thinking of.

There is no question that this form of entertainment ticks all the boxes – which is probably why they’re so popular at weddings. A good magician will move from group to group while they:

  1. Engage your guests,
  2. Provide a sense of wonder – and a good laugh
  3. Pose for photo’s,
  4. Leave guests – who moments ago were strangers – discussing what just happened.

Definitely worth considering; a great ice-breaker for your guests. Plus, their style can be varied to suit all ages, from the very young to the very old.

Some of the best, and highly recommended, certainly in the Central Scotland area, are the likes of Tricky Ricky McLeod, Gary James, and Glasgow-based Woody. I have often had the privilege of seeing them work. They are consummate professionals in delivering fast-paced, astonishing, guest-engaging wedding entertainment.

So, to answer the question: “What is the best kind of entertainment for your wedding”? My answer is perhaps more limited than you originally thought.

If you want a spectacle or unusual activity, then a quick Google search will unearth a ton of suggestions. However, if your requirement is more for engaging, entertaining, perfect-for-photo’s, suitable-for-all ages entertainment that will engage your guests and leave them chatting like old friends, then a humorous celebrity lookalike or a charismatic, witty, magician should be right at the top of your list.


Drew McAdam is an entertainer based in Central Scotland. He has performed his distinctive form of pure mind magic across the UK and from the United States to Russia. From Europe to Africa – and most places in-between. Though mainly performing in the corporate market, he often performs in theatre and on TV – and had his own series with BBC. While specialising in corporate after dinner astonishment and cabaret performances, he loves nothing more than taking his spellbinding demonstrations to private functions, parties and weddings.

If your requirement is for entertainment that is uniquely practical and practically unique.