The children's audio CD of The Magical Island
(released March 2010) features the highlights of the live children's magician show into a studio-quality musical audio story that can be either a stand-alone piece of children’s audio literature or a souvenir
for children to re-live the excitement of the show.
On the album, Christopher tells this magical children's story and sings. It features the songs for the turtle, bird, spider and pirate characters in the show with all music written and performed by singer and songwriter Elisabeth Blair.
"This charming performance held the attention of children and adults
alike. Part magic, part adventure, this imaginative tale takes you to
an island where anything can happen."
- N. Cary, Museum of Childhood, V&A (Bethnal Green, London)
"Thank you so much for that wonderful show, my
daughter very much enjoyed it (and she had already seen it!!) as did her
friends, many commented about how much fun they had had!! … I very much
appreciated the professional approach and also the fantastic creative
side of it (the adults present were very impressed too)."
- M. Bergstrom, 6 year-old boy's party in Notting Hill Gate, London.
"Christopher has a natural and relaxed manner with children…He knew
exactly how to capture and how to sustain their interest... They loved
every minute of it."
- Mrs. S. Puzey, Headmistress, Thomas's School (Pimlico, London)
"We were impressed and amazed at how you managed to captivate the
kids for the whole show, brilliant! I had many comments from other
parents about how good they thought you were with the kids, very gentle
and calm, and how much they enjoyed the show. You helped make the party
very successful with lots of happy kids and parents."
- Mrs. R. Attfield, 5 year-old girl's party in Islington
"It was a …spectacular show. The children were engrossed from beginning to end and participated eagerly throughout."
- Miss K. Reese, Teacher, Fleet Primary School (Hampstead, London)
“Roisin knows the cd off by heart, having listened to it at least seven hundred times."
- A. Nolan, 6 year-old girl's party (about the music)
"Yes absolutely! In fact this children’s show is particularly suited for
taking place in homes. You may have already read, my approach to
children's entertainment is not to get the children going bezerk.
Instead, I captivate them with the show as they all sit and watch. What I
aim to create is really the feeling of a theatre show for children."
- N. Simms, 6 year-old boy's party in North London
“I played The Magical Island for Paul (4) and Naomi (2) last night. Paul's first comment was that the opening music sounds like rainbows. Then he kept saying, "I love this!" and told me he didn't want to take this one back ever (most of our cds are on loan from the library, so he assumed this one was too). Naomi was into it to. She got very quiet listening, which is a huge compliment because she normally talks through stories and movies.”
- Dad, 4 year-old boy's party in Chicago , USA (about the music)
"I was particularly impressed that although the afternoon was very
lively and interactive it was also well controlled and organised. The
children had great fun and were very keen to tell me how much they
- Mrs. E. Birkett-Evans, School Manager, Thomas's School (Kensington, London)
"Christopher captured the children's imaginations, taking them on an
exciting journey into the realms of magic. He has a wonderful manner
with the children, involving them in his activities to the extent that
they were hanging onto his every word and action! We highly recommend
Christopher's magic shows."
- Mrs. D. Davies, Wetherby School (Notting Hill Gate, London)
"We thought that the show was wonderful. I have never seen so many
small children sitting so absorbed in such a great magic and
storytelling act, only minutes after coming off a bouncy castle. … Tom
still talks about you by name and the tricks that he helped you
- Mrs. J. Simpson Day, 4 year-old girl's party in Central London
"I've worked in a school for 25 years and so have seen more than my
share of entertainers. I've never seen children as transfixed as they
were with this show. You didn't lose them for a minute!"
- Mr. P. Pannell, 5 year-old girl's party in West London
"Parents are referring to you as 'the magic child whisperer! :-))"
- Mrs. C. Mankowitz, 5 year-old' boy's party in North London
"Not only did we adore your show, but we loved the CD.
