Quite often people ask me how I got started doing childrens parties. I suppose its not your usual choice of career so I thought it would make an interesting blog post so here’s the story of how I became a childrens entertainer in hampshire.
Like most magicians the desire to do magic materialised at an early age. My inspiration came in that of a childrens entertainer I would see at a holiday camp that went by the name of Uncle Peter. I would watch the same show every week and became mesmerised by it. I can only compare it to how a child today would watch the same Disney DVD over and over again. Even though I knew what was going to happen next each time, I was still thrilled with the performance none the less.
With the magic set I received for Christmas I was ready to become Paul Daniels junior – thanks Santa! I still have this in my loft to this day. You would imagine that from this point I would be dazzling my friends with my newfound tricks and progressing onto learning great feats of conjuring, entertaining the children of Southampton with magic. This was not the case as I was actually awful at magic and continued to be naff throughout my short lived hobby and then just gave up. My problem was that I just didn’t practice the tricks. I would loosely grasp the trick and run out of the room to show the first possible person I bumped into. This was usually my dad who would just laugh. Well thanks for the honesty dad!
For the rest of my life I would occasionally look at magic books with a glimmer of interest but not following through with my desire. I was definitely what you would call a dabbler. Then on one night it all changed and the magical torch was alight once again. It was July 15th 2012, a few hours before my birthday. I explored through some old folders on my mac wondering what I could find. I unearthed an ebook by the name of Modern Coin magic by JB Bobo. The flicker of curiosity arose as it always had done upon stumbling across magic related literature. I had a look through and became immediately interested and I decided I was going to get into this. Then it happened. A thought leaped into my head that said ‘why don’t you become a childrens magician’. My heart raced, this was a brilliant idea. The rest is history!