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From Culver City, California, Nov. 13, 2008
Lord Howard Posener

The James Bond of Magic


by Sophie Gayot
Lord Howard Posener and Sophie Gayot at The Intercontinental Los Angeles with Toshi Sugiura of Bar Hayama and Vincent Cachot of Park Grill.
Lord Howard Posener and Sophie Gayot at The Intercontinental Los Angeles
with Toshi Sugiura of Bar Hayama and Vincent Cachot of Park Grill.

You may not think of a magician as a high risk profession (save the occasional saw the lady in half mishap), however, London-born Lord Howard Posener, Master Magician by Royal Appointment, has dealt with his fair share of risky situations. But maybe it comes with the territory, as Posener performs for high ranking royalty, heads of states and celebrities which, for Posener, means body guards, private jets and secret rendez-vous. I had the pleasure of speaking with him at Bar Hayama at the InterContinental Los Angeles.  

How did you get your start as a magician?
Oddly enough, my first magic teacher was a Roman Catholic priest. I was on my way to Covent Garden in London when I was 14 and I lost my way. I ended up stumbling upon a magic shop instead and never made it to the garden.

When did magic stop being a hobby and officially become a career?
After getting a marketing degree, I started working at an advertising agency. Every Friday, I would book the conference room in the afternoon. My magic teacher, the priest, would arrive at my office dressed in a suit. I’d lead him into the board room and everyone thought we were in a meeting, when really, he was teaching me magic. However, it was while I was vacationing in Israel at the King Solomon Hotel that my magic career really began. The hotel was booked full and the weather was terrible. Everyone was forced to stay indoors. The manager at the hotel saw me performing magic for a small group of people and asked if I would entertain the hotel guests the next day if it was still raining. Luckily, it poured the next day and I put together a show from miscellaneous objects I found throughout the hotel. I had to extend my vacation twice since I was asked to perform in front of the President of Egypt at an official party in Sharm El Sheikh.

How did you come to perform solely for royalty and celebrities?
I was contacted by the owner of Anabel’s Club in London, who asked me to perform private magic shows for the club’s exclusive members. An elite guest list would enjoy an elaborate dinner accompanied by the finest wine and afterwards, I would put on a 40 minute magic show. After the first performance, these private dinners were booked for 7 months. That’s when I stopped working at the advertising agency. While at Anabel’s, I came to perform for royalty including the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. I have yet to perform for the Pope, but he is first on my list.
 



For more information on Lord Howard Posener, visit www.magichoward.com.

Lord Howard Posener-Master Magician by Royal Appointment

Sophie Gayot: What is your favorite hometown restaurant?
Lord Howard Posener: Anabel’s in London.
SG: What is your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?
LHP: Gardens at The Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
SG: What is your favorite restaurant in the world?
LHP: Michael's in New York.
SG: What is your favorite food?
LHP: Lamb, slightly charred.
SG: What is your favorite wine?
LHP: Marqués de Riscal


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