Oliver Mangham is described as a close up, or walk around magician. As a close-up magician Oli is ideal for table hopping before and between meal courses to keep everyone happy while waiting, bringing both magic and on the spot, impromptu humour to nearly any situation in a professional and non-intrusive manner. In addition, Oli also performs walk around magic, mixing and mingling with guests at the bar or reception, performing with open hands and rolled up sleeves, where in the most informal environments any object to hand can become an instrument of wonder. Even in the loudest environments, the magic shines through with visual stunts that need no words for introduction; particularly talked about is the table levitation that is the highlight of his repertoire, taking magic to new heights. This effect is something that only a handful of top performers in the country attempt on a regular basis off-stage, up close and personal, allowing the audience to interact and levitate the table themselves.
Magical Oli's strongest areas are mentalism, psychological mind reading and suggestion (recently made popular by Channel Four's Derren Brown), misdirection, and cutting edge, visual, modern card magic which can be both colourful and emotive at times. However he also brings along magic with coins, rubber bands, levitation, psychological magic (optional; e.g. pulse stops and touching people at a distance, none of which is real or dangerous), fire (again optional and subject to safe surroundings), impossible self and object contortion (that really gets medics and scientists talking), borrowed coin distortion/fusion, sponge balls (amazingly popular and funny), colour changes and more... Just click on some of the photos and the promotional videos to get a glimpse into the world of Magical Oli and the stunning interactive performances that he can offer you.
The unrestrainable Magical Oli is also adept at getting out of tight situations. He has performed escapology in a variety of close-up, stall, and stage shows, humorously showing off his bizarre collection of handcuff, shackle, chain, rope, and the ever popular strait jacket escapes and some of the techniques behind them, including a very visual arm disjointment. He is always trying to beat his personal best times, as well as the world's fastest escapes and offers open challenges for spectators to try and both help and prevent him from succeeding in escape, with a prize for anyone who can keep him restrained for over 5 minutes (so far only one person has ever succeeded in the freestyle escape by inventively blindfolding him, tying him to a chair with his hands behind and over his head and left upside down). Below is his best and worst record times that he has achieved at his various venues for his most popular escapes.
|Strait Jacket Escape||2 mins 20 secs||St. Mary's College Summer Ball|
|The Freestyle Escape||3 mins 29 secs||Worcester College Garden Party|
|Strait Jacket Escape||3 mins 2 secs||Green Templeton College Summer Ball|
|The Freestyle Escape||7 mins 10 secs||Worcester College Garden Party|
Balloon modelling, so often associated with fairs and children's parties actually goes down incredibly well at social events for university students and adults too, whether they be balls, garden parties, or weddings. Balloon modelling can easily fit into nearly any social event without interruption to the other entertainments or formal elements of the evening. It requires very little space and Magical Oli can roam the venue making personalised items for all the guests. Magical Oli can also make larger, more complicated models of almost any size, making a large centrepiece for important venues.
Magical Oli is covered to £5 million PLI (Personal Liability Insurance), giving you that little extra piece of mind when you book him.