My Blog - Tricky Toby

Welcome to Tricky Toby's blog. Here you will find the amazing life of a children's entertainer working all around London.

  1. Part 3. Childrens Magician in London. Life in Party Land!

    Fazz had asked me to entertain at his daughter's 5th birthday party in Cookie Island, Galleons Reach. Unusually I knew I had to start 7pm but it was not clear how long I was needed in the event. Thanks to googlemaps on my phone I made it through heavy traffic. Absolutely freezing cold Saturday evening in Beckton on the edge of Town. Getting out of the car quickly I strained my back! Nooooooo......!!

    Cookie Island is a bright children's play area and cafe, nicely staffed by friendly helpers. I have been to lots of similar places and sometimes staff are not very caring. Jemima had lots of friends and parents had organised a face painter and a Micky Mouse too. I started with some balloon animals. I had my Bose sound system with me for music and microphone. Then we had a magic show which went quite well considering they didn't really want to stop running on the climbing area! I asked one parent to help me with a magic trick too and all ran smoothly. A brave man! I organised some games and mickey mouse played too. Quite a mixed age range from 3-12 years old. But all went well and parents were happy too. I finished at 10pm! The children were running around outside as a truck drove around the empty car park salting for the overnight frost. Home was still over an hour away. A day in the life of a Magician in London. Where can I get a coffee!?

    So after twelve hours on the road, I head home. A most unusual experience. Need magic? They call me the Tricky one. Tricky Toby- m.07960074477. You know it makes snese.

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  2. Part 2. Magician in London. Busy Saturday continues...

    I carefully put all my magic equipment in the car and head off towards the Holloway Road in Islington for my next magic show. 

    Dad Terry called me only mid-week to ask me if I could bring my magic show to a three year celebration party for his son Henry. I have to begin at 4pm. I know the area a little and quite difficult parking around there. So I get there early and find a spot. Phew! Terry and his partner run The Travel Cafe opposite the University. Packed out with parents, many Korean speaking and lots of little children, the cafe was closed to the public and Terry was relieved to see me! Henry was very smart and really understood my magic. A little white rabbit appeared and he was hugged kindly by young and old. Thanks to the offer of some super korean chicken and noodles I had an express lunch/dinner and headed off into the night for my final show in Beckton, East London. Thanks for making me feel so welcome Terry. You are one lucky man with a lovely family around you! Whether you are a parent or a magician, smiling under stress is a valuable skill! Part three is just a scroll away.

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  3. Part 1. Childrens Magician London Life in Magic

    What follows is how a busy Saturday in November unfolds! 

    I knew I had three parties expecting me for a magic show on the same day. A key element in my work is organisation. Parents and children are waiting, looking forward to something a little special. Be on time. Really put on a great show. Miss lunch. At least, hopefully a coffee along the way.

    Part 1. Miles was celebrating his first birthday in Leyton Technical Pub. A nice big old Victorian pad. Lots of friendly relatives and around twelve charming children 3-6 years old. In this situation, I also have to entertain the adults too. Most have rarely seen a live magician! There is something in my showbiz genes fortunately where I grab a whole rooms attention and add a little sparkle. You might think I'm bragging! But I have been doing this work for over ten years now. I have gotten pretty good at this!! We have fun with magic and then balloon animals as little gifts for the children. Miles' parents Chris and Fleur are happy and promise to review me on Googlemaps  (please do guys!) Thus ends part one. The time is now 2.15pm. Part two follows. (E.M. Forster, I know this town and it's people better than you!).

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  4. How to Organise a Children's Party

    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!).

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  5. Happy 2017! Magician London New Year Resolutions

    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!

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