On Saturday I was invited to a lovely birthday party at The David Lloyd Centre in Northwood. I had been there before in a room off to the left, but this time I was in the DL Kids Centre. It is a great area with two rooms. One for play and one for the food. The venue also has plenty of parking.
Duke was in charge of the food and the room. He was a life saver as the metal beam holding the roof up played havoc with my radio mic and he spent the first part of the party under my magic table performing a magic trick of his own. We were soon up and running.
The show went very smoothly with Dougal being a very popular end to the show. The children enjoyed Pizza and Ice cream before coming back for dancing and circus fun. I had one or two adults successfully spinning plates. This rarely happens. I was very impressed
I wanted to share this picture with you. My birthday girl gave it to me before the party. This may be her first published piece of art.
I regularly attend Star Fish Ward to entertainer and cheer up the children who find themselves there. Last week I was treated to the loveliest boy I’ve ever met, who brought such fun and laughter to the ward. I wish I could have bottled the happiness be brought. Here is an extract from facebook
Amanda writes, “You really brightened up Oscar’s day on Friday and he is still talking about your visit now.” It’s rays of sunshine and smiles all round on Starfish Ward. Julie writes, Oscar was on Day 8 in hospital and was starting to get frustrated and bored. The afternoon I visited, he was particularly sad and so he had a full magic show plus my signature parrot balloon.
He loved the magic show and made so much noise, we ended up being joined by two student nurses who hadn’t had the Pod experience before. It’s amazing the effect laughter has on a ward . One by one, members of staff popped by and left with smiles on their faces too.” Pod’s three monthly visits here are funded by Clowns in the Sky, GlaxoSmithKline and Radlett Rotary. Our thanks to all three donors for the sunshine they’re providing.
Play Specialist Helen at Watford General Hospital says, “Our three Pod entertainers really bring a ray of sunshine to the children and young people that are here with us on Starfish Ward.” These rays can be seen in Amanda’s photo of her son with Julie Carpenter, Auntie Julie, really bring a ray of sunshine to the children and young people that are here with us on Starfish Ward.” And these rays can be seen in Amanda’s photo of her son with Julie Carpenter.
Amanda writes, “You really brightened up Oscar’s day on Friday. He is still talking about your visit now.” It’s rays of sunshine and smiles all round on Starfish Ward. Julie writes, Oscar was on Day 8 in hospital and was starting to get frustrated and bored. The afternoon I visited, he was particularly sad and so he had a full magic show plus my signature parrot balloon. He loved the magic show and made so much noise, we ended up being joined by two student nurses who hadn’t had the Pod experience before. It’s amazing the effect laughter has on a ward – one by one, members of staff popped by and left with smiles on their faces too.” Pod’s three monthly visits here are funded by Clowns in the Sky, GlaxoSmithKline and Radlett Rotary. Our thanks to all three donors for the sunshine they’re providing.
Today we celebrated Oliver’s 4th Birthday in Ruislip. We were at the Deane Park Hall in Long Drive. It’s a lovely venue with plenty of parking. I was met by dad who had huge sacks of inflated dinosaur balloons. They were brilliant and floated around the tea table for the afternoon. There was bunting and even dino themed fairy lights. The reason for this blog post is really the amazing cake. I’ve not seen one this good for ages. There were also themed cupcakes that were very popular.
We had a traditional pass the parcel with lots of little toys in each layer. It reminded me of the TV show, Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs.
I’ve just completed a three week project at Pinewood Lodge in Oxhey, bringing a class of pupils from St Josephs school into the care home to meet with the residents
Our first session was themed on ‘Magic’ so everyone had the Auntie Julie magic show. The concept of the project was to have the children working and interacting with the residents. To make this happen I created a magic trick for everyone to make that involved colouring in. I had the residents helping the children choose the colours.
The last session was all about balloons. I didn’t realise how many tricks and routines I had that involved balloons. It’s a good job no one was worried by them.
The project also involved a dance company called Dinky Dances. Between us we ran 6 very successful sessions. We are hoping to cover some different carehomes and schools in the near future
Our second session was Circus themed. I didn’t think that a workshop with 40 participants would work in such a small area. With a little care to protect the seated residents from flying plates we learned juggling, plate spinning and diabolo.
I have spent three wonderful mornings at Pinewood Lodge with the residents, and visiting children from St Josephs school. It was a great project from Three Rivers District Council bringing together the two generations.
Auntie Julie wishes everyone a Happy New Year. She is looking forward to the next 12 months with lots of new projects bringing the young and elderly together
Auntie Julie had an amazing time in 2018 , finishing with a very busy December and a Christmas Eve show at Camelot Lottery Headquarters in Watford. Santa was too busy that day to come along but did leave us with a couple of Reindeer. The children fed them ready for the busy night ahead.
Give or take, she did 40 shows from Guildford to Harlow and from Welwyn to Southall. The show this year was based around The Elf on the Shelf and the Santa Shark Song. Not a combination you would normally expect. Next year expect even more fun and laughter.
This year brings a new project. Working with the council Auntie Julie will be bringing a class of 5 year olds into a care home to run three workshops. The object of the exercise is to bring the two age groups together for a fun morning, learning from each other. We will focus on Magic, Circus Skills and Balloon Modelling.
