Ahead of a live magic show at Windermere’s Low Wood Bay, for Brathay Trust’s anniversary ball, performer Chris Cook says it couldn’t be a better time to be a magician.
After one of his busiest years, since starting out 10 years ago, the 26-year-old says a new breed of younger magicians, like Dynamo and Derren Brown, have created a huge appetite for live shows. He adds that the proliferation of YouTube magicians, who reveal how tricks are done, has not diminished demand either.
This year the former Queen Katherine School pupil has performed to over 2,000 people in a third season at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival and his Ulverston’s Coronation Hall shows sold-out. Chris also joined an elite, online group of performers, who set global gold standards for public speaking, with a show for ‘TED TALKS’ about why magic matters.
Tickets are now on sale for his charity appearance on Saturday 12 November in the Lake District. He will be performing tricks for local youth charity Brathay Trust’s 70th anniversary ball. It’s a cause that’s close to his heart as Chris was a Brathay youth worker before his magic career took off.
The evening, a fundraiser for the charity which has been celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, has dance music from Lancashire’s ‘The Funtime Frankies’ and an auction. Lots include a day of shepherding in Wasdale with legendary fell runner Joss Naylor, culminating in tea and homemade cake at Joss and Mary’s house. There’s also a guided tour of Sheffield’s Assay Office. Twice visited by the Queen, it is one of only four places in the UK to test and hallmark jewellery and precious metals. One couple could also be the first to sample a room with a view, dinner and a spa in the hotel’s new Low Wood Bay Resort.