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Springtime in Caerphilly

Caerphilly Garden T.Ricks

Hello Everyone,

What a fantastic two days I had at the Caerphilly Garden Centre spring festival event.

Lots of people came to visit the garden centre, and while the adults were checking out all of the special offers, I was entertaining the young ones. Children had the choice of a balloon animal, face painting, glitter tattoo or all three! We were also lucky to have my good friends at Red Dragon Magic performing a range of tricks which proved very popular with both the old and young.

In-between all the fun there were supplier representatives on hand giving great advice on the new spring range of plants and shrubs, and also plenty of staff, with their wealth of knowledge, helping anyone who needed it.

Caerphilly Garden Centre

I also had a visit from my new best friend, Lola, who came to say hello, and got a glitter tattoo and balloon.  You can read all about this lovely little girl here.

The onsite restaurant at the centre is fantastic – providing lovely hot food and drinks, and was very busy around lunch time (on both days) so obviously I am not the only one who loves their food!

While exploring: I got bitten by a venus fly trap, rode a donkey, made some new friends, and had a big kiss on my big red nose from a lovely young lad by the name of Luke. (Kept an eye out for Darth Vader – thankfully he did not turn up). You can see some of my adventures below.

Children's Entertainer Caerphilly  Caerphilly Garden Centre  Caerphilly Garden Centre

All in all it was a very enjoyable few days and can’t wait to go back. I will of course post when I am back at Caerphilly Garden Centre, and hope to see you all there.

Bye for now!

Mr. T. Ricks.

Mr T Ricks does the Ice Bucket Challenge

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)

Bye for now!
Mr. T.Ricks

Cameo in a 6 Second Film!

Last night I got the chance to meet up with some friends of mine after performing a show nearby. Naturally after coming straight from the show I was still in full slap and motley (Clown make-up).

Being creative people, who never let an opportunity pass, we decided to film a vine. For those who do not know, a ‘vine’ is an app on a phone that allows the user to make short films that are only 6 seconds long. This is great for short sketches and funny scenes, and it wasn’t long before we came up with a concept.

Here’s the link: Road Rage

Look out for my brief ‘cameo’ appearance and thanks to Dave and Alan for a fun evening. ;-p

Bye for now,
Mr. T. Ricks

A Special Delivery…

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!

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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.

Bye for now!

Mr. T. Ricks

TV Drama appearance – 35 Diwrnod

MR T Ricks performs at a birthday party in the drama 35 Diwrnod

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)

Bye for now

Mr. T.Ricks

Here comes the…clown?

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.

childrens entertainer wedding clown

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.

Congratulations to you both.

Mr. T.Ricks on BBC Radio Wales!

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

Mr. T. Ricks on BBC Radio WalesHopefully 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)

Bye for now!

Mr. T. Ricks