So Long And Thanks For The Memories Dept : Hilary Barry

Auckland magician Mick Peck photograph with Hilary Barry

Pictured above with Hilary Barry entertaining at a recent corporate event.  Hilary leaves TV3 in May 2016 after twenty-three years on screen.

Magic in the Air for Carly

Auckland magician Mick Peck with Carly Flynn, birthday party magic show

Great to perform my birthday party magic show for broadcasting personality, TV and radio host, writer, columnist, MC and general multi-skilled media person Carly Flynn and her lovely family recently.

“Mick’s magic show was the absolute highlight for our son’s birthday!  He captivated the busy young group with his humour and tricks and the adults enjoyed it too!  We LOVED how Mick focused in on the birthday boy and made him feel extra special.  Highly highly recommended!” – Carly Flynn

Magic Moments Family Comedy Magic Show May 2016

Magic Moments Family Comedy Magic Show at the Rose Theatre May 2016 starring Mick Peck and top Auckland magicians!

After a sold-out first year, the Magic Moments Family Comedy Magic Show is back!  Join us on Saturday the 14th of May for an enchanting show starring some of New Zealand’s top magicians.  Magic and illusion, comedy and fun for the whole family.

The best value family entertainment in town! Adult tickets just $15 each, children’s tickets $10 each. Family (2A3C) $50, save $10.

The must-see Magic Moments show is on for ONE DAY and two performances only – Saturday 14th of May 2016, 2pm and 7pm.

The venue is the lovely Rose Theatre, School Road, Belmont on Auckland’s North Shore. Free parking onsite.

To book call 021 0826 6616 or visit www.MagicMoments.co.nz

The Amazing VAC Variety Show 2016

Mick Peck the magician in The Amazing VAC Variety Show, Rose Theatre Belmont Auckland

The Amazing VAC Variety Show is back!  Proudly hosted by the iconic Variety Artists Club of NZ, join us for a great night with some of the top entertainers in the country.  Music and comedy, magic, dance and more.

Starring John Rowles, Tina Cross, David Hartnell, magician Mick Peck, Barbie Davidson, Maryanne Rushton, impressionist Colin Parris and the Elektra Dancers.

The must-see Amazing VAC Variety Show is on for ONE NIGHT ONLY, Friday the 6th of May at the lovely Rose Theatre, School Road Belmont on Auckland’s North Shore. Free parking on site.

Tickets just $25 – the best value in town!  To reserve your seats call 09 489 7514 or email : bookings@vac.org.nz.

Magic on The Hits with Flynny

Auckland magician Mick Peck with Hits radio personality Flynny, birthday party magic show

Pictured here with The Hits radio personality Flynny.  His son had a birthday party coming up and had asked Dad to perform some magic for the occasion.  Easy right?  Maybe not, so I was brought in to teach him some magic.  Alter-ego The Flynnician was born.

Unfortunately his debut performance received a muted reaction and the birthday guests weren’t impressed with his cape, so I stepped in to save the day.  Maybe entertaining the kiddies is harder than it looks after all.

“Thank you Mick for doing an amazing magic show for Leo’s birthday today … you are a great entertainer and a very kind person!  Leo was so happy and blown away as were we.  A very skilled and gifted entertainer and a huge hit with both the kids and adults.  If you want an extremely memorable party for your child – Mick is the real deal. 10/10.” – Flynny

In the Press … Paul Daniels Leaves Lasting Impression on Kiwi Magician Mick Peck

2010 photograph of magician Mick Peck with Paul Daniels at the 2010 New Zealand International Magicians Convention

Courtesy Stuff.co.nz :

Mick Peck is a professional magician based in Auckland and a member of London’s Magic Circle, the world’s premier magic club.  He was inspired by Paul Daniels to become a magician, and he contracted Daniels to attend the New Zealand International Magicians Convention in 2010.  Peck shares his memory of the beloved magician who passed this week after suffering from an inoperable brain tumour. He was 77.

I’ll admit, I was totally star struck when I met Paul Daniels.

He was an inspiration not only to magicians in the UK but right around the world. And here he was standing in front of me.  And he’d even brought along the lovely Debbie McGee.

One of my earliest memories of magic was seeing Paul perform the Magic Kettle on television.

A perfectly ordinary looking tea kettle could pour out any drink requested by the audience.  Beer, sherry, whiskey, wine; whatever the audience called out Paul poured from the kettle and gave to the audience.

A smart alec called out “milk”, and in his inimitable style Paul tilted the kettle, milk flowed from the spout and was given away.

Hmm, I thought, maybe this magic schtick was worth looking into.

My first magic set was a Paul Daniels magic set. It caught my eye in a toy store, proclaiming “one hundred professional magic tricks”.

This was my ticket to ride, I thought, and wouldn’t leave the store until my parents had bought it. Read More

In the Press … Mick Peck Granted Access to Magic Circle

Auckland magician Mick Peck has been granted access to the Magic Circle of London

Courtesy Stuff.co.nz :

Pukekohe magician Mick Peck has been accepted into the world’s most prestigious magic club.

The Magic Circle of London was formed in 1905 and members include Dynamo, Paul Daniels and David Copperfield.  Membership is restricted to top professional magicians.

Prospective members must undertake an interview process where knowledge and skill are accessed before the decision goes to a final vote by the society council.

Peck, 34, said that being accepted into the organisation brought a tremendous source of pride.

