Tom Rose Enjoying Every Minute of Fame

Tom Rose

Magician Tom Rose is proving himself to women, reporters, and women who are reporters.

In an article entitled “Leader of the Pack,” Sarah Foster, falls head-over-high-heels for this young magician with an apparently very bright future.

I MUST admit to being a bit of a sceptic, so when Tom Rose gets out his cards, I’m less than enthusiastic. Of course, he is a magician, and knowing I’ll be writing about him, he has to show me a trick. I only hope, for both our sakes, that it doesn’t go horribly wrong.

The first surprise is when he waves a wad of cash – 300 to be precise – saying that if he fails to guess my card, the money’s mine. With an eye on the pile of 20 notes, I decide to up my game.

Having picked a card, I try to keep a straight face as Tom asks me questions.

He’s told me to answer only ‘yes’, and although I do this, I can’t stop laughing.

Within a few minutes, in which he’s tried to “psychoanalyse” me, he takes a guess. I don’t know how, but he knows my card is the ten of diamonds. He pockets the money with a wry smile. “I’ve had a few challenges but I’ve never got it wrong yet, ” he says smugly.

Mr. Rose’s magic business, TR: Magic, is doing well with him as the featured performer.  He’s picked up a few clients you may know, including mobile phone giant Orange, Virgin Airways mogul Richard Branson.

He is a late comer to our art.  He wasn’t exposed to the virulent magic bug until he was 16.

A bar job at the Vintage Hotel, at Scotch Corner, proved the perfect outlet for his hobby. “I ended up performing more tricks than serving pints, ” he says.

        “People started asking if I would come to their parties, weddings or whatever. I realised I could progress from being a barman doing the odd trick to going full time and advertising myself.”

Tom went to Newcastle University to study politics but, by now, his course was set. “I started doing magic more seriously in my second year – I was doing more magic than essays, ” he says.

“I also joined the magic circle up in Newcastle. I got on well with a couple of the magicians and they taught me a lot.”  Keen to attract bookings, Tom launched a website and embraced formalities like finding an accountant and getting business cards.

His brand is simple – close-up magic that’s fun and cool. Tom says it works just about anywhere. “Because of the nature of close-up magic, I can perform at almost any event, ” he says.

“As well as weddings and corporate functions I do things like civil ceremonies and private barbecues.

“Only last week I was asked to do a wedding in Geneva.”

The reporter gushes with praise and possibilities for the young man.

“With his talent and confidence, I wonder if TV work appeals, but Tom is wary,” Ms. Foster writes.

“I’ve been asked to do a few things but the problem with TV is once you’re famous, it’s very hard to work at the smaller gigs without some image of being better than the average person, ” he says, then seems to backtrack by adding: “I don’t really want to be on TV and famous…

Tom Rose

Magician Tom Rose is proving himself to women, reporters, and women who are reporters.

In an article entitled “Leader of the Pack,” Sarah Foster, falls head-over-high-heels for this young magician with an apparently very bright future.

I MUST admit to being a bit of a sceptic, so when Tom Rose gets out his cards, I’m less than enthusiastic. Of course, he is a magician, and knowing I’ll be writing about him, he has to show me a trick. I only hope, for both our sakes, that it doesn’t go horribly wrong.

The first surprise is when he waves a wad of cash – 300 to be precise – saying that if he fails to guess my card, the money’s mine. With an eye on the pile of 20 notes, I decide to up my game.

Having picked a card, I try to keep a straight face as Tom asks me questions.

He’s told me to answer only ‘yes’, and although I do this, I can’t stop laughing.

Within a few minutes, in which he’s tried to “psychoanalyse” me, he takes a guess. I don’t know how, but he knows my card is the ten of diamonds. He pockets the money with a wry smile. “I’ve had a few challenges but I’ve never got it wrong yet, ” he says smugly.

Mr. Rose’s magic business, TR: Magic, is doing well with him as the featured performer.  He’s picked up a few clients you may know, including mobile phone giant Orange, Virgin Airways mogul Richard Branson.

He is a late comer to our art.  He wasn’t exposed to the virulent magic bug until he was 16.

A bar job at the Vintage Hotel, at Scotch Corner, proved the perfect outlet for his hobby. “I ended up performing more tricks than serving pints, ” he says.

        “People started asking if I would come to their parties, weddings or whatever. I realised I could progress from being a barman doing the odd trick to going full time and advertising myself.”

Tom went to Newcastle University to study politics but, by now, his course was set. “I started doing magic more seriously in my second year – I was doing more magic than essays, ” he says.

“I also joined the magic circle up in Newcastle. I got on well with a couple of the magicians and they taught me a lot.”  Keen to attract bookings, Tom launched a website and embraced formalities like finding an accountant and getting business cards.

His brand is simple – close-up magic that’s fun and cool. Tom says it works just about anywhere. “Because of the nature of close-up magic, I can perform at almost any event, ” he says.

“As well as weddings and corporate functions I do things like civil ceremonies and private barbecues.

“Only last week I was asked to do a wedding in Geneva.”

The reporter gushes with praise and possibilities for the young man.

“With his talent and confidence, I wonder if TV work appeals, but Tom is wary,” Ms. Foster writes.

“I’ve been asked to do a few things but the problem with TV is once you’re famous, it’s very hard to work at the smaller gigs without some image of being better than the average person, ” he says, then seems to backtrack by adding: “I don’t really want to be on TV and famous as such but if the right opportunity came up I might take it.”

As far as the long-term goes, he says he’s not averse to change and will adapt to emerging trends. “I might go into corporate product launches, ” says Tom.

“A lot of car companies are looking at magicians to launch their new cars so I might venture into that.” But at the moment, he’s perfectly happy with what he’s doing. “I like being a personal magician, ” he says. “It’s just great fun.”

We loved his new web site.  Check it out at www. truemagic. co. uk. Mr. Rose is set to appear at the Yorkshire Brides Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

   

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