Easy Magic Tricks You Can Do

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Theme Series - Princess Parties

For the second instalment in this series I am going to be giving you a step-by-step guide to planning the perfect pirate themed party.

Step 1Venue – Like I said in the previous post many choose to keep their party at home. But if you do choose to hire a separate venue some ideas could be: a town hall or parish centre, a conference room, A Hotel, a ballroom (if your really pushing the princess theme), or even an outdoor location such as a gazebo or in a park if the weather is nice.

Step 2Booking an entertainer – as I mentioned before it is always nice to have someone to entertain young children and in a magical princess theme party it could be a nice idea to hire a magician to create the magical atmosphere. However another good idea for a princess themed party is to hire a face- painter. Having your face painted as a young girl can easily be compared to the excitement of having your makeup done as an adult and can really make the child feel like a princess.

Step 3Decoration – Decorating your chosen location is the step that really brings the princess theme to life. Some ideas to help create this theme could be having tiaras as party hats, hanging bunting on the walls and Dressing tables with princess themed items.

Step 4Invitations – A great way to spend an afternoon with the family could be to make your own princess themed invitations to send to your guests. Some ideas for this could be Disney princess themed cards, Origami Frogs (Idea of the frog Price) Crowns or Origami dresses (How to make this is in my D.I.Y blog section).

Extra StepDress Code – Having the children come in their own princess dresses can not only make the party more exciting to look at. But it can make, coming to your child’s party seem like much more of an exciting occasion for your guests. If you should wish to invite boys the theme can easily be adapted to Princes.

Hope this helps and you have a magical day.

Creating the perfect atmosphere for your child’s party

On your child’s special day it is important to make it an overall magical experience. By hiring a magician you are already making their day that bit more magical; however to enhance this it is also important to have an enchanting setting.

Many ways of doing this can be achieved with simple things for example, party bags, table decorations, balloons and themed prises for the children.  However to really create a stunning environment for all ages, products such as laser lighting, bubble machines, microphones and speakers can make all the difference.  If you decide to hire an entertainer like; Mr. Collie Wobbles. You will find that some of these items will be included within the price paid. Therefore, it is worth asking entertainers about what equipment is included within the price, before hiring. If you wish to do a D.I.Y. party, many of these items can be hired from a specialist.

Below are listed some examples of how these products can help to make the day more spellbinding.

Speakers – Music is key to a party especially when most children like to spend party time on the dance floor. And just as song choice is important so is the quality of sound that is used throughout the party. Investing in hiring a set of speakers is always a good idea especially in large venues like halls or outdoor areas.

Microphone – You will be surprised on how much a microphone will help you. It will give you authority and ownership of the party, which will help you  keep control of the children’s behaviour. Sometimes, it isn’t that the children are being misbehaving, but simply can’t hear your instructions, due to parents talking in the background.

Bubble Machines – Bubbles have always been fascinating to younger children and can add a sense enchantment to any party. And when paired with the magic of Disney music it can make for a world of excitement and imagination.

Lighting – Good lighting at parties is always key when your children are rocking it out on the dance floor. Laser lighting on ceilings and walls of venues is extremely effective and appeals towards the magical entertainment of the party.

Magic Animals

When people think about magic and animals the number one animal that springs to mind is the rabbit.

Since the early 20th century rabbits have been used in the famous ‘Hat Trick’, where the magician, to the astonishment of the audience, produces a rabbit out of a top hat. The first magician to perform this trick to an audience was Louis Comte, in 1814. However the trick was later associated with John Henry Anderson. In modern magic, magicians have found new ways of including the rabbit in the show and many magicians have ‘revamped’ the old ‘hat trick’ and adapted it to fit a modern audience.

However, besides the magically appearing rabbit there are many other animal options that can be included in the show. Collie Wobbles magic show stars Titch, the magic rabbit (popular with young children) who forms a key part of the show. He has two more rabbits, which take turns in coming out with him. One was a gift to his daughter from her grandmother, the other was rescued from a breeding farm. Both rabbits are Dwarf rabbits, which is a popular breed for magicians due to their ability to fit into smaller spaces. There is also George, our incredible Java Dove, who has six housemates who can also appear. For many years, Java Doves have featured in magic tricks because of their white beauty. They are mainly feathers and their body is small, allowing the magicians to hide them in tight spaces. The other wonderful thing about these birds is that they can be trained over time with food. Magicians will train them to sit on the finger or to fly back the owner. Java doves make for a stunning magical experience. Lastly, there is Freddie, our spell-binding fish. He is a goldfish who is also featured in a mesmerising trick in the show involving a balloon and a wine glass. Surprisingly, there is only one fish! He is about three years old now and when he becomes too big will retire in Collie’s dad’s pond. Some people rightly question. ‘Should people work with animals for entertainment?’. We feel very strongly that every animal has a soul and feelings therefore all of our animals are lovingly cared for in our family home as pets. Every animal is registered with our local vets. Collie Wobbles Magic is proud to confirm that every trick in which animals are used has been tested and approved in terms of animal welfare.

How to Plan the Perfect Birthday Party for your Child – Part.2

In my last post I mentioned 4 things to consider when planning your child’s birthday party. So let’s continue from where we left off.

5. Get hired help. Many people choose to hand over the responsibility for the entertainment of the party to a professional. This is the least stressful option available. Many children’s entertainers will virtually run the whole party for you. All you are left to do is feed the children half-way through the party, and wave them goodbye with a goody bag when they are collected by their parents.

6. Get free help. In addition to retaining the services of a professional entertainer, it is a good idea to rope in a couple of friends or family members to assist during and after the party. It can be completely overwhelming on your own trying to serve up tea and drinks to a group of hungry and thirsty 6 years old! Likewise, at the end of the party, tidying up will take a fraction of the time if you have some help on hand.

7. Make it fun but keep control. The party should be fun for the children, which is the whole point of the celebration. At the same time, don’t let enthusiasm get out of hand. Make sure you maintain order, to avoid things spinning out of control.

8.Keep the games inclusive. If you decide to organise the games yourself, make sure that they keep all the children engaged from the beginning to the end. Games where children are gradually eliminated throughout the game should be avoided, as you will end up with an ever increasing number of children being spectators instead of participants.

9. Short and Sweet. When planning the length of the party, don’t be tempted to turn it into a test of endurance. A timeline of 2 to 2.5 hours is quite long enough. Remember the old show business adage of leaving your audience wanting more? The same holds true of children’s birthday parties. The most successful events are those in which the guests are sorry it’s over, and it should not go on for so long that they are praying for the end!

10. Take advice. If you invest in hiring an entertainer, make use of their expertise. Be aware that their experience of children’s parties may well run into hundreds or thousands of parties, compared to your few. Their suggestions will stem from their many experiences.

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