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Tens Years of Mister Tall

2020 Is A Special Year!

If you have read the About Me page, you will know I began by being a clown for my daughters’ birthday parties. When I first started to take bookings, I also had a real job. And all the while I was doing that, I was building a good reputation as a Children’s Entertainer.

Then, in January 2010, I decided to go for it! I decided to put all my efforts into being a Full-time Professional Children’s Entertainer – making it my only job. To succeed, I needed to provide the very best service I could offer. I needed to be reliable, trustworthy and funny!

Now, ten years later, I’m happy to say that it is still my only job. I still put 100% of my effort into it and have an excellent reputation.

To celebrate this Ten Year Anniversary, I’m offering a 10% DISCOUNT on my Best-Selling Party Package – 2 hours Disco, Magic & Games. This offer is available for all bookings taken during December 2019 for any time in 2020.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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Terms and Conditions:

10% Discount is available for 2 Hour Disco, Magic & Games Package only. It is not available on any other packages.

Discount applies to bookings made during December 2019 for 2020 dates. Offer ends at Midnight, 31st December 2019

Discount applies to direct bookings for private parties only. Subject to availability.

A non-returnable booking fee is required for all bookings.

Offer can be withdrawn at any time.

Local Children’s Entertainer?

Performing At A Town Near You

Being a Children’s Entertainer based in Portsmouth is different to being one based in, say, Leicester.

As Portsmouth is on the South Coast of Hampshire, my catchment area is not 360 degrees, but something like half that. To the south, there is The Solent. In other words, sea!

This means I travel further afield than a Midlands based Children’s Entertainer. My range is about seventy miles to the north, west and east. I do Children’s Parties as far afield as South London, Brighton and Poole and am frequently performing Magic Parties in Surrey, North Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and West Sussex.

The advantage of this for you, the Birthday Child’s parent, is that you can book one of my quality, professional, less-stress party packages. You might live in an area where there are very few Children’s Entertainers, so everybody has booked the same person. When you book me, the Birthday child and their friends will see a different Magic Show and play different games.

Wherever you live, I will arrive in good time to set up and be ready for the start of your party. I will bring my professional sound equipment, music and prizes. In fact, I bring everything I need!

And my prices include travel, so there are no hidden extras.

Whether you live in Arundel, Basingstoke, Cobham, Denmead, Eastleigh, Farnham, Guildford, Haslemere, Iping, Kings Somborne, Lyndhurst, Midhurst, Netley, Overton, Petersfield, Ringwood, Southampton, Tangmere, Upwaltham, Virginia Water or Yateley, you can have a Mister Tall Party!

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Magic Party For Children

Why Have A Magic Party For Children?

As I write this, Britain’s Got Talent is starting its thirteenth series and magic is going to play a very big part again. A lot of those magicians appearing on the telly were inspired by watching magic at their birthday party. It is possible that they were invited up and took part in a magic trick. And when they did that trick – actually performed magic themselves – they got the ‘Magic Bug’. Look at this young man’s face. Imagine how good he felt. Only a Magic Party can give your child that feeling of amazement – They Did Magic!

What’s The Best Age For A Children’s Magic Party?

Here’s a guide for my birthday parties…

3rd Birthday Party: While I do perform short magic shows for pre-schools, I don’t do 3-year-old’s birthday parties. At this age, the birthday child and their little friends are too young to get what I do. They might like my bright appearance and funny actions, but my stories won’t hold their attention and they will become restless. It would be much better to wait until they are four years old.

4th Birthday Party: 4-year-olds can really enjoy one of my Magic Birthday Parties. The birthday child and their friends have gained some experience of being with other children and story telling at their pre-school or nursery. And even though it might be the first ever birthday party they have attended, my subtle approach of getting them all involved brings them out of their shell. My non-elimination games are easy to understand and are fun. And my magic shows are tailored specifically to their age group. The tricks I use and my performance is designed to get them involved and therefore keep their attention.

5th and 6th Birthday Party: 5-year-olds and 6-year olds are a really good age for my Children’s Magic Parties. They have had experience of attending birthday parties, they are used to some structure at school and they are developing their own characters. This means that when they arrive, they are ‘up for it’. One thing to remember is, because they are at school daily, they have also experienced the sort of everyday humdrum routine that school brings. They’ve been in the real world. So a birthday party is a time to let off steam and a chance to have some control. In my magic show, they are the ones who are doing the magic. They are the clever ones, much cleverer than me! Also, at this age, they may not have established a group of close friends (especially 5-year-olds who have just started school), they tend to be friends with the whole class. This means they would like the whole class at their party, which is fine for me, as there is no limit to the number of children you invite.

