Mark Waddington is a professional Magician with a flare for all things entertainment. Mark is a well respected performer combining astounding magic with cheeky comedy and wit, to create a unique blend of entertainment.
Mark Waddington's Biography
Mark Waddington is a Professional Comedy Magician with a flare for all things entertainment. He is a well respected performer combining astounding magic with cheeky comedy and wit, to create a unique blend of entertainment.
Mark's award winning stage act and stunning close up magic have not gone unnoticed. Professional Magician and pick pocket, Mark Raffles has said that Mark is "the most original magic act he's seen" and 80's comedian Jimmy Cricket has nothing but praise for the Comedy Trickster after working with Mark on several occasions
Mark has appeared in some of the most prestigious venues within the UK, including several appearances at the City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds. When he was 14, he was lucky enough to become the youngest ever solo artiste to appear on the famed Stage. Working at the City Varieties has helped Mark become the success he is due to making strong contacts and gaining the trust of well known and respected entertainers.
"I feel variety is safe for the next generation as long as young guys like Mark are carrying the torch."
- Jimmy Cricket
As well as his award winning Stage and Close Up, Mark is an accomplished Children's Magician and has held regular contracts with Children's Museum EUREKA! since 2005. Mark is also the resident Magician and Compere for the Skipton Waterways Festival where he entertain thousands of people for 3 full days using magic, comedy, escapology and circus skills.
Mark has been lucky enough to work alongsidemany well known names in the world of entertainment. A recent appearance was supporting Channel 4 Magician Paul Zenon during his Stand-up show, as well as performing his comedy magic act with Jimmy Cricket, Johnnie Casson, Bobby Knutt, Gorden Kaye, and many, many more.
Mark has built up a large catalogue of media appearances during his career.
He has been seen on BBC, and Channel 4, as well as having a presenting role on ITV during 2008. Mark also has the unique ability to perform mind blowing magic on the radio. Listeners have heard Mark on several BBC based radio stations, including BBC Radio 1. Mark also has regular appearances on his local radio Station - Fresh Radio. Mark is regularly in the newspaper pages across Yorkshire and even appears in the national papers from time to time.
As well as his public achievements, Mark was lucky enough to be granted access to the Bradford Magic Circle at the tender age of 13. Membership isn't usually granted until reaching 18. Mark was honoured to become a full member of The Magic Circle in 2009, making Mark one of the elite Magicians working within the UK.
2010 has brought big changes to Mark's comedy cabaret performances. His one-man show is an action packed 45 minutes of amazing magic, and side splitting comedy which has been refined over literally hundreds of performances. Performing with a twinkle in his eye and a cheeky smile, you will find it hard not to be enthralled and amused by Mark as he mutilates a banana, or sniffs and tastes a spectator's finger to find their previously signed card in a shuffled deck. Mark's comedy show is perfect for your event, whether it be as a headline act as part of a big show, or something different for your special party.
Mark is the professional choice, whether you're looking for a stage or close-up magician. With thousands of happy clients, you can rest assured that the entertainment you receive will be top class.
* Tesco Supermarkets
* Great George Hotel, Bradford
* Coniston Hall Hotel
* Cedar Court Hotels
* Courtyard Marriot Hotels
* Rendezvous Hotel, Skipton
* Herriots Hotel, Skipton
* Lodore Falls Hotel, Keswick
* Midland Hotel, Bradford
* Midland Hotel, Manchester
* Village Hotels Group
* Rudding Park, Harrogate
* Carden Park Hotel, Chester
* The Derbyshire Hotel
* Cavendish Pavillions
* Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley
* Pizza Express
* Joe Rigatonis, Harrogate
* Napiers, Skipton
* Nosh, Skipton
* Restaurant Bar And Grill, Manchester
* 25 Below Champagne And Cocktail Bar
* Chilli Whites, Leeds
* Manchester City Football Club
* Bradford City Football Club
* Eureka! The Childrens Museum, Halifax
* Morley Town Hall
* Leeds Civic Hall
* The City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
* The Kirkgate Theatre, Cockermouth
* Newcastle Racecourse
* The Life Centre, Newcastle
* Penrith Conservative Club
* Hillhead Holiday Centre, Devon
* Broughton Hall
* Skipton Town Hall
* Settle Victoria Hall
* Keighley Victoria Hall
* Escape, Ilkley
* Soccer Village, Rochdale
* Haven High Technology College, Boston
* Corpus Christi College, Leeds
* Mart Theatre, Skipton
* Corronation Street
* Timothy Taylors Brewery
* Ultimate Products, Oldham
* Northumberland Sports
* Jn Bentley
* The Caravan Club
* Leeds City Council
* Birmingham City Council
* Cable And Wireless
* Skipton Waterways Festival
* Picnic In The Park, Oakworth
* Hoopers Department Stores
* Skipton Properties
* Grassington Arts Festival
* Sue Ryder Care
* Silver Stars Talent Contest
* Howley Hall Golf Club
* Bentham Golf Club
* Silsden Golf Club
* Skipton Golf Club
* BBC Radio 1 (scott Mills, Annie Mac)
* BBC Radio York
* BBC Radio Leeds (in The Morning With Andrew And Georgey, Graham
* BBC Look North
* Fresh Radio
* BCB Radio
* ITV Calendar News
* ITV Local
* Calendar Girls, The Movie
* And Many More!
Mark Waddington was GREAT! The kids loved him and the adults were laughing along too! I would not hesitate to book Mark for future performances in the children's library. His material was both highly entertaining and totally appropriate for the setting. Many thanks for all your assistance in getting Mark to Gigglefest.
- Amanda Holtham, Assistant Children's Librarian and Gigglefest Producer, Birmingham
Just wanted to say thanks for performing at my 30th party a couple of weeks ago. You were the highlight of the event!! We have had many, many great comments about you and I still have no idea how you did any of it!!
- Michael Bellamy, Great George Hotel, Bradford, 30th Birthday
Hello Mark, Just a word to say how much all my friends and relatives (young and old !) enjoyed Saturday evening. You managed to baffle us all. It was certainly an inspired move to ask you to provide our entertainment. Even the weather was perfect and a good time was had by all. Regards to you and to your continued success.
- Sylvia Ding, House Party, Halifax
Everybody said he was fantastic. I am sure the Student Council will want him back next year.
- Marie Kelly, Loreto College Prom, Manchester
That was absolutey amazing!
- Simon Grayson, Leeds United Football Club Manager
Mark was great, got the staff going and everyone really enjoyed the performance and table magic, it made for a great night. Would definitely recommend and use Mark again.
- Erin Wilde, Ultimate Products Ltd, Manchester City FC Stadium, Corporate Event
Mark oozes confidence.
- Peter Sandeman, City Varieties
Skipton's answer to Paul Daniels.
- Craven Herald
He had the audience eating out of his hand within minutes of coming on stage. He had a confidence that belied his tender years. He struck up a rapport with an audience member with a trick that left everybody scratching their heads with a 'How did he do that' expression. His dexterity with ropes and card manipulation was awesome.His closing trick, in which he's meant to be learning a trick from a tape, was nothing short of spectacular! I feel variety is safe for the next generation as long as young guys like Mark are carrying the torch.
- Jimmy Cricket
- Harry Gration, BBC Look North
Mark was fantastic, he's very dynamic and after the audience wound up he had them in the palm of his hand!
- Andy Webster, Penrith Conservative Club
How the f*** did you do that?
- Joe Swash, Mickey Miller In Eastenders & Winner of 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' 2008
I really enjoyed your show last night at Newfield Hall. We were still talking about it at Breakfast!!!
- Jamie - young hotel guest