Mark Waddington is a professional Magician with a flare for all things entertainment. He is a well respected performer combining astounding magic with cheeky comedy and wit, to create a unique blend of entertainment.
Although only in his late teens, his award winning stage act and stunning close up magic has not gone unrecognized. Professional Magician and pick pocket, Mark Raffles has said that Mark is "the most original magic act he's seen" and 80's comedian Jimmy Cricket has nothing but praise for the young star after working with Mark on several occasions
Mark has appeared in some of the most prestigious venues within the UK, including several appearances at the City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds. When he was 14, he was lucky enough to become the youngest ever solo artiste to appear on the famed Stage. Working at the City Varieties has helped Mark become the success he is due to making strong contacts and gaining the trust of well known and respected entertainers.
As well as his award winning Stage and Close Up, Mark is an accomplished Childrens Magician and holds regular contracts with Childrens Museum EUREKA! In Halifax, as well as being the resident Magician and Compere for the Skipton Waterways Festival, now in its 7th year.
Mark has been lucky enough to be supporting Magician for many big names. A recent appearance was supporting Channel 4 Magician Paul Zenon during his Stand-up show, as well as performing his comedy magic act with Jimmy Cricket, Johnnie Casson, Bobby Knutt, Gorden Kaye, and many, many more.
As well as countless stage and Close-Up performances, Mark has built up a large catalogue of media appearances. He is a regular Magician for BBC Radio Leeds, performing magic on the radio, as well as performing on behalf of the BBC at local events. He has a regular show on his local Radio Station, Fresh Radio, where he amuses and bemuses devoted listeners. He is in the pages of newspapers around Yorkshire on a weekly basis.
As well as his public achievements, mark was lucky enough to be granted access to the Bradford Magic Circle at the tender age of 13. Membership isn't usually granted until reaching 18.
2008 is tipped to be a big year for Mark, with the introduction of a Brand new hour long comedy Magic show, called "Too Lazy to get a real Job...". Mark will have you rolling in the aisles with his unique style and razor sharp wit, combined with a cheeky smile, but spellbound at the same time with mind blowing Magic and Illusion.
"Too Lazy to get a real Job..." is perfect as a stand alone show, or can be split into 2 halves. Alternatively the show can be any length between 15 minutes and 1 hour, to suit your requirements. There is a high level of interest in Marks new stage show, so make your enquiry now to avoid disappointment!
Mark is the professional choice, whether you're looking for a stage or close-up magician. With hundreds of happy clients, you can rest assured that the entertainment you receive will be top class.
"Mark oozes confidence"
- Peter Sandeman, City Varieties
"Skipton's answer to Paul Daniels"
- Craven Herald
"I wish Mark every success"
- Peter Eldin, Magic Journalist, Worlds Fair
"You truly made our Wedding!"
- Private Wedding client
"He had the audience eating out of his hand within minutes of coming on stage"
"He had a confidence that belied his tender years. He struck up a rapport with an audience member with a trick that left everybody scratching their heads with a 'How did he do that' expression. His dexterity with ropes and card manipulation was awesome."
"His closing trick, in which he's meant to be learning a trick from a tape, was nothing short of spectacular! I feel variety is safe for the next generation as long as young guys like Mark are carrying the torch."
- Jimmy Cricket
- Harry Gration, BBC Look North
"Mark was fantastic, he's very dynamic and after the audience wound up he had them in the palm of his hand!"
- Andy Webster, Penrith Conservative Club
Graham Liver, BBC Radio Leeds
"Mark was very good and was well received by everybody who attended the event last night. Mark was punctual, polite and humorous and I wouldn't hesitate in asking him to perform at future events.
Mark's overall performance was very professional and at no time did I feel he was being intrusive or disrupt the meal, he politely waited until people had finished their course before performing his amazing magic tricks.
I would just like to say a big thank you to Mark who was a real credit to himself"
Neville Duncan, Northumberland Sport
How the f**k did you do that?!?!
Joe Swash, Mickey Miller in Eastenders