5.37pm on Sunday 9th April 2017 is a day that will long remain in my memory as one of the worst days of my life.
That was the time and date I had to call 999 and tell them that my block of flats was on fire.
In a very short time we had been joined by the Police and 8 Fire Engines who fought for 5 hours to bring the fire under control.
The fire was in the cavity space between the walls and spread through the whole block and next door.
The fireman had to remove the walls in my flat to get to the fire, as you can see in the pictures below the damage was extensive and I can only praise the fireman for their quick thinking.
I was able to get myself, my daughter and warn everyone in the block to get out of the flats and we all know how lucky we all are that no one was hurt.
I would like to thank all the police, fireman and fire investigation officers and forest heath and kings forest for their help, compassion and understanding (we have all been asking lots of questions) in getting us answers, rehousing us and allowing us to (safely) enter and remove essentials etc.
I would also like to thank everyone who has offered assistance and help, money and replacements I really cannot thank you enough.
Now starts the process of rebuilding our lives and homes and making a positive step in the right direction.
I love weddings, I love the ambience and the music and it is from the first moment the guests arrive at the reception that the feel and vibe of the venue really comes into effect.
Every venue is different and I have been lucky enough to work in almost all in the area during my career.
I love performing at Swynford Manor, which I do on a regular basis. The gardens are beautiful, the dining room beautiful and the staff are fantastic, all this adds up to a great environment and a working formula for a brilliant wedding venue.
At Swynford, the team is run by Angela and Georgia who work closely with the engaged couple to co ordinate both the in-house requirements and the contracted wedding suppliers - such as yours truly - to ensure the day runs smoothly and to plan.
So if you are looking for a great wedding venue, let me point you towards this beautiful house, with its beautiful gardens, that my daughter loves to cartwheel around.
For more information or to arrange a meeting with the wedding team click HERE.
For the past 10 years I have worked for some amazing restaurants including big chain restaurants like Frankie and Bennys, Loch Fynn and Beefeater and also small independent restaurants like Newmarket Indian Cuisine and Krackos.
Restaurant managers, and their staff, who have experienced working with
Wayne Goodman Entertainments, would all advise they have seen many benefits that an in house magician brings to a restaurant. The below comments highlight just some of the benefits your restaurant could also experience.
To learn more about what I can do for your restaurant and the benefits of having a magician please check out my dedicated page HERE.
Having a stand at a trade show can be a great way to introduce your company or product to the market in style.
Having a busy stand is the whole point of being at the trade show, so how do you ensure you stand out from the thousands of other stands and make sure your stand is busy? How do you make sure that you get the ROI for your stand?
Wayne Goodman is an expert trade show magician, who has worked for many different companies including Tobar (Toy Company) O2 (mobile service providers) Ensors (accountants) F.O.B.C. (federation of building contractors) and Grampian Continental (haulage firm).
If you are planning a Trade show or exhibition then why not contact Wayne now to discuss what he can do for you and your company.
I am very lucky in my job to work with some of the best service providers in the industry. When a client asks for a recommendation for someone, I know I am promoting the best of the best.
One of the most important parts of the wedding day is the evening entertainment. I love being part of the daytime or early evening events, but once the lights dim it is down to the DJ or the band to make sure the rest of the wedding is a success.
If you look on my recommendations page you will see I only have one band on the whole page, this is because when I have an event or party, there is only one band I would want.
The Mighty MACCA are an amazing band. I have known the MacDonald family for almost all my life and love working with them, mainly because what I think sets them apart from other bands is their passion for their music, and it really shows.
When you see MACCA at an event or wedding, the room is pumping, the crowd is up and singing and dancing along, the guys in the band have set a fever pitch that resonates around the room and everyone is in for the night of their lives.
Booking Macca could not be easier, click here to be taken to their contact page.
After speaking with Carl about your wedding, you will know you are in capable hands, with a massive selection of songs and styles, he will be able to advise and co-ordinate the perfect set list for you and your guests, including the all important first dance.
As a special offer I offer a 10% discount on my services if you book me alongside Macca.
Book the perfect wedding package now and know you have the best entertainment for your wedding day.
Organising a children's party does not need to be a stressful affair. The thought of 20 - 30 children, running, screaming and demanding attention is enough to cause anyone sleepless nights of worry.
Planning a wedding can be a daunting project, so much you have to arrange, and so many people to co-ordinate with, its enough to make your head spin.
