Snowboarding trip to the Alps!

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Snowboarding trip to the Alps!

Sometimes people ask me what I do when I'm not doing magic...

The beautiful Three Valleys.

The beautiful Three Valleys.

Well, during the late winter months, when there's fewer people getting married and I'm less likely to be performing magic at weddings or events, I really like to take off to the Alps and get some snow. This was my second time back on my snowboard since I had serious knee surgery and I'm really pleased to say it was a blast. Lots of great runs as well as plenty of backcountry powder.

It was my first time to the Three Valleys but I can safely say my favourite place in the Alps I've been! I even managed to practise my levitation trick as seen below...

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2016 in Pictures

Here's some of my favourite photos of 2016. It was a great year, performing in Edinburgh at the Fringe Festival, at weddings in the Lake District, corporate events in London, Glasgow, Manchester and all over! Enjoy!

Giving my own TED Talk!

Giving my own TED Talk!

Performing on stage in the Voodoo Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe

Performing on stage in the Voodoo Rooms at the Edinburgh Fringe

No one wants to miss out on the magic...

No one wants to miss out on the magic...

Card tricks at a wedding

Card tricks at a wedding

Walking out on stage at TED

Walking out on stage at TED

Sometimes kids have the best reactions

Sometimes kids have the best reactions

Magic not to be missed!

Magic not to be missed!

The last bow of the last show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016

The last bow of the last show at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Trying to figure out how the tricks work...

Trying to figure out how the tricks work...

Then being even more impressed...

Then being even more impressed...

Making the bride and groom laugh.

Making the bride and groom laugh.

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When the magician steals your ring and it ends up attached to his keys

When the magician steals your ring and it ends up attached to his keys

This is where the magic happens!

This is where the magic happens!

Sound-checking before dress rehearsal

Sound-checking before dress rehearsal

A packed house at the TED talk

A packed house at the TED talk

Performing at a corporate event in Glasgow, Scotland

Performing at a corporate event in Glasgow, Scotland

Hanging out with the fabulous Luke Closely after our shows at the Edinburgh Fringe ends

Hanging out with the fabulous Luke Closely after our shows at the Edinburgh Fringe ends

I was asked to perform at a friends wedding so it was a great opportunity to throw some moves on the dance floor afterwards...

I was asked to perform at a friends wedding so it was a great opportunity to throw some moves on the dance floor afterwards...

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Chris Cook gives TED Talk!

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Chris Cook gives TED Talk!

Chris Cook at TEDx University of Leeds 2016

Chris Cook at TEDx University of Leeds 2016

I'm really proud to present to you my TED Talk on Why Magic Matters.

I was invited to give a talk and demonstration by TEDx University of Leeds which I'm pleased to say has now been seen by thousands of people online.

The TED Talk delves into Why Magic Matters. I touch upon why our childlike sense of wonder and innate sense of curiosity is still just as crucial as adults. The talk is highlighted with some astonishing magic tricks and an incredible finale. 

I often perform as a corporate entertainer and after-dinner speaker at events across the UK. This TED Talk is now available to be booked for corporate events, team-building days and for educational institutions. 

TED is the Gold Standard for public speaking. Online TED Talks have received tens of millions of views online and featured people at the very top of their game, including Richard Branson, Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton, Sarah Silverman, Bill Gates, James Cameron, Jamie Oliver, Bono, Al Gore, Tony Robbins, Ken Robinson, Peter Gabriel, Imogen Heap and hundred of other world-leading experts.

I'm really proud to join their ranks!

For more info on booking this talk for your event, CLICK HERE

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Top Ten Magical Moments of 2015

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Top Ten Magical Moments of 2015

2015 was a huge year for me. Not only did I get to perform at both the world's largest arts festival as well as the world's largest music festival, I found myself performing magic all over the world and clocking up more gigs than any other year. Here are my top ten highlights of 2015.

 

1. Edinburgh Fringe Festival

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The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is always a highlight of my year. Comedians, dancers, actors and circus stars travel from all over the globe to perform in the world's largest arts festival. I had the pleasure of performing my brand new show in the Voodoo Rooms beautiful Ballroom theatre and was rewarded with packed-out crowds everyday. 

The show was really well received with several publications and many fringe punters naming it one of the highlights of the fringe. It meant so much to me to be able to perform a show that was about more than just the magic. A huge thank you to everyone who helped put the show on and all the people who came to see it.

