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Magic for Children

Magic of Christmas

Magic of Christmas is a term we hear and read a lot at this time of year. Over the years I have written several letters to the Daily Telegraph on a range of subjects but have never had one published, UNTIL NOW. It is shown below and to my mind the short story portrays the Magic of Christmas.

Sir

I am a magician and children’s entertainer. Some time ago I received an inquiry from Southampton. “We are having a Christmas party in our Hindu temple and would like you to entertain the children,” the man said.

I agreed and then remarked “I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but you are having a Christmas party in your Hindu temple?”

“Yes, we all live together in this country and should get on together.”

An example to us all.

Christmas Parties, add a touch of magic

Christmas parties and related events keep us magicians very busy at this time of year. Magic is an ideal form of entertainment whether for children or adults. I have a good number of bookings ranging from Christmas parties for preschool groups to shows in care homes at the other end of the age range and close up magic performances at more formal Christmas dinners.

It’s always nice to have repeat bookings and among those I have this year are a preschool group and a formal Christmas dinner at a public school in Croydon, both of which have booked me since 2007.

On Friday night I entertained children and their parents queuing to see Father Christmas at the late night Christmas shopping evening in my local town of Romsey. In contrast, away from the Christmas theme, last night I performed close up magic and a children’s show for a French couple in Basingstoke at the lady’s 40th birthday party which was a very enjoyable evening.

I still have a few dates available for Christmas parties so if you would like to make your Christmas party really magical do give me a call on 01794 324345 or complete the enquiry form or email me at magician@ianmarriott.co.uk.

I’m also looking forward to performing close up magic at the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton on New Year’s Eve.

Happy Christmas to all my readers.

Ian

Entertainers and magicians – how to book one

Entertainers and magicians are available for all sorts of events. Booking entertainers is not something most people do every day. My comments are intended to be helpful to people inquiring about booking entertainers, in particular a magician or children’s entertainer for a children’s party, dinner or wedding etc. Whilst no doubt there are many people who frequently organize such events, for the vast majority it is something special.

Most magicians and children’s entertainers now have websites which give a good idea of the sort of thing they do. Once you have studied a few and decided which might be of interest to you, it is best to telephone the entertainer(s) concerned. Talk through your requirements with them. This will enable the entertainer to get a good understanding of your requirements and ensure that they can be met. They can then give you a firm quotation based on those requirements, hopefully at a reasonable price.

Most people seem to prefer to email, which is cheap and easy to do to multiple entertainers. (I remember once submitting a quote and received an acknowledgment telling me that he was waiting for the other 39 to reply before making a decision!) Emails are fine if you know what you want and you are clear about your requirements in the email. However, I often get inquiries asking how much I charge for a magic show without even saying whether it is for adults or children or where it is to be held. On occasions I have asked where the show would be and then been told that it would be “at home.” Trying to quote with inadequate information is like selling a car without saying whether it’s a Smart Car, a Rolls or something in between.

Speak to a small number of entertainers. Have a chat about your requirements and ask for the advice of the entertainer. Obtain a price for the different options. This will enable you to make an informed decision based on the advice that each entertainer gives you. You can assess whether you like the sound of the person on the other end of the phone. Is that person’s style, manner etc right for you? It works both ways of course and there have been one or two occasions when I have felt that I was not the right magician for a particular job and have recommended someone else.

Magicians vary considerably in what they do.

Some children’s entertainers perform only for younger children from about 3 to 6 years. Some use puppets and/or make balloon animals. Others, including myself, also cater for older children. For most eight or nine year olds I tend to perform more grown up effects from my cabaret act for adults.

Some magicians specialize in close up or table magic and do not entertain children at all. Others perform only stage or cabaret acts. These can vary considerably from the mind magic of Derren Browne to the grand illusions usually performed in a theatre.

Many magicians argue that it is important to specialize in a particular branch of magic. Otherwise you can be a jack of all trades and master of none. That is true to an extent. Whilst the world champion of close up magic is unlikely to do a stage or children’s show there are many competent magicians who can successfully entertain both children and adults. A magician who entertains both children and adults for example, is very often a good choice for a wedding where the children can be entertained during the speeches.

To sum up, when seeking a quote, provide as much information as possible and better still, have a chat on the phone to get the best impression of whether the entertainer is the right one for your event.

