Magic Seats is one year old this weekend! To be exact, on May the 16th.
When I started this site last year, it is probably fair to say that I had no idea what I was letting myself in for.
While I have always had an interest in magic, it wasn’t until a few years ago that the passion for this art form reignited. At the time, I was booking to see artists perform live in theatres.
Once lockdown started, I naturally gravitated to online shows. After booking a private show to see Magical Bones perform online, I had the idea to start a website to promote artists during this difficult time while theatres were shut.
The original idea was to promote live theatre and Zoom shows. Little did I know of course what was ahead with theatres remaining closed for long periods.
Over time the content has grown with not only show news but reviews, interviews and even a collectables section.
The interviews and reviews continue to be the most popular content on the site. Some 20 plus interviews and over 40+ reviews to date. Lots more content is also planned.
A big thanks to all those who have helped with interviews and reviews to date. A special mention to Mandy Muden who trusted in me and provided the first interview for the site. It ended up opening doors so that I could carry out further interviews with many excellent artists.
A huge benefit of running the site has been all the new friendships that I have made with those who have a shared interest and mindset.
Joining the Leicester Magicians Network was also an excellent move with many new friendships made and lots of opportunities. One such highlight was arranging a Richard Jones pro lecture for the club and being asked to introduce his talk. A real highlight for me.
So, a big thank you to all those who have supported the site during its first year, - all readers and contributors.
It seems appropriate to thank all the contributors and I will list in alphabetical order.
The one exception to the alphabetical order being a big thank you to my wife Nadine Brophy. Without her help, interviews and reviews would not be reviewed/edited to the standard that Nadine is able to achieve. I also need to thank her for listening to my endless ramblings about the site!
Thanks to all the following who have contributed or offered to help over the last year:
ADAM EDGELEY, ALAN HUDSON, AMELIA BROPHY, ANGUS BASKERVILLE, CHRIS FLEMING, CHRIS DUGDALE, DAVE ALNWICK, ELLIOT BIBBY, IAN GAMAGE, JAY & JOSS, JOHN ARCHER, KERRY SCORAH, LOUISE ANDREE DOUGLAS, LEICESTER MAGICIANS NETWORK, LXKE TRIX, MAGICFEST, MANDY MUDEN, MARK EVANS (MEMAGIC), MEGAN SWANN, MICK WILSON, NADINE BROPHY, PETE WHITMORE, RICHARD CADELL (AND SOOTY AND SWEEP), RICHARD JONES, ROMANY ROMANY, SCOT JERRAM, TOM BRACE, TONY MIDDLETON, VINCENZO RAVINA, VINNY SAGOO (NEO MAGIC).