PETER CAMPBELL WELLS - PARTY MAGIC
THE FULL SHEBANG: Entertainment from start to finish. Pete hosts a full party, the event will begin with informal gags, games and tricks as the guests arrive. There'll be a full magic show, followed by balloon modelling. The second half of the party involves party games - my take on party games involve musical bumps and similar jumping and dancing type activities. No children are put 'out', but the best players in each game collect stickers. The children with the most stickers win prizes at the end of the game session and get to 'magic up' a load of sweets for everyone else. The party will end with close-up magic tricks as children are collected and leave. For older children, we can offer offer a karaoke session instead of party games, allowing kids to sing current chart songs as well as favourites from High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock and similar movies and TV shows.
THE MAGIC SHOW: 45-minutes of lunacy. Children respond to comedy first and foremost, and Pete is not the kind of performer who grins smugly, saying 'look what I can do'. His shows are brash and irreverent, designed to have the audience making as much noise as possible. The show is geared to the age of the audience, but he never talks down to kids. In most cases, they come out looking much wiser and brighter than Pete!
BALLOON MODELLING: Balloon modelling is available as an add-on to the main show. Balloons are always popular with children under ten years of age (and those over thirty!). They're best delivered around the table during lunch or tea. This way, all the children know who's next in line and have a good idea of when they'll get their balloon. As far as timing goes, allow about a minute per child - so a party of 30 children would require about 30 minutes to provide each with a balloon animal.
KIDS' CLOSE-UP MAGIC: This is the kind of magic you'd expect to see at a wedding reception or similar function. It's visual, showy and impressive magic that happens right under the audience's nose. For younger children, Pete obviously avoids card tricks, and concentrate more on more self-explanatory visual magic. We recommend close-up magic to children aged five and above, as younger kids often lack the patience for it. Kids' close-up magic takes the form of a 15-20 minute session, which can be booked in addition to the main magic show.
PARTY GAMES: Party games are available only as part of the 'whole shebang' package, and generally occupy the latter half of a party, after the children have eaten. For younger kids, we avoid games in which players need to be 'out', instead using a sticker system', whereby the best players are awarded stickers, and those that have the most by the end of the party are declared overall winners. Most of the games are played to music and involve dancing, running around and other active daftness.
KIDS' KARAOKE: For older children, a karaoke session can be a novel alternative to party games - and are especially popular with young fans of X-Factor, Hannah Montana, High School Musical or Camp Rock. The last half of a party is ideal for a karaoke session for small groups of children. If you're holding a bigger party with lots of kids, however, you might want to make it all karaoke-based! Please note that karaoke depends on singers being able to read lyrics from a screen, and is therefore only suited to reading-age children!
FLEA CIRCUS: Only the most highly-trained imaginary fleas are allowed to perform in our flea circus. This is by far the silliest thing in our repertoire, but the sheer absurdity of it tends to be lost on anyone under the age of 25. This is one for the 'big kids' in the audience!!