On Tuesday May 24th, 2011, Soho House was the setting for Speakers Corner’s latest showcase with The Real Hustle’s Alexis Conran. An elite audience was treated to card sharp entertainment and scintillating chat – although they were all advised to keep a firm hold of their wallets!
Alexis Conran is one of the UK’s most esteemed raconteurs, magicians, hustlers and after dinner entertainers. Presenter of BBC 3’s The Real Hustle, Alexis is bubbling over with handsome charm and a disarming smile. Those present may have had their wits about them at the start of the evening, but Alexis can sneak around the savviest mind and sharpest eye. Tantalising and witty, clever and engaging, some of Speakers Corner's most valued clients were tested to their peak and beyond!
Raised in Greece and Paris, Alexis moved to London at the age of 16. After studying at LAMDA, Alexis followed a curious desire to study the art of magic and his training inevitably re-acquainted him with an old friend - the pack of cards. Soon he was working as a professional magician specialising in card cheating. He started performing at exotic, celebrity-fuelled private parties worldwide.
Whilst working as an actor on the horror film BELOW Alexis was asked to join some of the actors in a poker game. During one round he noticed one of the players cheating by stacking the deck before the deal. Alexis decided to use his card skills to make it impossible for the cheat to win. The cheat could not accuse him of cheating because he knew that he'd been found out. That game kick-started a whole new career for Alexis and his magic shows became exhibitions in fraud, cons, dice, casino and card cheating and his acting skills allowed him to get into character.
As well as his TV work, Alexis is a sought after keynote speaker and after dinner speaker. He draws on his expertise in magic and mind reading to deliver speeches helping people to understand how to communicate and inspire confidence.
Understanding and interpreting body language and non-verbal communication - abilities which are essential in every day working life - are two key messages that Alexis delivers in his keynote speeches.
At corporate events Alexis can adapt his style to suit all environments - from close-up magic to banquets and after dinner cabaret. He has performed all over the world demonstrating a unique blend of entertainment and education for anyone fascinated by the world of hustlers and fraud.
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