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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.

Creating the perfect atmosphere for your child’s party:

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.

 

 

As always, for further advice, please feel free to contact me by phone on 01582 794935, or on my mobile 07961 817834, and I’ll be very pleased to assist you. Alternatively you can send me an email.

 

Planning your child’s Party

Where are you going to hold the event?

 

Will you host the party at your home, or will you be renting a hall?

If you are having the party at home,  Mr Collie Wobbles will adapt for the space available. The games would be limited due to space restrictions, but for a one-hour magic show, the front living room would be fine.

Some clients consider using their garden to hold a party. While this can be a good idea, it is important to bear in mind the weather.  Using gazebos would keep the sun off the children while they are watching the magic show.  However a large tent is really required in case of rain.

Take into account any swings, slides, or other toys in your garden. It is difficult to keep the children’s focus on your party games if there are distractions within their view.  Some parents do not mind if the children play with garden equipment, although this could potentially result in legal issues in the event of accidents.

If  booking the two-hour party, and hiring a children’s entertainer, Mr. Collie Wobbles would recommend hiring a hall in order to take advantage of more space for your money.  This option allows you to relax and enjoy hosting your child’s party in the knowledge that your house and carpets are safe, with no ‘out of bounds’ areas to worry about.  Also, most children entertainers will be able to play more extensive games in a hall – for example, Mr. Collie Wobbles uses a big parachute and a giant air ball at every party held in a hall. (See the ‘show page’ of this website.)  If you shop around using Google or Yell.com, you can get good deals on halls, so have a go at negotiating!

When looking for a hall, think outside the box. There are village halls and church halls. There are also restaurants and pubs that have function rooms.  Mr. Collie Wobbles will entertain at a party in a Royal Air Force museum, and has also entertained at a party in Kensington Palace.

 

What day are you having your party?

Some entertainers, including Mr. Collie Wobbles, will offer a discount for an after school party – a great way to save money.
At weekends, entertainers will suggest you book your party either in the morning or afternoon, for example 10 – 12 am or 3 – 5 pm. This will allow them to accommodate four parties over a weekend

 

Things to do list

It is always good to have a to-do list, to avoid leaving things until the last minute which may lave you anxious and stressed and not enjoy your child’s happy day.  At the top of your “to do” list, write  “This birthday party is for my child, not for me.” Make sure your party planning focuses on making a special day for your child.

Bear in mind your stress and concerns will not those of your child’s. Your child’s concerns will be having friends over, opening presents and eating cake, and not whether the decorations are up or if they are wearing the right party outfit.

 

Number of guests

You know your child better than even one else.  Do they get overwhelmed by lots of people? Would your child enjoy a few of their closest friends, rather than the whole class?

Check if your entertainer has a limit on the number of guess they cater for, especially if you decide to have a joint party.

 

Who would be good at running the games?

As part of your planning, choose games and activities that will keep your birthday child, and guests, engaged and involved. Younger children usually need a more structured party with specific activities in which to participate. Consider the age groups of the invitees.

It is extremely challenging to entertain a really wide age range, so enlist the help of grandparents, aunts, uncles or friends to ensure the party runs smoothly.  Since you cannot be in all places at once, delegate some of the games to one person and the cutting of the cake to another.  If you cannot find anyone to help with the party, consider hiring your babysitter to help out for a few hours.

 

Someone, needs to made the decisions and be the leader

Hiring Mr. Collie Wobbles will save you worry, stress and even money.  You are paying him not only to entertain, but to have  structure and everything in hand.  He is able to entertain the children of all ages with his talent that he has built upon over many years.

 

Party Food

Some people worry about the party food.  Will there be too much or too little?  If you decide to hold your party in a restaurant, they will be happy to provide food.  Remember to negotiate when booking; they may be able to offer you a special package.  If the catering is your responsibility, don’t go overboard.  It is not necessary to provide a mountain of sandwiches, they will likely end up being thrown away.  Finger foods such as crisps, chocolate fingers and small cakes are attractive to children.  Not the healthiest choice, but birthdays only come once a year.  Warning, children do not really eat much at parties – honestly!

Mr. Collie Wobbles can take that stress off you too!  For an additional price, he can provide party food boxes.

 

Party Bags

These can take forever to put together, but a visit to the pound shop (or similar establishment), should cut assembly time in  half.  However, this can easily get out of hand and end up costing more than you expected to pay.  Collie Wobbles’ shop page on his website has ready-made girl’s and boy’s party bags at very favourable prices!

 

Costing

Set a budget and stick to it. If you are planning to host the party yourself, the cost can easily escalate as parents search  different options, such as themes, prizes, sweets, games and decorations. The budget can be endless and where do you stop?  But, at the end of the day, your child will have had a lovely day as they see their friends, run around and have food that they love to eat.

Mr. Collie Wobbles would be honored to host your child’s party.  The most important thing, that you cannot buy, is a love of children and the ability to entertain them.  We have given you ideas and things to take into account in planning the party.   Party games can be found in books or Google, yet with a Collie Wobbles Magical party, we believe that a birthday party should be more than just games, and the comedy magic show is included with all his parties.  See his live animals, and hear “squeals” of delight from your guests.  There will be no need for you to sort out helpers, decor, balloons and a list of games – all you will need to do is decide where you are going to hold the party (and make the booking if in a hall).  Prepare some food or Collie Wobbles can provide you with this service at an additional cost.  No need for you to worry about anything.

 

Collie Wobbles party can cater for up to 35 children, thereby allowing a whole class to come and join in the fun.

Tel. 01582 794935 or Mob. 07961 817834

 Areas include Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Surrey, and central London