So where does a magician or children’s entertainer go to get away from it all?
For me, this year, a couple of weeks ago I took a little jaunt down to the Loire Valley to do a spot of camping. Of course there were some playing cards and other curiosity things in the car which have caused the customs teams to scratch their heads – but that is the crazy risks you take as a magician. Lol.
Nonetheless, I drove to Dover from Nottingham which took about 4 hours and the a further 5 hours from Calais to the Loire Valley – the land of wine and pate. Driving on the left hand side of the road is a bit nervy at first but you soon get used to it especially if you find yourself in the wrong lane of a toll booth and need to reverse yourself and the 3 cars behind you out of it with an embarrassed red face.
Still I did some wonderful camping by the banks of the river and took in some great cycle routes with along of the abundance of French Velo that are available to hire for the day.The first day saw me pitch camp outside of the beautiful town of Blois, and the night ended with a belly full of patisserie flan and amazing light show on the side of the Chateuax. That day had seen me stumble across a magic museum would you believe – a 30 minute walk from the campsite.
This was the former home of one of the earliest professional magicians Robert Houdin. The museum itself was very family friendly and focussed more on his scientific career and optical illusions than actual magic. That said, I did watch a really great 30 minute illusion show under UV lights with some really fresh and original magic in a theatre packed with international tourists.
The next few days welcomed more chateaux with those of note being Chambord – a massive but truly beautiful castle, Chenonceau – my favourite with its multiple arches over the river, some sumptuous gardens and gorgeous interiors, and Villandry with its much acclaimed, perfectly manicured gardens.
But the holiday wasn’t just about Chateaux, the penultimate day saw me visit a 13th century church was stunning and some incredible troglodyte caves as part of a rural cycle ride with picnic in my bag. Other than the castles, caves and a truly magnificent Cathedral in Rouen, and a bit of pentanque spectating the other highlight of the trip was the food. Wine, pate, cheese and bread were all beautiful and when accompanied by the banks of the river Loire, this made for some idyllic memories.
So then, it’s back to reality with Sundays for a professional magician just as busy as Saturday. This is in stark contrast to France where Sunday is reserved as the classic day of rest – and I struggled to find any shops open. Christmas will soon be upon us, and the summer holiday season a distant memory.
I’m now taking bookings for Christmas – it sounds awful to be thinking about it now – but if you have a party or Christmas celebration you have in mind and want either kids or adult magic, feel free to give me a call on 07934 856 696, check out my YouTube video on my homepage on www.williamthewizard.co.uk or simply fill out the form on my contact page www.williamthewizard.co.uk/contact and I’ll see if I can fit you in before things get too mental!! I hope you have had a great summer too…..