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Well hey there, fans of magical watches and other Essentials!

My name is Simon and I’ve spent the last 16 years working as a professional actor. In that time I’ve been very lucky and spanned a whole bunch of different mediums and genres. From Musicals to plays, TV to film, cartoon shows and even some puppetry for the hell of it!

Firstly, let me say this...I fucking love my job. Not in a weird over-obsessive way. I just love the fact that the thing little 10-year-old me dreamed of doing is exactly the thing that slightly overweight 34-year-old me is actually doing...

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Let’s get shuffling. 

Do you remember how you first learned to handle a deck of cards? I’m not sure about you, but I feel like many of us first learned to shuffle cards by watching other people do it. I don’t quite remember when I first shuffled a deck of cards, but it must’ve been years before I started learning magic. 

I started learning magic when I was 12. By extension, I started to learn how to better handle cards...

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Cooking and Magic from a Magician and Chef

I have been cooking most of my life and if there’s one thing I’ve noticed that is similar to magic, it’s that food can make people very emotional. Food can baffle you, it can blow your mind, it can be very stimulating, expanding the mind, body and soul. Both magic and food can bring back childhood memories as well as create a new experience. Some people go through their whole life eating out of necessity hence not experiencing food’s fascinations, and some go through their whole lives not experiencing great magic. Both can be life-changing, I know this because they have both changed my life on so many levels.

There are so many things happening when we eat food. Let me break it down for you and then I'll tell you a story...

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A Magician in the World of Creature F/X

When I was fourteen years old, far too young to be officially allowed to watch that sort of stuff, I watched Friday the 13th on a home copied VHS tape. When I watched the scene where Kevin Bacon is murdered by having an arrow stabbed through his neck, instead of being freaked out like other fourteen-year-olds might have been, I was captivated. I reckoned I could figure out how the effect was done – it was like a magic trick, and I was already developing a magic obsession, although apparently my parents got a very different impression. "We always thought you hated magic," my mum said, years later when I told her I was applying to join The Magic Circle, "Paul Daniels would come on the telly and you'd disappear off to your room." Little did she and my dad know I was sneaking off to watch it in my bedroom, where I wouldn't be distracted...

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Reverb Into Fuzz

“I think on some level, you do your best things when you’re a little off-balance, a little scared. You’ve got to work from mystery, from wonder, from not knowing.” – Willem Dafoe

I have been making some crazy shit recently—music, maybe, or at least intentional noise. I love groups like ‘Sigur Ros’ and ‘Explosions in the Sky’ and wanted to see what would happen if I took a little time out of every day to explore that landscape for myself. I set out on this particular expedition about two years ago and still haven’t found my way home. Who knows where this will lead, or if it will lead anywhere at all, but for now I will say this:
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