Lion Quays – Trix in the Stix Magic Convention

Lion Quays- Shropshire

Here are just two photos from an amazing children’s magic convention I attended this week . It is called Trix in the Stix. Named, because we learn our craft from an amazing convention centre called Lion Quays in Shropshire that is in the middle of nowhere.
I was lucky enough to be asked to produce a power presentation, or mini lecture.
I talked about the Power of Personalisation, or how I learn 20 party guests name in about 10 minutes. The talk was well received and I had a lot of fun doing it.

For the rest of the convention we were treated to lectures, shows and a chance to buy all the props we need to keep our magic shows fresh until next year. We had stalls with crazy costumes manned by Heidi and Brenda. They always had a tin of sweets to keep passers by happy.

The convention is run by the Practical Magic team. They have a  very colourful stall with all the latest in magic design.

I didn’t buy very much this year. I picked up some wonderful star sponges and a couple of squeakers to go with a new lamb puppet.

Magic Convention at Lion QuaysTrix in the Stix
Lion Quays


Tim Vine meets Auntie Julie

Tim Vine – Chat Show,  Recorded for Radio 4

Auntie Julie had a night off and went to see her favourite comedian Tim Vine, at the Up The Creek comedy club in Greenwich, London. He was recording an episode of his chat show for Radio 4 There is just something about him that is so clever. He entertains with a mix of jokes songs and sketches and never utters a blue word. His jokes are based on ‘words’ and are one- liners, rather than long anecdotal stories. What’s more Auntie Julie got to spend some time chatting with Tim after the show. Although he is not a magician so much can be learnt about performance style and audience management from him. Just a look or a pause can get a round of applause.

Tim Vine
Tim Vine

Alice the Bunny in Croxley Green

Alice the bunny is enjoying her retirement

Just as the sun is coming out I thought I would give you an update on the Alice the Bunny. She is now eight years old and enjoying a happy retirement. Every morning, as soon as the sun comes up I pop her out into her garden in Croxley Green – for those of you a little further away, that is somewhere between Rickmansworth and Watford. She has a very happy day chewing on the grass playing in the flower bed. Around tea time I will find her sitting next to the garden hose waiting for her supper. That’s when I pop her back in the cage above the washing machine in our kitchen. She has some dried bunny food and some fresh fruit and vegetables and settles down in her box for the night

Alice the Bunny

Gordon Ramsay at Great Ormond Street Hospital

A special visitor to the children’s ward

It isn’t often that Auntie Julie gets to meet seriously famous people. Today however, Gordon Ramsay visited Great Ormond Street Hospital to help out with a bake sale.

He had helped one little girl with some cake decorating then popped into the playroom to see another. That’s when he came across Auntie Julie in the middle of a show!

He kindly allowed us to take some photos.

Gordon Ramsey at Great Ormond Street Hospital
Gordon Ramsey visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

What Auntie Julie didn’t realise when she took the picture was that  he  was about to be attacked by a Gruffalo that was creeping up behind him. Fortunately no one was hurt and Gordon was able to continue with his visits. Apparently he is a regular and much loved visitor to the hospital

Watford Association of Magicians

Watford Association of Magicians, stage competition

On Tuesday the Watford Association of Magicians held their annual stage competition. This was aimed at an adult or family audience rather than children. Auntie Julie was very pleased to receive an award. There was lots of magic, fun and laughter.

Circus Workshop and Magic at the Sand Castle Club – Watford

Circus workshops at the Sand Castle Club in Watford

had a great summer. I had two visits to the Big Beach Party in Watford and ran  magic shows and circus workshops at the morning Sandcastle Club. This event was run by Watford Council and was free to attend. Although the children could come and go, they usually stayed for the whole morning with their parents keeping them supplied with ice-creams. One family even gave me an ice cream to say thank you for such a fun morning. The circus workshop was enjoyed by all age groups including the parents

The Sandcastle Club in Watford
The Sandcastle Club in Watford


7th party and counting

 7th Birthday Party

This weekend I was back for a party with a very familiar family.

The title is a slight exaggeration. It was actually the 6th time the family had booked me, but it was the birthday girls 7th party.

Apparently she was offered any type of party she wanted, and insisted on having me come back to entertain.

I often get calls from clients with 7 and 8 year olds who are concerned that their children will be too old for a traditional entertainer party. Don’t be put off. Recently some of my best magic shows have been to older juniors. Even when the birthday child has been very young, the older children get plenty of fun out of the show.

Puppets and Wands

A great day at Great Ormond Street Hospital

A day out at Great Ormond Street Hospital

I had the pleasure of entertaining two little girls today at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Their mums put a short video on my facebook page.

The girls were amazing. I did a little show for them, then came back later to tell them a story.

We love Auntie Julie 🙂 xxxxxx Thank you! From Hattie and Ebonie

Posted by Katie Southgate on Thursday, 13 August 2015