Happy Mom!

Performers love happy customers!
This wonderful unsolicited email from a birthday mom arrived a few hours after I wrapped up a show in their home this past Sunday.
Love getting these.

“Thank you so much for the memorable performance. You were wonderful! Everyone spoke highly of your performance when you left. My sincere apologies for not saying good bye! ┬áIt was hectic and I wanted to keep the kids out of your way while you packed up. Thank you again and if you ever need a reference, please feel free to use me. I will be sure to spread the word to other parents looking for fun birthday party ideas.”

–Leanne F.
–Burlington, ON

A little ‘grand’ theatre…!

Most of my shows are in private homes, rental halls, school gyms, rec centres or library program rooms.

Once in a while something extra fun comes along such as this past weekend when I was part of the family matinee magic shows at the Ontario Week of Wonder festival in Fergus, Ontario.

The Fergus Grand Theatre is a sweet little room on the main drag in Fergus. Seats about 250 and was about 75% full for our OWoW shows.

If you’re ever in the neighbourhood to see a show the beautiful Elora Gorge conservation area is just down the road. There are some lovely restaurant options near the theatre too.

Cool Public Shows for the Family

I’m pleased to be a part of the Ontario Week of Wonder (OWOW!) being held in beautiful Fergus Ontario at the end of October.

There will be a Canadian Stars of Magic Show on Friday Night, Oct 25th, and an International Stars Show on Saturday night, Oct 26th.

Two of the Friday evening performers, Carisa Hendrix and Nicholas Wallace, have appeared on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us.

Nick also appeared on America’s Got Talent.

On Thursday evening, Oct 24th, world travelling (and Fergus resident) entertainer Ryan Joyce will be performing his comedy hypnosis show.

As part of OWOW there will also be other events in local restaurants and some Halloween related shenanigans as well.

Oh!, and it’s a, cough, cough, big Oh! on Saturday (26th) and Sunday (27th) afternoon at 2:00 pm I, Magical Mr. Oh! (see what I did there…?) along with another fine family performer, Peter Mennie, will be presenting a family friendly show for the kids.
(I’d link to my own website but, you know, if you’re reading this you’re on it so…!)

There’s something for everyone!

All info here: https://www.magicfestival.ca/order-tickets

Bunny Cupcakes

Instead of a cake the birthday mom for this 6 year old boy’s party made bunny cupcakes to compliment her ‘magician’ theme decorations. The ears are split marshmallows pressed into coloured sugar. The eyes and teeth are ready-made confections from a store.
If these bunnies look a little nervous I think it’s because they know what’s about to happen to them. Mmmm!

Emoji Theme party

A recent magic show birthday party I did featured a mix of commercially purchased and home made Emoji party decorations.
One of the party activities for the kids was to make Emoji balls.

Mom & Dad helped the kids fill yellow balloons with rice using a funnel in the balloon’s neck. The kids then decorated the rice filled balloons to make their own Emojis. (Filling will go faster with a wider bore funnel.)

Parents might want to experiment with different markers before the party as the Sharpies used here smudged a bit. Expo low odour dry erase markers might be a good choice. The dry erase ink actually becomes permanent on latex balloons for reasons you’ll need an organic chemist to explain.

Parties with structured activities like this are always better for kids than the ‘free range’ variety. Bravo Mom & Dad! Google ‘diy emoji stress balls’ for more info.