Be original hire a wedding magician!


If, for your special day you are looking for something original, and let’s face it for today’s costly and uber trendy weddings originality is a must; then you could do well to consider hiring a wedding magician.

On that big day, you want everything to go perfectly. This is not an annual event after all, but the most important day of your life and the pinnacle of months of preparation. It has to be right.

When booking your wedding magician, there are a number of factors to consider:

  • Distance.
  • Type of Performance.
  • Duration.
  • The Date and Time of the Event.
  • The Number of Guests.
  • The Performer’s Experience

All professional magicians would be prepared to travel a remote location. Obviously, the further away your venue, the greater the cost of hiring your chosen entertainer.

Type of Performance
Different weddings require different types of entertainment, and a wedding magician can offer a range of magic shows to fit your needs. Magicians can be cheeky and chatty, or formal and silent. Some perform mentalism routines, astounding your guests with their mind reading skills, whilst others specialise in ropes and cards or just use the items off the dining tables.

  • A professional performer will be able to help you decide what is best for your particular wedding reception. Having decided on the style with them, you may also find that the wedding magician can perform their routines in a number of ways:
  • A Table-Hopping magician will entertain your guests, between courses, while they are seated at a formal dinner. They are adept at performing, whilst not obstructing any catering staff from performing their job.
  • Mix & Mingle magic is a very popular approach for any event where people are standing in groups. Often, the magician will appear to be another guest before unexpectedly performing their routines.
  • With a Close-up Show the magician will perform close up magic in a set location, performing his routines as people approach. This is a popular option for those wishing a less intrusive form of magical entertainment.
  • A Cabaret Show occurs on the stage or dance floor, where the guests would sit and watch a set-length performance – usually 45 minutes to an hour.

A typical wedding magician will, depending on the type of entertainment you’re looking for, perform for 2-3 hours across a 3-4 hour period. In between performances they will be resetting, preparing for the next period and grabbing something to eat and drink before entertaining you with some more magical miracles.

The Date and Time of the Event
Simply put, some days are more expensive than others. Booking your magician on Christmas Day is going to cost you a lot more than booking them on a chilly Tuesday evening in April. But then again, you’ve already found that out with the caterers, the DJ and the ice carving delivery service.

The Number of Guests
With a larger reception, the wedding magician will have to prepare a lot more routines and perform for a longer period, to ensure that all your guests have been fully entertained.

The Performer’s Experience
This is possibly the most important factor when choosing the right wedding magician for your reception. A professional close-up magician will typically charge between £250 and £650 for their services, depending on the requirements listed above. A cabaret act’s prices, with all their ‘big box’ illusions, may differ.

Hunting around, you can possibly find cheaper, but you are taking the risk of hiring someone who ‘knows a few tricks’, rather than a full-time, dedicated professional. It’s like letting your ‘friend’s kid brother’ do the music, you may pay less in cash, but ultimately, it could cost you a lot more.

So to hire a wedding magician could certainly give your wedding that special wow factor and make it stand out from the crowd.

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How Ryan met the love of his life thanks to a kitchen equipment hire company

couple with wedding furnitureCan running out of kitchen equipments and hiring them get you the love of your life? Well, It has been said that one falls in love with the most unexpected person and at the most unexpected time. Behind every marriage there is a love story, behind every love story there are two persons who have to answer How you fell in love? When? etc. And the answer to these questions are very silly even to the couples who are answering it. Such is the story of Ryan and Martha who are a happy newly married couple.

It all started with Ryan. After getting recruited it was his first day in office. As you all know that it is a common trend for a fresher or for a newbie to throw a party for his or her fellow workers. Ryan had to do the same. Ryan was staying in a rented apartment sharing with one of his friends. He needed to plan the party for his office fellow workers. He took the help of his friend and they planned out everything, the day of the party, theme of the party, food, beverages, etc. Since he was organizing the party in his home he needed utensils and kitchen equipments for food and beverages.

