Blog of a Childrens Entertainer - Tricky Toby
I was invited to bring my Magic & Games children's entertainer show to little Danny's fifth birthday party in a lovely community hall in Ladbroke Grove. Mum said perhaps only fifteen guests would turn up. But word had spread that Tricky Toby, top magician would be there and so now the whole class was coming. No pressure then!
Coming straight from school, I knew what to expect. Look out! Sure enough they were wild after sitting all day in class. So I kicked off the party with some really energetic games to get them moving and allow them to release all that pent-up energy. I have a fantastic portable Bose system for my music and games which packs a big punch and everybody including Aunty Pat was up dancing and trying to win a prize or two!
By now the children were thirsty and hungry so we took a break for some pizza and pop and also sang Happy Birthday to Danny (such a sensible boy compared to some of his nutty friends!) when he cut his cake. Now time for some magic. The children could all relax and enjoy the show. Little friends volunteered to do magic painting and Danny helped to magic a real white rabbit at the end and earn top marks on his Magicians Certificate.
We took some lovely pictures and then I made balloons for all the children as they left with their parents. Peace finally arrived and Mum was amazed how well the children behaved. I think it might have been down to me with my teacher training skills but I try not to boast! Suffice to say Danny was so happy too and wanted to keep rabbit. Mum was not too keen. Now Aunty Pat wants to become my assistant! I said maybe when you grow up a bit!!
Mount Carmel Primary school held their Christmas fair and invited me to do three shows! Well, there were a lot of people there and so many stalls. Really exciting Christmassy feel too. Tricky Toby's face was everywhere on posters and the children were very keen. Also they were very well behaved and laughed in all the right places!
Doing three shows meant I had to be very organised and do lots of different magic. One classic new trick I have is making a games console where you need to put in lots of 'micro chicks'!? Hilarious with a magic twist and kids pretending to be chickens. You know it all makes sense if you were there!!
Mr. Magic Rabbit was there too and was a huge hit with parents and children. They could also have a quick photo with him. No, he is NOT A ROBOT! I show the little ones how to be very careful with live animals and so lovely to see how they cannot believe he is real!
In the main hall for a quick cup of coffee and still had a little time to do a little close up magic with my traffic lights trick. Amazed eyes again. How did you do that? The secret is...........it's magic!
Mount Carmel school is such a lovely school so top marks! Big thanks to all the parents and helpers.
This time of year, as parents we can all get a bit stressed out. The magic was really an antidote for one and all. The magic of Christmas is still here. Tricky Toby is always there if you need to add some magic to any event.
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!!
Toby has been performing for over eight years in London now. Many customers find me through recommendations (especially their children who may have seen me at their friends birthday).I would recommend you look at their reviews to ensure you will not be disappointed.
A good entertainer would be highly skilled in managing large or small groups of children. He/she should be funny and kind, not by saying toilet jokes and fooling around in a way that the children get out of control. A good magical entertainer should offer quality for children with magic that inspires the children's imagination and sense of humour.
Games played at parties should be inclusive and not elimination games (ie. musical chairs can leave some children feeling sad). Tricky Toby uses great music and games that include everyone and nobody gets eliminated. Choose the party music carefully too as there are some very rude pop songs around as well.
Remember to have a camera on hand to record those special moments (a group photo is a nice memory and you can send it out to all the parents) and don't forget a lighter for the birthday candles!
Toby will make every effort to fit in with your plans. For a children's entertainer in London who ticks all the boxes hire Tricky Toby.
I was invited to be the entertainer and magician at Bev and Bo's (twin girls) birthday party in Stockwell, London. It was after school and sometimes children can be extra wild after sitting down all day!
When I arrived they were all sitting in orderly rows waiting for me to start (I wasn't late by the way!). No pressure then. It was all rather quiet but as soon as I asked if there was anybody there it was a signal for the room to explode!
Bev and Bo had met me before just two weeks ago in a birthday party in Sheen and were desperate to see me at theirs. They were so happy to be the stars and together with their friends we had a magical time. Sorry for the mums who had to be a little quieter while the show was live but they were enjoying it too!
A cute white rabbit had been requested as part of the show and was a big hit when he magically appeared! The twins were awarded A on their magic certificates and were given rapturous applause for all the magic. Thanks Mum and Dad for being such lovely hosts.
On the edge of London. Sunny Croydon in the lovely Addington Palace golf club for Laura's christening party. Dad had planned the day with food, dancing and of course some magic! As I always say- you need a magician for a kids party!
Laura wanted to come out to help do the magic with her best friend so with wands ready we proceeded to entertain the crowd including all the adults who were eating nearby. I have a little house with a mouse hiding in one of the rooms but somehow the children always see it before me!! How can a hat turn into a real rabbit? You need to see the show! Lots of fun and balloons too. A magical hour and everyone was happy. A hole in one I reckon.