Updated 1:00 a.m. June 8, 2003 GMT
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A Busy Year


What have we been doing?
It has been a busy year for us at Magic For All Occasions, the company behind PARTYWEB. Not only have we been busy giving the website a major facelift but the agency side of the company has not slowed it's pace since last Xmas.



DECEMBER 2000

Phew ! This month sees the year 2000 go with a bang with many previous corporate clients returning to us to use our services. Such as Industrial Bank of Japan who have used close-up magician CHARLIE VALENTINO for the last 3 years for their clients Xmas party, McKey Foods book MAGIC MOMENTS and Santa for the 2nd year running for their children's party, and The National Trust use us again, this time for their December carol concerts at Ham House in Richmond, by booking a magical compare, Santa, and his elf helper.

Santa makes a special appearance at Ham House

Santa also made an appearance along with a magical duo for Fashion Logistics staff children's Xmas party.

Childrens entertainers were very popular with playgroups: Tanners End (2nd year running), Tara Kindergartens, Market Nursary, and Cornwallis Adventure Playgroup (2nd year running). And with schools: Clitterhouse Infants, and Sacred Heart School, in Teddington.

Other clients booking close-up magicians included: Baker Tilly at the Millennium Britannia Hotel, in Mayfair, Goldman Sachs International at the Mint Bar, Martin Hamblin Research, UBS Warburg at the Metropolitan Hotel, Park Lane:

" Thouroughly enjoyed it. Excellent "

Donna Greenhead (UBS Warburg)

Caricaturist IAN PARRATT and a close-up magician were booked by Crimson Publishing for their staff party at Sound Republic nightclub in Leicester Square. Reid Minty Solicitors book magicians CHARLIE VALENTINO and ALI CARDABRA for their event at London Zoo. And Haringay Chamber of Commerce book (2nd year running) cabaret magician GEORGE KOVARI JR:

" Absolutely brilliant.
A magnificent performance ! "


Errol Hines (Haringay Chamber of Commerce)

Matt Barnard performs at The Dome

MATT BARNARD's comedy circus show and juggling workshop is booked for the 2nd year running by Inspace, this time the venue for their staff children's party is The Millennium Dome.

" This is the second time we have booked Matt and he was very, very good. We would love to have him back next year. "

Clair Wall (Inspace)

Clowns FLIP & FLOP were booked for Ponders End Police at their annual staff children's party at Cheshunt Country Club. And a clown and two face painters were booked to entertain children at Shearman & Sterling Solicitors.

Childrens entertainers were also booked by Loans.co.uk at Watford Football Club, and by Digitas, Brent Cross Banqueting, Ealing Women's Aid charity, and a wedding at Ham House.

The close-up magic of GEORGE KOVARI JR proved popular for SAS Martial Arts Academy at Unicornio restaurant:

" Excellent !
A lovely chap who went down really well "


Dominic Tretal
(
SAS Martial Arts Academy)

CHARLIE VALENTINO, close-up illusionist, finishes off the year with Xmas day at Cannizaro House Hotel followed by new year's eve in the John Burton-Race Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel, in Marylebone:

" This entertainer is very good.
We will definately book him again ! "


John Burton-Race
(
The Landmark Hotel)

Santa & Tracey from MAGIC MOMENTS hand out presents to the children at McKey Foods

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NOVEMBER 2000

Just when we thought we had our weirdest request (see last month) we get a call from Channel 4 Television to supply MAGIC MOMENTS to feature in an episode of 'Chained' their new 'Big Brother' type fly-on-the-wall game show which will be shown on their forthcoming new digital TV channel, E-Four. One of the players was celebrating his birthday and wanted to hire a children's entertainer to come along to the special house.

MAGIC MOMENTS and the crew of Channel Four's new game show, 'Chained'

At the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in Heathrow, Vivacom Ltd have their staff Xmas party early and entertain their children with a face painter & entertainer GERTIE GLITTER. Clown face painter VIVIAN REDL was booked for Ealing Town Hall charity fundraiser.

