Southampton Magician TJ Shoesmith at the University EVA Awards

tj shoesmith pickpocket magician on stage
TJ Shoesmith at the Eva Awards

For two days last week I was working as a Southampton Magician at the University’s Excellence in Volunteering Awards (EVA’s).

Student events can be demanding, and this was no exception, with fifty tables and only myself to cover them I had to work fast. A close up magician can realistically get around fifteen tables at the most during a meal so some were inevitably missed out.

The event was controlled by a talent young comedian Stuart Goldsmith, who I had met at a comedy club a couple of years before. His ability to deal with a large and boisterous crowd was a delight to watch.

The two evenings were very different the first was the sporting fraternity. This made for a lively evening particularly as the end drew near. The second night was the musicians. It was an altogether different affair. The type of magic I was performing on the first night differed greatly from the second.

This is a picture taken on the first night with a group of history students who were magic enthusiasts.

tj shoesmith with guests at the eva awards
Magic at Southampton University


It is not that one was better than the other but my performance changes to suit the environment. I thoroughly enjoyed both and always welcome the opportunity to work as a Southampton Magician.

Below is a picture of my favourite table, a group of history students who made me feel most welcome and had a genuine love of magic.

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