On Tuesday the Watford Association of Magicians held their annual stage competition. This was aimed at an adult or family audience rather than children. Auntie Julie was very pleased to receive an award.
I had a great summer. I had two visits to the Big Beach Party in Watford and ran shows and circus workshops at the morning Sandcastle Club. This event was run by Watford Council and was free to attend. Although the children could come and go, they usually stayed for the whole morning with their parents keeping them supplied with ice-creams.
This weekend I was back with a very familiar family.
The title is a slight exaggeration. It was actually the 6th time the family had booked me, but it was the birthday girls 7th party.
Apparently she was offered any type of party she wanted, and insisted on having me come back to entertain.
I often get calls from clients with 7 and 8 year olds who are concerned that their children will be too old for a traditional entertainer party. Don’t be put off. Recently some of my best shows have been to older juniors. Even when the birthday child has been very young, the older children get plenty of fun out of the show.
I had a great morning at The Kings Arms Hotel in Berkhamsted. We were up in The Greene Room. The staff were brilliant and was my host family. It is not often that I am sent video footage to a big thank you to my host parents for this clip
I had the pleasure of entertaining two little girls today.
Their mums put a short video on my facebook page.
The girls were amazing. I did a little show for them, then came back later to tell them a story.
Tonight I was taken to a Desert Island – Namely Bricket Wood and interviewed by my best friend in magic, Tim Shoesmith.
I was asked about my early life, my career in the police and of course I was asked a lot of questions about my career in magic. Tim was one of the first magicians I met and he introduced me to the Watford Association of magicians. This lead on to me joining The Magic Circle.
Kevin and Margaret got to know each other through Mencap and The Rickmansworth Gateway Club. With the help of friends and some amazing family they really were given a day to remember. I played a small part by kicking off the evening entertainment with a magic show. Most of the guests already knew me and I was greeted as a friend. I was followed by the Electric Umbrella – a music group made up, mostly from guests at the wedding. One guest said that it was the best wedding she had ever been to, and she was right. Words can’t really express the love and tenderness that was in that reception room.