“I recently heard on a football podcast that Arsenal have an official club magician, whose job is to entertain corporate clients on match day,“Are there any other clubs who employ an official magician? What other unusual non-football persons are employed by football clubs?”
Marvin Berglas began his association with Arsenal in 1993 when he became the Premier League’s first-ever resident magician. Son of the famous illusionist David Berglas, Marvin entertains VIPs and sponsors on match days and even played in the Gunners’ celebrity supporters team. “I am proud of my close association with Arsenal and of the magicians we provide on match days,” he explained. Not wishing to be outdone by their old rivals, Spurs also have a magician at White Hart Lane. Nicholas Einhorn, who was apparently a conjuring child prodigy, performs in the hospitality suites and private boxes prior to every home game. “What I enjoy is the moment of pure frozen amazement, the widening eyes and the puzzled lines across the brow,” said Einhorn.
But it doesn’t end there. On the other side of London, David Redfearn is an ever-present in all the corporate areas at Chelsea, and entertained guests at Champions League matches. Meanwhile, Manchester United’s card trick guru is Matt Windsor, who claims to be a first-class “magician and pickpocket”. A winner of Sky One’s TV talent quest – Next! – Matt has mixed humour and sleight of hand at Old Trafford since 2000. A bit like John O’Shea.
As for other non-football employees hanging around at clubs, many clubs do have the odd bizarre position or two going. Sarah Wardle is Spurs’ poet in residence, Ian McMillan assumes the same role at Barnsley, while Attila the Stockbroker gains inspiration from Brighton and Hove Albion. Elsewhere, Leicester City even have an artist in residence.
This is a highlight of an original news article published on the guardian website