Close-Up Magician

Truly The Finest Close-Up Magician You’ll Ever See

Close-Up Magician For Hire at Private Events Across the UK

Dean Metcalfe started perfecting his close-up magician act over 30 years ago, initially just for friends and family. But over the years, he got so good at it that he turned professional and, to this day, remains one of the most sought-after close-up magicians in the UK. Dean’s close-up performance is available for hire at private events such as weddings and for corporate entertainment anywhere in the UK.


Weaving a Spell of Visual Disbelief

Close-Up Magician - Dean Metcalfe
His hands speak magic. Your eyes won’t believe it.

Dean Metcalfe has performed close-up magic at exclusive venues across the UK and Worldwide. His uniquely stylish sleight of hand is ideal for upmarket special events and private occasions.

Dean always leaves his audience gasping and shaking their heads in disbelief. “But I was watching!” they will say. “I didn’t blink for a second. And . . . it just disappeared!“.

Yes, prepared to be amazed and left wondering for weeks and months afterwards how on earth Dean does what he does.

Dean’s fluidity of sleight of hand only derives from countless years of perfecting his close-up art. Coins glimmer and fade, flames and cigarettes disappear, everyday objects emerge from nowhere and slip away unseen.

No, you won’t believe your eyes. But yes, it really did happen. That’s what Dean does best – weaving a spell of visual disbelief right before your eyes.

So if you’ve got an exclusive private event coming up and you want your guests to be utterly impressed, look no further than the close-up magician Dean Metcalfe!

Dean truly is The Master Manipulator. In fact, his skills are so good that he has been the Magician’s choice to perform for his peers countless times. And if magicians are impressed, just think how stunned your guests will be!



What is a close-up magician?

A close-up magician performs a type of magic that is up close and personal. In other words, the magic is performed just inches from your eyes – right under your nose in fact! It consists of visual illusions, misdirection and sleight of hand and in some instances, it allows for audience interaction. The magician uses everyday objects in his illusion – objects such as keys, rings, lighters, wallets and coins.

By its very nature, the skill of the close-up magician is very much in focus here. Guests watching every move he or she makes feeling certain they will discover how it’s all done. But top magicians like Dean Metcalfe never give anything away. And that’s what makes close-up magic all the more intriguing and fascinating! How do they do it!?

Close-up magic can be performed exactly when and where required. Usually this is either in a mix and mingle style or at table settings.

Table Magic

Close-up Magic Clapping Audience at Banquet

Table magic, as its name suggests, is performed while guests are seated around a table and, as such, tends not to be quite as close up as in a mix and mingle setting. It requires a different style of performance as generally everyone around the table wants to be in on the action. This means the magician will need tricks/magic that plays to everyone, whether they’re sat a couple of feet away or 10 feet away.

This magic tends to be more visual in performance with the magician acting much like a stand-up entertainer.


Mix and Mingle Magic

Mix and Mingle Close-up Magic

Mix and mingle is a more personal and interactive form of magic where the magician entertains people in a stand up social setting. As your guests are stood in groups talking, drinking and eating, the magician will socialise and engage with them. And, once he has their attention, with sleight of hand he will skilfully perform a little magic leaving his small audience stunned. Even the most sceptical of people are usually impressed. The expressions on people’s faces, their raw reaction to what just happened is what magicians enjoy most. The fact that Dean Metcalfe is still passionate about close-up magic after more than 30 years is testament to his immense skill and unsurpassed reputation.


I want to hire a close-up magician for my event. Can I book Dean Metcalfe?

Yes! You sure can. And you won’t be disappointed. Dean is without doubt a world-class magician and simply cannot be beaten for sheer class and artistry.

Dean’s close-up magic act is superbly classy and refined, suitable for mingling with sophisticated audiences. So if you’re planning a black-tie event, gala ball, awards evening, banquet or similar event, then Dean’s your man.

And of course, close-up magic is also ideal for wedding entertainment.

Naturally, for your classy, sophisticated event, you’re going to want a classy, sophisticated close-up magician. And that’s exactly what you’ll be getting with Dean – a top-class magician who has travelled the world performing his different class of magic.

Dean will provide a personal, friendly and engaging magic experience to keep your guests entertained. He has been perfecting his close-up magic act since the age of 15 and will show your guests a thing or two they won’t have seen on TV! He will mingle with your guests at their tables, dazzle them with his sleight of hand close-up magic and leave them completely stunned. Dean is the consummate professional, completely at ease entertaining discerning audiences wherever you are and whatever your occasion.

Suitable Venues

Dean’s close-up magic act is perfect for a mix and mingle or table layout – from nightclub to country wedding to corporate events. He has performed at such prestigious venues as The Royal Horseguards and The Brewery in London, Lains Barn Oxfordshire, Aynhoe Park Oxfordshire, Taplow House Buckinghamshire, Burnham Beeches Hotel Buckinghamshire, Bisham Abbey Marlow, The Grove Hotel Hertfordshire and many more. These are the sort of venues where Dean excels and where your guests will truly appreciate the unique and dynamic close-up magic that Dean presents.

Dean is available for performances across the UK.

Performance Times

1 hour and 30 minutes for audience of 80+ or 2 hours for audience of 120+.


Here’s a couple of testimonials from clients who hired Dean as the close-up magician at their special occasion.

May I add that you were the star of the show!! Everyone thought you were amazing, unfortunately I was too busy running around to see you – but thank you so very much…
— Jane Richards, Priors Marston Annual Ball, Warwickshire – October 2016

I just wanted to get in touch with you and say thank you for coming to our event on Thursday. Everyone was very impressed with your demonstrations and they are all still wondering how you did it. It was a great contribution to the event.
— Emma Calvert, Events Co-ordinator TheCityUK – July 2016 (Corporate Event at Chigwell Golf Club)

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Other Magic of Dean performances

Dean is also a brilliant wedding magician and corporate magician. He also performs cabaret magic in suitable venues.