7th Birthday Party: This is still a good age for one of my Magic Parties. Like the five and six-year-olds, they know how to party. But 7-year-olds can have a cheeky edge to them. They like a joke and like to joke, so my style is ideal. They’re not treated like little babies. My magic show is again tailored to this specific age group, it contains tricks that will make them laugh and amaze them in equal measure. At my parties, they have the opportunity to escape the humdrum of daily life and have a great time.

8th Birthday Party and older: Once your child starts Junior School, you might think they are too old for the traditional children’s birthday party. It is fair to say that, by this age, they have established their own ideas about what they do and don’t like. But if they would like a Magic Party, I have the experience to provide you with a great party. To do this, I recommend your child has some input. With my Disco, Magic & Games package, they can choose to have some of their favourite songs included on the party playlist. To give you an idea of how I deal with this age group, my magic show contains tricks I usually perform for grown-ups and by the end of the party, I’m considered to be ‘cool’.

So that’s my guide to the best age for a Children’s Magic Party, I hope you’ve found it useful.

If your child is four and above, I can provide you with a less stress party which your birthday child will thoroughly enjoy. You can find more information about the packages I offer here, or get a quote.

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Have A Safe Party

This is a sensible message from a man who makes everybody laugh!

I honestly couldn’t tell how many birthday parties I have been to – definitely thousands. And each one has had a birthday cake. And luckily, apart from the birthday child spitting on the cake, I haven’t seen anything bad happen. But there is a risk of an accident happening and that’s why I’m writing this.

It’s not so much the cake, but the candles on it. When children go to blow them out, they lean in and over the candles. If the child has long hair, or if they have a costume that is loose and hangs down, they could be putting themselves at risk. The flame of the candle can cause the hair or costume to catch alight and (in the worst-case scenario) the child could end up with an injury.

When it’s time to blow the candles out, keep the cake up from the child. You could hold it so they can’t lean over. Or if it’s on a table, keep the child seated so they are on the same level. If you only have a low table for the cake, be sure to keep the child’s hair and costume back, or be ready to hold the child back, or have a huge big bucket of water, ready to throw over them!

Corporate Entertainer

My Business To Your Business

Because the bulk of my work is for Children’s Birthday Parties, it’s easy to overlook the fact that I can also entertain at Corporate Events. Here’s a summary of the type of entertainment I can provide and how it can benefit Businesses.

Retail Business – Stores and Shopping Centres

At the moment, these are tough times on the high street – Bricks and Mortar Shops are in fierce competition with online retailers. As a result, high street stores and town shopping centres need to give their customers more of an experience when visiting their businesses. They need to create the feeling that going shopping is a day out, an event that all of the family can enjoy. The services I offer can help with that experience.

I can provide short magic shows, at set times, throughout the day. These would last up to 30 minutes long and there would be a variety of shows, so your customers wouldn’t see repeats. These not only provide entertainment for your customers, they are an opportunity to bring a group of your customers to the same location, at the same time. This means you can use this opportunity to pass on information and news about your latest promotions.

I can also provide balloon modelling. Balloon models are a great draw. They can bring parents into your store and will draw people to the place they are being made. If you have a particular product on promotion, balloon models will draw your customers to its location. If you are handing out flyers, these can be distributed with the balloon models, backing up your company brand. Also, as the public like a gift, free balloon models are well received and promote a feeling of goodwill.

Both of these forms of entertainment will help generate an increase in footfall to your business. And, with the addition of social media promotion, they will add to your brand awareness.

I have experience of providing these packages at shopping malls, town centres, retail stores, showrooms and supermarkets in Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey, Wiltshire and Dorset. If you would like more information about how I can help your retail business, send me a message.

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The Service Industry – Transport, Construction and Utilities

There are occasions where these industries meet the public. This could be the launch of a new transport service, the opening of a new building site show house or a new upgrade to utility services. I can help make these more family friendly.

Magic Shows can help, but I would recommend balloon modelling as my best-suited service to add to your event. As mentioned, the public like a free gift, with flyers and other marketing material being handed out at the time. This helps cement your company brand with the parents, which gives a positive attitude towards your business.

I have experience of Bus Launches, Show House Openings and Utility Company Events in Hampshire, West Sussex, Surrey, Wiltshire and Dorset. If you would like more information about how I can help you, send me a message.

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Your staff and their families

Whatever your business (international, national or local) the satisfaction of your workforce is important. A happy team is a successful team. If you put on events for their families, they will be happier. It may be a Summer Family BBQ, a Family Fun Day, a Celebration of a Profitable Year, or a Christmas Party. I can provide services for all of these. If you would like more information about how I can help, send me a message.

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