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20 October 2012

Andy's Amazing Sticky Popcorn Cake

William with Sticky Popcorn Cake
If you've been looking for a quick and easy cake to make then this is the one for you. It's ideal for any party - the kids and adults will love it, and it can be made in ten minutes... What more can you ask for.

Although there is no actual cooking required with this recipe, you will have need to heat and melt some of the ingredients, but once that's done it's just a simple matter of mixing all the ingredients together pouring them into a cake tin or bowl and then leaving it in the fridge to cool and set.... it couldn't be easier.

This is a great cake for any party whether it's a birthday, Christmas or Halloween. The photo on the left is one I made earlier (first attempt)  and my little boy (Pictured) loved it. If I can make it, then anyone can. So, what are you waiting for... here are the ingredients and the instructions.


Ingredients.

  • 175g (6oz) of Pop Corn - Sweet or Toffee the choice is yours.
  • 500g (1 1/4 Ib) of Smarties or M&M's.
  • 150g (5oz) of Peanuts.
  • 5 table spoons of vegetable oil.
  • 125g (4 1/4 oz) of butter.
  • 500g (1 1/4 oz) Marshmallows

Preparation Instructions.
  1. Place Smarties, Peanuts and Popcorn in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Heat butter, oil and marshmallows in a saucepan slowly until completely melted.
  3. Pour over popcorn mix, and blend together with spoon.
  4. Grease a cake tin well and then pour mixture in and firm lightly into the tin.
  5. Place cake into to fridge until it's cooled and set.
  6. Remove cake carefully from tin.
  7. Slice and eat.

Note: This recipe is very versatile. We replaced the nuts with Maltesers, because my lad doesn't like nuts. It's a great recipe and limited by only your imagination. 

Give your kids a "Trick" and a great "Treat"...

Happy Halloween, Folks

Andy's Magic - Entertainer








18 October 2012

The French Way to Lose Weight...


When I came across the advert below I quickly realised that it was a perfect example of how to play with peoples curiosity, engage them, entertain them and then, once done, you'll be able to sell them anything.

Marcel, a Paris based advertising agency, did this stunt for the launch of Nestle's 
Contrex Mineral Water following the above philosophy. The mineral water, which has a high calcium content that supposedly speeds up the metabolism, thus burning calories and helping those who drink it to lose weight, is part of the huge Vitell mineral water group.

The French 'Contrexperience' commercial is a fun and clever advert that is obviously aimed at the ladies since it features a group of women who apparently burn 2000 calories in just a few minutes as they pedal exercise bicycles that power a neon male stripper.

I've got know idea whether it works but its one of those adverts that makes you sit up and pay attention and brings a smile to your face. It's a perfect mix of a product and a message with humour, entertainment and a great soundtrack - the music is from "Comment te dire adieu", a song made famous in the sixties by French singer Fracoise Hardy.

I think this is an inspired advert and that's why I'm sharing it with you now. The concept is original, its delivery delightful and it impressively raises the advertising bar in a market normally strewn with clich├ęs. Take a look now and see if you agree with me.



Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog.

All the best for the future...


15 October 2012

Scary, Spooky, Awesome Music for Halloween

It's nearly Halloween and here, to get you in the mood, are ten of the best Halloween related music video's around - in my opinion. Let me know your favourites.







Thriller: This must be the ultimate Halloween song and video. This song, the title track to what would become the biggest selling album in history by Michael Jackson, was turned in a master piece of a music video. When it came out it was damn scary with it's state of the art effects and incredible choreography - it changed the face of the music video forever.  No one will dispute the brilliance of this song and video... it really is a Thriller!





The Monster Mash: There is one song that must be on everyone's playlist at Halloween and it's this classic by Bobby "Boris" Picket with his fun, novelty hit from 1962 - The Monster Mash. Get the fog machine going and get ready to do the Monster Mash...





Ghostbusters: This is a light-hearted song that comes from the smash hit eighties film of the same name. Sung by Ray Parker Jr this was a smash hit and a song guaranteed to get feet tapping at any party. Who you gonna call...




The Devil Went Down to Georgia: This song will get even those who don't like country music dancing. Brilliant lyric's, a fantastic story and incredible violin playing from Charlie Daniels makes this a perfect Halloween song, and it's a wonderful animated video that accompanies it.





The Adams Family: This 1964 hit comedy series became just as famous for it's wacky theme tune. It really does deserve a spin on any turn table, so make sure get this playing at your Halloween Party.






This is Halloween: From the film brilliant film by Tim Burton - The Nightmare before Christmas, This is Halloween is a marvellous track but the version I've chosen here is not the original - although that is superb,  but it's Marylin Manson's very spooky version. I love it, and I'm sure you will too...




