Updated 2:00 a.m. Jan. 4, 2004 GMT
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It's full of stars...
2001 - The Year Of The 'Space Odyssey' !


What have we been doing?
Well it seems that Arthur C Clarke was a bit optimistic reckoning that we'd all be
having our parties on the moon and getting about in space ships when, in reality, we can't even get a train to run on time. As for us we are having fun pushing PartyWEB into the 21st century while helping all your parties be one to remember.

So no package holidays to Mars or intelligent, talking computers - I suppose I'll just have to make do with staring at that big black monolith that's just appeared in my office...



DECEMBER 2001

A busy month as usual with many repeat customers this year, including: Close-up magician CHARLIE VALENTINO for Christmas day at Cannizaro House Hotel and New Year's eve in the John Burton-Race Restaurant at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone. A balloon modeller for Brent Cross Banqueting at Hendon FC. A children's entertainer and a face painting clown for Laiki Bank's staff Xmas party. Cabaret magic from GEORGE KOVARI JR at Tito's Restaurant for SAS Martial Arts Academy. And more children's entertainers for Xmas parties for Cornwallis Adventure Playgroup,The Market Nursery, and Happy Days Playgroup (formerly Tanners End).

A children's entertainer was also booked for Hurst Drive School and for a channukka party
for Southgate Progressive Synagogue and Tesco's, Brixton staff children's Xmas party, and Egerton Capital Ltd staff children's party at Lainston House Hotel.

Close-up magician CHARLIE VALENTINO was a popular choice this year with bookings for Gillette UK's Xmas party at the Natural History Museum,also Waitrose Ltd Xmas party at The Apollo Suite, an Xmas party for Roche at Ashdown Park Hotel, on behalf of Connect Catering for Mothercare's head office staff Xmas party, and Marks and Spencers, Brent Cross, staff Xmas party


Close-up magicians were also booked for Xmas parties at SPACE, and Align Communications at St George's Hotel, and for the barristers at Lamb Chambers. ALI CARDABRA went down especially well for Barons of Piccadilly at La Loconda Restaurant.

NOVEMBER 2001

One lady hires one of our FACE PAINTERS just to paint her face to look like a panther so that she could go out to a fancy dress party. Our face painter is also booked to work for Barnet Council's Community Support Team.

A close-up magician is supplied for Pfizer Mental Health at Georgio's Restaurant, Romford. For Woodlands Manor Golf Club, Sevenoaks. And for a golden wedding anniversary at Bush Hill Park Golf Club.


A comedy magic show is booked to entertain senior guests at Cantilows House for their Guy Fawkes night. And also for Britannia Hotel, Hampstead.

Finally for Platform's 40th birthday party at Quaglino's Restaurant CARICATURIST, JEFF MORGAN draws up a storm.

" Thanks for everything on Saturday, a very successful evening & everyone loved their pictures "

J Temple (Platform)


OCTOBER 2001

The weirdest request this month comes naturally on Halloween eve when The London Vampyr Society hire close-up magician CHARLIE VALENTINO to entertain at The Bell, Book & Candle Pub. He was also booked to entertain the leaving party for the manager of Virgin Bride Ltd which was held at Heaven Nightclub.

88 Restaurant, NW7 celebrate their re-opening by
hiring a close-up magician.

Regular clients Haringay Council use us this month for two events. Firstly the New Deal for Community Unit hires over two days PINKY THE CLOWN, DINGLE FINGLE, and two FACE PAINTERS. And secondly the New Deal for Lone Parents Unit hire a FACE PAINTER and a BALLOON MODELLER for two days.

And finally as part of their Health & Safety week Motability Finance Ltd hire clown duo PIP & LOBO to perform some comic sketches at their London & Bristol offices to highlight safety issues.


CLICK HERE for October PartyCAM photos.

SEPTEMBER 2001

For the video of "Benny" by the band, The Tricksters, film company Foretell Media Ltd Hire a RODEO BULL and an INFLATABLE POPCORN/CANDYFLOSS STALL to be set up at The Southbank Studios.

