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A Little Introduction

Postby ConnorOldfield » Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:07 am



Hello,

Let's start with the basics, I'm Connor Stokes or by my stage name "Connor Oldfield". I'm 15 years old, born on the 14th, July 2000, and I'm doing my GCSE's at High School now in year 11 which is quite stressful. I'm surprised to say as far as I'm aware I'm the only magician in my school. I have been doing magic now for about two and a half years. I got into magic for one simple reason I got bullied quite a lot, so my dad suggested to my that I get into magic. Which at first made things worse, but when people realized I was serious about it they started to respect the art. So my bullying gradually slowed down. Although I have to admit recently the bullies have been chirping up again, which I don't mind. One, because they'll be doing it too me and not someone else. Two, because I know it cause they're jealous that I have a talent (I know that sounds horrible but these are people with no aspirations in life other than to party and kick off).

Like I said before the reason I got into magic was because of bulling, but it was really my dad who inspired me too do it all. He first tried to get me into magic aged 8, but then I didn't really care and the only trick I can remember was a 4 ace card routine, which I've now developed into a 4 ace and chosen card routine with five piles instead of the basic four, which always goes down a treat. At the moment I am close-up magician which I don't think will change much, although cabaret is something I wouldn't mind going into. Sadly at the moment I'm pretty much a card magician. Apart from a few tricks like "Coin Unique" and I want to move on from being so dependent on cards. So if anyone has any suggestions they'd be greatly appreciated. I tend to perform with my dad at a pub he works at. Where he is the DJ and overall entertainer, I sometimes help him down their and I really enjoy. I've also started taking my own booking but I don't do that often. I just think it's great as I earn money from something I'm passionate about. Don't get me wrong though I also do a lot of charity gigs in and around Blackpool, with two more planned in the coming months.

On the 2nd, June 2016, I entered my first (and so far only) competition at my local club "Fylde Mystics" (Link to the website in my signature) I had the choice to join Blackpool Magician Club, which hosts the Blackpool Magic Festival (Convention) every year. However in the competition I messed up a few times. I had the audience on my side as well as some great patter and I managed to come third in which I honestly think is a miracle, because of my mess ups which nearly brought me to a break down. However I was later told by a great magician that I got the award, because even when the trick went wrong and I was visibly distraught I carried on and managed to finally get the card. So from that day forward I can cheekily say I'm an award winning magician. Soon hopefully to be multi-award winning when I enter one soon. Anyway if anyone is interested what I did here it is; I started off strong with my own variation of a svengali routine, then moved on to my failed trick, which was simple card reveal and I managed to pull through. My last trick was probably my best which was "The Deal of Misfortune" by Jasper Blakeley.

A few people my wonder why my stage name is Connor Oldfield when my actual name is Connor Stokes. It's simple, it was my mothers maiden name and I thought Connor Oldfield sounded quite nice and was a good tribute to my mother (Just to say she hasn't died, if that's what it sounds like). However some other people don't like it and suggested a more shall we say modern name "Magic Stokesy", which too be fair I don't mind as it's quite catchy and simple. I would like to ask for peoples thoughts and ideas on it though. If yous don't mind.

I feel I have taken enough of your time and would like to thank you if you've made it this far.

Special Thanks;
    My dad Tim Stokes/Knight,
    Adam Topham of illusioncraft,
    Roy Bond,
    Teacher at my school,
    Alan Mylecraine,
    and of cause everyone else at my club.


PS: Can a moderator please tell me if my signature is aloud as I have put the link to my local club is, I think is should be aloud as under rule 2 it doesn't give me or anyone else any financial benefit. My only worry is it'll come under blatant advertising. Can you also tell me if something else is wrong with this and I'll happily change it as soon as I see your message.

(Note from Mods: Connor's link is http://www.fyldemystics.co.uk/)

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby Mandrake » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:36 am

Many thanks for your very comprehensive intro and welcome to TM!

Signatures were turned off some time ago due to misuse by a few who used them for advertising and were sometimes so large they overshadowed the point of posts and threads. I've added the link to your post above.

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby ConnorOldfield » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:52 am

Mandrake wrote:Many thanks for your very comprehensive intro and welcome to TM!

Signatures were turned off some time ago due to misuse by a few who used them for advertising and were sometimes so large they overshadowed the point of posts and threads. I've added the link to your post above.


No thank you for having me. I've wanted too join a forum for awhile but i never got round to it.

Yeah I totally understand don't worry about it and thank you for adding my link.

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby Lady of Mystery » Thu Jun 23, 2016 9:30 am

Hiya and welcome along to TM :D

I'd stick with Connor Oldfield, sounds much more classy to me :)

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby Boris » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:08 am

I think 'Connor Oldfield' is a superb name for a magician.

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby Mandrake » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:01 pm

I agree, stick with a 'real' name rather than things like 'The Amazing Derek' or whatever which sounds rather self congratulatory. Real sounding names worked well for David Copperfield, Derren Brown, Paul Daniels etc.

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby ConnorOldfield » Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:49 pm

Thank you for welcoming me

With what you've said yeah I have to agree it does sound a lot better. I wrote this introduction quite late at night when I was extremely tired. So I've probably missed out a few things, but yeah after your comments I whole heatedly agree and think I should stick "Connor Oldfield". I would like to know though if there is anyway I could change my forum name to it? Sorry to be a bother.

Once again thank you for the tips.

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby Mandrake » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:19 pm

The Modsters can change your username, just let us know when to do it and be ready to use the new name to log in - your password won't be affected.

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby ConnorOldfield » Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:42 pm

Oh right thank you. Anytime will be great I'll just have to remember when I can't login it'll be "ConnorOldfield"
Thank you again for all your help.

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby Mandrake » Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:41 am

OK, 'tis done!

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby moonbeam » Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:21 am

Hi and welcome to TM :)

Nice "short" introduction there :P

Shame you're not 18 yet, as we could have met up for a tipple (or two!!), as I usually go to Blackpool a few times a year with the lads. We've been once this year already, so we're due another one soon :)

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Re: A Little Introduction

Postby ConnorOldfield » Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:47 pm

Well "I'm sorry", it was as short as I could make it, without leave out many details.

Well if you're looking for somewhere to drink there's a pub called the "Dutton Arms" on the sea front near the pleasure beach, next to McDonalds. Where I quite often work on a Saturday looking to gain experience. I go there as my dads the house DJ there, so I just go round giving people free mini showcase of tricks.

Also thank you Mandrake for changing my name. Much appreciated.

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