“I grew up watching many of these magic stars on television, so to be a part of their society is a real honour,” he said.

Members are granted access to the headquarters in London for regular meetings and lectures from top international magicians.  They also have access to a library of 6000 magic books and an on-site museum which houses rare magic posters and memorabilia.

“Being a member of the Magic Circle is also seen as a stamp of approval within the international magic fraternity so will be very useful for opening doors when travelling outside of New Zealand,” Peck said.

Peck got his start as a magician in the 90s, performing at school and local birthday parties.  He now makes his living as a full-time magician and performs throughout the country.

He is planning a visit to the club’s London headquarters.

Photo credit Emily Hung, article courtesy Stuff.co.nz :
http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/franklin-county-news/77741973/mick-peck-granted-access-to-magic-circle

In the Press … Franklin Service Hero March 2016

Auckland Magician Mick Peck Franklin Service Hero Mick Peck Magic

A wonderful start to the year being named a Franklin Service Hero in The Post newspaper which is distributed throughout Franklin and the North Waikato.

My thanks to everyone at The Post and Paige McElhinney from Pukekohe who nominated me after I performed a show at her party last month.

Want great results like these at your upcoming party or family event?  Visit my brand new website for birthday party magic shows.

Spot the Difference …

Mick Peck New Zealand Magician Phantom of the Opera magic show picture

In the Press … iTicket Showdown Awards 2015

Mick Peck Manukau Courier Showdown Awards 2015 with Chris Lam Sam at SkyCity Theatre

Courtesy Manukau Courier :

Pictured at SkyCity Theatre with Grevel Lam Sam, named Best Male in a Leading Role at the iTicket Showdown Awards last week.  I was along on the night as guest presenter.

The annual Showdown Awards evening is to recognise the achievements of Auckland’s secondary school’s top theatrical productions.  The awards are run annually by the Auckland Community Theatre Trust.  Its aims include encouraging young performers in the performing arts, promoting the performing arts as an option for tertiary study and as a career path, raising the profile of the performing arts in schools and building links between school performing arts programs and Auckland community theatres.  Twenty-four schools were entered into this year’s competition.

PS : Don’t be a sausage this summer.

Wayne Anderson – Singer of Songs

Wayne Anderson Singer of Songs with Mick Peck magician

Bumped into New Zealand’s Third Best Singer Wayne Anderson last night at an event in the city.  I was performing my strolling closeup magic when “Delilah” started blasting through the PA.

Wayne’s cult television series Singer of Songs is one of my favourite NZ shows.

In the Press … Look Who’s Talking

Mick Peck Q+A in Franklin County News Oct 2015

Paul Romhany Grand Master of Magic

Magicians Mick Peck, Paul Romhany and Alan Watson, Wellington Magicians Convention 2015

Pictured here with Paul Romhany and Alan Watson QSM at the 32nd International New Zealand Magicians’ Convention held in Wellington over Labour Weekend 2015.

It was an absolute honour in my role as Secretary/Treasurer of the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians to present the citation for the eighteenth Grand Master of Magic induction

Grand Master of Magic Paul Romhany is known around the world for his Charlie Chaplin magic act.  Originally from Auckland, Paul now makes his home in Canada.

More information about the Grand Master of Magic award here.

In the Press … Tricky Business : Sunday Star Times Feature Story

Mick Peck Magician Sunday Magazine Photograph 2015

Courtesy Sunday Star Times :

In a world laden with entertainment options, magic still casts a spell. Jeremy Olds meets some Kiwi practitioners.

Late on a Tuesday evening, a mysterious crowd convenes for a top-secret meeting at the Surrey Hotel in Grey Lynn, Auckland. The 15 are part of an exclusive, members-only society, and there’s an air of confidentiality as they gather in a room away from prying ears. Yet, anyone standing in the hotel carpark could surmise what was taking place, based on the vehicle number plates.

‘I TRICK’. ‘C MAGIC’. ‘MAGIC 1’.

The 14 men and sole woman inside the hotel belong to the Brotherhood of Auckland Magicians, an elite club for those serious about the practice of magic. Each member has been selected to join by the club’s ‘inner circle’ and, on joining, has placed their hand on a wand and sworn the Magician’s Oath:

I, [insert name here], do solemnly swear, at all times, to uphold the traditions of the arts and crafts of Magic, its secrets and its codes of ethics…

In a rare departure from protocol on this Tuesday night, the Brotherhood has permitted an outsider to observe the first half of their monthly meeting. Read More

The Amazing VAC Show Strikes Back!

Amazing VAC Variety Show 2016 Mick Peck's Blog of an Auckland Magician

My thanks to everyone involved in the 2015 performance of The Amazing VAC Variety Show.  This year’s lineup included The Claxtons, John McGough, the Elektra Dancers and four Benny Award recipients—Jon Zealando, Tom Sharplin, Jim Joll and Debbie Dorday.  Holding the show together was compere John Sumner, who performed a lovely rendition of “Sunrise Sunset” to close the night.

Tech crew was Mike Richards on sound and lighting, stage manager Brent McLeod and myself as chief curtain logistics operation (opening and closing).  Front-of-house were Robyn Alexander, Garry and Laurelle Betti and Ekk Khansuk.  Our ace all-magician photography and video crew—Jason Fell, Rob Clark, Bernard Reid and Andy Wonder, thanks everyone.