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I can’t promise to write something every week, but if I have nothing to say, would you want me to waffle on? But I’ll update this blog as often as possible.  And when I do, I hope it will be interesting, entertaining or useful – or all three!

How Do You Learn Magic?

“How did you do that?” That’s the question I get most often from children.  The question I get most often from adults is “Can you make my wife disappear?” but that’s a whole different blog! “How did...

Two Days in the Life of a Children’s Entertainer

Monday 21 September: 3am I couldn't sleep.  Work - or a lack of it - was going around and around in my head.  Yesterday the BBC News had told us that the government's chief medical officer Professor...

The Rule of Six and How to Put on a Great, Safe, Legal Children’s Birthday Party

Last month I wrote to all the venues I'd performed at over the past three years. It was approaching the end of August.  Two weeks earlier, the government had announced that live entertainment could...

What I’ve Learned During Lockdown

I turned 59 yesterday. Thank you, I know I don't look it. (Stop laughing at the back.) And I spent the afternoon celebrating with Grace, born exactly 54 years after than me. Grace's mum booked me to...

So What’s Your Real Job?

So there I was, sitting in a room, being interviewed for a job - for the first time in more than 35 years. The man interviewing me probably hadn't been born when I had my last job interview....

Who Would You Trust With Your Child’s Party?

So I was cooking dinner the other night, pondering life's imponderables, as you do, and thinking how proud I am that so many customers come back to me again and again to perform at their events.  I...

The Minefield of Children’s Parties

I hope you are well. I promised to keep you up to date on news about children's parties, but boy it is a minefield. Yesterday, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE, the association for...

I’m Back! (I Think!)

I attended a marketing webinar this afternoon, and the guy leading the webinar asked: "What is your story? Have you told your story?" And I realised I had. But it was nearly a year ago.  So for...

Outdoor Gigs Return … Some of Them

I hope you are well. So the headlines read "Outdoor gigs return", but within a couple of hours, when the official guidelines for the easing of restrictions on outdoor performances were published,...

Covid Rules Relaxed … for Some

On 1 June I wrote a blog where I was optimistic that the latest relaxation in lockdown rules meant things were getting back to some kind of normal.  When we heard that Boris Johnson was making a...