In my last post you might have noticed that I mentioned the word Coulrophobia. For those of you who don’t know Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns! This is a very real phobia and can easily be present in adults even more so than children. Those of you that follow me on my fan page will know that I have even spoken on BBC Radio Wales on the subject, which was a little tricky for Steffan Garrero who just so happened to have this phobia.
Naturally, I am saddened to hear that people have this phobia, and do whatever I can to try and put people at ease – especially if they happen to be at my show! This just so happened to be the case when I attended the 1st Abercarn Beavers Christmas party in December.
A lovely lady by the name of Kelly (who is a helper at the group) has been Coulrophobic since a child and had no rational explanation for her fear. This phobia was so great that she wasn’t even going to stay at the party, but was persuaded to help at the back of the hall where she could hide in the kitchen if she wanted to! Fortunately this was quietly mentioned to me at the start of the show and I was able to perform my routine down the other end of the hall, while Kelly watched surrounded by all the other leaders.
Having performed for the Beavers before, the other leaders knew how approachable I am and convinced Kelly to come a little closer at the end of the show where I could have a chat with her. I took this opportunity to make her one of my special balloon bouquets and she was thrilled to bits that she could come close enough to collect it. Kelly was absolutely fantastic and even asked if she could have her photograph taken with me to show her mum as proof of her accomplishment. Her actual words were “my mum is going to be so proud of me!”
and so she should be! – Well done Kelly!
If I am attending one of your events and you think someone at the party has a fear of clowns then please let me know in advance and I will do my very best to put them at ease during my time there.
Alternatively you can now book my children’s show, without the clown element, and you’ll still get Mr.T.Ricks the colourful magician turning up to entertain your guests. Just get in touch via any of the methods on the contact page for more information.
You may have read on my Facebook Fan page that I would be creating new packages for 2015 suitable for all budgets and events. These include everything from magic, clowning, balloon modelling, face painting, glitter tattoos. I’ve even put together a package for people who might be Coulrophobic so you can book with confidence! 🙂
These are just some of the total packages available, but if you would like to know about all of the packages, or require more information about the ones below please feel free to get in touch for a chat.
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.
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.
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.