Firstly my apologies for the lack of photos on this one, but as my job started at 7.45 am, no one was looking their best.
I have been a member of St Oswald’s Church in Croxley Green for over 40 years. I was christened, confirmed and married there, and no doubt will eventually be buried there too. The trouble with growing up in one place is that your friends and colleagues don’t actually notice that you have grown up and have achieved things over the years.
Yesterday morning I gave my ‘After dinner’ ( or in this case, after breakfast) talk, ‘Magic Rabbits and Handcuffs.’ It was a far more personal talk than I usually give, talking about my 7 years in the Police Force and how I ended up becoming a children’s entertainer. I also covered topics such as bullying during my school days and bullying in the workplace. It was an interesting start to the day, with a bunch of men, who have known me – in some cases over 30 years.
I must add, that the bacon sandwiches were very good.
When it comes to a career in magic there is no better place to be than The Magic Circle in London. It is hidden, Hogwarts style in a cobbled street just behind Euston Square Station, and unless the light by the door is on, it is easily missed.
I have been a member since I took my exam in 2005. I have performed on the stage many times, but on Monday I took my turn as the main lecture of that nights Summer School.
Obviously, I was talking about children’s magic, specifically entertaining the under 5′s.
We had a lot of fun and my friends all supported me and joined in.
I was lucky enough to get invited to the West Herts College Prom night.
It was an end of term event for the Pathways ( Special Needs) class
I performed the same magic show as I would have done for a younger audience, but it was louder with a lot more fun and laughter.
This photo was taken by one of the college students and features Auntie Julie with her Twin sister.
Here is Auntie Julie’s new logo. As Alice the bunny is enjoying her retirement I thought it was only fair to add Dougal the Dog to the logo. Dougal is a lot of fun. He is learning to talk and can perform a few simple magic tricks. He will be running the show without me before long – just like Archie Bear does.
This weekend I was invited to a very special Christening in Mill Hill. All the children in the family were being Christened – and it was Easter Day. It was certainly a time for celebration. I had the children for a couple of hours until the band took over. We played a new game called Red light Green light – a bit like ‘What’s the time Mr Wolf?’
There were quite a few older children at the party so I started the show with my ‘Dynamo’ Magic. Given that I don’t look anything like Dynamo and I can’t walk on water, my magic was well received.
A big thank you to the whole family for making me feel so welcome.
I am becoming a regular entertainer at Café-in-the-Park in the Rickmansworth Aquadrome. It is a great venue for up to 20 kids. There is a down stairs party room and a loft space set up ready for tea. The staff are really helpful and the food is excellent.
I did a show back in December and the mum Kate has been kind enough to send it to me. I fired a balloon ball up into the air and told Henry to catch it. It was a perfect shot and perfect catch