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Jonathan Cann - Magician

Burgess Hill, West Sussex

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92 hires on Bark
‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

About

MAGIC, PUNCH & JUDY and BALLOON MODELLING in SUSSEX, SURREY, KENT, LONDON and throughout the south and beyond!
Jonathan has been providing fun and laughter as a Kids Entertainer at parties for over twenty years, returning again and again to the same families and events.

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Reviews (122)

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K
6 October 2020

We booked Jonathan for our sons 5th birthday party for October just after I booked the new 6 people restriction where coming in the following week so Jonathan rearranged the date for us at such short notice & managed to fit us in between other party’s so that our son could still have his friends at his party! All covid secure!
He was amazing the kids loved him & the adults loved his jokes to!
I would highly recommend Jonathan & would definitely book him again in the future!
Thanks Jonathan! Xx
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K
21 September 2020

We had the show for my daughters 6th birthday. Magic, Punch and Judy and ballon modelling. The show was amazing, the children and adults enjoyed and my daughter is still talking about it. Would highly recommend

K
20 September 2020

Absolutely brilliant. The children at my daughters party had such a fun time. Would definitely book again

E
16 September 2020

10/10 experience I couldn't recommend Jonathan highly enough. I did a google search and found him on the Bark Website. From the moment of first messaging he was quick & professional to respond. All booked for 4 weeks time then the government announced the new laws where only 6 people can meet from the 14th Sept, massive spanner in the works, I messaged late on the Thursday to ask to reschedule to the Sunday 13th in only 3 days time and without any problems he saved my 6 year olds party. He had the best day. Jonathan arrived early & messaged to say his waiting outside until his sceduled arrive. He set up. Got to know the children. Delivered the best party with games, prizes, dancing, break for party tea which he perfectly got them to their places around a table. Then the next 1 hour magic show & balloon making. I wouldn't have thought it possible 3-6 year olds to sit & watch & laugh their socks off so hard for so long. He was just brilliant and I would have him again for sure. Many Thanks Jonathan, its great to recommend brilliant people. All the adults also had a hoot & we still cant fathom the tricks really impressive. Thank you for a great day More...

S
15 September 2020

Jonathan is clearly very experienced as he was able to keep 15 x 5/6 year olds entertained for the full hour with no problem at all. The kids found him hilarious...and so did the adults! More...

H
8 September 2020

We started out wanting to find someone who could perform Punch and Judy for our son’s 5th birthday party and discovered Jonathan and that he provided a full package of a two hour birthday celebration. From the moment the children arrived he engaged with them all and started telling jokes, even one or two for the parents who stayed. Once everyone had arrived Jonathan got the children playing a few party games, such as Musical bumps and Statues rolled into one, and after all the games were played each child was given a choice of prize had they been the winner or not. We then had a little break for food, while Jonanthan set up for some magic tricks and the Punch and Judy show. The magic tricks were very clever, often giving the Children the belief that they had the solution only to be proven wrong and leaving them with open mouths plus many “wows”. The Punch and Judy show was brilliant. Having seen a few recently it was so good that Jonathan added a moral to the tale, which essentially is not the most PC story, meaning that the children understood that violence is not a good solution. The children were totally captivated throughout the whole of the party and from the comments I’ve had from Mum’s they all thought it was brilliant fun.

I would thoroughly recommend Jonathan as an entertainer and should I need a Punch and Judy again in the future he would be my first port of call
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N
3 August 2020

Jonathan was great with kids, along with his magical tricks he also brought in loads of energy and fun! My 5 year old girl and her friends thoroughly enjoyed the show and wanted more!
Thank you
Nilima

M
1 August 2020

I booked johnathan for my grandsons 4th birthday!well what can I say on arriving on the dot to our meeting, first impressions was how friendly professional and funny this man was setting up in the garden Jonathan interacted with the children and adults and made everyone laugh . he then performed the most amazing 1 hour show from magic to balloon making he wooed the audience I must say he kept the 4 year olds transfixed my grandson now wants to be a magician !!!!xI highly recommended Johnathan for your childs party you wont be disappointed. Thanks john x More...

