Ace! Adam's a born entertainer

August 03 2015

EFFORTLESSLY twiddling a playing card between his fingers, it's clear to see that local resident Adam Richards has a few tricks up his sleeves.

EFFORTLESSLY twiddling a playing card between his fingers, it's clear to see that local resident Adam Richards has a few tricks up his sleeves.

Having practised and performed magic for a number of years, it's only been within the last month that Adam, 31, from Redland, has decided to quit his job as a supply teacher and take the plunge by becoming a full-time magician.

His enthusiasm for magic was sparked when working as an entertainer on board Disney cruise liners during his twenties. 

After discovering a magic shop while docked in Florida, he started performing close-up magic on board for children aged nine to 17 and got "a real passion for it”.

Previous to embarking on his year-long adventure with Disney, Adam also worked as a children's rep and entertainer with Thomson First Choice.

Adam finally returned to the UK in 2013 and landed a job with the Marriot as a concierge, where he'd perform magic tricks for members of the public in the lobby.

After being approached to have a stand at a wedding fair, interest in Adam's magic blossomed.

“I got booked up to do a couple of weddings, which I got an absolute love for – it was great making people happy, in a happy environment.”

For the past year, Adam worked as a supply teacher while getting his career in magic off of the ground. It was during his time in a primary school environment that he realised that, besides doing weddings and corporate events, he could also do children's parties.

“As much as I loved standing in front of a classroom of kids, I didn't really overly enjoy the teaching side of it. I'd do magic for the children if they were well behaved and they absolutely loved it. It lead me to think, 'I could do children's parties too'.”

The magician – who describes himself as a friendly, larger than life character – has now added 'Adam Allsortz' to his repertoire, and is available for children's parties and events. 

He has already been snapped up to perform at Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park in Keynsham over the summer holidays, hosting children's discos and magic shows, as well as walking around the country park performing close-up magic.

“What I've been told throughout my career working with children is that I have an abundance of energy – it is a fun, engaging energy that the children love, but at all times it is paramount that the children's safety is the main focus.

“I also throw a few hidden innuendos in here and there for the parents - they've got to enjoy themselves too!”

Growing up as a child, Adam was a keen entertainer – he was always performing in school plays and even took part in a national mime competition at 14, where he got through to the finals.

Now, Adam is set to achieve big things in the world of magic, and with his experience and passion, he is sure to fulfil his dreams and aspirations.

He has a new trick coming out in September called 'Changeling', which is the brainchild of magician Marc Lavelle.

Adam will be performing the trick – which sees currency notes changing before your eyes – for the first time at Ashton Gate wedding fair in September.

To book Adam for either a wedding or corporate event, or for a children's party, visit: www.adamrichardsmagic.com. Follow 'Adam Richards Magic' on Facebook and @arichardsmagic on Twitter.

Adam Richards