Competitions and why I do them!

Why would anyone want to face their peers to perform and be judged?

As a magician who specialises in children’s magic and family friendly corporate stage magic, it is often difficult to get an over view of where you sit in the magic community. Most of our work is for private clients so we don’t often get to see each other work in a real life situation so by taking part in a competition you also get to see others working. This does meen you are going to be judged along side them and lets face it, you might not win!

Winning is not and should not be your main aim in taking part in magic competitions, although it is nice to win. My aim when I take part in a magic competition is to move my magic up a level. It is too easy to coast along doing what you have always done but when it comes to performing magic in a competition it makes you re look at what you are doing and finding new ways to be the best magician you can be.

Magic competitions are usually much shorter performances than your normal show so everything has to be tighter. For this years Children’s Entertainer of The Year competition I used magic tricks that have been in my children’s parties for a while but due to the time constraints I tightened up the scripts and then added extra music to make the magic more dynamic. I was very please to be awarded first prize, best children’s entertainer 2014 but I am also please with how it has made my magic parties even better than they were before.

This week I also entered the Cotswold Magical Society’s stage competition, this had a separate category of best comedy magician, this was my goal. as all the stage magic I perform for adult and family audiences is done with humour. I put together a special 10 minute comedy magic stage show featuring the “lost sock mystery” and some comedy mind reading with a nod to Uri Geller. At the end of the evening I was awarded the Sylvester wand for Best Comedy Magician.

Stroud close up magician

Magician of the year 2014

Although as I said at the beginning, winning is not everything, it’s very nice.

 

Christmas Magic Fund Raiser

Children love magic shows and children love christmas so of course christmas is an ideal time for schools and playgroups to have a magician as a treat for all the boys and girls, but in these hard pressed times quality magicians can be quite expensive.

What if you could have the UK Children’s Entertainer of the Year 2014 entertain your children and still make money for you school or a favourite charity?

Colin Dymond and Snot the Dragon have such a solution. It’s a simple ticket share, you organise the children and sell tickets to the event, you can choose from an afternoon, just for children, event or an after school family cabaret. You sell the tickets and we split the sales 50/50 you can of course make some extra by selling drinks and snacks or you can include them in your ticket cost.

For more information on the shows available please fill in the contact form http://www.colindymond.com/contact-2/

Kidology trophy

Children’s Magic in hospitals

As today I head to Bristol Children’s Hospital for my monthly visit to entertain poorly children I thought i’d share some information about what I do and the great charity that make this happen.

Every month I perform up to seven shows in Hospitals in Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Bridgend, and a few others, depending on where I am needed. The shows can either be complete 40 minute shows to a group of children in the play room or I go from bed to bed doing tricks or making balloon animals.

Children love magic and puppets so having a show to watch not only cheers them up but it takes their minds away from their illness for a while, it also relieves the boredom of a long hospital stay for the parents! If I am making balloons in out patients I just see the children before they called in, but when I perform in the Oncology wards or a burns unit the children can be there for months, or they have to keep coming back for regular visits, so these children I get to know quite well and they are always interested in what I am going to do next.

The charity that pays for entertainers in hospitals is called POD. All entertainers that they provide get paid, although we all do it at a very reduced fee, as they are all full time professionals and we have to attend various training sessions about infection control etc. Margret Munford MBE, who runs the charity organises about 200 shows per month in England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland but there are still hospitals that would like more shows or some that don’t get any. The charity is funded by various groups and individuals, some companies sponsor  a

Hospital Magic

Performing in Frenchay Hospital

monthly show for their local hospital, shows cost £50 each. POD also receive money from Children In Need.

As an Children’s Entertainer I am used to seeing happy children and hearing them laugh so it is always a moving experience when after seeing a child a parent comes up to you and says that they haven’t heard their child laugh for weeks or months.

If you would like to help, please contact POD. http://www.podchildrenscharity.com as they say, every little helps.