“It’s as if the spirits of Harry Houdini and Sid James met up in the afterlife and decided to possess Dita von Teese.” Showzam Festival of Circus & New Variety Blackpool
“A bewitching and mirthful personality… She is MAGICAL in every sense of the word, a delightful enchantress and truly one of a kind.” Joanie Spina (David Copperfield’s chief dancer, director & choreographer) Magic Magazine Nov 2010
“The world is watching Romany. She is one of the brightest shining stars in magic. ” Jeff McBride Director Las Vegas Mystery School and World Star of Magic – March 2011
“You are charming, clever and very funny. It’s a delight to watch you work.” – Dame Judi Dench
“Brilliant magic. But better than that, you really made me laugh!” – Johnny Depp (After a show in the Hollywood Magic Castle)
Thank you for being such a STAR at my birthday party! Every thank you letter I have received has mentioned you and your tricks! You really made the party zing! Thank you again, you made the day! Sally Barton – Dualit
I just wanted to say a big thank you for entertaining us on Friday night. I have had some great feedback saying you were really good and extremely funny so you went down really well, which I’m really pleased about. One person in particular said she thought your costume was fantastic! Everyone loved the audience participation and Bob says he’s keeping the hat forever! Mark still can’t work out how you did the jacket thing so it’s been a great talking point. Guy was disappointed you didn’t get him ‘up front’ as he thought you might and was quite excited. I think you caused quite a stir. Thanks once again, if I can ever recommend you I most certainly will.
Cathy Orton – Events Organiser for Activa Healthcare Ltd
British Library – Just a note to thank you very, very much for taking part in the 1st London Penny Reading at the British Library – you were really wonderful and contributed so much to the overall success of the event. It would be wonderful to work with you again and I’ll be in touch with a future invitation.
Maura Kennedy -Events and Publications Manager – the reader organisation
GLAMOROUS, charming and deliciously entertaining, mistress of illusion Romany appearing at The Pleasance Cabaret Bar is the only female magician taking part in this years Edinburgh International Magic Festival, but she proves in her short forty minute set that anything the boys can do she can do better.
Bedecked in sequins and feathers she baffled and bewildered her audience producing jewellery, birdcages, silken scarves and all manner of wonders out of thin air, as well as discombobulating the crowd with coin and card tricks all done with wit and a disarming smile – the perfect weapons for misdirection.
Classic, small scale illusion is what Romany specialises in, the sort of thing that bewildered Victorian and Edwardian party guests a century or so ago, and the Pleasance Cabaret Bar provided this skilful conjurer with the perfect, intimate environment for her uncanny talents.
If the crowd had been sitting too far away then they couldn’t play the game of guessing how she did it. If they had been too close then the flamboyance and spectacle, which are part and parcel of the illusionist art, would’ve just been a blur. The small space of the Pleasance was, as Goldilocks might say, “just right”.
As well as producing the impossible, Romany also worked her magic on the men in the audience, getting several to help her with her work, including a head-scratchingly clever piece of escapology. Although she did have to make sure than none of her helpers were magicians themselves which is a distinct possibility in the middle of a magic festival.
The highlight of Romany’s act was a spooky piece of paper magic – not a phrase you can say every day – where a string of paper dolls were distinctly maltreated before being finally disposed of. It was a trick that seemed to belong in the realm of the genuinely mysterious.
Cunning, delightful and probably the sort of woman your mother warned you about, if you going to be put under a spell there are worse ways than by spending time in Romany’s enchanting company.
HOW ROMANY BECAME A BE-FEATHERED PRESTIGITATEUR!!! – (BIOGRAPHY)
Romany graduated with a BA Hons in English/Italian Literature and got a ‘proper job’ before seeing the error of her ways and became a knife throwing, fire juggling street performer instead. As part of the Cobble Comedy Company she toured international street festivals and German cabaret theatres until she discovered the Art of Prestidigitation and decided to follow the precarious path of Magic. Off she flew to Las Vegas to study with the masters of McBride’s Mystery School and Masterclass and then set off to make a hit on the cabaret and high society gala dinner circuit with her own brand of colourful, zany and beautiful magic.
She was chosen to entertain Her Majesty the Queen and family for her 80th Birthday celebration and has entertained such luminaries as Dame Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, the Queen of Jordan and a Princess in Bangkok whose name no one can remember!
Named Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year in 2007 (first woman ever!), Romany then nobbled the International Brotherhood of Magician British Shield for Most Entertaining Stage Act 2010 plus the highest possible degree of ‘Member of the Inner Magic Circle with Gold Star for Performance’ which is all very fine and dandy. Oh, and then went to Las Vegas in 2011 to compete against international magic champions watched by many of the top world magicians and was voted the winner by the 1000 strong audience of the Golden Lion Award presented by Siegfried & Roy, in the presence of Lance Burton, Criss Angel, Marvyn Roy, Jonathan Pendragon, Jeff McBride & Eugene Burger to name drop but a few!
Charismatic, very funny and fully at home on the stage, Romany now performs her own cabaret as well as acting as Mistress of Ceremonies for discerning audiences around the world.