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Why I charge what I do.

Mr T Ricks Childrens Entertainer Bridgend Hello everyone, While out and about in my clown car the other day, I spotted a notice in a shop that I would like to share with you all as I am occasionally asked why there are other children entertainers that charge more or less….

“It is unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money; that is all. When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought is incapable of doing the things it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. It cannot be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough for something better. There is hardly anything in the world that some person cannot make a little worse and sell for a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this person’s lawful prey.” John Ruskin 1819 -1900

So let me tell you why I charge what I do…….. I am a professional children’s entertainer. That means this is my business and my main source of income. This is not a second job, and I don’t just work weekends. I work 7 days a week 365 days a year. (Yes, I have worked many a Christmas Day) For me clowning is a serious business. When I am not performing I am either practicing routines, working on jokes, or keeping up with the latest trends. In the past I have even asked for footage of my performance, filmed at a birthday party by a family member, so I can evaluate the show from a spectator’s viewpoint. …and then there are the props! I am constantly buying new props to replace those that get worn through age, or wear and tear (and for those who have seen my act some of these get deliberately whacked about. :-p) This helps keep the act looking professional and presentable. Cheaper I am now in my 23rd year of being a professional children’s entertainer, and I’ve had many imitators, but I have always seen these inferior performers come and go when things get tough. So the next time you want to build childhood memories for your child, or make everyone laugh and smile at a once in a lifetime event, ask yourself: why do some so called ‘children’s entertainers’ need to charge so little to secure their bookings? I am Mr. T.Ricks – professional clown, magician and children’s entertainer. My prices are competitive for the quality service I provide, and although I may not be the cheapest… I would rather be the best. 🙂 Bye for now… Mr. T. Ricks.

New shows for 2015

Hi boys and girls.

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.

Mr T Ricks Shows

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

T.Ricks @ Christmas!

Clown Christmas Scouts party 2013

Hello again everyone,

This will probably be one of my last posts of 2013 as with only just over a week to go before Christmas, I have been very busy driving my clown car all over South Wales performing at numerous Christmas parties. Above is a photo of me with the Beaver Scouts of 1st Abercarn where I performed for their Christmas party last week. Everyone had a fantastic time, and all the children went home with a present made by me!

Remember, I could be performing a one hour show for you, for free, in 2014 as there is still time to enter my fantastic competition. All you have to do is like my facebook page: MrTRicksFanPage and share this image on your own wall: T.Ricks Competition

That’s it! One lucky winner will be selected at random on the 1st January 2014. Full Terms & Conditions can be found on my blog.

If your planning a party around this festive period in the South Wales area, and need a professional children’s entertainer then get in touch. I may still be able to squeeze you in!  So that’s all for now folks! – I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Magical Christmas and Fun Filled New Year.

Mr. T. Ricks

Fantastic Competition!

Competition Advert

Hello again everyone,

Welcome to the last newsletter of 2013. Hope you are all looking forward to Christmas. To finish of the year, we are going to end with a great facebook competition! This is your chance to win a free hour of entertainment from me in 2014! There are just two simple steps to enter:

1) Go to the Mr.T.Ricks Fan Page and ‘like’ the page.
2) Find the post with the image above and share it on your own timeline.

That’s it! – All those who have completed both steps by the 31st December 2013 will be entered into the draw and a winner will be selected at random.  GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!
P.S – If you have already liked the Fan page just share the competition image to be in with a chance to win.

There will be more exciting competitions in the new year so be sure to check back frequently here and over on the Mr. T.Ricks Fan Page.

Bye for now!!!
Mr.T.Ricks

Facebook Competition Terms & Conditions 

  • Competition is only open to private individuals who have an active Facebook account and are resident in South Wales in the counties of: Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen, Newport, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire and Swansea at time of performance.
  • Winner will be selected from individuals who have both liked the Mr. T. Ricks Fan Page on Facebook and shared the page on their wall by 31st December 2013.
  • Winner will be selected at random on the 1st January 2014 and notified shortly afterwards.
  • Winner agrees to participate in Mr. T. Ricks’ publicity during the announcement and on day of show to feature on, but not limited to, the Mr. T. Ricks Fan Page on Facebook, Mr. T. Ricks on Twitter, www.mr-t-ricks.com and www.mr-t-ricks.co.uk
  • Prize will consist of 1 hour of entertainment, as deemed suitable by Mr. T. Ricks, from the following: clowning, magic, balloon modelling, face painting, glitter tattoos.
  • Entertainment will be performed as one consecutive hour and cannot be split across hours /days.
  • Entertainment must be performed between the hours of 10am to 6pm between the dates of the 6th January 2014 and 30th November 2014 (excluding Bank Holidays)
  • Winner must give Mr. T. Ricks at least two months notice prior intended date of performance. Any bookings already received by Mr. T. Ricks will take priority over prize.
  • No other prize is available.