And the winner is…

Thanks you to all of you who made the switch and liked my Colin Dymond Magician and Ventriloquist page. If you have not done so yet please do so as I will be running more competitions soon.

For the prize of a Snot the Dragon T shirt goest to….

Nic Horne

Purple Dragon puppet

Snot The Dragon

 

Colin Dymond Magic & Ventriloquism

Time for a change! After 20 years of Ace Of Diamonds, I have decided to just use my name for all future marketing. From now on everything will be under the header of

Colin Dymond Magic & Ventriloquism

My new web address is

ColinDymond.uk

And my Facebook activity will be on my Colin Dymond page.

Colin Dymond Magic and Comedy Ventriloquist

Look out for my car that is being wrapped with all my new branding and should be on the road soon.

And finally my new number is

0333 800 1962

0333 numbers are local rate numbers whether dialled from a landline or a mobile.

I look forward to seeing you soon.

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Blackpool Opera House

I was honoured to be invited to perform on stage at The Opera House in Blackpool. I thought I’d try my hand at some three way ventriloquism.

Let me know what you think.

 

Glastonbury Magic Festival

I am honoured to be asked to be a part of this fantastic event. From the 17th-19th July in Glastonbury, I shall be appearing as both Wizard Trelawney and my self doing magic shows and some walkabout magic. The weekend features some of the top magicians from around the world. Hosted by Jay Scott Berry, this is going to be a fantastic weekend of magic. Keep your diaries clear, more information to follow soon.

https://www.facebook.com/GlastonburyMagicFestival

http://www.glastonburymagicfestival.com

Glastonbury Wizard copy

 

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas to you all.

Sorry, I have been so busy doing lots of Christmas Magic Shows, birthday parties and some christmas shopping of my own, that I haven’t had time to do a video of my own so I thought I’d share some Muppet Christmas memories with you all.

Have a fantastic christmas and  look forward to seeing some of you in the new year.

Children In Need

I ran a competition for schools in Stroud to have Snot The Dragon and myself perform our magic show to raise money for children in need. I have decided to fill the day and perform at three schools. It will be a busy day , three children’s magic parties and lots of fun and laughter. Plenty of puppets and audience participation.

Look out for photos in The Stroud News and Journal next week.

What ever you are doing for Children In Need, have fun.

Snot The Dragon

Snot The Dragon

 

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.

 

New Ideas

After being awarded first place at the Kidology Children’s Entertainer competition, I now get to perform at The Winter Gardens in Blackpool in February. Time for something new. Watch this space for more news about a new character who is on his way.