" Entertainers were fabulous. We wouldn't hesitate to use your services in the future "

Vivacom Ltd

MAGIC MOMENTS, also return to the weekly Pavgang Kids Club at The Dacorum Pavilion in Hemel Hempstead to offer magic & musical games. Children's entertainment is also booked for the Halkevi Kurdish & Turkish Community Centre, Stoke Newington.

At The Hurlingham Club, CHARLIE VALENTINO and ALI CARDABRA show close-up magic to a sell-out Silk & Steel Ball (www.silkandsteel.org.uk) in aid of Cancer Research (Scotland).

Clowns Pinky & Leo at Bar Latina

Harringay Employment Service launch their Tottenham High Road Initiative at Bar Latina with two clowns, one on stilts, and Dame Edna Everidge lookalike, LESLEY GUINNESS.

Dame Edna Neverage at 'Kickstart 2000'



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OCTOBER 2000

For a wedding Hanbury Manor use our services again, this time to book court jester, ANTHONY FREEMAN to perform his juggling, stiltwalking, fire eating, and magic.

" . . . thank you for supplying us with a lovely jester . . ."

As the Halloween season arrives many children's parties book entertainers with a spooky theme.

" Everybody thought he was excellent - especially the kidies."

Mrs F. Wilson

Est Est Est Restaurant book a close-up magician to entertain children at a private birthday party.

And Seabrook Manor Nursing Home liven up a 90th birthday party with our magical duo MAGIC MOMENTS.

Court Jester - Anthony Freeman

CLICK HERE for October PartyCAM photos.

SEPTEMBER 2000

This month we get our strangest request to date. Metropolis Music book MAGIC MOMENTS to play support act to rock band Mr Bungle (aka Mike Patten of Faith No More) at the Astoria Theatre. Our entertainers perform their juggling and magic rabbit production routine to 2000 leather clad adults.

MAGIC MOMENTS perform at the Astoria

CLICK HERE for September PartyCAM photos.

MAGIC MOMENTS, also return to the weekly Pavgang Kids Club at The Dacorum Pavilion in Hemel Hempstead to offer face painting & musical games. Children's entertainment also booked at the Oranges & Lemons Day Nursery.

After the Queen Mother celebrated her 100'th birthday last month. This month sees two people celebrating their half-century. One books a close-up magician to entertain on board the Queen Elizabeth as it sails up the Thames.

The Queen Elizabeth

And the other, Affinity Internet Holdings Plc, books, magician, ALLIN KEMPTHORNE to provide strolling entertainment at their Chairman's 50th birthday bash.

CWS Ltd use our services to supply two clowns for their new Co-op Welcome store in Hucknall, Nottingham. And Garson & Co Solicitors book a close-up magician for their clients party evening.


AUGUST 2000

Children's entertainers were booked for wedding receptions at Hanbury Manor in Ware, The Jarvis Hotel in Ealing Common and The West Lodge Park Hotel in Cockfosters.

UBS Bank book a close-up magician to entertain their staff & guests at The 10 Room Lounge & Cocktail Bar in Piccadilly. Teleadapt Use our services again, this time booking a comedy clown for their family fun day. Close-up magic is booked for Wilco International's summer party. Giggles of Finsbury Park open their new shop with our balloon modelling facepainter.

Nairn House Care Center book magical entertainment for their senior residents. And to celebrate the Queen Mother's 100th birthday Romford Grange Retirement Home book magical duo, MAGIC MOMENTS, to entertain them.


CLICK HERE for August PartyCAM photos.


JULY 2000

Giant 40' Boot Slide

July kicks off in style with us supplying a comedy duo to offer magic, facepainting & balloon modelling and a giant 40 foot high inflatable boot slide with two operators for the Guensey North Regatta. This was the largest bouncy castle Guernsey had ever seen and it was even visible over the rooftops of the houses around the harbour.

