Karl has been working in professional fireworks for over a decade, with an eye for quality product and meticulous attention to detail his imagination and ability to interpret music and fireworks has lead to quite a collection of awards and trophies in such a short space of time, including several victories at Firework Champions! Backed up by a team of some seventy professional and extremely passionate display operators, the 'Illusion Family' work tirelessly to deliver simply mind blowing firework displays that push the envelope of pyrotechnics.
Karl says: " The past few years have been an epic and fun journey for the business, I honestly believe our passion, ambition and will to push boundaries are the basis of our success. Take the most dedicated team of pyrotechnicians in the industry, add the highest quality, most unusual effects, colours and products available on the planet and combine them with eclectic music and you are left with emotional fireworks shows that have a 'Style, Rhythm and Scale like no other' - this years firework champions entry will be no exception and we cannot wait for you to see it!"
After an extremely busy two years, Illusion are spending 2020 consolidating the business expanding their state-of-the-art British made digital firing system FireByWire and building new relationships with event providers and venues across the country. However they could not bear to turn down an invite to compete at Eastnor castle, being no stranger to Firework Champions - winning twice at Newby Hall and Ragley Hall and now returning for their sixth year in the series they hope to wow the audience in a bid to take home the trophy!
Art of SparksThe Art of Sparks Ltd was formed in April 2019 and is comprised of husband and wife team Sean and Shannon Smythe.
Sean was a keen amateur pyrotechnician doing annual back garden displays for the community which were getting better year on year.
After several years of amateur pyrotechnics Sean joined one of the United Kingdoms leading display companies and fell in love with the work. Shannon also decided to give it a try and fell in love with pyro.
In late 2018 we had the opportunity to start our own display business which we grabbed with both hands and consequently formed The Art of Sparks.
To enable us to carry out the quality of displays we feel will represent our vision we have invested in the Fire By Wire firing system and have found this to be a game changer in the way we design and fire our displays.
Within our first year we have carried out displays at Abingdon Summer Festival of Fireworks and have secured repeat work with corporate clients include Willmott Dixon Construction and Tiny Rebel Brewery.
Proud is an understatement for us to be taking part at Fireworks Champions having crewed at past events to now be Painting Our Pictures in the Sky at one of the leading fireworks events is a dream come true.
Show Designer Sean Smythe
Firing System Fire By Wire
Martin and Mark both run the business in their spare time, Martin being a farmer and Mark in the construction industry. The overhead is low meaning much more can be put into the displays, giving the customer greater value and better impact than any of our local competition.
Our services include weddings, parties, product launches, corporate work and even funerals! We work closely with several prestige clients who we cannot thank enough for their repeat custom.
We first purchased our Fire By Wire system in 2012 and have continually expanded, allowing us to be more creative with our pyro-musical work. Mat and the team at MLE have been exceptional in their support and advice over the years we have known them, and we wouldn't be where we are today without that assistance. We now have two systems and a team of staff who enjoy the thrill of pressing the red button as much as we do!
We hope that this year’s offering is as good as the last!
Closing Display...MLE PYROTECHNICS
MLE Pyrotechnics was founded in 1999 just before the millennium and has become one of the leading companies in the firework industry.
We specialise in providing unique high quality displays all over the world ranging from weddings to large scale outdoor events and import a wide range of premium quality fireworks for their own use and supply to other UK companies.
Clients include the UK’s largest free bonfire night event as well as other key names such as Sainsbury’s, Oxford University, Karcher, Morrisons, the RAF, MTV and Ford.
MLE have been firing displays internationally since 2005. In 2014 we were awarded 1st prize in the St Brevin firework competition. In 2018 we were invited to fire a 10 minute pyromusical display at the 2018 Liuyang firework contest.
Sister company, FireByWire Limited, manufactures digital computerised firing systems used for accurately setting sequences off at the press of a button. This technology is used worldwide by companies and is one of the most sophisticated systems available.
Our attitude is to constantly evolve and improve what we do. We work with the very best suppliers and factories around the world and combine this with a team of passionate crew members bringing a diverse skill set ranging from programmers through to engineers.
In 2013 we introduced the world famous Vaccalluzzo Italian fireworks to the UK, working with the factory we are exclusive importers/distributors for the UK marketplace. They also hold the same agreement with Pirotecnia Zaragozana from Spain.
We would like to thank you all for attending the event and we hope you enjoy the evening and fantastic displays.
We produce everything ourselves from the drone hardware through to the 3D show designs. Because we also provide fireworks, lighting and lasers in house we are in the very unique position of being able to offer unrivalled choreography combined with other visual artforms.
We are the first company in the UK to be awarded permission from the CAA for the production of ongoing drone displays with and without fireworks.
Subject to the weather on the day you'll witness one of the first ever drone light shows to take place in front of an audience. Get your cameras out and prepare to be amazed as a swarm of drones take to the sky and perform a routine with vivid colours and movement across the sky.
Element is subject to any local ATC approval and weather on the day. Provided as a free element of the ticket.
AeroSparxAeroSPARX - a Night Air-Display Revolution
The Aerosparx team have revolutionised the air-show world combining formation aerobatics with nighttime pyrotechnics!
Aerosparx are the original market leaders in airborne pyrotechnics, and keep ahead by constantly pioneering new and exciting innovations in our display! We paint with light - to leave a remarkable picture in the night sky.
Element is subject to CAA permissions and weather on the day. Provided as a free element of the ticket.
Pilots Guy and Rob:
Guy started AeroSPARX to bring together four special elements in display flying, Formation, Aerobatics, flying with pyro and flying at night. Guy is an aerobatic pilot, a glider pilot and an occasional tug pilot. He is Eight times National Glider Aerobatic Champion at unlimited level and has been on the British team for three World Aerobatic Championships. Guy has been flying aerobatics since 1993 and displaying gliders since 1998, he has two world records tandem paragliding with his twin brother Richard, is an advanced aerobatic instructor and examiner and CAA Display Evaluator. Guy also flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliners for British Airways from Heathrow.
Rob is team flight leader and started fly in 1983 at the age of 17 (before he’d even learnt to drive!) and soon advanced up the ranks, becoming an instructor in the late 90’s and progressing from Instructor to CFI at one of the biggest gliding clubs in UK – The Gliding Centre at Husbands Bosworth – in 2013. Rob also now works on a number of major projects with national organisations related to inspiring youngsters and others into taking up careers and hobbies in aviation, whilst also developing projects to capture a more mainstream audience. In Rob’s spare time he also fly’s a number of aircraft from different gliders, tug aircraft, classic chipmunks, motor gliders and his own Robin DR400 around UK and Europe.
Although originally a laser manufacturer, we think about our business differently. We don’t consider ourselves to be in the laser equipment business but rather the entertainment business. This means we go above and beyond just laser shows to create everything from custom laser displays and laser mapping through to 3D video and holographic projections, right up to fireworks and water shows. You name it, we can do it.
During the past 25 years we have been presented with many opportunities, embracing these exciting challenges and experiences. Being part of teams in entertainment shows of all shapes and sizes for a range of brands has exposed us to many different approaches. This has helped create who we are today.
We are proud to be involved with Firework Champions and look forward to lighting the skys between the shows.