The Theme to Halloween: It don't get any spookier than this. From the original John Carpenter movie that starred Jamie lee Curtis and Donald Pleasants. The music in any film really creates the atmosphere and this music always sends a shiver up my spine whenever I listen to it and that's why I've included it here.





Werewolves of London: This is a must play track. Warren Zervon's atmospheric tune featuring Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac fame, on Drums. It's been used in many, many movies over the years and one song I always expect to hear at any Halloween Party.



Bark at the Moon: Ozzy Osbourne one time lead singer with Black Sabbath and the man who famously bit a head off a bat, went solo and produced this brilliant rock song from the album of the same name. It's a great song to get down and rock too - awesome!




The Raven: This song takes its name from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe. In 1974 The Alan Parson's Project, a progressive rock band, released their first album titled "Tales of Mystery and Imagination" a collect of songs that retell the stories and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. This piece is wonder, as is the video.




Songs worthy of a mention

Here are a few more Halloween type songs that are well worthy of a play at any Halloween party...

Abracadabra - The Steve Miller Band
Bad Moon on the Rise - Creedence Clear Water
The Time Warp - The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Tubular Bells - Exorsist Theme- Mike Oldfield
Bat out of Hell - Meatloaf
What's that coming over the Hill -The Automatic
The Theme to The Twilight Zone
Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum

Happy Halloween Folks


Corporate Entertainment at AKW Medicare's Dinner Conference

Warriors Academy MagicOn Thursday 29th September, I attended (in the guise of a corporate magician) and performed at AKW Medicare's Annual Dinner Conference. And, it has to be said, it really was a superb evening that was held in an equally good venue - the Warriors' Academy, Worcestershire, home of the Worcester Warriors.

My Job, as a corporate magician, was to entertain, amaze and amuse the delegates who were travelling from different parts of the country to be at this event. As they arrived, I mixed and mingled and began performing my amazing feats of magic and mind-reading. I continued performing around the tables, in-between courses and, after being told that it was someone's birthday, I decided to get the gentleman in question up in front of the audience so that everyone could sing "Happy Birthday" - but not, of course, until the birthday boy, Mr Paul Tingy, had helped with a spot of mentalism - and there were a few laughs along the way, too. 

By the end of the evening, I think my mission, as corporate magician, was completed successfully, everyone seemed very happy and I've since received some lovely comments. The evening was brilliantly organised, the venue was top notch, the food looked superb, the atmosphere was wonderful, and AKW's staff and guests were a pleasure to perform to. Everyone was keen to get involved, to see my little miracles and to be entertained.

Thanks to AKW Medicare Ltd, their CEO, Paul Massey, and his PA, Jacqui Morley for booking my services. I hope we all meet again very soon.

A few selected photo's of the event...

... and Andy Kirk - Corporate Mgaician in action.


Magician and Entertainer Andy Kirk / Andy's Magic
Wedding Magician and Entertainer Andy Kirk
Corporate Magician - Andy Kirk - Andy's Magic
Andy's Magic - Corporate Magician - Andy Kirk

5 October 2012

The Limerick What I Wrote...

Last year, 2011, I attend a comedy writing session hosted by the then poet laureate of Worcester, Theo Theobald. Held in the function room above the fantastic Little Venice  Italian Restaurant, it really was a fun, entertaining and informative evening. One of the exercises we were set by Theo, was to write a joke or limerick. I don't know why, but I plumped for the latter and below is the result, which I thought I would share with all you you. I hope it brings at least a little smile to your faces...


The Macgruff Limerick by Andy Kirk




A magician called The Great Macgruff
was finding life just a little bit tough.
When people said he was gay,
well, he didn't run a way.
Instead, he disappeared with a "Poof".


The Macgruff Limerick by Andy Kirk ©2011

2 October 2012

Norman Wisdom - Norman's Superstore Advert

Sir Norman Wisdom is famous for falling over, laughing, and shouting Mr. Grimsdale in those classic black and white comedies of the fifties and sixties. He also hit the top of the chart with his self-penned song: "Don't Laugh at Me ('Cos I'm a fool)". But, do you remember the adverts he appeared in during the eighties?

On my blog, I've already featured his most famous - The Heineken Avert - so I thought, with the festive season upon us, we all need a little treat and a good laugh.The Advert is for Norman's Super Store - I must admit I don't remember them, let alone the advert. It's a very rare and probably forgotten commercial,  so when I discovered it, I knew I just had to share this little gem. And it's worth watching to see the difference in food prices, then and now.

Take a look, have a laugh...

...Merry Christmas Folks