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.
Today was one of my regular visits to Great Ormond Street Hospital with POD. I covered 5 different wards.
Koala can be tricky as most children are stuck in their rooms but I found Mickey in the play room ( Mickey isn’t his real name.) I never ask what is wrong with a child. Sometimes it is obvious, sometimes not. It doesn’t matter. I’m more interested in how a child feels. Mickey was in a great mood to play and so was his dad. We started with some juggling and plate spinning, then Mickey got his own personal magic show. Mickey doesn’t live far away from me and his dad thinks he has already seen my show once or twice. Mickey was laughing so much that his dad had to make sure he didn’t fall off his seat. I popped into see Anna ( again, not her real name.) She was a bit sleepy but I had a chat and I told a little story to her using some cards and characters from Frozen. She was trying hard not to smile, but within a few minutes there was a cheeky grin on her face.
Puffin ward has had a move around and they have lost their lovely big playroom. I think Darren had been tidying up because the new room, although small was spotless. Safari is normally quiet after lunch, but not today. We have a new play specialist there and I did a full show. I even had a mum and nanny joining in. I did two more full shows, in the Activity centre and in Giraffe. They were both a lot of fun. Its amazing how quickly children can forget how poorly they are and just for a few minutes join in, like any other kid. I expect a few had a nap afterwards.
I think that today has been the most exhausting day I have had at GOSH but for many reasons has been the most rewarding. And yes, I did have a nap myself on the train home and nearly missed my stop.
Auntie Julie is just back from a Magic Convention called Trix in the Stix.
250 children’s entertainers met up in a lovely hotel complex called The Lions Quays near Wrexham for a magic convention.
We had lectures, shows and a chance to buy some new magic tricks and restock our balloons.
Auntie Julie is pictured here with her POD friends – these are the entertainers who cheer up the poorly children in hospital.