You may be wondering why I'm wishing Eddie Redmayne a happy new year. Well, he was on the Graham Norton show during the last year and performed a magic trick with a colouring book ...
My company Magic & More sells this specific book. The exact same one which you can buy if you click here. Ok, I'm on youtube somewhere doing the same gag, but it doesn't have the impact that Eddie has.
I didn't see the show as I don't watch much TV, but I turned up in the morning to the office and found the orders for this book had flooded in. Fortunately, this particular magic trick is very popular anyway, and we keep plenty of them in stock - thank goodness.
It's very reasonably priced, easy to do, spectacularly visual, and if done correctly, almost impossible to work out. It has everything going for it.
I've never really understood 'celebrity endorsement' until this happened. Not that I'm going to ever get anyone to endorse my products, but I'll undoubtedly take Eddie out for a meal should I ever bump into him.
Well, a few days ago, Graham Norton had the highlights of his 2017 shows on and this time I was watching. Once again the orders came flooding in. That very night and the next morning.
"So Happy New Year Eddie"
While I genuinely wish everyone a very happy new year, I specifically wish Eddie Redmayne all the best, and long may he forever keep performing magic on prime-time TV.
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.
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