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Two Decades of Enchantment: My Journey from Portsmouth Pubs to Professional Magician

Reflecting on twenty years in the realm of magic, I'm compelled to look back at where it all began and the transformative journey to where I stand today. It's a path filled with growth, learning, and an ever-deepening love for the art of magic.

Stephen Simmons professional magician

The Early Days, pre professional magician:

My magical journey wasn't born on grand stages or at prestigious events. It started in the bars and pubs of Portsmouth while I was navigating the challenges and joys of university life.

Yes, that’s me above, slightly questionable attire included.

While my dress sense might have been questionable, the experiences gained during these formative years were invaluable. These settings taught me the foundational lessons of performance: engaging with an audience, intertwining storytelling into magic, and discovering the joy in every act.

Learning the Ropes:

Performing in such close, personal settings revealed the true essence of magic to me. It wasn’t merely about perfecting a trick; it was about the connection formed in the moment when the impossible became possible. Each night in those Portsmouth pubs was a lesson in human psychology, an experiment in what makes people tick, laugh, and gaze in wonder.

Building a Career in Magic:

Post-university, the path before me was anything but conventional. The world of 9-to-5 jobs never called to me the way magic did. So, with a heart full of dreams and a deck of cards in my hand, I stepped into the world as a full-time magician.

The transition wasn’t seamless. Building a career in magic meant facing uncertainties, adapting to the highs and lows of freelance life, and constantly evolving my act to stay fresh and relevant. Yet, with every challenge came an opportunity to grow stronger, more resilient, and more enchanted with the craft.

Stephen Simmons professional magician


Fast forward to today, and magic has taken me to places I once only dreamed of. From corporate events and grand weddings to intimate gatherings, the venues have changed, but the essence of my magic — to awe, to connect, to bring joy — remains steadfast.


Looking back, I see a journey marked not by the tricks I’ve performed but by the smiles I’ve invoked and the moments of shared wonder I’ve been part of. Magic, for me, has always been about more than just the illusions. It’s about creating a shared experience that lingers, bringing a touch of the extraordinary to our everyday lives.

The Path Ahead:

As I continue on this magical journey, my heart is filled with gratitude for every step, every stumble, and every leap. The road from those early days in Portsmouth pubs to the stages I perform on now has been nothing short of magical.

Here’s to the magic of the past, present, and future. Here’s to the wonder we’ve shared and the wonders yet to come. 🎩✨

Thank you for being part of this journey with me.

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