Interesting Gigs

I performed as a contortionist for 10 years across the UK and sometimes across the world. I worked alongside some interesting and lovely characters such as Gary Stretch in the Circus of Horrors who had a rare disorder allowing his skin to stretch like elastic and to perform tricks that you could never copy and would never see again in your life. There was the crazy but sweet Prince Albert who had an epic collection of facial piercings. And there was the brilliant Rod Laver who could play music not with a bass guitar, not with a trombone but by firing ping pong balls at gin bottles. One of the best acts I ever saw.

But the locations of my gigs as a contortionist were also pretty odd.  Aside from the cabarets, and circuses, I was booked to pretend to be a normal dinner guest in a restaurant with a group of friends, and 15 minutes in, go into my contortion act at the dinner table. Just one dude, trying to impress his mates.

I was always small as a boy. I was the smallest boy in my year until the top year of high school.  I’m probably about average now as a man but the day of one of my contortionist gigs, I felt like a very small man; when I was booked to do a show at a bodybuilding competition. Everyone in the building was bulging with muscles especially the women. I had an idea for two big fellas at the end of my act to carry me off stage with my legs behind my head. They did it but seemed rather uncomfortable and unhappy about it for some reason. I cannot imagine why.

As a children’s entertainer/magician, I thought the gigs would get less weird, but last year, I was booked to do a show at a doctors surgery. I assumed it would be closed for people’s appointments. I got there, they had a face painter and had done a bit of advertising. 3 children turned up and so did people for their doctor’s appointments. Suddenly I found myself entertaining (?) a half-full room of people needing medical assistance. Those who were delighted by me, were the doctors as they would pop out to call their next patient into their rooms.  The doctors did enjoy my stool sample joke.

Speaking of which; I registered at a new doctors a few years ago. I went to a check-up session with a nurse. She typed into the computer some details and took a urine sample from me that I had been asked to bring. I then said to her “I have brought my stool sample, look!”  She continued to look at her computer as I repeated: “look, look, my stool sample!”  As she fixed her gaze to her computer she sternly repeated “I do not need to see that!”

As I have lowered the tone already, I had a fun few days shooting a TV advert for Easyjet where I had to get in and out of a suitcase in central London. See the video here

At the time, I was a vegan and trying to build muscle in the gym so I was eating a lot of chickpeas and lentils. Yes, you guessed right. I farted while zipped in the suitcase, twice!

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Ritchie Rosson is a children’s entertainer & magician based in Sutton, London UK.

Leatherhead and Newbury Shows 2018

Come to Magic Mondays in the Swan Shopping Centre this August. Ritchie Rosson and the fantastic Juggling Jake will be there. It is going to be loads of fun! Magic shows from myself and juggling shows and workshops from Jake.

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Ritchie is also appearing at Parkway Shopping Newbury on July 7th.

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Ritchie Rosson is a children’s entertainer & magician based in Sutton, London UK.

Where To Buy Magic Tricks?

You can buy magic tricks all over the place these days. Even in the petrol station: “yeah, I’m pump number 4. And give me a Snickers, 3 foot of rope and head sword casket”.

The tricks inside magic sets tend to be poor quality and look rubbish when you perform and who doesn’t want to perform a magic trick they have learnt and even put on a magic show for your friends/family/at the bar down the local Wetherspoons?

You can buy tricks from all over the web but go for the websites/shops run by actual magicians. Give them a call or pay the shop a visit if possible. They know great tricks for the right ages and what beginners tricks will be easy to learn and will amaze people.

There are are many great DVDs to get but if you are more serious about magic, get some books and if possible attend a convention. Magic is like music, there are all kinds of styles. Not every trick will amaze or entertain everybody. I always loved the sillier, funny tricks and routines which is what led me to kids shows. Some have a stronger draw towards clever magic with card tricks, coin manipulations or….eugh. Mentalism! Booooooring!

