Wonderland Children's Parties
We can be found providing busy and lively entertainment for groups of children in almost any situation where the idea is to have organised fun. We are found most often at birthday parties for children aged three to seven years in living rooms, church halls and the like. However, as long as the distance is not too far, there are no limits as to the occasion or the location - pre-school groups, weddings, christenings, anniversaries and other celebrations, school fairs and carnivals, shopping arcades, Thames barges and other river boats, playing fields, to name but a few in our experience.
We offer four options of entertainment to suit the event's success - organised games, comedy magic, puppet theatre shows and 'mini disco' activity sessions. All are flexible as regards content and duration and we recognise the value of being clear beforehand about what seems best as regards the ages of the children attending and the particular circumstances.
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Wonderland Children's Parties
How long have you been interested in magic?
Magic - one of those things that catches the imagination. It is likely to create wonder and surprise - and even delight! - it may well be unexpected and may never be seen again. Magic is both real and an illusion at the same time. it is what it seems and, yet, is not what it seems. It is like that amazing sunset, that amazing countryside view, that amazing encounter with a total stranger. It can make you stare and catch your breath. It is in the mind, gives a good feeling and is a part of life - from a very early age!
Take us through your show – what can we expect?
Magic is just one of the four areas of children's entertainment that we make available to interested parties (see above for other areas). We usually offer magic to last just half an hour, although we can run to 45 minutes upon request. We provide COMEDY magic for young children - big, colourful stuff that a child over the age of three and a quarter is likely to get. By 'get' we mean 'they know it's magic', not that they understand how 'the trick' is done! More often than not, some of the children volunteer to 'do' a trick and the birthday person gets to do the 'big' trick of the day if they so wish. Generally, we hope the so-called magician comes across as less smart than the children!
What do you love most about your job?
The job, of course, is to entertain the children. whether it's magic or something else altogether. The first thing to appreciate and enjoy about the job is that every group of children is different and unpredictable. It is important to really know and believe that since it has a very positive and immediate benefit. It means that you carefully prepare beforehand for a successful result. It means you arrive not only confident and keen, but with a clear and open outlook for another fresh experience. It's usually simply refreshingly MAGIC! You know you have done your job when, at the end of the party, the group is, just for a moment, unwilling to break up and go home! For an entertainer, that' s the best of it, proof of a job well done.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Like much in life, children's entertainment was a chance encounter. A need for a second income in the first place, making a response to an advert in the local paper for someone with an estate or hatchback for work at weekends, interested but lacking confidence upon learning the details, learning unpaid the art of puppetry before that first public performance. Another tale of "from little acorns ....." If there was inspiration, it arose from experience and the realisation that children could derive sheer enjoyment from the entertainer's contributions and the entertainer could derive huge satisfaction from their enjoyment. Owning a business creates opportunities to model it to achieve the best effects - in this instance, maximum enjoyment for everyone involved, parents as well, on each and every occasion.
Why should our clients choose you?
What we offer and how we provide it is likely best value for money. We hope you are assured of that by what we have already described above.
The demand for children's entertainment is serviced at one end by large nation wide companies and by local solo operators at the other. Fees range from pretty expensive to relatively cheap - we are likely mid-range. A parent may look for a children's entertainer just once or twice in a lifetime. However, Google "children's entertainers in Surrey", for example, and a great number of children's entertainers can be found, making a search tiresome and time consuming - hence Bark.com! It remains difficult for a parent to estimate the likely quality of a future performance by an unknown person. A parent naturally prefers to use their own judgement, and someone else's positive review or recommendation may simply not be good enough. Are we demonstrating that we are able to see it from clients' points of view?
We mostly receive enquiries and take bookings directly as a result of people conducting their own searches and using our website information. Just occasionally at present, we selectively dip into the many requests sent to us by Bark.com. From our point of view, this may increase if Bark.com strikes us as good value for money.
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