Our inflatable popcorn and candyfloss stall being used in the Benny video

Tricksters band member tries to stay on our Rodeo Bull

The RODEO BULL is also hired out by TLC Event Management for Tonana Nightclub for the Prince's Trust Charity Ball.

CARICATURIST GUY CARTER is booked for a hen night at The Bank Restaurant, a close-up magician is booked for a hen night at Quads Restaurant and another one for a wedding reception at Knights Templar Pub.

Tottenham Job Centre Mother & Toddler Group hire a BALLOON MODELLER for their open day and IVAX hire a FACE PAINTER for their family fun day.


Cheryl Baker and friends with magic rabbit THUMPER at Lister Fertility Clinic's party

Lister Fertility Clinic use our services to organise their entertainment for their annual staff & client party at the Millennium Hotel. They book DJ RAY CHARLES, two FACE PAINTERS, a BOUNCY CASTLE, and magic double act MAGIC MOMENTS.

CLICK HERE for September PartyCAM photos.


AUGUST 2001

More repeat bookings for children's entertainers come from The Market Nursery, and Alf King Under Five's Play Centre and for the second year running SAMS book MAGIC MOMENTS for their company summer party, this time held in Thorpe Park.

Children's entertainers are also provided for The Elephant Royal Restaurant, Ivy Bridge Junior School, and Redlees Under Five's Centre.

Black Sun Plc organise a launch party for Sainsbury's Under Five's Magazine and book clown CHARLIE VALENTINO and his rabbit THUMPER.

Bush Hill Park Pub book a bouncy castle, clown face painter, and children's entertainer.

A face painter was also booked for a public beach party on behalf of Thames 21 and The London Wildlife Trust
.


CLICK HERE for August PartyCAM photos.


JULY 2001

Charlie Valentino entertains - The Enfield Advertiser 11/07/2001For the fourth year running we are asked to provide the entertainment for Palmers Green Town Centre Funday. Acts include magic show MAGIC MOMENTS, balloon modeller CHARLIE VALENTINO, Punch & Judy man ANDY B, clowns VIOLLY and ZAKO, jugglers and unicyclists ALLIN KEMPTHORNE and TONY DE LA-FOU and local shops Woolworths, Safeways, and The Pilgrims Suite book four facepainters between them.

" Good Times Reign "
Enfield Advertiser 11/07/2001


" The Town Centre burst into life "
Enfield Independant 11/07/2001






" This is the fourth year we have done it and there was a real sense of community "
Costas Georgiou (Chairman, Palmers Green Business Association)


(L to R) Clown Violly - Allin Kempthorne - Charlie Valentino - Tracey Van GramberG - MP for Enfield & Southgate, Stephen Twigg - Tony De La-fou - Pamela Kempthorne - Andy B - Zako

Guernsey North Regatta use us again, this time choosing to book comedy clown duo PIP and LOBO.

MAGIC MOMENTS are invited to entertain before two sheik princes for their birthday at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington.

Trios Restaurant use us again for a close up magician as well as 6 Hamilton Place, Park Lane for a graduation ball.

Hadley Wood Playgroup order two bouncy castles.

This month we get two odd requests:

Firstly, The BBC hire a GYROSCOPE off us, ask us to paint it red, green, and gold, and then go and attach a camera to it to film a commercial to promote the Womad Festival.

Secondly, a man calls us at 4pm asking if we can deliver, and set up an ADULT GLADIATOR inflatable to a central London location by 7pm that evening. Always one for a challenge we successfully complete his request on time only to find that his friend pulls up a few minutes later in a Ferrari. His friend curses him and hands him £1000. Apparentlythey had a bet that he could not get one set up by 7pm. Half an hour later we had packed it all away again.


CLICK HERE for July PartyCAM photos.


JUNE 2001

CHARLIE VALENTINO and friend Rocky Raccoon at the Hard Rock Cafe's 30th birthday party

CLICK HERE for June PartyCAM photos.

This month the Hard Rock Cafe, London celebated it's 30th anniversary and CHARLIE VALENTINO was booked to entertain the diners and the crowds trying to get in.


