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For their annual Christmas Party, young patients with dietary restrictions were invited to come along and have a great time. The staff really put a lot of effort into making a lovely event. This year Tricky Toby was magical entertainer and games organiser!
Together with their parents, the children all arrived on time. We had a lovely time together with Simon the magic snake, the mystery of the Painter's Prediction and a whole load of interactive fun. Mr. Rabbit of course magically appeared and was a big hit with the children. I was also entertaining the parents who perhaps have had a year of worrying over their little ones.
Special food was all laid on and we played some top games and gold (coloured!) medals were awarded to the winners. Everybody won at least one prize and the children were very kind to each other I noticed.
I prepared them all to meet Father Christmas who gave each child a super gift. The organisers were very happy with my show and I also felt it went very well. I wanted to stay longer but was due to perform at a charity event for the Typhoon appeal in South London (plus I cut my hand on a door in the car park!) so had to zoom off. Thanks to Nicky and all the helpers who were on hand. God bless all the families this time of year and have a healthy New Year. Take care, 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.