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Many children's entertainers shy away from the under-fours. Chris delights in them. In playgroup and pre-school nursery settings he finds that he can hold the attention of two and three year olds, and keep them laughing for up to an hour.

Although famous for his Magic and Punch & Judy entertainment, Chris prefers to leave out the Punch & Judy show until the children's fourth birthday party. His experience has shown that, contrary to popular opinion, Punch & Judy is not an ideal entertainment for very young children.

"Although young children can thoroughly enjoy Punch & Judy at a family party among older siblings I do not recommend it for a group of three year olds or younger. At this age if one doesn't like the crocodile then they all don't. Also I prefer to keep direct eye contact with this age group rather than disappearing behind a screen to present the show".

Chris does present shows suitable for this age group and has had years of experience with pre-school play groups and nurseries. He can hold very young children's attention for a surprisingly long show. Consisting mainly of very simple, but colourful, magic tricks, his approach is: "Would you like to help me play with my Magic Toys?" Of course they would! All Chris's shows involve a great deal of participation by the children.

He does use puppets, but nice friendly puppets which appear with Chris, like Max the sheepdog and Timothy Bear.


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The youngsters also enjoy Chris's themed shows and currently he is presenting Puppet Circus Magic and also Farmyard Fun Puppet Magic with funny magic and loveable puppets.

With a galaxy of simple, colourful, magic tricks which involve the children, together with the introduction appealing puppets, these presentations have sufficient variety to hold the young audience's attention for up to an hour.

The children meet Nellie the Elephant, Rory the Lion and Sammy Seal in the colourful Circus programme while Dicky Duck, Piggywiz and a cow called Clarabelle star in some musical fun on the Farm. Hetty lays an egg for breakfast but watch out for thieving Mr Fox.

Even timid children quickly warm to Chris's approach and most are eager to help to make the magic. As many of them as possible are invited to be magician's helpers. The Bimbamboozle approach is not just a demonstration of delights but also a conversation with the children.





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