Smaller tricks such as with elastic bands are great for showing a few people i.e. doing “close up magic” but if you use bigger items you can perform for a bigger audience. It does not necessarily require big items but needs things that “play big” like a large silk or a wand.

Buy/learn tricks that amaze you. And practice until you are confident before you show anyone. Practice in the mirror and video yourself to catch your mistakes. Performing a trick badly and nobody is impressed is a horrible feeling and believe me I know this feeling very well!

Also, join your local magic club. Email me if you need help finding one. There are many all over the UK. They are very friendly places and people share ideas and help one another with tricks and ideas. You will see lectures there from professional magicians. But if the lecture is about mentalism, bring a pillow.

It can get expensive if you get into magic to buy lots of tricks, but you can make your own tricks and do tricks with everyday items.

Magic Dealers

Practical Magic

Brilliant website for children’s magic. Gary Dunn who runs it is a brilliant professional magician (and one of my biggest influences) with years of experience and only sells top quality tricks.

Propdog – online and fantastic magic shop in Hounslow

Run by Dave Bonsall who is a professional magician and magic engineer. He develops his own tricks and has a passion for the art and a passion for good quality products and will not sell the poor quality rubbish that you will find from many magic dealers. Visit his wonderful shop if you can. You will never forget going there!

Brilliant Magic Conventions

Trix In The Stix

Children’s magic convention held every May in Shropshire.


Children’s magic convention held every September in Birmingham.

Blackpool Magic Convention

Massive magic convention. Incredible magic shows in the evening and huge dealer hall and lectures in the daytime.

My favourite Magic DVDs

Jeff McBride Magic on Stage

Gary Dunn – Keep Them Laughing

Terry Herbert – Magic For Under 5s

Robert Baxt DVDs and Tricks

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Ritchie Rosson is a children’s entertainer & magician based in Sutton, London UK.

Finding The Cheapest Entertainer?

I think this is a good rule for any service, but going for the cheapest children’s entertainer especially is not the best idea when a 4th/5th birthday party is such a special day.  Whoever you book, read their online reviews and look at their website and videos. Are they professional? Do they entertain full time? Do they have a high-quality sound system that won’t be driving everyone mad with feedback noises? Will the children have a great time? Will they laugh and be comfortable in the company of this person? Are they experienced in the range of children’s parties that take place? I did one show last Saturday for 6 children of 4 and 5-year-olds and 40 adults but on Sunday, I did a party for 15 x 5-year-olds and 10 x 8-year-olds. It took a lot of experience to gauge the magic routines, jokes and the rhythm of the show for those different groups. This is something that only comes from performing at hundreds of shows.

The worst thing of all about cheap entertainers is that they might call and cancel a few days before because a carnival offered them twice the money to do 5 hours there or worst of all, the nightmare scenario of the entertainer not turning up at all!  Suddenly you have a very disappointed birthday child and 30 little ones running around screaming and driving the parents to despair.

Book a brilliant children’s entertainer, not a cheap one. If budget is a worry, cut corners on having simple (or no) party bags, finding a cheap village hall, have the party at home (if it’s up to 15 children) or have a joint birthday party with another family to split the cost.

Avoid entertainers from cheap party companies as you usually won’t know who the entertainer is that you are booking and a lot of their entertainers are very inexperienced and trained within a few hours.

You will probably only have such a party once or twice. With a brilliant entertainer and fantastic magic show, they will have an unforgettable day, you will get great photos and all the other parents will be wondering how you organised such a brilliant party.

Children laughing and having a great time at Ritchie Rosson's magic show 2018

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Ever Hosted a Children’s Birthday Party?

Mum’s and dads, uncles and aubergines. If you have ever organised a children’s party, please can you comment below with your top 2 or 3 tips to make things great? Perhaps something that discovered worked great or something that on the day you wished you had done differently.  I am looking to put together a later blog and an article to help out those organising a little one’s party to make it go super smooth and near to stress-free.

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Ritchie Rosson is a children’s entertainer & magician based in Sutton, London UK.