I often work at festivals and events, both indoors and outside. When working in a set area on grass; a canopy is often required to protect my electrical equipment should it rain, and protect me and the audience from getting sunburnt.
For some events, seating may be required for the audience. I am happy for them to sit on the grass, but they may not be if it is wet.
Weather will be a determining factor with what is best on the day. It is difficult to do magic in strong winds, rain or snow. And its highly unlikley that the audience will just stand there and get wet. But I am very adaptable and should you request a magic and puppet show and need to change; I can happily switch to balloon modeling or line entertainment instead.
I can provide a full day of entertainment which can include a variety of activities such as:
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.
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, 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 school of 500 children, church or village halls or even outside in the park - as long as its not raining!
From past experience, I find the most attended shows are early in the morning, and numbers drop later in the afternoon (when it is an all-day event). Its something you might want to consider when choosing what time you would like the performance to start.
Hourly Magic & Puppet Shows
I can perform a shortened Magic and Puppet show, each hour, on the hour. The duration of each show will be around 30 minutes, to allow the audience to come in, watch the magic, leave, clean the area, reset the show and get the next group in.
I can adapt the length and start -time to accommodate other attractions such as the raffle being drawn, the band playing etc. Just let me know your timetable.
I can stay for the entire duration of the event, or just a few hours. Whatever you require.
I bring my own "show start time" board and will make announcements prior to the shows to draw in a large crowd. The size of the crowd will depend on how many are in attendance, and if there are other attractions taking place at the same time. I have no minimum or maximum number.
For most events, the audience can sit on the grass (unless it has been raining) which I often find is the best option as the crowd can get rather big if I the only attraction at that time.
However I will need a canopy or an indoor location to protect myself and the audience from getting sunburnt, the sun shining n our eyes, and my electrical PA system and props getting wet if it rains. The show would also benefit by having a back wall on the canopy, to prevent people walking behind and ruining the performance.
I can provide line entertainment, where I perform walk around magic to queues of children lining up to see Santa Claus or waiting in line to ride a new roller-coaster, or buy the new Harry Potter book.
Often I perform at premier movie releases, and opening nights for new musicals to the crowds before they go into the attraction.
The magic will include larger effects that at least a dozen people will be able to see, including giant find the lady card trick, passing a ring through a rope and magic wand manipulation. I can also organize games with the line such as pass the spinning plate, guess the theme song and name that character.
If appropriate, I also have a bird puppet that I can entertain the crowd with, along with hula hoop tricks.
I can also make balloon animals for everyone in the line if appropriate. I have a menu which I wear around my neck, which the children can choose a design from.
I can provide balloon modeling for your crowds. I can either walk around the event making balloons to children as I find them, but usually I find it best if I set-up in a particular location with a balloon menu, and allow the children to form a line in front of me, as I make them each a balloon model in turn.
Please be advised that lines can get rather long and I do my best to make the balloons as fast as possible. So its best not to place me near any fire exits so that the queue does not block them.
I have multiple menus available, from complicated deigns that take five minutes to make, common designs that take about a minute each to make, and simple designs that take about twenty seconds. I will display the most appropriate one based on how many are waiting in line.
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 first hour is £165, two-hours is £225, and it is then £50 for each additional hour thereafter. A £50 deposit is required to reserve the timeslot upon making a booking, with the rest payable on the day.
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.