Stood in a magic shop as an impressionable 10 year old boy, Billy was captivated by a mind-blowing magic trick. Today, his mission is simple: to bring his audiences the sense of wonder and intrigue he experienced that day… A 20-year journey from impressionable young lad to fully-fledged sleight of hand Jedi master has seen him schooled by dozens of master magicians, study hundreds of specialist texts, and spend thousands of hours in painstaking practice.
Now a member of the world famous Magic Circle, his stunning brand of entertainment - delivered with charm, personality and a rapier sharp wit - makes any event a truly memorable one.
Ultimately, Billy offers an unforgettable entertainment experience - a spellbinding assault on your perception of reality where cards appear and disappear; coins transpose to impossible locations, objects levitate and minds are read… You've never seen anything like it, and it's all for your entertainment and wonderment!
You want the best entertainer for your event, but also someone who understands people. Billy has the personality and experience to instantly build rapport and make your guests feel completely relaxed… before they're blown away by his award-winning sleight of hand skills!
Billy has applied his creative thinking to every element of his magic, from unique presentations to tricks he's invented himself. So, even if you've experienced live magic before, you're unlikely to have witnessed anything like the repertoire of astonishing tricks Billy has up his sleeve…
No stages… no lights… no sound systems… no set up… and no rabbits! Billy's close-up magic is modern, fun and extremely versatile allowing him to take the show to your guests whether you're looking for entertainment at a wedding or a corporate event for 500 people.
You will never deal with a third party or an agent - Billy will personally respond to your enquiry, ensuring you reap the full rewards of booking him to perform at your event. A professional, friendly and highly efficient service is guaranteed from the first point of enquiry until the completion of your booking.
This website is packed with photographs and videos of Billy performing, allowing you to see the incredible reactions his magic generates from people of all ages! Click here to read Facebook reviews from some of those flabbergasted by Billy's past performances…
Billy has been crowned “Scottish Close-up Magician of the Year” twice & has won many other magic awards for his exceptional sleight of hand ability. His passion is using these skills to make events, like YOURS, sparkle with his electrifying entertainment.
“What is magic? Everyone will have their own interpretation of what magic is, but for me personally it's not a trick or an illusion - it's an unforgettable experience.”
Having performed at hundreds of corporate events in his career, Billy is a confident and charismatic entertainer you can trust to elevate your event from “enjoyable” to “MIND-BLOWINGLY UNFORGETTABLE”!
Give your guests the red-carpet treatment – have Billy welcome them and break the ice with some stunning quick-fire close-up magic during the drinks reception!
Between courses, he’ll keep the entertainment spectacular and the energy levels high with his stunning brand of close-up table magic.
Billy also offers after-dinner entertainment by taking to the stage to entertain the whole room with out of this world magic & mind-reading – the kind of stuff you normally only see “on the telly”!
Billy’s presence is the kind of distinctive touch that guarantees your event will have a long-lasting impression on guests
Whether you’re arranging a birthday party at home, an office party, or a social occasion at a local venue, you want something that little bit different to make your event especially memorable… Something people haven’t experienced before… Something they’ll talk about for years to come…
Add Billy to the guestlist and you can guarantee your guests will be in for an experience they will never forget.
For house parties, ask Billy about the “Secret Room” concept - he’ll transform an unused room into an intimate performance space before inviting small groups of guests in for a mind-blowing 10-15 minute close-up show! Afterwards, they’re asked not to tell the other guests what takes place inside the “Secret Room”, creating a real buzz of excitement & intrigue!
Many people have never witnessed professional close-up magic and it’s something they love instantly. There are times throughout your wedding day when Billy can complement proceedings and provide unforgettable moments…Save the date…
Book the top magician, Billy, to entertain at your drinks reception and, like a magical host, he'll look after your guests so you can relax during your photographs. While you're both smiling for the camera, Billy will be blowing everyone's minds with his superb close-up magic, delivered with plenty of personality and his trademark witty humour!
There won’t be a bored guest in sight as Billy moves from group to group performing Dynamo-esque magic up close and personal – the perfect icebreaker, Billy will get everyone involved and create a brilliant atmosphere to get the party started! All the magic Billy performs is “in the hands”, meaning he can take the show to your guests whether they’re indoors, outside, seated, standing, young or old… there are no lights, stages, sound-systems or set-up required either!
Oh, and don’t worry - he always has a special piece of magic just for the newlyweds, leaving them with an impossible keepsake for their memory box!
After the wedding breakfast, there’s that tricky period when your day guests start to relax, your evening guests arrive, and your band and photobooth are setting up. Depending on your venue, you may have a room turn-around to contend with as well. This is where Billy can make all the difference…
An Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star, you can trust Billy to use his energy, experience and sleight-of-hand expertise to usher-in your evening reception in spectacular style! His breath-taking magical entertainment – loved by guests of all ages - will keep the energy and excitement levels truly stratospheric until the dancing gets underway. Of course, Billy takes a step back during the cake cutting and first dance – after all, he wouldn’t want to steal any of your thunder!
