Nigel Francis

Close-Up Magician

Nigel Francis, a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, has been performing Close-up Magic for over 20 years. He specialises in technical close-up table magic using coins and cards as well as various other small objects. Nigel has a particularly strong interest in coin magic.

His routines contain elements of both traditional magic and modern effects. He favours the use of technical sleight of hand over the use of multiple gimmicks and his tricks and routines are structured to produce a high number of consecutive magical moments with the least amount of byplay.

His tricks are usually performed in either a "Table Hopping" or "Mix and Mingle" format, although on occasion he performs statically in a "Parlour Magic" style where he presents his magic to small groups.

Nigel regularly performs at Wedding Receptions, stimulating social interaction, where his individual style of magic creates a major topic of discussion amongst totally baffled onlookers. He also performs at Trade Shows using magic as a tool to break the ice with the potential customers of his employers, Car Dealerships (for product launches), Banquets, Balls, Charity Fund Raisers, Golf Clubs, Cocktail Parties, Restaurants, Nightclubs and Wine Bars nationwide.

Over the years Nigel has performed in nearly all of the large hotels in his region including: Hilton, Holday Inn, Best Western, Marriott and Moat House, as well as numerous other large hotels and function suites nationwide.

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Previous Clients

  • British Petroleum
  • Hsbc
  • Jaguar
  • Toyota
  • Volvo
  • Chamber Of Commerce
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Cavendish Hospice
  • Barnsley Hospice
  • Osteoporosis Trust
  • Royal Institute Of Chartered Surveyers
  • Darron Tool And Engineering
  • British Legion
  • Sheffield City Hall
  • Sheffield Cutlers Hall
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • Hassop Hall
  • Bagden Hall
  • Whitley Hall
  • Centre Parcs
  • Sheffield Park Hotel
  • Sheffield Ponds Forge Leisure Centre
  • Hilton Hotel
  • Marriott Hotel
  • Holiday Inn
  • Best Western Hotel Group
  • Hathersage Golf Club
  • Thryber Golf Club
  • Catterick Garrison
  • And Many More!


We found Nigel Francis to be most entertaining and very cheerful. He did a splendid job of getting from table to table in our group of over 60 adults and 30 children. He was most pleasant and patient especially when asked to explain how he did some of his tricks! Each group became quiet as he started and found every move fascinating. We had a splendid afternoon altogether. Thank you very much Nigel - I am only sorry you had to travel so far. Regards, Patricia Bowden and all the family.
- Patricia, Longford Park

"Just a quick note to thank you once again for Saturday nights performance. I have received an e-mail from the client (Siemens) who was delighted with the entertainment "especially the magician, who certainly impressed"
- Suzanne Lewthwaite - on behalf of Siemens for their Xmas Party.

"Thank you very much for being a very special part of our wedding at the Consort Hotel. You most certainly "added the WOW factor" to our celebrations." - Ian and Sarah Phillips Wedding Reception at Consort Hotel, Rotherham

"Thank you very much for the entertainment you provided on the 9th of June at Bagden Hall everyone was fascinated. We have some photographs of people open mouthed or obviously concentrating really hard to figure out whats happening."
- Andy Griffith Wedding Reception Customer Bagden Hall

"A message from an old married couple (of 2 Weeks) to say a BIG THANK YOU for making our wedding reception a day to remember. We set out to try and give everyone a lasting memory of our day and due to your professionalism a table manners! Nearly everyone has a lasting memory of trying to work out how you do that trick with the two fluffy balls and here we are thinking they would remember the wedding service!! It was a memorable day made even more so by your good self Thanks again." - Gary and Jane Charlesworth Wedding Reception Customer Lomas Hall

"Thank you for bringing your magic to our wedding. You went down a storm! All our guests commented on how good you were even the photographer. Our big day was everything wed hoped and you helped create the perfect day."
- Sarah and Stuart Pemberton - Wedding Reception Customer Sitwell Arms

"Thank you for entertaining our guests at our wedding. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the magic."
- Thomas and Jules Nicholson Wedding Reception

"I write to thank you most sincerely, on behalf of everyone at the Cavendish Centre for your contribution to our Diamond Ball. The event far exceeded our expectations both in respect of fundraising revenue and in prestige. Your magical touch certainly added to this."
- Sue Allen Head of Fundraising Cavendish Hospice Cancer Charity Sheffield

"Thank you very much indeed for entertaining us all so splendidly at East Lodge Hotel last Sunday. Everyone enjoyed your magic."
- Mrs J W Pearson Wedding reception

"Thanks a lot for entertaining our guests and us also. You were great; the kids were doing your tricks for days after." - Mr & Mrs Griggs Wedding Reception

"Nigel was very good and had the whole reception talking and buzzing. He stayed on until all of the guests had seen him and we would definitely recommend him."
- Mr Alan Foster Wedding Reception Customer Millbrook Manor Knowsley, Merseyside.

"Just wanted to say a huge thank you for coming to the RSPCA auction you were wonderful and really entertained our guests everyone I spoke to said how fantastic you were."
- Ms Kate Payton RSPCA Event held at Sheffield Park Hotel

"Just wanted to say thank you for donating your time at the above event and helping to make the night a success. The feedback I have had from the guests regarding your magic has been nothing but positive."
- Brenda Russell - Cavendish Hospice Cancer Charity Sheffield

"Thank you for working your magic at our wedding reception. Our guests thought you were great."
- Alex & Emma Currie Wedding Reception Customer

"I am writing to thank you for supplying Nigel Francis the magician and the Drop Dead Caricaturist. They were both a hit with our guests and both fitted in with the spirit of the event very well. Please thank them both for their contributions to a splendid evening."
- John T Chambers Chambers & Co Solicitors

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making everyones day at our wedding. You were a huge hit and I am sure people will remember you for many years to come!"
- Mrs Sarah Smallwood Wedding Reception Customer Event held at Aston Hall Sheffield

Set Format

Nigel Francis Offers:

Up To 3 Hours Of Mix & Mingle Magic