D
21 July 2020

Johnathan is a true professional, it was my 60th birthday party and he went down a storm. We all thought he was superb, loved the potted history of Punch and Judy. Also loved our balloon hats. We would certainly book him again. More...

V
8 July 2020

He was amazing. Highly recommended. Definitely will call again.

T
21 April 2020

Jonathan was great for my twin daughters 13th birthday party. Very prompt, professional and tailored his show to give the best entertainment he could. He kept 7 teenage girls entertained for over an hour and they all really enjoyed themselves. Would definitely recommend. More...

G
12 March 2020

Everyone loved the show so much, kids and adults alike. This was for my daughter’s 10th birthday but we are already thinking of booking Jonathan for my husband’s party next!

A
25 February 2020

Jonathan entertained both the children and the adults, engaging with all guests at the party. The children were aged from 1 to 13 and all got involved with balloon making and magic tricks. Would highly recommend.

S
24 February 2020

Johnathon was great. Kept 30 5 year olds glued to the floor and engaged for a hour. Prefect for a stress free way to entertain at a children’s party. Everyone’s already asking after him. More...

A
15 November 2019

Jonathon did an amazing job at keeping the children's focus throughout the whole 2 hours he was with us. The children as well as the adults found him very entertaining. I would definitely recommend him!

A
15 November 2019

Jonathan did an absolutely amazing job at keeping 20 5-6 year olds attention at my sons birthday party. They all thoroughly enjoyed the games and magic! He even threw some jokes in for the adults so that we all had a laugh too. I would definitely recommend him! More...

M
27 October 2019

What an amazing guy! Funny, entertaining and all round nice fella. My Daughter absolutely loved it and so did us adults! Thanks so much for for making our day special. More...

Hello Michael, Thank you for your kind words, it was a pleasure entertaining at your family Birthday party for your child. It was lovely to see her amazed expression during the magic routines and lovely to hear the laughter from everyone. Happy to hear from you at anytime in the future. Many thanks, Jonathan Cann

C
1 October 2019

First time we have used Jonathan for a party event, the guests consisted of adults, teenagers, young children aged five plus and disabled adults.
Everyone enjoyed the show, the children loved the balloons and the magic tricks, the Punch and Judy show had all the adults laughing and all the children watched in amazement!
Our disabled friends were either amazed or ignored him completely but to be honest they ignore everyone.
All in all, a great time was had by all.
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C
1 October 2019

First time we have used Jonathan for a party event, the guests consisted of adults, teenagers, young children aged five plus and disabled adults. Everyone enjoyed the show, the children loved the balloons and the magic tricks, the Punch and Judy show had all the adults laughing and all the children watched in amazement!Our disabled friends were either amazed or ignored him completely but to be honest they always ignore everyone.All in all, a great time was had by all.The agreement was for two hours but he stayed longer at no extra cost.The fee charge was more than reasonable and to be honest, we would have paid more! More...

D
8 September 2019

Hired him for our wedding reception and was absolutely brilliant.turned up earlier than expected and didn’t mind hanging around until he was supposed to start. kids loved him,the adults thought he was brilliant.money well worth spent.would highly recommend him to anyone.thank you so much Jonathan.x More...

B
9 August 2019

A big hit with kids and parents alike! Our five-year old and her friends loved the show. I particularly appreciated the effort that Jonathan put in with my kids before the party actually started. Many thanks!

S
5 August 2019

Jonathan is the epitome of professionalism and the best magician! He has the children at our nursery laughing from start to finish! Thank you for being the best magician Jonathan! More...

S
9 July 2019

Jonathan worked tirelessly with the members of the public. He has a unique talent of entertain all ages and was certainly a hit.

I will book again

S
9 July 2019

Jonathan entertained our public brilliantly! Young and old loved his close up magic - we will be booking again!

