Blog of a Childrens Entertainer - Tricky Toby
Organizing a children's party can be quite a challenge if you've never done it before. Some parents are going to great lengths and the pressure is such that some parents would spend way too much money on a party for their child. Taking ten kids for a day out in an extremely busy theme park lasting 8 hours and giving ipods in their party bags (true story by the way!) may not be the most enjoyable way to celebrate your child's birthday!You can take the stress out of a celebration by hiring a children's entertainer and renting a small hall near your home or by having the party in your home (if you have some space!). If you live in London you have a great choice of entertainers, magicians and clowns. How do you know who is the right entertainer for you and your child? Some clowns and entertainers may be more professional than others. There are some tired old entertainers out there!! I have been performing all over London so I have a great show and kids love magic because it can be suprising and funny in a friendly environment. Many customers find me through recommendations (especially their children who may have seen me at their friends birthday). I would recommend you look at reviews of any magician to ensure you will not be disappointed.
Parents often ask me to organise games and music too and I am happy to do that. I have some great games and keep all the children involved and moving. This way parents can relax, enjoy a glass of wine with their friends, light the candles on the cake and quite soon, the whole event passes off with great success and lots of happy little faces. You are welcome to call me on 07960074477 to discuss your plans. Kind regards, Tricky Toby (but you can just call me Toby if you like!).
So another year passes and a fresh new 2017 arrives! Last year was very busy and I was fortunate to be invited to so many birthday parties in London and surrounding areas. There were also school events, christenings and weddings. The phone has started to ring and emails are arriving too for my magic, music and games party entertainment in the coming months. Check out the little video of me on the home page of this website. You have to scroll down a bit to find it!
So my first resolution is to write more blogs for this page and keep you all updated on what is happening in the world of magic with me, Tricky Toby. My other resolution is to make better use of my time at home with my own family! I have five children and they range in age from 27 to 13 years so quite an age spread. My dear wife Mari is a wonderful mother and honestly I think she is a much better parent than me. I am grateful to my own parents who raised me with so much love and kindness. We learn so much from our own upbringing and I am always remembering back if I find myself wondering how to improve as a daddy (as my kids call me).
I am also grateful to be able to have my magic show and visit so many families where I know parents have planned and worried about their children's parties for weeks (if not months!). I always try to bring some magical fun and a little mystery (and a real rabbit!) to entertain. Most of my experiences of being a magician over the past ten years has shown me that the most important thing is to be friendly and kind. Sounds simple but I can still remember my first ever magic show in Streatham Hill in 2006! The only thing I was worried about was whether I would survive my stage nerves! Today I am pretty relaxed and generally I can cope with any type of crowd and keep them genuinely entertained. It's an unusual job but someone has to do it!!
My best wishes to you all for 2017. Drop me an email request or call me on 02086834616 or 07960074477 for your inquiry.
Relax. Magic for your event with Tricky Toby- you know it makes sense!
A leafy lane in Epsom saw little Leo celebrate his fifth birthday in style. All his friends came dressed as super heroes and there were a few odd super squirrels I didn't recognise too! Leo had decided at some point in the morning that he would be dressed as 'Leo' (meaning he was wearing his normal clothes!). Furthermore he had decided that for the magic show I should be in a specific corner of the room and also made it clear that he was quite ready to help me do some magic. I love children who clarify my life.
Happily, Leo and I were a great team and he thought I did quite well overall, considering his friends were a little wild. Two spidermen had met up and decided that was one too many. Mums intervened and a possible conflict between Batman and a Saviour of the universe was luckily avoided. Everybody was silenced when I got Dad to help with the magic too. He just had to sit still with a jug of magic water on his head! Can't imagine why he looked so nervous! Super hero not!
Apparently alien life forms were welcome on Leo's planet and he was very proud to introduce a magic rabbit to the other children, although it 'might be a robot rabbit'! I assured him it was quite real but the word robot seemed to mean that as little rabbit was checked out by everyone, there was a need to cuddle him to see if he was breathing or not! After the magic bit, I made balloon light sabres and swords for all and sundry including one for Leo's baby brother who at four months old was less than impressed. Leo got a certificate to prove he was the best magician's assistant in Epsom which did impress his friends.
A relieved Dad told me I had done a fantastic job of keeping sixteen little boys entertained. Mention of pizza in the kitchen meant that all the kids had run off and the room became oddly quiet. 'Just an hour more, then I know the house is safe!', joked Dad. Somehow we both knew he wasn't entirely joking.
Birthday party magician in Epsom 'home insurance'. You'll need Tricky Toby!
A rainy morning in Blackheath and most of us would probably be laying in for a warm snooze. But for those under 6 years old, it was time to 'Awaken" (get it?) in a quaint little park club house hidden away in deepest Rebel base of South London. Edward was up for a 'The Force Awakens' party, but had decided to wear his best Minecraft outfit! Princess Leia, two Reys and a host of really rather odd looking aliens also appeared. After two close encounters with plastic light sabers, I felt it was time to sit down, just chill and have some great magic. Parents were duly asked to 'turn the chat level down please!' Magician at work please! The galaxy depends on Edward's party being out of this world.
Ed and his friends enjoyed some hilarious magical fun. Planet Mish has a rare snake who kindly put in a performance worthy of an Oscar and convinced us all that magic is alive on other planets too. It was lovely to meet Ed's parents Fiona and Martin who had been planning for weeks. I know the look of relief when they can see my crowd control techniques are fully up to scratch and the force is definitely with me. A real live dwarf white rabbit from Planet Mosh made a welcome visit and amazed faces were magically smiling.
Thank you for the whole whacky event! We all promised to be as noisy as possible for the games too which I also made sure were exciting and a little wild. The rain lifted and the children could have a play in the little swings outside too. Those little Rebels will relax tonight having returned from Planet Party. Tricky Toby- I've got a GOOD feeling about this (children's entertainer).
Best wishes for the New Year! What a hectic month December was. I have been performing all over London, in schools, nurseries, even at the Royal Mail Xmas event. Thank you for letting me entertain you! It is always a special time of year and everybody seems just that little bit more cheerful. Now January and some darn cold weather is upon us. But we can still have fun, right?
i was invited to Harry's party in Dulwich last weekend. A lovely sports hall and rather quiet when I first arrived. So I got set up, met Harry and his little brother Fraiser and saw a few guests arrive. I turned my back for five minutes and suddenly there were at least forty little ones ready to be entertained! What a trick- you all arrived at once! Large crowds are a challenge if you factor in another forty parents too. But it all went swimmingly and Harry said he had a wonderful time. I also organised the games too. So after a little food and a fantastic birthday cake (sensible parents avoiding those volcano candles which I think are so dangerous btw), we all hit the 'dancefloor' and played some great games and I gave out a load of little prizes. Prizes for every child! Yes I plan to make it an absolutely 'no tears' event every time. I'm a dad too. I hate to see anyone crying at a party!
Mum came up to me after. "Thank you so much. All the parents thought you were great!". Er.....what about the children?! (Actually I know they loved it)
So don't let some plastic clown entertain your children. Try the real live Tricky Toby with real live rabbit. The real deal for magic and fun!