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Mr Merlin & Okey Dokey The Dragon Party Entertainer

Mr Merlin – a winner of the coveted ‘UK Children’s Entertainer Of The Year’, has been a full time professional children’s entertainer since 1994.

Even before then he worked on the entertainments teams at Pontins and Haven. He ran a children’s entertainment club with (on occasions) 100+ children for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening.

This gave him lots of experience and many of the skills he uses today. He then went on to become the entertainments manager on holiday parks in Christchurch and New Milton responsible for entertaining the whole family.

It was whilst on these parks that he developed his adult comedy-magic cabaret act, became proficient at close-up magic and now wows audiences all over the world. As well as perform, he also teaches too in a magic workshop for older children.

45 Minute Magic and Fun Show

This show is suitable for all ages and is ideal for parties and events where the whole family can be entertained. ‘Panto’ style magic is the order of the day, with less emphasis on the tricks and more on interacting with the children, getting them laughing and having fun. The show normally concludes with a ventriloquist routine with Okey Dokey the Dragon. Mr Merlin’s sidekick is seen as cute and cuddly by the very young, cheeky and irreverent by older children and hilarious even by adults. This is the ideal package for any conceivable event where children are involved. Weddings, Christenings, Schools, Company events, Christmas Parties, Hotels and Holiday Parks, Fêtes & Carnivals and tourism events. However, if it’s a birthday party, Okey Dokey always finishes off singing Happy Birthday and makes the birthday child feel very special on their day.

Mini 1 Hour Package

Once all set up and ready to go, the children are gathered to play some fun games for 15 minutes or so. They range from musical bumps and traffic lights, to games I developed from years of experience doing parties and before that running children’s clubs. The key thing for younger children especially is that there is lots of variety and the games are quick and fun. There is no emphasis on winners and no ‘elimination’ games where children can be sat out bored.
After the games, little ones are settled down for the 45 minute magic show. At the end, Okey Dokey the Dragon comes out and has some fun. He can also sing Happy Birthday, so if you haven’t done it yet, this may be a good time to blow out those candles.

Full Party Package

This package lasts for 90 minutes. A top of the range p.a. system is used which plays music for party songs and for the fun games & competitions for the children. Mr Merlin provides the necessary prizes, and perform the 45 minute show too. The games are typically done as soon as the children arrive. Other entertainers may wait until everyone has arrived but Mr Merlin has developed a game which encourages participation from even the shy children right from the very start ensuring you get great value for money. Once the games are done, time for a quick drink/toilet break and a party dance, then to  settle them down for the magic show. At the end, Okey Dokey the Dragon makes an appearance. This is usually the children’s favourite part of the show, so this is why Mr Merlin  likes to keep the best until last. If you book for a birthday party, this is where you may want to bring out the cake and we can get the children to sing Happy Birthday. The games last 45 minutes and the show is 45 minutes too, so once completed, they are marched to the table where they have their birthday tea.

Magic Workshop

For older children who feel that they have grown out of the traditional children’s party, Mr Merlin has developed an ideal package. Typically for children aged 8 and over and often performed for young adults even as old as 15/16. Around 30 minutes is spent wowing them with the type of magic you would only normally see on TV from the likes of Dynamo. Card and coin magic, predictions and sleight of hand all feature. We then move on to showing them some magic that they can practice at home. The magic isn’t so difficult that they will be frustrated learning, but isn’t so simple that they’d be easily bored with. It’s also good enough to fool adults. It’s great for helping build confidence and is really suitable for children who don’t like the noise and energy of a typical party. Mr Merlin doesn’t dress as he does for other shows favouring a jacket, t-shirt and jeans perhaps and works under the name of Merlin’s Magical Workshops. Ideal for those ‘cool kids’ who may be worried that a ‘silly clown’ will turn up. Within the cost of the show, Mr Merlin includes 10 magic gift bags which include playing cards and lots of other props so the children can learn magic during the workshop and then continue to practice the tricks at home. Extra bags are available for a nominal charge.

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