Wedding fayres are a great way to meet the people behind the pictures, behind the websites and the phone calls. A wedding is a very personal day, so make it personal and get to know the people you are trusting to make your day amazing.
A quick google search will reveal a list of wedding fayres in your area, or ask one of your suppliers if they can recommend a good one.
Every year I attend a number of fayre's, the Newmarket Wedding Show is held twice a year at the Millennium Grandstand, part of the Newmarket Race Course.
The next fayre will be on September 3rd 2017.
These suppliers will really know the venue and the team at the venue, meaning a seamless flow on the wedding day.
The next fayre at Swynford is on March 19th 2017.
Planning a wedding can be stressful, making sure everything runs to plan, and putting your trust in the people to organise it can make it feel like you have a million tons on your shoulders.
Lets look at what Wayne brings to your wedding day and why he is the number one choice when looking for a wedding magician.
I get many thank you emails and letters all saying similar things,
"My cousin and his workmate did not know anyone else at the wedding and we were worried they would eat the food and then leave. After you performed for them, they started talking and we were thrilled to see them chatting all evening and now they go to football at the weekends".
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Making sure everyone is in the perfect place can keep you up nights with worry.
Couples always worry that tables with people who do not know each other will not chat or talk, will leave early and will not have a good time.
The solution is simple, once you have all the family and close friends planned then you are left with the 2nd tier guests, just put them anywhere and let Wayne know which tables are the ones you are concerned about.
It seems that nowadays there are lots of websites that offer to get you quotes and information to supply you with the best service provider for almost any industry.
It started with trust-a-trader and now we have many similar sites, the premise is easy, fill in a form and it will be sent to hundreds of people who will match the criteria of the form you filled in. Now these sites might seem like a great idea, simple, easy to use and time saving but will it find you the best people? Is it really the best option?
If you book through an agency or directly with the entertainer then you have someone you can complain to if they do not provide the service they promise, but websites like this offer no chain of communication.
What is the answer? How do I make sure I am looking at the right people?
The best way to find good people is to look for them yourself.
Here are some simple tips to get you speaking to the right people.
I have a whole page dedicated to quotes I have received and you can view it here.
I also have a page recommending other providers who will give you the best quality service in the industry, check them out here.
A simple post on facebook asking for a disco, magician etc will get your friends tagging options to look at. Once again DO NOT just click the first one, but check out all the options and look at what others say about them via review sites or quotes on their own site. If you are not sure about the validity ask if they have any clients you could speak to.
To find out any information about who I am and what I do then please check out my website www.waynegoodman.co.uk
So lets get this started, Thats me on the right with the super cool patterned shirt and a cool curtain haircut, ahead of my time in 1980 (aged 5)
Between the years 1995 and 2000 I worked on 12 ships for 5 different cruise companies around Europe and Scandinavia.
On the left is myself and the best children's entertainer I have ever worked with Paul "Taz" Marlow, you can check him out here. The picture on the right has myself and another Paul, this time Paul Marklew, the best singer / Songwriter I have ever met, You can check him out here. The picture below right is myself on stage playing (ahem) bass guitar for their band - "The Louis McCoy Band.
I have lived and worked in a huge list of countries, including
Spain - Germany - France - Belgium - Holland - Denmark - Sweden - Norway and Finland.
2017 is my 30th year in magic, and I am so proud that my daughter also has a love for magic
Wayne loves to chat, so any questions or if there is something you would like to know then please feel free to contact him, Email email@example.com.
I am so lucky in my job to work for some amazing people, I get to interact with them on the best day of their lives and I am honoured to be involved in their special day. I also get to work alongside some of the most amazing people, some I see as part of the preparation process and at wedding fayres and some I see on the day as we are all a part of the wedding day machine.
Everyone has a camera on their phone, so its a common misconception that anyone can take a picture, well that may be true, but not everyone can take a picture that captures a moment, that is why we have professional photographers.
If you are planning a wedding, have just got engaged or for any reason you may need a photographer then contact Juan via his website www.cambsweddingphotography.com
1 - Professional vs Amateur.
Does the magician have much or any experience working at professional events?
You only get one chance to make the day perfect so make sure you put your trust in the hands of someone who is not only capable but also experienced enough to be able to handle the pressure on the day.
Ask for references or quote and / or ask for a one-to-one consultation so that you can see first hand what and who you are booking. It is also worth asking if the performer has any public events you could attend to view.
Getting written confirmation of the booking is so important.
