The Art of Magic is Jay’s passion. As a magician he has enjoyed success in one of the toughest industries and has made a full-time living from magic since graduating from University in 2000.
He has performed cabaret and comedy shows in countless venues, from cruise-ship theatres, holiday destinations, corporate events, product launches, roadshows, hotels, conferences, award ceremonies, theme parks and more.
Whilst at University Jay practised his craft working as a street performer. On an art & design degree in Swansea, Jay jumped course after just one year to Bournemouth Institute of Art. There they accepted him straight into the second year, but Jay opted to re-do his first year. His tutors mistakenly assumed this was dedication on his part. In reality, Jay – being on the grant system – wished to have another government funded year as he knew the crowds were better in Bournemouth to entertain!
Upon graduation, Jay began hitting the UK agents and venues direct. He secured a full-time entertainment contract as a magician in LegoLand, Windsor. Within months he also had secured his first agent, who then offered him management. Soon, Jay was performing in prestigious venues such as Tower Bridge, Tower of London and other venues that weren’t just towers.
Always restless, he began soliciting meetings with venue owners and operators, winning contracts to supply entertainment at hotels chains, including Marriott and Holiday Inn.
Gradually, he spent as much time providing acts to venues as he did performing, and being in high demand, branched out on his own. His agency, Corporate Kids Parties, provided entertainment for the corporate event industry family fun days. He also picked up several theme parks. The agency expanded and Jay was now supplying Santa’s for shopping centres across the UK, magicians for weddings, festivals and corporate events.
Alongside this, Jay continued to be the requested magician, emcee and entertainer for award-ceremonies, corporate parties and banquets. He was one of London’s busiest magicians.
In 2008, Jay’s skills as a magician and agent was brought to the attention of Trevor George Entertainments – the UK’s leading entertainment agency. He was invited to join forces and together, with MD Anne George, they expanded further into festivals, tours and productions.
After a health scare brought on from flying worldwide in 2008, Jay stopped his overseas engagements, concentrating on the UK market. He quickly became busy working the corporate scene and holiday centres across the country. He was the most requested comedy magic act for national chains Pontins and Haven.
2011 saw Jay begin his career managing acts. He took on Shaolin Warriors (UK) finalists of Britain’s Got Talent, who went on to have their own 6 part series ‘Kung-Fu Changed My Life’ on Sky One. Jay co-wrote and produced their UK tour Shaolin Elements, including merchandise and original soundtrack.
In 2013, after 12 years as a full-time professional magician with thousands of performances behind him (including one-man shows in Las Vegas, Edinburgh and London) Jay chose to stop the touring and performing, concentrating on bringing other creative magic projects to fruition. During his performing career Jay was the requested magician to entertain the head-offices of Disney, HSBC, RBS, McMullen’s, Marriott (UK), BT, LandRover, BMW, Aston Martin, Natwest, More Than, John Lewis, M&S to name a few. Plus countless solicitors, accountants, insurance, IT, supermarket and manufacturing companies.
These days, Jay often performs for charity events and, after a few years break, is feeling the itch to perform on stage again. But, he says, his next cycle of performing will be in a new way, under a new banner. Watch this space!