Now there were only two people in that apartment and in no way they could have all the kitchen equipments for so many people. So what was the solution?. It was pure luck, when Ryan read an advertisement in the newspaper with the title “Kitchen Equipment Hire” with a punch line “Ran out of kitchen equipments, hire us. We provide from crockery, cutlery, to bowls, serving utensils, bar accessories, etc.” Ryan immediately called their number and asked all the details, price and hired them. He gave them the details of the party so that they could arrange everything in time.

Now the day for Ryan came when he was gonna fall in love.The agency sent the kitchen equipments to Ryan’s house and the person who was in-charge of it was, any guesses? Yes, Martha. When he saw her, he just couldn’t see anything except her. It was a love at first sight for him. She was wearing a blue dress. Ryan introduced himself to Martha. But after this party Ryan started throwing small-small parties just so that he had to hire kitchen equipments and he will get to see Martha.

He always specifically asked the agency for Martha reasoning that she was giving a pleasant customer service and he is comfortable with her. Soon they became friends, exchanged numbers and started talking. Ryan was in heaven. One day when they met for a coffee just out of curiosity Martha asked Ryan that why he is being friends with her? She meant that he was having a high profile job and taking out time in between office hours just to meet her for coffee. Ryan didn’t know what to say, he was nervous. He gathered courage, held her hand in his hand and said two lines to her which till date he doesn’t know how he said. The two lines were “The moment you entered my life in blue, All I could see around was you.”

And that was it, Martha was with tears in her eyes, a joyful expression and they kissed. Now,they are a happily married couple. So if you run out of kitchen equipments and have to hire them, it might probably be a good thing for you.

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Event At The Honourable Artillery Company



The Honourable Artillery Company event has resided in the same location for almost four hundred years, and their charity work is known widely. It was Casablanca Hire’s pleasure to provide them with excellent service and catering hire for their event. It was a highly complex arrangement, as the Honourable Artillery Company not only took advantage of Casablanca Hire’s excellent catering equipment hire, but also their marquees, lighting, and furniture hire.

Starting early in the day, their expert team arrived at the venue to begin putting up the marquee. It’s a delicate job, especially making sure that guests will not slip over, and so extra care was taken to keep the special flooring tightly held down. The catering hire team within Casablanca Hire worked ridiculously hard to make sure that every single part of the evening event would go off without a hitch. Flawlessness is something that Casablanca Hire is very well known for, and once again we did not disappoint.

Any event that has captured people’s imagination will require in-depth care and attention throughout to ensure that it can be the best that it can be. Catering hire is not something that should be considered last when you are planning an event, but first, because the quality of the food will always making the difference between success and failure. When it came to the Honourable Artillery Company, this was very pertinent, and every person that is a member of Casablanca Hire was proud to deliver another brilliant service through his or her catering hire.

Casablanca Hire has, for many people living with in London area, become the people of choice to talk to about events and catering hire. Why? Because we specialise not only in catering hire, but also in such a wide variety of party essentials that there really is no point going to see anyone else. Catering hire can be done badly, and too many people have suffered through an event which has terrible food due to a company not providing the very best in catering equipment. However, Casablanca Hire prides itself on only offering its customers the elite catering hire options for any event.

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Cocktails and Neon

cocktailThe recent film The Wolf of Wall Street got me thinking about the Eighties and what a crazy decade that was. I loved it! Even though I was very young I have such vivid memories, and how could I not?! It was the era of fluorescent everything, from bright orange hair to pink string vests and whenever I think of the eighties I think of Soda Streams, permed hair and FAME!