D
8 July 2019

Jonathan was fantastic with our group of people all with learning disabilities. We laughed , interacted & the whole audience was sad to see it end. I would fully recommend.

D
8 July 2019

Brilliant time had by all I would fully recommend, Jonathan was amazing kept everyone interested throughout even the volunteers got so involved.

P
25 June 2019

What a fantastic showman!!! I booked Jonathan for my daughter's 5th birthday party after checking him out on Bark and reading his reviews and what can I say! He was punctual, professional and excellent with not just the children but the parents too. I had around 20 children attend the party and for the entire two hours Jonathan kept everyone entertained. The children hung on his every word (and so did the parents). He is very funny, clever with the magic show with a few gags that even the "grown ups" could enjoy. I have never seen 20+ children so enthralled from start to finish. His professionalism shone through the entire party and he certainly knows how to keep the children and adults in check. I would thoroughly recommend anyone wishing to throw a children's party to look no further than Jonathan Cann. Thank you so much for creating a special memory my family will never forget. oh just to close, Jonathan is quick to reply to correspondence and flexible enough to tailor his performances to suit. Prices are very reasonable and genuinely a wonderful entertainer. More...

L
25 June 2019

Johnathan was brilliant with the kids and the adults at our party. Very entertaining and easy to have a laugh with. Thank you so much!

P
25 June 2019

What a fantastic showman!!! I booked Jonathan for my daughter's 5th birthday party after checking him out on Bark and reading his reviews and what can I say! He was punctual, professional and excellent with not just the children but the parents too. I had around 20 children attend the party and for the entire two hours Jonathan kept everyone entertained. The children hung on his every word (and so did the parents). He is very funny, clever with the magic show with a few gags for "grown ups" . His professionalism shone through the entire party and he certainly knows how to keep the children and adults in check. I would thoroughly recommend anyone wishing to throw a children's party to look no further than Jonathan Cann. Thank you so much for creating a special memory my family will never forget. oh just to close, Jonathan is quick to reply to correspondence and flexible enough to tailor his performances to suit. Prices are very reasonable and genuinely a wonderful entertainer. More...

A
6 June 2019

Jonathan entertained 30ish kids at our daughter's 5th Birthday party. He was fantastic, they were absorbed for the full half hour and his show was entertaining for all. He was also great value for money, we would highly recommend him. More...

G
29 May 2019

I booked Jonathans magic tricks and show for my daughters 4th Birthday party, which she and her friends enjoyed immensely! ! They were captivated, dancing and giggling for the full 2 hours. With a few jokes and tricks for the parents too, Jonathan made it a really happy day for us all. There are few traditional magicians around these days and it shows how the classics never loose there appeal. I've had lots of questions on how to find Jonathan and I hope he continues to have lots more bookings, I can't recommend him more. More...

G
29 May 2019

I booked Jonathans magic tricks and show for my daughters 4th Birthday party, which she and her friends enjoyed immensely! ! They were captivated, dancing and giggling for the full 2 hours. With a few jokes and tricks for the parents too, Jonathan made it a really happy day for us all. There are few traditional magicians around these days and it shows how the classics never loose there appeal. I've had lots of questions on how to find Jonathan and I hope he continues to have lots more bookings, I can't recommend him more. More...

S
23 May 2019

I booked Jonathan to entertain at my son’s 6th birthday party. The kids had an amazing time and so did the grown ups too. My son loved being the vip assistant of the magician!For just over an hour it was like all the children were under his spell! And it left the grown ups have a wonderful relaxing time. Next day that was the talk of the playground!
Would definitely recommend for a successful, memorable party!!
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S
23 May 2019

I booked Jonathan to entertain at my son’s 6th birthday party. The kids had an amazing time and so did the grown ups too. It was like they were mesmerised for a whole hour and a bit! And this left kids thoroughly amused and grown ups have a relaxing chat. Next day that was the talk of the playground! Strongly recommend!! More...