If you would like to see Auntie Julie this year, and don’t have a suitable event lined up then why not sign up for the Three Rivers Easter holiday play scheme? Auntie Julie will be at Yorke Mead School and Tannerswood school, both near Watford on Tuesday 16th April.
That just leaves Auntie Julie to wish you all a safe a happy new year.
Its time to book your Christmas show with Auntie Julie. Come and meet Dougal in his Christmas hat for a fun filled 45 minute show
The summer has swung by in glorious sunshine. The leaves are now dropping and wellington boots are splashing in muddy puddles. That can mean only one thing. Christmas is just around the corner. So what does this mean for Auntie Julie? For a start, lots of vitamins and a flu vaccination to stay fit an healthy through the season.
Every year the show changes. Auntie Julie always keeps some of the old favourites in but no two seasons are ever the same. Last year we had an Elf that didn’t know his colours and a Marshmallow Monster from Frozen who just couldn’t keep away. Olaf has been missing for a year or so, so it may be time for him to come back. The show has magic, singing, dancing, dancing, stories and lots of fun. New for this year will be the Baby Shark song. Not exactly part of the Christmas theme but with it being so popular at the moment, who could resist. Children from the age of two will enjoy this 45 minute show
If you would like Auntie Julie to visit your nursery or school please get in touch. As lot of the mornings are already fully booked with regular clients but there is availability on some afternoons.
The show costs £150 per 45 minute show ( within 15 miles of Watford). Discounts are available for block bookings. Auntie Julie doesn’t mind a longer drive to your venue but this may incur a slightly higher fee to cover travel.
I had a great morning on Sunday at Black Park in the in Lakeside Room. It is a small function lodge on the edge of the lake near the cafe. We started the party with bubbles while the guests arrived. When everyone had walked around the lake to us we sat down for the magic show. After a massive picnic outside we finished the morning off with a circus workshop and bubbles.
The Lakeside Room is small but handy to have in case the day is rainy, or in this case, very hot. You have a small kitchenette and some tables and chairs. We actually emptied the room to give ourselves some more space.
Testimonial for the Lakeside Room
I had a lovely email from the birthday girls dad
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you again for yesterday! We had a quite a few parents telling us how impressed they were with your show . Indeed one parent said “Aunt Julie is officially my favourite children’s entertainer of all time!”. For me personally it was your memory for all the names, and making everyone feel included throughout that was really great. It was exactly what we were looking for on the day, and took a lot of stress away for us. Hope you had a safe journey back!
So why am I posting this? It’s because the venue was so lovely and I had never been there before. Even if you don’t need the venue, take the family out for a picnic and grab a coffee at the lakeside café.
The Rickmansworth Gateway Club has invited Auntie Julie to perform many times but I had never had as much fun as I did last night. The Gateway Club is a social club for disabled adults. It is situated on Middleton Road in Rickmansworth at The Shepherds Centre. It is a bit like a youth club for grown ups. They have quiz nights, games nights, outings and now and again an ‘Auntie Julie’ magic night. At The Gateway everyone is included, which means that all the members, volunteers and carers are able to join in.
One of my best friends in magic is a young man called James Tetlow He started out taking magic lessons and performing with me at The Gateway in Rickmansworth. He then moved to Exmouth and joined the Exeter Magic Society. He is now a regular performer with the club. You can see Amanda in the first picture here. She is a friend of James’s and a fellow magician. You can see her in the photo helping me with a trick.
I had a very pleasant morning at Sunrise Senior Living this morning. Chorleywood is just around the corner from Watford where Auntie Julie lives. I was performing on the second floor in Reminiscence. I knew that an Adult magic show would never work here and a Children’s Show would be patronising so I mostly performed a balloon show.
I knew that music was very popular with the residents so themed each balloon around a song or track. Under the Sea by Robbie Williams brought us the Octopus you can see in the photograph. The Monkey song ‘I wanna be like you’ obviously brought out the monkey up a tree. We did go back in time a little for some flowers with ‘Flowers that bloom in the spring.’
So why did I have a wonderful party in Welwyn. Kemi was there, that’s why. Kemi is a party organiser. I think you need to live in Welwyn and be her friend, but please do search her out.
When I arrived for last weeks birthday party at the Ludwick Centre, Welwyn I admit, my heart sank a little. Firstly Welwyn Garden City was very wet. The kind of rain that makes you shiver. The hall for the party was huge. Half the hall was filled with the largest bouncy castle I have ever seen. The other half was for me and the party food. Now, ask any children’s entertainer, and they will tell you that bouncy castles,children’s entertainers and magic shows don’t mix very well. This is where Kemi fitted in.
Paws Patrol in Welwyn
Firstly she decorated the hall. Our birthday boy had chosen a Paws Patrol theme. There was a Paws Patrol Cake, Paws Patrol paper plates and Paw Patrol Balloons. I helped out with my first Chase balloon. It was not the best I have seen on the internet but not a bad attempt.
The genius came in the timing. As a children’s entertainer I couldn’t have asked for better.
The children arrived and played for a few minutes with a big balloon ball I had made. We had a great magic show with the children all happily placed on a large foam mat in front of me. The children had their party tea, and then and only then, was the monster sized bouncy castle put up.
I made balloons for the children catching their breath then packed up to leave. As I was leaving the candyfloss man arrived with a popcorn cart and candy floss machine. The children ( and parents) were in heaven. What a lovely way to finish a party.