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"The Magician, The Magic Shows and The Entertainment"

5 May 2010

No Sunny Spells, Just Magic Ones.

Working at an out door event can see an entertainer having to deal with allsorts of problems, including bad weather conditions. And at my latest gig, The Cropthorne Walkabout, the weather really did put the dampers on the day.
Over the last thirty-years, the Cropthorne Walkabout has firmly established itself as a favourite attraction for all those interested in a great day out soaking up the peaceful charm and history of rural England, and it’s also a great family day out too. Take a leisurely stroll through this picturesque Worcestershire village and you will not only see some of the most spectacular and striking gardens in the area but you will also encounter some wonderful attractions including: a Jazz Band, Morris Dancing, Boat Trips, a Hawk and Owl display, a Classic Car and Motorcycle Exhibition, a Fully Licence Bar, a Pig Roast, various stalls — and a Magician.

Yours truly was booked (for the umpteenth year) to provide the magical entertainment, predominately, for the children. My performances were to take place in a marquee that had been erected within the grounds of the Cropthorne Churchyard. As I arrived I became immediately aware of how few people were around compared to previous years. It was obvious that the bad Bank Holiday weather had already taken its toll on the event.

I started my first show at 2:30pm. In previous years the marquee would have been full to bursting, but this year there were only fifteen little ones, with, of course, their parents. I started the show and everything was going well, but with rain now falling heavily, the marquee was starting to leak and on several occasions I was forced to move across to avoid the water that was now constantly dripping down.

By the end of my show, the marquee was completely full with people (mainly adults) — who weren’t really there to watch the show — but who needed shelter from the torrential rain. Once the show was finished the rain slowed to a fine drizzle and the crowd slowly dwindled, finally leaving me to re-set everything for my second performance, which was due at around 4:00pm. But it wasn’t long before the heavy rain returned and soon the Churchyard and was almost deserted, and with rain falling and skies becoming dark and overcast, it really was quite eerie.

Occasionally I would see the odd passer-by, with their umbrella’s up, heads down, braving the elements — but, I think the fact there were now actually more stallholders than visitors says it all. The bad weather really did put the dampers on the rest of the day, and needless to say, that my last show never had a chance of starting. No audience, no show. One family did walk by with a little boy whose name was Noah — a very appropriate name considering the weather we were getting. I made the little lad a balloon animal and showed him some magic as well. That family turned out to be my last customers of the day.

It’s shame after all the hard work that goes into organising an event such as the Cropthorne Walkabout that it should be spoiled by the weather; but you can’t really blame those who had intended to pay a visit and then decided against it once they’d seen the weather forecast or those who left early for the same reason.

Don't think there is an answer and there's certainly no one to blame. All you can say is grit your teeth, smile and say - that’s life - and hope that next year the sun will be shinning.

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