It's really brilliant... somehow the music was rather mesmerizing as
well as the great story, and it's so original and fun. ... So many
congrats on that. (Is it properly on sale yet? I'll certainly recommend
it if so). The birthday party was wonderful, you did such a good job
getting that rather crazed crowd under control and I loved watching them
all sitting as tall and straight as possible hoping to be picked! It
was just what we wanted, stylish and fun and it was a pleasure having
- N. Stacey, 5 year-old boy's birthday party in West London
“Sammy listened to your CD after the party – pressing his ear to the speaker. ‘Christopher is a very good singer’ he said. He has listened to the CD many times since. Birthday parties are so quickly over and your recording is a great memento."
- N. Luckhurst, 6 year-old boy's birthday party (about the music)
“Not only did we adore your show, but we loved the CD. It's really brilliant, I think the record was listened to on one long car journey about 15 times over!! Somehow the music was rather mesmerizing as well as the great story, and it's so original and fun. The kids competed to shout out 'pirates' etc. at the appropriate times. So many congrats on that. (Is it properly on sale yet? I'll certainly recommend it if so).”
- N. Stacey, 5 year-old boy's party (about the music)
"Despite Sam's shyness he told me it was the best party ever, and he listened to your CD three times before he went to bed! "
- Sara, 4 year-old boy's party (about the music)
"We want to book your show. My daughter keeps listening to your CD which she got a year ago on another birthday party"
- C. Kleingarn, 5 year-old girl's birthday party (about the music)
This magic show follows the adventure of two children who find themselves on a magical island. There they meet a friendly cloaked magician who teaches them how to become magicians themselves.
They also encounter singing animal puppets that used to be children who have fallen under the spell of the pirates that live on the island. By not being afraid, our two little heroes magically break the pirate spell that has been cast over the island.
Children's magicians are often known for their tasteless jokes while encouraging children to bounce off the walls of your home. Instead (perhaps by magic) this show keeps children entertained and completely captivated by engaging their vibrant imaginations.
Children come up to help out and often the magic happens in their very own hands, all leading up to the story’s happy ending. The Magical Island show is a winning option on the menu of unique children’s party entertainment in London.
What do I need to provide?
I come all equipped. You provide the children and a quiet place to do the show.
I have a two hour birthday party – how does your show fit into the overall scheme of things?
Usually I encourage people to have 'showtime' start about a half hour into the party. This allows latecomers to arrive and settle in. It's good to not have anything too structured planned during that time anyways. Sometimes parents have a treasure hunt ready, or have crafts on hand to decorate magic hats or paint the map of the island. After that, the show lasts about 45 minutes, leaving another 35 minutes for the children to have tea, birthday cake and any final activity that may be planned before parents start to arrive again. "Pass the parcel" and "musical statues" are always sure-fire winners but if you want to do a less conventional option, check out these children's party games ideas.
What about an after school show?
Food is top priority for after school shows. After they've eaten, then they are able to enjoy the show.
The children at my party will be older than seven years. Can you cater for this?
I don't offer a show that is suitable for ages eight and up, however if you drop me a line I can offer a suggestion of a good source to find some children's magician options for that age.
I don't want to manage party bags – do you have anything to offer?
Often parents like to offer the souvenir CD album of the show to each child which makes for a great bedtime story album or car journey entertainment as well as being a reminder of the story that takes place during the show.
Can you wander about doing mix-and-mingle entertainment for children?
I do not offer this sort of children's entertainment, but I could suggest a good source in case that helps.
We'll have a lot of adults there too. Is there anything you can do to keep them entertained as well?
I actually perform a lot more for adults than I do for children, and have a variety of magical entertainment options for adults too. You can check out my London magicians website to see what we could do. Having said that, I always have adults come sit down to watch the show while the children do, so the 'big kids' often get wrapped up in it as well. I've seen many a Sunday paper get brought into the room wrapped in plastic that's never opened!
I won’t be hiring a hall, will this children’s magic show work in my home?
Yes absolutely! In fact this children’s show is particularly suited for taking place in homes. You may have already read, my approach to children's entertainment is not to get the children going bezerk. Instead, I captivate them with the show as they all sit and watch. What I aim to create is really the feeling of a theatre show for children.
Any more questions? Call me or drop me a line :-)