CHARLIE VALENTINO is also booked to entertain special guest visitors for Virgin Bride Ltd for their private fashion show.

For Chase Side School's centenery celebrations, JONOTHAN CANN performs Punch & Judy shows along with short lectures on the history of the famous puppets. Your Move books clown face painter VIVIAN REDL.

The warm weather also encourages many customers to book inflatable BOUNCY CASTLES including St Matthias School who book a 12' clown castle and St John the Evangelist School who book a 30' frog castle and an octopus run.

The Largest order of the month goes to Slough & Eaton School where they book a giant Teletubbie castle, a nursery fun run, a children's gladiator, and a human gyroscope for their school fete.

MAY 2001

As our offices close for our annual vacation, children's clown duo ZAKO & ZIPPY along with clown facepainter VIVIAN REDL entertain all at Woodberry Day Nursery.

Close-up magicians CHARLIE VALENTINO and ALLIN KEMPTHORNE entertain the overly excited children for a bar mitzva at Finchley Synagogue, and a close-up magician is also requested for The Leather Room, Soho.

CLICK HERE for May PartyCAM photos.


APRIL 2001

For a 50th birthday party magician CHARLIE VALENTINO and caricaturist JOHN ANSCOMB are booked. A facepainter is booked for Brookmans Shopping Centre, Weybridge.

CLICK HERE for April PartyCAM photos.

A close-up magician is also booked for a wedding at the Talk of London and for a funday at Safeways, Bow.

MAGIC MOMENTS get re-booked for the second year running to entertain at St Monica's Social Club, at a wedding at Thame United Football Club, and for elderly members of the Avenue Club on behalf of the Central & Cecil Housing Trust.

MARCH 2001

Close-up magician ALI CARDABRA wows all

This month saw PartyWEB co-founder Tracey Van GramberG celebrate her 30th birthday. The venue for the party was London's Rainforest Cafe and as a special request for Tracey, close-up magician and Inner Magic Circle member, ALI CARDABRA was booked to entertain her and her guests with his impressive illusions.

Two childrens entertainers were booked to entertain at HR Owen Audi's two car showrooms to keep the children amused while their parents had a test drive of their new cars.

CLICK HERE for March PartyCAM photos.

Tracey finds her chosen card sealed inside a birthday card


" Wow !
How the hell did he get my chosen card inside my sealed birthday card ? "


Tracey Van GramberG
(
PartyWEB - Magic For All Occasions)


Close up magicians are popular this month with bookings forThe Turkish Lawyers Association ball at the Britannia Hotel, a 21st birthday party at the Freedom Bar, Carnaby, and CHARLIE VALENTINO and DAVID CROFTS are both booked at The Brewery, EC1 to entertain for the Middlesex Probation Service.

Caricaturist, ANDY DAVEY is booked to draw the staff and guests at Latham & Watkins Solicitors.


FEBRUARY 2001

Restaurants are the venues of choice this month requiring entertainment with close-up magic for a batmitzva at the Kaifeng Restaurant, and children's entertainers at the Taz Restaurant and the Clay Oven Restaurant.

MAGIC MOMENTS entertain senior citizens at the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Barnet.




CLICK HERE for February PartyCAM photos.

Magic rabbit 'Thumper' surprises all at The Taz Restaurant

JANUARY 2001

Xmas isn't over yet for some as Mr Christmas Cracker (aka. NUTTY NORMAN) is booked for Laiki Bank's staff children's party, and at Millwall Football Club the children and staff of Otis Ltd have MAGIC MOMENTS to entertain with magic, music, games, & facepainting.

" Had a hard job but was excellent ! "

Andi Paraskeva (Laiki Bank)

Chigwell David LLoyds Club book a children's entertainer.

And Delta Airlines book CHARLIE VALENTINO
to wander round their London offices to entertain their staff for their 5th birthday.

" He was excellent. We will definately use him again in the near future. A brilliant job !"

Marigo Sevastapulo
(Reservations Manager-Delta Airlines)

CLICK HERE for January PartyCAM photos.


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