If you think back, Tom Cruise will never look as good as he did in Cocktail. What another great example of a classic 80’s movie, all disco music, testosterone and ‘loadsa money’. The movie helped the nation not only fall in love with Mr Cruise but also helped the rise in popularity of the beloved cocktail too. Americans would have us believe they invented these fine mixes but London’s love of the cocktail has a rich history dating back to the 1700’s when hard liquor found its way out of pharmacies and into public houses.
There is much debate as to who invented the term with references in print on both sides of the Atlantic dating back as far as 1798! Regardless, everyone loves a good cocktail and there are still numerous bars popping up all over London. A really good recent addition is Smiths in Brook Green, W6.To be found in the basement of The Brook Green Hotel, these guys have made a great impact on the local area since opening and the cosy booths, delicious cocktails and great bar food make for a really good evening out.
Everywhere we look there are reminders of the best decade (in my opinion!) and there really is a major industry in nostalgia lights alivewith numerous themed nights, revival tours and festivals, there is no lack of neon nostalgia for the 80’s enthusiast, some might even say that there’s a revival! The popularity of the series Ashes to Ashes most certainly had more to do with the nostalgia of the music than anything else. It was such an eclectic of music and fashion, from Diana Ross to Madness and jumpsuits to neon legwarmers. There is something about neon that makes me come over all sentimental and I think it might have been my fascination with‘Lights Alive’ (pictured left). 
Many a night was spent under the bed covers creating neon pictures with Lights Alive and when I recently came across a firm running neon making classes I was completely hooked. Neon Workshops hold the majority of ther sessions in Wakefield Yorkshire but also across the country in places such as London and Brighton. For another complete Neon sensation then look no further than Gods Own Junkyard in Walthamstow. This is truly an amazing collection of neon artistry that really wows the senses.

kerry and wendyFor me neon and cocktails are an inseparable 80’s combination which will never go out of fashion, unlike those legwarmers…


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Valentines, Proposals and Duvet Days….

ImageHappy Valentines today! What better way to make it the perfect Valentines by proposing to your other half (Singles, obviously!) Having just seen an advertisement for a competition to propose on top of London’s Shard tower, I started thinking about these outlandish and (depending on your point of view) fantastic displays of public affection or ‘PDA’s. Some are fans, some are not.

I thought I sat on the fence about this specific subject but maybe not as I am still disappointed about my own proposal over 4 years ago…. The other half took to me to Westfield for a birthday shopping trip and we happened to stop by Tiffany’s, as you do. As I was drooling over the beautiful necklaces he grabbed by the hand brought me to the engagement rings section and told me ‘you’d better choose one’. I’m not sure if I was more shocked at the proposal or the blunt manner of it and it took a while for me to be brought to my senses. In the meantime he had started to go down on one knee before I pulled him up abruptly and asked him not to embarrass me. Suffice to say it was all rather odd and not the image I’d had of my proposal of marriage! I was so shocked that I could not concentrate on choosing an engagement ring so we had dinner before returning to the store. The one, very obvious, positive thing about it was I got to choose the perfect Tiffany’s ring and by then was ready to tell the world that we were engaged!

 Eng ringWith no end of different ways to propose, the more romantic gentleman can really go to town. The most spectacular of proposals might the type where bi-planes are hired and spell out ‘will you marry me?’ or the same question is asked via announcement boards at big football games (think Kanye and Kim, if you must!) Think though, of the poor women involved in a high jinks prank carried out by a conniving chef in the US, Soup orders of women on romantic date’s came with a surprising ingredient, an engagement ring! As well being obvious choking hazards there were a fair few embarrassed faces as their stuttering and embarrassed companions had to explain the added extra was not in fact theirs and marriage was not their intention! Suffice to say, said chef was quickly shown the door and management were quick to apologise. I wonder how many relationships ended that night…..

DuvetSo Valentines truly is supposed to the anniversary of love and all are supposed to be swept of their feet. Unfortunately real life gets in the way and if that means bad moods, dodgy presents or a lack of a date then the ‘Christmas Effect’ can take hold and it can go spectacularly wrong. If you are not a fan of this very red day then I suggest you hide under the covers, get a box of non-heart shaped chocolates and have a duvet day, I’m with you all the way.

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Day Fest!!

House-festival-sign-007Summer festivals have long been popular as far back as the ‘Hippy Heaven’ era of Woodstock! We’ve had the glamour of Glastonbury and the rock fest that is T in the Park, remembering those long summer days as us young things partied away without a care in the world! If, like me, you love the buzz of a festival but can’t quite bring yourself to hook up a tent and deal with the camping thing then look no further than the day festival or outdoor concert! Increasingly popular over the last few years, many organisers have jumped on the ‘Day Fest’ bandwagon and now there is no end of choice of where to see your favourite acts in positively comfortable if not luxurious surroundings! Up and down the country these events are popping up everywhere the summer calendar jam packed with one outdoor party or another!

