Geoffrey Durham is one of the most experienced and versatile magicians in the world. With his unique combination of charm, wit and astonishing sleight of hand, he is equally at home working in theatre, in the corporate world or in the more intimate setting of a private party. He is able to personalise his material, creating unique magical effects suitable for any gathering.
His private party clients include members of the Royal Family, cabinet ministers, captains of industry and the aristocracy. He has performed in two Children’s Royal Variety Performances. In thirty years as a cabaret artist his unique presentations have been featured in every hotel on London’s Park Lane, as well as in many of the most prestigious venues in the world. In the corporate field, he has toured Australia for the Ford Motor Company, created over 100 special performances for Seat Cars and worked for a host of organisations from Kellogg’s to IBM. In the West End of London, he has appeared at the London Palladium, Dominion, Duchess and Apollo Victoria theatres and he has performed in over two hundred other playhouses nationwide.
He has hosted two series of Thames Television’s The Best of Magic, and was featured on The Fifty Greatest Magic Tricks of All Time on Channel 4 (where his expert performance of the Newspaper Trick came in at number 31!). In all, he has made over 700 appearances on British television - covering children’s shows, chat, quizzes and variety galas. But he is probably best known for his many years on the cult Channel 4 word game Countdown, where he has performed over 160 close-up tricks as well as displaying unsuspected skills as a wordsmith. He also appears regularly as a panellist and presenter on BBC Radio 4.
He frequently works as an illusion adviser for stage and television. In the West End of London, he has devised effects for Oliver! (London Palladium), Jesus Christ Superstar (Lyceum Theatre), the Reeves and Mortimer/Fast Show double bill (Labatt’s Apollo), The League Of Gentlemen (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Peter Pan (Royal Festival Hall), Privates on Parade (Donmar Warehouse), and The Mystery of Charles Dickens with Simon Callow (Duke of York’s). He was also he was the Magic Director of the critically acclaimed West End show about Tommy Cooper, Jus’ Like That!, which later toured nationwide. On television, he devised effects for Dr Who in the now classic episode The Greatest Show in the Galaxy starring Sylvester McCoy.
In 1994 Geoffrey became the first British magician to create a two hour solo theatre show, One Man’s Intrepid Journey up his Own Sleeve. It premiered at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington, London. Since then, he has toured the UK and abroad with no less than three one man magical extravaganzas, each more ambitious and ground-breaking than its predecessor.
The Maskelyne, the Magic Circle’s highest award.
The David Berglas Award for outstanding contribution to magic.
In 1990, the Magic Circle of Great Britain made him a Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star; in 2002 he was presented with The Maskelyne, the Magic Circle’s highest award; and in 2003, he received The David Berglas Award for his outstanding contribution to magic.