I went to the doctor; he said … “I’d like you to lie on the couch” I said: “What for?” He said: “I want to sweep the floor.”  Tommy Cooper was the true master of daft jokes and only he could get away with humour of this kind. He also had the facial expressions to match his comedy but his act, like his magic, that was often deliberately made to go wrong … was … well completely magical!

The great fez-wearing comic magician died on 15 April 1984 after collapsing in front of millions of TV viewers, but the memories of this legendary performer will remain in the hearts of his millions of adoring fans

In this highly thought provoking illustrated talk, Steve Short revives some of Cooper’s unique brand of artistry and tells the life story of a true clown prince of comedy and magic.

Informative and entertaining talk

“Many thanks for coming down to Duxford and delivering such an informative and entertaining talk. It was obvious that our members thoroughly enjoyed it and to that end I will tell you that I have had three phone conversations on Rotary business this morning all of which included complimentary comment on last evening.”

George Howard

Entertaining evening

“The Guilt Cross Group of WI.s had a very good and entertaining evening by Steve Short who is a professional magician and member of The Magic Circle. He gave us a talk and slide presentation on the life and career of David Nixon. The talk included many facts not known to the general public. Steve also showed some episodes from David’s television shows which brought back many happy memories to all of us. Would highly recommend this evening.”

Heather Kenny

Enjoyed it all immensely

“Thank you so much for attending our club and entertaining us with your talk and films about David Nixon’s life and career. The members enjoyed it all immensely. Also many thanks for the magic you performed. Yet another thank you for the distance you traveled to attend. It was a pleasure to meet you and your enthusiasm was very well received by us all.”

Christine Knight


“The business presentation by Steve was excellent. A business seminar needs to have presenters with a character and flair to maintain interest to a more often than not, hurried and stressful group. To perform amongst one’s own peers is a very enviable skill. To present in a manner which is constructive and supportive is essential. It would be easier for someone with the magical talents and experience of Steve to talk down to a group or be self opinionated when in fact Steve took us all on a journey of intrigue, enlightenment and realisation of some of the qualities we should all consider and be conscious of in business. Thoughtful and thought provoking. Excellent.”

Jonathan Smith (Lemon|Cherry Ltd)