Every wedding is unique, and it’s Billy’s passion to use his professionalism, personality and sleight-of-hand to make sure your guests are queueing up to tell you how phenomenal your wedding is!Pricing…
“Booking Billy was the best money we spent on our wedding!”
SHAUN AND GEMMA COOK
“Billy is a lovely guy and a fabulous magician. His tricks elevated our reception to another level!”
MR & MRS FENTON
Experience Billy's magic from a guest's perspective…
You're stood with your partner enjoying your drink and canapé. It's a nice atmosphere, but you hardly know anyone else at the wedding and it's still nearly two hours until dinner. Although you'll never admit it, you're a little bored. Then a smartly dressed young man approaches you and introduces himself as this afternoon's “entertainment.”
You're somewhat cynical, but you have time on your hands so you'll humour this affable stranger for a few minutes…
Your cynicism rapidly dissipates as a playing card you merely thought of appears in your partner's pocket… A coin you signed appears and disappears before transforming into an ice cube… And a borrowed finger ring impossibly floats through the air before coming to rest on your outstretched palm.
You've barely noticed the other guests that have wandered over to see what's going on, but by the time this magician has said his thanks and moved on, you've not only been thoroughly amazed and entertained, you've also made some new friends…
WATCHCLOSELY is Billy Reid’s critically acclaimed monthly close-up show hosted by one of Glasgow’s hidden gems - The Bungo.
An intimate and wondrous performance for a small audience, the show uniquely fuses storytelling and expert sleight-of-hand magic to delight and astound. WATCHCLOSELY is also the only way to experience Billy’s signature finale “Caledonia” – the most beautiful card trick in the world.
For tickets to Billy’s monthly WATCHCLOSELY
show at The Bungo, please click here!
For a larger audience, Billy has adapted his 5-star WATCHCLOSELY show for the stage. Using modern video projection combined with epic magic & mind-reading stunts, this incredible production can be enjoyed by audiences of all sizes. A WATCHCLOSELY booking includes full PR support and a tailored promotional video. Contact Billy today to line up WATCHCLOSELY for your theatre, hall or auditorium…
“Superb magic and hugely entertaining.”
“Reid smoothly combines his illustrative & performance skills into a remarkable experience.”
World Magic Review
“A production that is both enchanting and memorable.”
The Edinburgh Reporter
“This isn't just magic: it's magic in technicolour.”
The Wee Review
Four-time Magic Circle Close-up Magician of the Year Finalist
Two-time Scottish Close-up
Magician of the Year
Over 20 years professional
TripAdvisor #1 of 39 "Shows & Concerts" in Glasgow: WATCHCLOSELY
Associate of the Inner Magic Circle with Silver Star for Performing
MagicFest (magicfest.co.uk) performer 2010 - 2023
Billy has also written and presented his own lecture to a variety of magic clubs and societies including West Lothian Magic Circle, Paisley Magic Circle, Glasgow Magic Circle and SAMS (Scottish Association of Magical Societies)
“Brilliant, mind blowing magic!
I have no idea how you
did any of that.”
SIR ALEX FERGUSON
General Manager, the Living Rooms Glasgow
“You just blew my mind!
That was incredible”
“Wow, that was cool!”
“My brain hurts,
that was impressive.”
Professional Snooker Player
“One of the best close-up
magicians in the UK”
The Honorary Life President of the Glasgow Magic Circle
“We were so magically entertained by you - boom, boom! What a talent you are!!!!! We couldn't work out how you did your tricks?????? AMAZING!”
Creative Director Factory Inc
“The Rolls Royce of Magicians!!!”
ADRIAN BLACK - Lexus Belfast
“Taking the magic world by storm!”
THE SCOTTISH SUN
“A born entertainer”
General Manager, the Living Rooms Glasgow
“Billy, you elevated our special day to a level which we didn't think possible! Our guests were buzzing from the moment you performed your first trick and were still talking about your magic long after you'd left”
MICHAEL & BECKY HOUSTON
“Billy has been supporting The Catherine McEwan Foundation for the last 8 years. Whether it's the glitz and glamour of the Red Hot Ball or one of our many children's events, Billy dazzles and mesmerises every time!”
The Catherine McEwan Foundation
“You were just amazing and made our wedding so truly memorable and different. Thank you for entertaining us all with your wonderful close-up magic… it was just brilliant”
SHAUN & VANESSA MCAULEY
Meanwhile, on a serious note, Billy's passionate about making a difference and using his skills to benefit charities and other worthwhile causes. He has helped to raise thousands of pounds for charities such as the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Yorkhill Children's Hospital and the Catherine McEwan Foundation. Please use the contact section to see how Billy can make a difference to your fundraising event.
Please use this section to contact Billy who will endeavour to respond to any enquiries within 24 hours.
Effective date: November 20, 2022
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