The boy wonder

I was delighted with what my dear mother (mama Wizzpop) unearthed today. This picture of me as a magician aged about 6.  It seems funny to imagine that all those years ago I had that desire to be a childrens entertainer and now here I am all those years later as children’s magician.  Perhaps my mum should have got me an astronaut costume instead.

Childrens entertainer Bournemouth

Here I am aged 6

I was reminded of a funny story when I saw this picture. Around this time I informed all the children at school that there was to be a magic show around my house. I failed to inform my fellow class mates that I was the actual magician and one who didn’t know many tricks and was 25 years too early to be performing his first show to children!  They were under the impression that they were to see a professional act. In my small mind I was.

The children relayed this information to their parents about the magic show around my house.  I imagine that the parents cheered at the prospect of loosing their kids for an afternoon. They turned up knocking my door no doubt with thoughts full of what they were to do with their free afternoon.  Of course my poor mother knew nothing of this magic show and had to politely turn away the frustrated parents all expecting to see a professional party entertainer.

I have no recollection of this story what so ever. This makes me laugh even more about it. The whole idea of it was pretty bonkers when I didn’t really have an act, what was I going to do? I guess the seed that  was planted at this early age did certainly did sprout!

I’m occasionally asked by parents what games I do in my parties and it’s always a bit of a mouth full to explain so I have wrote this for greater clarity. To begin with, none of my games are elimination based which means no one is ever ‘out’. This ensures all the children are engaged throughout and are not going to become bored which is very important to me. On to the games!

Character statues
I tell the children to dance and when the music stops to freeze and impersonate a well known character (superheroes, Disney princesses etc). I’ll pick the most creative one each time ensuring that everyone wins. If there are a lot of children, I’ll pick multiple winners each time so by the end they have all won.
Why it’s good
– The children enjoy being on their feet, if they don’t want to pretend to be a character they will usually just  freeze normally so they still feel involved. It’s  easy to understand and we can play it instantly. The children are never bored in this game and are always riveted throughout. It’s been so good over the years.