J
20 May 2019

Jonathan delivered an entertaining show that completely understood what the audience of 5 year olds would respond to. He had them in the palm of his hand throughout and I would certainly recommend

J
20 May 2019

Jonathan's magic show really delivered for us at my daughter's 5th birthday. He kept 30 odd 4 & 5 year olds thoroughly entertained for two hours and my girl absolutely loved it. As a parent he took a lot of the worry out of the event, was very organised, professional and easy to deal with. Certainly recommend. More...

T
14 May 2019

Jonathan was brilliant at my daughter’s recent 5th birthday party. He kept the children’s attention fully for an hour with his magic and humour. They loved it! The balloon modelling at the end was a special treat. He also made the birthday girl the star of the show. A real value add was the way Jonathan sheparded the children into the kitchen for the birthday tea - he didn’t just disappear once the hour was up. Would highly recommend. More...

T
14 May 2019

We recently hired Jonathan to entertain 12 children at our daughter’ 5th birthday party. He was great! Jonathan kept the children (and parents! ) entertained for a full hour with his slapstick comedy and magic show. The balloon modelling made it extra special for each child. Even the birthday girl got to be the star of the show. Would highly recommend. More...

J
15 April 2019

Thank you for a making our daughters third birthday party so special! You had Bethany and all her friends - including the adults -giggling the whole way through. Great communication throughout. We couldn't have asked for more and would definitely recommend to others. More...

R
10 April 2019

Jonathan's Punch and Judy act was ablaze with vitality and humour. How on earth he manages to combine voice, movement and story continuity is beyond belief. Full marks Jonathan for keeping over 100 retired people entertained for over an hour with full audience participation - most professional and appreciated by all - we shall invite you back! More...

J
8 April 2019

Thank you Jonathan for making our daughters birthday so special! She didn’t stop laughing the whole time.

P
5 April 2019

Jonathan entertained guests at the reception of my son's bar mitzvah mingling with crowd and doing tricks.
He had a very agreeable personality and was able to gain a rapport and pitch the delivery right to different kinds of people young and old.
I would recommend him to entertain people of all ages.We didn't have a very detailed plan of what we wanted but Jonathan just got stuck in and did his thing.I think he worked well as a ice breaker to guests as many did not know each other.
We would not hesitate to hire Jonathan again for another function.
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A
2 April 2019

Excellent fun was had by all! Amazing skills in holding attention of 35 (!) 5 year olds for an hour. Parents were taking notes in between laughing as the jokes equally funny for grown ups as well as kids.

A
2 April 2019

Excellent fun was had by all! Amazing skills in holding attention of 35 (!) 5 year olds for an hour. Parents were taking notes in between laughing as the jokes equally funny for grown ups as well as kids.

T
3 March 2019

Jonathon came and performed st our house for an hour and a half for my mother’s birthday. He showed us how to build puppets with materials around us and other little objects we could use as puppets. Then he performed a spectacular Punch and Judy show inside this lovely booth he had bought with him. He ended with some wonderful magic. The whole afternoon was a delight, sheer joy from start to finish. We laughed our heads off and had so much fun!! Jonathon is a superb performer; so so skilled, extremely funny, charismatic and just becomes the puppets he is impersonating. He’s a natural performer ....born to do this with. He lights up the room!! I would hire him for any event, any party, any anything!!!! More...

E
2 March 2019

What a lovely gentleman. Total professional, patents and children totally delighted by his show. Jonathan’s control of the children and situation was such a godsend.
Any recommend highly enough

Thank you for your kind words. Pleased to hear that not only the children but the parents also enjoyed my show - I try to entertain everyone!

D
26 February 2019

What a wonderful show johnathan put on .He kept 28 kids throughly entertained From start to finish of the 2 hours the kids laughed and played lots of games and were amazed by the magic tricks Even us adults were laughing and amazed All the children and parents were talking about it the next day at school. Thank you johnathan, your worth you weight in gold More...

