Marc Dominic has added a new bow to his creative output …. As a regular
Blogger on www.dad.info.
The website is designed to provide a wide range of resources and
information for Fathers of all ages, from parenting skills, advice and
managing teenagers to support in relationships and legal advice.
The web site is run by the Family Matters Institute who are a
Christian-based educational charity specialising in research and
training to strengthen marriage and family life.
Marc’s blog will be an a way of sharing his experiences as a father and
also working with children as a children’s entertainer and a sports
coach and teacher. Of this new venture Marc says “ it is a place that I
want to share my thoughts on fatherhood, marriage and children. As I Dad
I have often found Dads side-lined at children parties, or in the
playground and Dads rarely get much of a look in when you look at
parenting books, this site helps address the balance. I hope that my
blog will be open, humorous, honest and entertaining and also allow some
of my customers or people in my professional life to see a little bit
more beyond the professional”
Marc’s Blog will be published every Monday and can be found at:
Any comments on the blog would be appreciated
Marc Makes Magic in Saudi
Magician Marc Dominic made history last week when he was the first western
magician to perform in Saudi Arabia, appearing in the first ever national
outdoor roadshow, to the general public for a Saudi Company.
Marc entertained between 5,000 – 9,000 Saudi Arabians each night as part
of Mobaliy’s ( a mobile phone company) national Falah promotion. The
events were aimed at 16 – 27 year olds but as this sort of event has never
been seen before in Saudi, many others turned up.
The shows were restricted in content due to the Islamic Laws in Saudi
Arabia and Marc’s show had to be vetted by the Saudi Religious Police and
was altered accordingly so that both his stage and close up acts could be
performed without music.
Marc says “ It was a strange experience as the Saudi men in general
haven’t experienced magic and the simplest of things astound them.”
However it wasn’t all plain sailing for Marc, as magic is often seen as
evil by some of the Bedouin tribes and on live TV one spectator was heard
to cry out..” this is not a man this is a devil!” At times, due to crowd
numbers. Marc had to be flanked by 6 armed guards, trying to maintain
order as people clambered to see his magic.
Marc was part of a team of 8 entertainers including world record holders,
fire acts, stilt walkers and jugglers. Marc said “ It was a great
atmosphere and nice to be able to meet real people and perform for them in
the real Saudi Arabia and not in some company’s compound.”
With various events in cities like Riyadh, Jeddah and Demam it wasn’t all
plain sailing as each city had its own rules. In Demam, delayed baggage,
meant all the acts had to put together new shows when no props arrived .
Armed with only a pack of cards and his magic skills Marc had to create a
number of stage acts and close up effects from nothing. “ It was difficult
as Saudi Arabia is not known for its magic shops!!” Marc said.
The venue and the temperatures also caused some unique problems. In some
of he venues the humidity was so high Marc’s cards would end up warping
after only 2 hours of use! As well as trying not to de-hydrate whilst
performing!. “ It was both a very physically and mentally demanding job, I
think I lost about 6lbs a week in weight!”
Marc Gets Ugly!
Dominic gets to try something new this Christmas after 3 years playing
Pantomime Dame Marc is becoming Ugly – well an Ugly Sister at least.
He starts rehearsals on 23rd November for his 7th Pantomime with Mark
Andrews Productions. He is to play “Posh” one of the Ugly sisters in
Cinderella, at the Civic Centre in Middleton Manchester. The show opens
for a on 29th November and runs till 14th Dec playing 2 shows a day.
Marc said “Sometimes it’s nice to do something different and develop other
performing skills outside magic. In Panto you develop you improvisational
skills as well as your ability to draw your audience out.” He added “it’s
great because we play to 80% capacity which is over 700 people a day, many
have come back from pervious years.”
It is Marc’s first time as Ugly sister though he has played Pantomime
Dames for several years including Widow Twanky in Aladdin, and Dame Trot
in Jack & The Beanstalk. After he finishes in Manchester he is acting as
Magical Advisor on two other Mark Andrews Productions, Aladdin in
Hunstanton and Jack and The Beanstalk in Leamington Spa.
In a break between dress fitting Marc said “It’s nice to keep traditions
alive in that Variety acts have often done pantomime, it is still going
strong unlike the summer season.”
One day as he gets older Marc hopes to emulate many great Magicians like
Masoni and play a truly Magical and Wicked Abanarza in Aladdin. For more
details of show times and dates contact The Civic Center, Rochadale.
wondered where magicians learn magic? Well,
Impact Productions have the answer. They as part of an ongoing
training programme sent 6 magicians to take part in an Exclusive Master
Class with Paul Daniels. This training focused on how to get more comedy
into your magic. Photo: Liz Wilcox, Paul Daniels, Steve Evans, Marc
Dominic and Russ Stokes.
This day is currently the third that Impact have organised this year -
already they have had development sessions with David Acer - An Canadian
Muti Award winning Comic and Magician, David Kaye - New York's most
popular children's entertainer whose client list includes Sting and
Madonna as well as technical lessons with Daryl - The world's greatest
Paul Daniels said of the course he ran "Only the most dedicated of
performers come to these classes and they walk away knowing they are the
best of the
Marc Dominic, Managing Director of Impact Productions and himself a
multi-award winning magician said, "no matter what our performers do
whether it is close-up magic, trade shows or children's birthday parties
our commitment to ensuring they are the best in the country is reflected
in the support we give, with courses like these, as part of our on-going
Impact who specialise in the provision of Magicians and mix and mingle
entertainers for corporate and family functions have in-house training on
psychology of misdirection and some new children's shows lined up over the
next few months.
Release: 28th November 2003
Dominic has sold his entertainment business Impact Productions for an
undisclosed sum. Impact Productions has been bought by a couple members of
the management team.
The reason for the sale has coincided with a number of events in Marc’s
life. The first is a relocation to Havant due to his wife changing jobs.
The second is that at 35 he is retiring from working as a Ronald McDonald
for McDonalds Restaurants Limited. After 15 years Marc has decided to
focus on his corporate close-up work and develop his many children’s
Marc said "It is a big step but having performed throughout Europe, at 10
Downing Street, The Albert Hall and other major events I want to give a
bit more time to my family. I have enjoyed my time with McDonalds and hope
to develop other areas of work."
Marc will continue to work both independently and alongside the new
Marc hopes the move will see him performing more in the capital and along
the south coast.
For more information on Impact Productions and there services please call
Marc Dominic on 07887 656587.