 

2. Glastonbury Festival

How could performing at Glastonbury not be a highlight? The world's largest music festival with a line-up of incredible acts spanning over 50 years of music. Of course, it's not just music. Some of the best circus, magic, comedy and theatre acts from around the world descend on Glastonbury to make it simply the best party you've ever been to. Because where else are you going to see Patti Smith singing happy birthday to the Dalai Lama...?

 

3. Slovenia

Magic shows don't just write themselves you know. This year's Edinburgh show was written over the course of nine months with help from my long-time collaborator Rhys Williamson. Part of the writing and rehearsal process was done in Germany and Slovenia.This video was shot during a little down-time in the beautiful mountains in north-west Slovenia.

 

4. Weddings, weddings, WEDDINGS!

I performed at more weddings in 2015 than ever before. Getting to be a part of so many people's special day is a real joy. Not only have I performed at weddings all across the country but I've had the pleasure of meeting so many fantastic couples and help plan their wedding day. 

 

5. Crazy Corporate Events

Pretty special guests at tonight's corporate gig. Really glad to be a part of it and see Britain's best dance act!

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I performed at countless corporate events throughout 2015, entertaining thousands of people all across the country. Some of these parties have fantastic costumes, celebrity guests and special surprises. A great highlight was getting to see dance-troupe Diversity perform!

 

6. Working with my favourite magician friends!

Even better than performing at events on your own is getting to work with other fabulous magicians at parties and shows. It's always a huge laugh getting to work with mates at events. Because double the magicians equals doubles the magic!

 

7. Performing in Asia

Travelling for work definitely has its perks. As well as travelling the UK, I got to spend time in Germany, Slovenia, Ireland, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam this year. Here's a quick trick I filmed in Bangkok.

 

8. Wonderful reviews

This lovely review from BroadwayBaby was one of the many nice things written about me in 2015

This lovely review from BroadwayBaby was one of the many nice things written about me in 2015

I've had some excellent feedback in 2015 from so many places. I'm forever grateful for the people that take the time to leave glowing reviews on my Facebook fan page and for the really nice words that were said about me in various publications and newspapers this year. I'm genuinely blushing.

 

9. The strange gigs... 

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You know, those sort of gigs where you end up juggling on a Segway...

 

10. Meeting some incredible wedding professionals

Despite being an entertainer for a decade now, I'm always meeting new suppliers who dazzle me with their incredible skills. This year I met some amazing weddings singers, photographers, florists and bands that amazed me with their talents. Check out some of my recommended favourites here, including Cumbria Wedding Films who shot the above video of me performing magic.

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Performing to Newcastle Medical students

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Performing to Newcastle Medical students

I performed magic to over 400 Newcastle students at Beamish Hall Country House Hotel on the day that they found out they had all become Doctors!

All the students were really up for it and a lot of fun to perform for!

All the students were really up for it and a lot of fun to perform for!

The graduation ball for the students was being held at Beamish Hall hotel, which is a beautiful venue in the heart of County Durham in the North-East. The venue itself is stunning and the staff were fantastic. 

This table in particular were an absolute barrel of laughs!

This table in particular were an absolute barrel of laughs!

The fabulous Luke, one of my favourite magicians!

The fabulous Luke, one of my favourite magicians!

If you are interested in booking me for your event, please check out the corporate or party page and get in touch!

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Performing for Lucy's 21st Birthday Party

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Performing for Lucy's 21st Birthday Party

I had an absolutely wonderful time performing at Lucy's 21st birthday party in Ambleside recently. 

The beautiful, vintage bikes and beetle with a boot full of booze... 

The beautiful, vintage bikes and beetle with a boot full of booze... 

It was a delightful vintage party in a truly beautiful location in the heart of the Lake District. All the guests were delightful and it was hosted in a beautiful marquee with an incredible catering team. 

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For more information about parties, check out the party page and get in touch

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Performing at Irton Hall

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Performing at Irton Hall

I had a great time performing at Irton Hall Beer Festival recently. It's a beautiful venue and I was really pleased to have been invited to come and perform close-up magic to guests. It's also an incredibly beautiful drive through the mountains to get there... 

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To book Chris for your event, please get in touch 

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