Children’s Magic Shows

I performed a very enjoyable children’s magic show in Slough last weekend for an Indian family, a very well behaved and appreciative audience of about 20 children aged 4 to 11.

The booker had told me she had got my name from a friend but as I had not been to Slough for 3 to 4 years I was puzzled.  Just before starting the show a lady approached me to say that she had recommended me after seeing me at another friend’s daughter’s party some 3 years ago. You never know where a booking may come from and many people seem to keep our details for a long time.

Children’s Entertainer for Weddings

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Why not add a touch of magic to your special day?

Magic is increasingly popular at weddings and as an obvious choice for a wedding magician I can entertain both children and adults (see Magic for Adults).

I can entertain the children at any required time but most popular is when the speeches are being made for which my 45 minute magic show is ideal. If you want the children entertained for longer then I can add a few games, plate spinning, balloon modelling, even teaching the children to make a simple model
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When I am booked to entertain the adults the children’s show can be added at a discounted price.

Naturally an adult presence is required in the room where the children are being entertained.

I have a full CRB certificate and as a member of equity I am well insured for public liability.

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Children’s Christmas Parties

Fun and Engaging Children’s Entertainer Performing in Southampton, Winchester,and Salisbury and throughout Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Wiltshire, Dorset and other Southern Counties
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I am a professional children’s entertainer catering for children aged three and above and the ideal choice for Christmas parties. My magic show is tailored to suit the age range concerned and for family parties where adults are watching I will happily include some magic effects for them if required.

The magic show is action packed and very audience participative with the children helping with and sometimes doing the magic.

I have a full CRB certificate and as a member of Equity I am well covered for public liability insurance.
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Children’s Birthday Parties

Childrens Entertainer_SalisburyI provide an excellent children’s entertainment show catering for children aged three and above. I can offer three different shows which you can choose to suit the time available and what you wish to spend. Whichever you choose, for birthdays the birthday child is a guest star in the show and to finish the show produces a birthday card and present from an empty box. These include my popular 45 minutes magic show, my 60 minutes games and magic show for those wanting a little longer and my deluxe two hour party package. Whatever your preference I will tailor the performance to your specific requirements.

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45 Minute Magic Show

This is a full 45 minutes of fun filled magic for the children to enjoy.

60 Minute Games and Magic Show.

For those wanting a little longer, you can opt for 30 minutes of party games for the children to join in, followed by 30 minutes of fun filled magic.

Two Hour Deluxe Party Package My deluxe package starts with plate spinning as the children arrive and is followed by games and balloon modelling (45 minutes in total). After a break for tea (arranged by the host) I will then conclude the party with my 45 minute magic show. This is the ideal choice to keep your children entertained for the average two hour party.

 

 

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The Ashtead Village Day

June 2014

The highlight this month has been performing at The Ashtead Village Day event in Surrey. This was a glorified version of a village fete and I mean glorified as it really was quite an event with fun fair rides, numerous side shows, stalls etc and a large arena with a varied programme throughout the day including a motor cycle display team.

I was booked by “Wemms Maths Unlimited” a private school specialising in maths teaching. I was booked to do three 20 minute children’s shows during the day but ended up performing almost continuously throughout the day, entertaining children and adults with plate spinning, balloon models and close up magic as well as two stand up shows; it pays to have a flexible approach.

I managed to include a couple of mathematical effects, The Fantastic Figures of Foo and the Magic Square (John Archer’s version so thanks to him for that.) It was a long day but very enjoyable nonetheless.

Back to the Magic

May 2014

I haven’t found the time to post on the blog page recently due to some family health issues but am now back in the swing of things. I’ve recently introduced some new effects into both my children’s and close up shows and look forward to showing them to clients old and new

Professor Harry Woodley – Appearing on his doorstep

Sunday 19th January 2014

I did a show today for a bunch of four year olds in the local village hall less than half a mile away which was a lot of fun with extremely well behaved mums and dads present.

I was interested to learn that the birthday child’s family lived next door to the late Professor Harry Woodley who was a very early member of the Associated Wizards of the South and its president in 1924, 1931 and again in 1970 covering the Diamond Jubilee of the Society. I have a photo of early members of the AWS including Harry Woodley with Houdini, an honorary member, on the docks in Soutampton taken in 1913 before his return to the United States.