I have been performing at children's birthday parties since 1998 providing a magic and puppet show, party games with disco dancing, and circus skills workshop.
I have no limit on the number of children attending and have tricks suitable for all ages from toddlers to adults. The best effects will be chosen based on your children's ages, space available and if its a repeat performance (as I have an several different shows for audiences that see me multiple times).
Comedy Magic & Puppet Show
The comedy magic and puppet show lasts approximately an hour and features talking animal puppets, amazing magic and lots of audience participation. It is very comedic with jokes suitable for multiple ages and there is often the opportunity for up-to six children to participate in a routine throughout the show.
The best routines are chosen based on your audience. Young children often enjoy seeing more animal puppets, while older children like mind-reading, metal bending and illusions.
My current show contains comedy patter, ventriloquism and routines to music. But I can also provide a performance done entirely to music which is useful in noisy environments such as holiday parks, to non-English speaking groups and those that have hearing difficulties.
The tricks will include manipulation with stars that appear and change colour. Spinning plates that reach the ceiling and liquids suspending in the air. They might find the missing piece of a jigsaw or make pictures appear in a book. He can make forks bend using telekinesis, read the children's mind and make hula hoops link by themselves.
It can be performed for a small group of children from the age of two, an entire primary or junior school of 500 children, in a living room of your home, church or village halls or even outside in the park - as long as its not raining!
Any birthday children are often the first to come up and help within the show if they wish. When possible, the show concludes with a big group dance routine and all the children receiving either a magic souvenir or balloon animal.
Two Hour Party Package
The two-hour party package is the show that is booked most often. I arrives thirty minutes prior to start time to set-up my equipment and music system.
The party begins with hula hoop games as the children arrive. I then gather everyone together to sit down and watch the magic & puppet show.
After a quick introduction, I perform a show choosing the best tricks for that particular group of children. With lots of audience involvement, talking animals and illusions.
While they are eating, I go around the dinner table making balloon animals for everyone in attendance (which they get to choose from a menu). However this would depend on how many children are attending - if there is enough time to get to everyone in the time it takes them to eat. If there are too many children I either perform close-up magic or a Guess the Theme song game.
After the food, we proceed with the birthday cake back at the main stage area (not at the dinner table). This is a big moment for the birthday child where they get the full attention of the room and if appropriate, we follow this with a big group photograph.
We then proceed into the party games with activities including Dancing, Musical Bumps, Musical Statues, Birthday Child Says, Hula Hoop Squash, Parachute Games, Scavenger Hunt, The Conga and Pass-the-Parcel.
The games we play will be chosen based on their age, number of children participating and space available. These games are played differently to avoid eliminations, keeping all the children involved throughout the party.
I provide all the prizes, music and equipment for all the games.
Three hours with Circus Skills
The three-hour package will start with everything that's included in the two-hour show.
In the third hour, I bring out my Circus Skills equipment which includes Juggling silks, Diablo, Plate-Spinning, Catch-the-ball, Yo-Sticks, Peacock Feathers, Trick sticks and other activities.
I go around the room helping the children learn the various skills and develop new hobbies.
More details about the workshop can be read about on the Circus Skills page.
I mainly work within 25 miles of Stockport (SK3). That includes Manchester, Oldham, Altrincham, Bolton, Cheshire, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Alderley Edge, Salford, Glossop, Lymm, Macclesfield, Bury, Aston-under-Lyne and Warrington.
The one-hour Magic & Puppet Show is £165. The two-hour Party Package is £225 and the three-hour show with a Circus Skills Workshop is £275. A £50 deposit is required to reserve the timeslot upon making a booking, with the rest payable on the day. Weekend afternoons are my busiest times and so some restrictions may apply.
This is only a guide-line figure though, as there are obvious exceptions to this such as shows on Christmas Day or on mountain tops. Any parking costs are also not included in that figure. You will have to contact me with more precise details of your venue's location and party date so that I can give you a more accurate quote.