Hello boys and girls – I hope you are all ready for Christmas!
I was hoping to write this blog post days ago but Mr T Ricks has been very busy entertaining children throughout South Wales at parties and events all through December and has barely stopped!
I was delighted to be asked back to entertain the Beaver Pack of 1st Abercarn Scout group who booked me last Christmas and enjoyed my performance so much that they asked me back again this year! Once again, we had a great party and the quote below is from the Scouts Facebook page which was emailed to me along with the pictures:
“1st Abercarn beavers xmas party with mr.T.ricks. Fab time had by all, don’t know who had more fun the kids or the leaders!!!”
As well as performing in Abercarn I have also been running around South Wales performing magic and balloon modelling including Frankie & Benny’s which have recently opened their new restaurant in Llantrisant, and since the beginning of December I have had the pleasure of working at the Brecon Mountain Railway alongside a very special person (which I managed to sneak a quick picture of!!!!):
I have more to tell you, and an exciting story that happened at one of my shows, but as I am out tomorrow performing for a Christmas Eve party I will save that for another day.
For the last few months social media has been awash with people dumping buckets of ice cold water over themselves to raise money and awareness for ALS and other charities. I had almost got away without a soaking when my good friend Dave nominated me just the other day.
Naturally as a clown, the idea of throwing buckets of water around is a very natural thing to do, and as it was for charity how could I say no? Rather than just dump the water on my head I decided that, in true clown tradition, to create a quick slapstick routine that incorporated the challenge. With the help of friends and family, I managed to create the film below that I hope you enjoy.
If you know someone who you think would enjoy a giggle please remember to share it with your friends and family. You can also leave a comment on my new Youtube page. (Either click the Youtube logo at the bottom of the video, or the new Youtube button at the bottom of the home page)
As a professional clown, magician and children’s entertainer I constantly look for ways to enhance my services and where possible, dedicate some time to this cause. So a little while back I conceived an idea that I wished to put into practice but it would need some bespoke props. Having done hours of research, I could not find the props that I needed at a high enough quality for my show, and I began to fear that my idea may just have to remain as such.
Fortunately, I took in confidence some very good friends of mine and one of them mentioned that his extended family may be able to help. A few days passed and I received a phone call to say that what I needed was being made…. in Australia!
You can imagine my excitement when the items turned up the other day, and as you can see from the photos below it took quite a lot of Australian stamps just to get it to Bridgend, South Wales!
What can I say: the items are fantastic and I can’t wait to put them to use. Unfortunately, there are still a few pieces of the puzzle left to complete and they will take some time, but hopefully I aim to have the latest addition up and running just in time for Christmas.
MR T Ricks performs at a birthday party in the drama 35 Diwrnod
Recently I had a call from a production company based at the TV studios at Culverhouse cross in Cardiff asking if I would be willing to perform on one of their new productions. 35 Diwrnod; a drama series for S4C.
After meeting with the production company, I discovered that I knew some of the crew from other TV programmes that I have been involved in. The filming went well, and it took around five hours to film the brief sequence in which I appear as an outsider witnessing the beginning of an event.
You can see the end result in the pictures above, but to find out why my party was interrupted by some uninvited guests you’ll have to watch the series. (Mums & Dads only)
Well there I was sitting in my car at Barry Civic Centre when a beautiful bride by the name of Susan came and sat with me in the car! Not as strange as you may think as I was attending Sue and Stuart’s wedding, and yes I was in full slap and motley!
The best thing was, I was a surprise. Sue had only told her maid of honour and the registrar that I was going to be there. You can imagine the look on all of the guests faces when I walked in, seconds before the bride, juggling three balls to the music of Scottish bag pipes and made my way to stand next to the groom. I took his arm and said ‘Hi honey, I’m here!’ – his face was a picture! I quickly moved aside and made room for the real bride, and the ceremony was fantastic.
So after some photos we were all off to the reception at the Brynhill Golf Club where I entertained the guests with some close up magic and balloon modelling around the tables. As there were a few children present, I had them to help with most of the magic. After around an hour and a half, with music playing in the background, I wished the happy couple all the very best and made my way home. It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by the happy couple and all the great guests, and I was pleased I could bring even more joy to their special day.
Yesterday, if you tuned into BBC Radio Wales you might have heard me on the radio! I was asked to talk on air with Steffan Garrero about an article that appeared in The Independent. According to the article, America is currently suffering a shortage of clowns as younger generations are not taking up the craft.
I was on air for over 10 minutes talking about the art, and how people can become a clown. This was a little tricky for Steffan who is Coulrophobic, or in other words, has a fear of clowns! However I kept my funny stuff to a minimum and he coped rather well. He even managed to bravely pose for a picture with me, and as you can see, he was delighted! :-p
Hopefully I can meet him with again at some point, and perhaps help him cure his phobia! In the meantime you can here me on the show here: Mr. T.Ricks on BBC Radio Wales. (I’m on at about 02:41:00)