" Thank you for helping to make this our best year yet. We look forward to using your company next year "

Robert Hockey (President, St Samson's & Vale Regatta Committe)

Woolworths use us again for facepainters, firstly for the opening of their new general store in Muswell Hill, and also for another store for the Balham Festival.

" Very impressed with VIVIAN REDL's faces. She kept the crowd going all day "

" You never fail to find us a first class facepainter at short notice ! "

Jonothan Rider
(Woolworths General Stores)

Two close-up magicians, DAVID CROFTS and CHARLIE VALENTINO are booked to entertain at The New Connaught Rooms for the Dental Society Graduation Ball. Sarah Lee book a strolling magician to entertain staff for their summer party at the Complete Anglers Hotel in Marlow.

Many companys put on a family fun day this month.

First SAMS Ltd book a comedy magic duo and a facepainting clown at Alexandra Palace, then Newmont Travel book a clown and a 37 foot long inflatable Jungle Fun Run, and Durrants Club Ltd book our popular magic double act MAGIC MOMENTS to entertain and to present a team treasure hunt.


Vivian Redl - Clown Facepainter


The Orange Tree Pub use us again to supply a close-up magical entertainer for their hog roast night. Comedy magical entertainers supplied to keep the children busy for a wedding reception at Ponbourne Park Hotel in Cuffley.

Odd requests this month include 3 facepainters for Music Innovations to quickly paint football faces onto children for a commercial to promote the Pepsi Football Challenge for Sky TV. And for one of our entertainers to dress up as Santa and give out presents at a family Xmas party !

Santa's first appearance this year !


CLICK HERE for July PartyCAM photos.


JUNE 2000

Tracey from Magic For All Occasions at the opening of Palmers Green farmers market

The opening of Palmers Green Sunday Street Market uses one of our bouncy castles and creates a new weekly regular customer.

" Your service is excellent. We will definately book a bouncy castle from you every Sunday "

Becky, Market Manager
(Palmers Green Sunday Street Market)


Argos store opening in Chesterfield

Argos returns to us to supply a duo to offer magic, balloon modelling and face painting for a two day opening event for another of their superstores, this time in Chesterfield.

Cisco Systems hires a face painter from us to turn all their staff into circus clowns for them to host a charity ball at The Honerable Artillery Club.

" CHARLIE VALENTINO was excellent ! "

Annabel Corsie
(Cisco Systems)

St Andrew's School and the CAMRA award winning pub, The Orange Tree, both book children's entertainers. Trios Restaurant book a close-up magician. Children look on at our juggling magician
Islington Child Minders Association
puts on a teddy bears picnic for the children and use our services to supply an inflatable ball pond, a giant Teletubbie bouncy castle, and strolling magic and balloon modelling.

Stamford Hill Boys Club (Lodge 179 - Badgers Croft) has a close-up magician entertain them. And at a private garden party in Hampstead CHARLIE VALENTINO entertains Mark Goodyear and Simon Mayo amongst other guests with his close-up illusions. This month also sees the return to Palmers Green for their town centre Fun Day. This is now our third consecutive year for supplying entertainment. This year we supply Punch & Judy, a magical duo, a face painter for Woolworths, and a 10 man Chinese Dragon parade.

Chinese Dragon with drummers

"Traditional Chinese dragon enlivens Green Lanes"
Enfield Gazette 29/06/2000

The funday was opened by MP Stephen Twigg. Other guests included Deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron and the Mayor of Enfield.

(L to R) MP for Enfield & Southgate, Stephen Twigg - Tracey (MFAO) - Costas Georgiou, Chairman of Palmers Green Business Association - Deputy Mayor of London, Nicky Gavron - Charlie (MFAO)

" Palmers Green Street Festival declared a roaring success" Enfield Advertiser 28/06/2000

"SHOP-A-FROLIC" Enfield Independant 28/06/2000

"The biggest Palmers Green festival ever" Enfield News 14/07/2000

" It was the best ever shopping festival" Costas Georgiou (Chairman, Palmers Green Business Association)

Punch & Judy man ANDY B entertains children outside Safeways at the Palmers Green Fun DayFacepainter PAMELA has her work cut out for her at Woolworths during Palmers Green Fun Day

 

 

 



CLICK HERE for June PartyCAM photos.