Organising a wedding or event can be very stressful and you want to know you have everything organised down to the last detail.
A confirmation or contract should list all the details you have agreed on including the location of the event, the times required (including set up and pack down times if necessary), the dress code and of course the fee.
If you ask for a confirmation and you are told that "Yes I can do one if required" or "sure I will knock one up for you", you should ask yourself why it is not mandatory to send one.
If you do not have in writing the full agreement then any discrepancies arising at or after event will be difficult to clarify and resolve. Always demand on a confirmation.
No one wants to think about anything bad happening at a wedding or function but accidents can happen, a glass of wine knocked over or something knocked and broken can leave big repair or cleaning bills for someone to pay.
Most wedding venues require proof of this before allowing the performer to work at the venue.
Every professional performer should have P.L.I. of at least £5M, members of Equity automatically get covered for £10M.
Make sure when enquiring that the magician is covered.
There are many different styles in magic, just as there are many different types of event, and you want to make sure the two line up.
The easiest way to do this is by speaking to the magician and explaining your event, a professional should be able to tell you the best options and if they are the best choice.
Above all you want someone who will be entertaining and build a rapport with the guests at your special day.
Before a magician can quote a price we need to know a few pieces of information:
Date of event: Is it a peak date or a special date? Working on Christmas day is more expensive than a random Tuesday in April.
I am very lucky in my profession to meet some of the most creative and original people, not just magicians but also among the suppliers of services and goods for my customers, clients and friends.
People who know me, will know that I only recommend the best of the best, when I put my name to a service provider you know they will deliver above and beyond the rest.
Graham and Rachel, owners of Regency Cakes are amazing cake makers. They have just opened up a brick and mortar shop in Exning, just outside newmarket so you can go and have a chat and discuss any requirements directly with them.
The cakes not only taste amazing but they have such a beautiful visual appeal as well, and you can see just from the ones I have shared here that they can cater for any event or style of show.
You only need to look at this cake to know you are looking at the work of true artistes.
I encourage all my customers to check Regency Cakes out and their facebook page too and my other recommendations
Tonight I was booked for a wedding at the beautiful Riverside Hotel, in Mildenhall for a wedding.
I Love this venue, It has a special kind of charm and history that is complimented by a great team of people who work there.
Tonights wedding was beautiful, it was for an older couple and was for 50 guests all family and very close friends. After getting married at the hotel they enjoyed a great reception with magic (from me) and some amazing canapes.
If you are looking for a great wedding venue with amazing gardens and plenty of space to accommodate any size wedding then have a look at the Riverside house and hotel.
Yesterday I exhibited at the Newmarket Wedding Show at the Roley Mile. The fayre runs twice a year and it is always a great day meeting great couples, newly engaged brides and grooms and those looking to add something special to their wedding day.
As well as meeting new people it is always a great day to catch up with some amazing wedding suppliers like J J Muino who is in my opinion one of the best photographers in the wedding market and always pleasure to work with.
It is always a pleasure as well as an honor to perform at a wedding, this is the most important day, not only for the bride and groom but also for the families and friends who have seen the couple come together and create a bond that will hopefully last a lifetime.
I would also like to congratulate Graham and Rachel at Regency Cakes on the opening of their new brick and mortar shop at 29 Oxford Street, Exning, CB8 7EW, If you are looking for a superb cake maker then pop in and say hello.
Due to a client changing the date next month, I am now available on Tuesday February 14th for any restaurants, hotels or private Valentine's events.
Had a lovely day working with Taylor Studios Consultant Florist.
Mum and Daughter Alayne and Grace have a passion for flowers and it really shows in the service they provide.
Check out the website by clicking the button below
7.30pm start at the magic shop on Market Street, Ely.
entrance price of £5 and an amazing magic lecture special offer on the night.
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With just over a month to go to the publication of my next book I wanted to share one of my favorite chapters with you all. I have added it below so have a read and enjoy.
The Act Assassin
The ultimate heckler and heckles.
You are on stage, the heckler has you in his sights he shouts something at you, you respond and suddenly “Bam” you have just lost.
It’s as simple and as quick as that. The heckler has said something and before you even register what it is, it’s over.
You start to sweat and look around you for some sort of support. The audience are jeering and now you have other people heckling you, although you can’t make out the words as your brain is in hyperdrive but coming up blank.
You start to panic and feel a bit sick, all your worst fears have happened at once.
