My magic teacher and CRAZY friend

Michael Wo is the best! He’s always full of jokes and fun. Michael sells magic but he performs non-stop all day long for mostly non-paying passers by. If he makes people happy and has them laughing and can make aa few sales along the way then Michael is happy. He’s such a giving person and helped me so much when I was first getting into magic teaching me all sorts of tricks.

Canden Town Funny Magician Michael Wo

Michael is an amazingly funny and lovely magician. Go to his magic shop. He is there (nearly) every day in Camden Lock market in Camden Town, London; not far from Camden Town and Chalk Farm tube stations. Great for gifts for kids and grown up kids. Michael Wo’s YouTube Channel

Video Vlog

Rude comments and lovely postman. Aw, what a joy it is to get a knock at the door and be greeted by my lovely beaming smiled postman Simon. Was so happy to get a bit of him into my video vlog I made a few months ago in more innocent times.

I got a great comment on another video that I responded to in this video. It’s funny that now I am kind of hoping for horrible comments so I can use them for laughs.

Missing the Magic

My magic career was going great before the lock-down. It’s a funny time to be a magician/entertainer. Should I work on new magic and writing for my shows? Or will what I work on now go stale before parties start up again? For now I am working more on getting very fit and doing my comedy YouTube videos. I can’t wait to get out there and have fun and play with a room full of fun loving families.

New YouTube videos

Getting back in to YouTube in a big way. A lot of children’s entertainers I know are doing online shows and offering online party entertainment. I frankly think this is a terrible idea. For a family to go from Watching the greatest movies ever made through their laptop to Terrific Tony make a ball disapear and cutting a rope through and charging for it to me seems below par.

But I did want to do more of my daft comedy videos and vlogs. I had a great time doing this little one with my lovely wife. Enjoy.

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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.

Kidology

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.