EdenLondoners are certainly spoilt for choice with massive day events such as Wireless and Lovebox. But, for the more discerning customer, prestigious venues such as Chiswick Park House and Kew Gardens now hold music events attracting top acts and fun loving crowds. Both venues are beautiful backdrops and easily accessible from the M25 and M4 corridors of West London. Alongside this the very posh House Festival is held each year in the grounds of beautiful Richmond Park; run by the prestigious Soho House group, by all accounts the lobster is piled high and the champagne is flowing and top acts play before mingling with the crowds, definitely one for the to do list if possible.

eden projectLooking further afield, a pretty awesome backdrop to any gig is the Eden Project in Cornwall. Eden Sessions are scheduled over the summer having previously hosted top acts such eclectic acts such as The Kaiser Chiefs, Jessie J and Noah and the whale. Ellie Golding has just been announced in the line up this year with more to be announced. With tickets including access to the grounds and biomes themselves, this is a fantastic way to visit a must see tourist attraction whilst making a weekend of it in wonderful Cornwall. Nearby Charlestown is perfect for a short stay, this gorgeous spot is popular with film crews using the tall ships, think Pirates of the Caribbean!

Another festival concert idea is that of The Forestry Commission who is 2001 launched Forest Live with the concept aimed ‘to attract major acts for a series of concerts in outstanding locations’ and they certainly succeeded. Forests up and down the country will this year hold performances by the legend that is Paul Weller, the retro kings, Suede and the Welsh mezzo soprano herself, Katherine Jenkins. Quite an impressive line-up in a picture perfect setting. A real treat!

These events are just a few of the fabulous things to look forward to this year so get out there to experience some of the amazing experiences we have at our fingertips! Roll on summer days; the amazing music, the flowing Pimms…if I close my eyes I can just about feel the sun on face……. Right, i’m off to book my tickets!
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We Love a Good Outdoor Wedding!

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So the big day is set! Hooray and congratulations!!

Outdoor weddingNow for the all important venue! Finding the perfect wedding reception space can be hard work; does it seat enough people? Is the room too big?

Are there different spaces for socialising and can the space be made to look as stunning as you visualise? A really good solution to all of these issues is using a good sized garden and transforming it into an amazing and versatile space. Whatever the weather, a marquee can provide a magical backdrop to a perfect wedding.

For example, on a lovely summer’s day a marquee with open sides can provide sufficient shelter that is decorated perfectly, whilst granting views of the garden and allowing the glorious sunshine into your day. In effect it is the perfect solution for a summer wedding, why be stuck indoors on a glorious day?!

And marquees are not just for summer! Imagine a perfect winter wonderland with mulled wine and fake snow, all heated and snug. The transformation can be quite visually stunning and provide an awe inspiring venue that will have your guests amazed. Wedding marquees really do provide that blank canvas that will allow you to express your creativity and design the ideal theme and colour scheme for you. Whether you and your bridal party wish to decorate yourselves is completely up to you. The marquee company will quite happy to take the lead and create an amazing space with your all important input.

Rebecca Barker at Casablanca Hire says that the bride always tends to know what she wants and is ‘the most important person in the room’ during the design process. Rebecca has been helping create amazing spaces for many years and take pride in the seeing the finished space. ‘A lot of the reactions are quite overwhelming’ she says. ‘It is already an emotional day and the unveiling of the marquee can often send the tears flowing once more, it’s quite an amazing feeling to be part of that’.

Not only do marquees provide a practical and creative answer they can also be cost effective. Marquee hire tends to be quite reasonable in comparison to venue hire which can run into many thousands, purely for the venue itself, without the wedding breakfast and other hidden extras such as corkage.  It is worth researching and noting how much can be saved in this area, after all, there are many other costs to think about. What better way to have that dream honeymoon?! With a marquee you can make your day as simple or as extravagant as you like and it really is your special day after all!

(Landscaping works by Garden Fencing London )


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