D
21 February 2019

Great show for my 4 year old daughter, and 10 of her friends. Jonathan had them completely captivated throughout with lots of laughter and screaming and even the adults were chuckling at the awful jokes :)

J
18 February 2019

Jonathan has made our 8 yr old daughter's birthday a special day to remember. She was keen to share the day with her class mates who looked to be enjoying playing games together and were mesmerised by the magic. . At one high point, one of Iris' friends said 'oh.. you're good!!'.... Its true.. He is! To be able to engage and entertain a group of 25+ 7/8 Yr olds... And a smaller audience of older siblings, parents and grandparent.. was really something special.. Thank you Jonathan, Iris will remember her 8th birthday for a very long time. More...

J
13 February 2019

Absolutely fantastic - I booked him to entertain three year olds against other advice that they were too young. They loved him and listened intently for 40 minutes. .. He had the adults and children giggling and shouting. I will definitely be up for a bit of Punch and Judy in the future More...

Thank you for your kind words. It was lovely to be a part of your party and to hear the children's laughter. Thank you for your kind hospitality.

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Q&A

Since the age of seven when I received my first magic kit.

Oooooh -so many shows to choose from!
All shows include age appropriate routines whether for three year olds or the other end of the spectrum.
I recently performed Punch & Judy at a ninety year old party. That's what they wanted!
Magic Shows - Family magic with lots of participation, fun and laughter.
Punch & Judy Show - This is the traditional story with up to ten characters plus sausages!!! I visit schools with my show and at the end there is a strong anti-bullying message. I am re-booked by schools each year.
Balloon Modelling - Turning long balloons into dogs, hats, swords etc... Super fast - a dog in six seconds! This can be static or walkabout. Mini-workshops where children learn to make their own balloon can also be included.
Close-up magic - In a walkabout situation this can be performed for adults and also children.
At all times the emphasis is on fun!
In everything I do, laughter guaranteed!

The reaction of wonder whether from a young child or an older adult. I am addicted to the sound of laughter. The more I hear, the more I have to receive!!

I was self employed as an actor for many years and the magic just took over my life.
As I have appeared in professional pantomime I found adding Punch & Judy relatively easy as I look on it as Summer panto, although I do perform the show at all sorts of Birthdays, School Events, Anniversaies and Weddings throughout the year.

I will communicate with you easily and accurately from the moment of your enquiry right up to the end of your event. My performance will be age appropriate with fun and laughter guaranteed in order to create a lasting happy memory for you and your guests. From year to year I perform at many repeat bookings and also receive bookings from the best recommendation - word of mouth!

Services

For over twenty years I have worked as a children's entertainer performing Magic, Punch & Judy and Balloon Modelling at Birthday parties, Christenings, Weddings and all sorts of family events. I return time and again to schools and village fairs performing my shows throughout the south-east of England and beyond.

This is the traditional puppet show which has been in England for over three hundred and fifty years. Contains lots of audience participation, a strong anti-bullying message and laughs by the dozen! Each performance of Punch & Judy lasts around twenty to twenty-five minutes and contains up to eleven characters plus sausages!

I have been a professional entertainer for over twenty years presenting magic shows, Punch & Judy and Balloon Modelling at private parties, school fairs, village fetes, weddings, Christenings.... ...anywhere entertainment is required. Fun & laughter guaranteed.

Superfast balloons for children's parties, fetes, fairs, weddings etc.. Can also be done in corporate colours if required.

Two areas - Children's Magic and close-up magic. Children's Magic Show targeted at the age of the audience with lots of interaction, comedy but most importantly fun and laughter. Close-up Magic is performed to small groups at dinners, weddings, christenings etc.. It truly is magic right in front of your eyes. Can also be given a corporate slant if required.

I perform close-up magic right in front of your eyes - so different to watching it on television. Using cards, ropes and coins my aim is to mystify you but above all make it an entertaining experience. I perform at dinners, functions, family events and corporate days.