The MC is looking at you for some sort of signal. You have nowhere to turn and no one to help you.
The audience has turned on you and start to boo and hiss, someone starts a chant,
“OFF, OFF, OFF, OFF, OFF, OFF, OFF, OFF”.
Not nice and it leaves a terrible feeling in your stomach.
It has not happened to me but I saw it happen once, and I am so pleased it was not aimed at me.
A true “Act Assassin” is extremely RARE, but they do happen.
There are two types of “Act Assassin”.
The lucky hitter.
The professional assassin.
The lucky hitter
This will be someone who says the right thing at the right time, he will say something that just slays you.
He may not mean it to, but once done, it’s done.
The odds of this happening are very low though, you have many factors on your side like noise, attention etc.
The heckler has to be heard by all or most of the audience and also more importantly understood, however with the right timing and the right voice it can happen.
You have been warned.
The professional assassin
This guy is more likely. He gets his kicks from doing this as often as he can, his heckles will be twice as strong, destructive and will inflict maximum damage.
He has worked on lines and manipulates situations, especially in venues where you may be regularly booked and he knows your act.
I have seen them destroy the confidence of the performer and kill the act completely.
You can stop it, right up until the moment that it happens, then it’s too late and there is nothing you can do.
When it does happen, it will be so fast that you won’t know what hit you, one minute you are doing your normal show, the next you’re getting laughed off stage, all your self-respect destroyed and confidence blown.
So how do you deal with this?
If it’s a true assassin heckle and they are calling for you to get off, then that may be your only course of action and you put it down to experience and hope that it won’t come back to haunt you with other bookers.
One of my favourite stories is kind of an act assassin even though the comedian brought it on himself, let me explain.
Kirk Douglas’s son Eric, half brother to legendary actor Michael, had been trying his hand at comedy.
He wasn’t that bad and had managed to get himself a 30 minute spot at a London comedy club.
The crowd that night were not a forgiving group however and he was dying a death, people were heckling and he was getting more and more frustrated until finally he snapped and shouted into the microphone,
“Dammit, you can not do this to me, don’t you people know who I am, I am Kirk Douglas’s son”.
At this point the main heckler in the front row jumped up and shouted,
“NO, I am Kirk Douglas’s son”,
referring to the iconic "I'm Spartacus" scene of the 1960 film starring Kirk Douglas.
Within seconds everyone was on their feet shouting the same thing. I was told that people were still shouting it five minutes after he had left the stage.
You may notice a similarity in the two stories above, in both situations the attitude of the performer was ultimately the main reason for his downfall.
If the first performer had stuck to the rules, done the correct amount of time and got off when he was supposed to, the situation would never have arisen.
If Eric had maintained his composure, earned their respect rather than demanding it and not panicked, he may well have survived the situation with some dignity.
My new book "The Expert at the Restaurant Table" is ready to be released.
This is an updated version of the "Definitive Guide to Restaurant Magic" and has updated chapters, new chapters, page numbers, contents, better quality paper and new cover and name.
email: email@example.com for more information.
If you want to see an amazing show then book now as tickets are selling fast.
Acts named to appear so far include
and many many more
Prism - Remember Nothing, Know Everything.
The power of knowing which card lies at any given numerical position is immense! This has been one of the hardcore card handling tools for decades and there was really only one way to have it at your disposal - by drilling it into your brain through forced memorisation. Until now, that is...
Wayne Goodman presents his SUPER easy ‘PRISM’ stack that operates using the most basic and rudimentary system that will allow you to instantly calculate which card is at which position in the deck. Incredibly, with only 5 minutes introduction to the ‘PRISM’ stack, you’ll be accurately naming cards at given values without breaking a sweat and remember - there is ZERO memorisation involved!
As well as the stack and system being taught in full detail, you’ll also learn amazing effects to perform with your newly acquired super-skill! And, Wayne has stretched this system to its limits so, as well as AMAZING card effects, you’ll also learn a KILLER drawing duplication using the system! - THE ‘PRISM’ SYSTEM IS ‘PRE-SCHOOL EASY’! - THE DECK ABSOLUTELY APPEARS IN A COMPLETELY RANDOM ORDER! - A TOOL FOR LIFE WITH JUST A TEN MINUTE LEARNING TIME! THE ‘PRISM’ stack! Remember nothing. Know Everything!
2nd Place in the Close up in the British Magical Championships
I am very pleased and proud to announce that I have been invited to compete in the British Magical Championships.