More Than Just Birthday Parties

It’s been a while since I posted a blog entry, so my apologies for that, but it’s been a busy time here at Magic HQ. It struck me that many people will think of a children or family magician as someone just for birthday parties.  Far from it, as the past few weeks – and some varied bookings – will demonstrate.

First off, and for the third year running, I’ll be back at Millets Farm Centre for nine shows over the February school half-term week. Three shows a day at 10.30am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm on Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 February.

As always, when I return to Millets, this is a brand new show full of brand new tricks – but sadly the same old jokes!  Some shows are already sold out, so check here to book your seats at one of the remaining shows while there’s still time.

Then, on  Sunday 6 May, I’ll performing at the Abingdon Air and Country Show at Dalton Barracks, near Abingdon.  As well as performing a number of magic shows, I’ll be making balloon models while the flying displays are going on overhead.

This’ll be like coming home for me. My late father was a parachute training instructor at the base when it was known as RAF Abingdon, so I know the airfield pretty well and remember many RAF open days from my youth.

Staying with the RAF, I’ll be performing magic and making balloon models at RAF Brize Norton on Saturday 30 June to celebrate Armed Forces Day, and I’ll be providing similar attractions at a number of village and school fetes throughout the summer. I have a couple of bookings to entertain the children at weddings, too, so together with the ‘bread and butter’ birthday party bookings, I’ll be criss-crossing Oxfordshire this summer.

Finally,  on Sunday 12 August, I’ll be performing at the Green Meadows Festival in the grounds of Elton Hall near Peterborough. I’m looking forward to this booking; as a keen music fan, the idea of being paid to be at a music festival just goes to remind me what a fabulous job I have.

So don’t imagine for one moment that Oxfordshire’s Magical Children’s Entertainer is only for birthday parties.  I can, do, and will perform at any event where children get together for fun and laughter.  To book me for your event, contact me now before the gaps in my diary are filled.

I hope to see you somewhere on my travels this spring and summer.  Fingers crossed for some sunny days.

I Had a Great Time

I love my job.

It would be very easy to turn up, do the show, take the money, go home.

But that’s not how I do things. I like to get to know my hosts.  True, I have bills to pay and this is how I make my living, so the money is important.  But the reason I enjoy my job is that I meet such wonderful people.  Like George: a quiet boy, and such a lovely young man.  He was a real pleasure to be with today, and comments like this from George’s parents are what really make my job so fulfilling:

“Thanks so much for all your hard work. You do a great job! George and all of his friends had a wonderful time. He’s usually such a shy boy so it was lovely to see him letting himself go when he was up with you.”

If it was just about paying the bills, I would indeed just turn up, do the show, take the money, go home.  But I cared about George.  A birthday is a big day in the life of a child.  With all his friends there, he wants his party to be a GREAT party.  So do his parents.

So do I.

I care about all the Georges, and the Miahs and Zaks and Scarlets and Angels and Paightons (to name just my most recent parties).  I want their parties to be their best days of the year. And, frankly, if they’re having fun, I’m having fun.

I’m really privileged to have such a great job.

Thank you, George (and Miah and Zak and Scarlet and Angel and Paighton) and everyone else for inviting me to your parties.  I had a great time.

A New, Responsive Web Site

Well, after one or two hiccups over the weekend that took Magic Peter off the World Wide Web for a couple of days, he’s back … and with a brand new web site.  (But you know that – you’re reading this on the new web site.)

So what’s new? Well, it’s written to be responsive on any platform.

“In English?”

Sorry.

It means it will resize itself to fit your computer, tablet or smartphone (see photo).

Which means you can read and see all of the website, whether you’re using a laptop (as I most often do), a tablet (as my wife does) or a phone (as many people do in this up-to-the-minute, on-the-move, I-need-it-now world we live in).

Making it this flexible does means it has to be slightly simpler, but as I get to grips with the new software it’s written in, I hope to make it slightly more adventurous.  Watch this space.