Soho Magician Tj Shoesmith at top London Restaurant – Quo Vadis

Quo Vardis London
Quo Vadis London

Living near the capital I often work as a Soho magician in or around London. On Saturday night I was invited to perform a mixture of close up magic and cabaret magic for a small group celebrating a birthday in one of the small private rooms at Quo Vadis

The Venue

This is a restaurant situated in the heart of London. It has quite a history. Once the home of the great political thinker, Karl Marx’s and once housed a brothel, presumably not at the same time.

The restaurant is headed up by Jeremy Lee and it offers an amazing menu or British dishes.

The establishment describes itself as, “an exuberant private members’ club, with two bars and its own restaurant” it promises to, “meets every requirement from dusk until dawn.” There are two private dining rooms which are beautifully maintained one is the Leoni room and the other appropriately named the Marx room.

The guests decided that they would like a Soho Magician to entertain them so I was invited to perform in the Marx room. This is the smaller of the two private rooms and turned out to be a reasonably easy arena to play. It contained one table in which twenty or so people sat at an oval table. It was quite dark but the lighting was adequate.

The Performance

I performed after the main course but before dessert. This is often a good time as people are still pretty attentive and there is still focus in the room. I performed a mixture of my close up and cabaret act and it seemed to go down very well.

Sometimes people want to watch the magic in small groups and on other occasions you have the whole room. This was one of those performances where everyone crowded round, which is the most fun.

There turned out to be a number of magic enthusiasts in the room, those who had dabbled in prestidigitation as a child or young adult. So when the show was finished I found myself talking technique with one or two guests.

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