London Magician / Children's Entertainer
On Saturday I had back to back shows - all within three miles of my home (West Norwood) which was a blessing and meant I wasn't driving through Central London and heading up to Harrow and N. London. Prepared to go anywhere as work is work but it's nice when you are on your doorstep.
The first show was near Crystal Palace and in the morning - I knew in the afternoon Palace were playing football and wanted to get away before the crowds arrived. It was for a group of slightly older kids so we did some of the normal show and some of the 9+ and mixed it up a bit. The kids were so excited by the Magic, the Spinning Plates and the Fun and games and even though we were in quite a cramped area they were able to really jump and dance about.
The second Show was in Herne Hill in a Church Hall which I've done before. Parking is a nightmare as there is none but managed to get one place only to find that the car who I'd parked behind wanted to leave as soon as I got out of the car. Again the birthday girl was full of beans, introducing me to her friends. The show went well and they loved the Live White Rabbit.
On Sunday I had a show in Nunhead (Dulwich) in the Nun's Head. Wonderful old pub with lots of character. Only issue is that it's busy and getting equipment through the pub and up the stairs to the private room can be a bit of a challenge. There were about 30 kids and about 20 adults. Normally I have issues with adults staying as they can talk and the noise builds up and even though I have a loud voice, things get lost and the children miss out. I have ways of dealing with this but normally the noise returns after about 5 mins, because of this I've now bought a belt amp which should arrive today.
I was beginning to think i was going to have problems but when I asked the parents to be quite they were as good as gold and didn't speak for the entire show - thank you and they all get a house point.
London Magician / Children's Entertainer in Sickness and in Health
On Saturday I had a Magic show in Dulwich at Alleyn's Junior School. It was for a children's birthday party and the birthday boy was so happy and excited to see me. He had loads of questions, wanted to get up and help with every single trick and was a real joy. The kids all loved the Magic Show and the fun and games afterwards. Whilst I was packing up the parents came over and said that they had heard good things but "that exceeded our expectations" which was nice to hear.
On Sunday I had another Magic Show in the Goose Green Centre in Dulwich. I've been a few times and it's a great hall with a small stage. However I woke at 5am with a big tummy ache which got worse and worse and by 6am I was in the bathroom being sick. I was then sick on the hour, every hour for about the next five hours. I could hardly stand at one point and tried to call around and get someone to cover me - alas everyone I called was busy. After about the 8th visit to the bathroom I felt mildly better although very weak and decided that I'd rather do the show than let them down.
I explained how I was and they were very kind and went home and got some medicine. By not making any sudden movements seemed to help and I started the show but could feel things brewing in my stomach. By the time the kids were ready to come and see the Live White Rabbit I passed it to one of the parents and made a quick exit for the toilets. Came back, made some balloons and came back home to bed.
Must be a dilemma for many magicians when they get sick. Do they a) Cancel b) find someone to cover or c) go out even if they feel worse for wear. I know if I was a parent expecting a children's entertainer to come and entertain 30 kids and got a phone call on the day of the party how I would feel and for this reason I know it was the right thing to do.