MAY 2000

After introducing inflatables in March the warmer weather means bouncy castles are the order of the month and nine including one at the Blue Check Restaurant are booked out.

The Rainforest Cafe in Piccadilly plays host to a magical duo. The Elstree Motehouse Hotel use us again to supply a close-up magician and children's magic show for a batmitzva.


MAGIC MOMENTS, return to the weekly Pavgang Kids Club at The Dacorum Pavilion in Hemel Hempstead to offer face painting & musical games.

At the Tetley Bitter Rugby Cup Final Teleadapt book expert close-up illusionist GEORGE KOVARI JR to entertain their clients.

" Very pleased. We will definately use Magic For All Occasions again."

Joceline Wild (Teleadapt)

Argos store opening in Enfield

And magic, music, balloon modelling and face painting are the activities on offer at the opening of the new Argos store in Enfield.


CLICK HERE for May PartyCAM
photos.


APRIL 2000

A party in the Warner Village Pizza Hut in Park Royal uses our childrens entertainers to create a wild time for all.

Alexander McLeod Primary School book TONY DE LA-FOU to teach their children with a fun circus workshop.

Demon Internet use our services again to supply a close-up magician for a leaving party at The Catcher in the Rye pub.
And finally, it took four close-up magicians from us to entertain a giant Hindu wedding in Wembley.


CLICK HERE for April PartyCAM photos.

MARCH 2000

Magic For All Occasions expands it's range of services by introducing bouncy castles and other types of inflatables.

Pizza Piazza Restaurant
in Ruislip has a family day with a children's magic show & a close-up magician entertaining at tables.

This month sees some repeat business as Eastern Electricity book JEFF MORGAN, one of our caricaturists, to draw cartoon pictures of it's staff at a company management meeting, and The Dacorum Pavilion in Hemel Hempstead have MAGIC MOMENTS, our comedy magical duo, back for their weekly Pavgang Kids Club.


CLICK HERE for March PartyCAM photos.

FEBRUARY 2000

February sees the arrival of the Chinese year of the dragon and the Water Palace Chinese Restaurant books a close-up magician & four piece 60's band for the 2 day celebration.

Cathay Pacific Cargo celebrate the Chinese new year at The Feng Shang Chinese Boat Restaurant in Regents Park and have us supply two close-up entertainers, ALLIN KEMPTHORNE and CHARLIE VALENTINO, to wander round their dinner tables.


CLICK HERE for February PartyCAM photos.

JANUARY 2000

The new year is finally here and with sales happening everywhere the fine art business gets in on the action with The TAG Sale, a huge marquee on The Queen's Lawn at The Imperial College in Kensington with over 3000 works of art for sale.

The TAG Sale

The Trading Arts Group chose us to help publicise the event booking a strolling close-up magician and two stiltwalking clowns to wander about the fair as well as to hand out promotional leaflets outside the venue. Our entertainers attracted over 5 TV mentions for the TAG sale including an appearance on ITV's 'London Tonight' news programme.

" The entertainers made the art fair possible. Thanks for all the hard work."

Michael Potter
(The TAG Sale Co)

Stiltwalker Leo the Clown at the TAG ShowStiltwalker Tony De-la-fou at the TAG Show

 

 

 



The Dacorum Pavilion in Hemel Hempstead book magic & games for their weekly Pavgang Kids Club, Mill Hill Sports Club Celebrate Xmas late by booking children's entertainers, and the New North London Synagogue have a childrens magical duo for it's 25th anniversary party.

One of our children's entertainers, GERTIE GLITTER, goes down a storm at Wood Green's community centre.

" The kids had a wonderful time"

Tony Vouros
(One Stop Co-ordination)


CLICK HERE for January PartyCAM photos.


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CLICK HERE for 1999 news archive.

CLICK HERE for 1998 news archive.

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