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"David Oakley’s Magic shows bring joy and happiness to all the sick children who are in hospital, it helps them forget their pain, suffering and any frightening experiences that they may go through while they are with us. It leaves them with having a positive experience which helps them if they have to return to hospital for any reason in the future."

- Joy Powell, Playleader, Riverbank unit Worcester Royal hospital

"I just wanted to thank you very much for your brilliant contribution to my son’s party. I have had numerous people approach me to tell me how much they enjoyed the show – and that’s just the adults! I have also had parents tell me that their children went home and told them about your show. So, all in all you were a great hit!"

- Tracy Merry

"Just wanted to thank you for saving the day and my sanity yesterday at Harry’s party – you were fab and the kids loved the show. Parents went home saying it was the best party they had ever been to."

- Deb Meredith

"Thank you so much for a wonderful show today, Lauryn, Sophie and friends were so thrilled to see you at their party. We will definitely be recommending your services for the future."

- Joanne Sennett and Louise Patrick

"Thanks once again for your excellent entertainment of the children at Reece’s birthday party. One parent of a 3 and 7 year old told me “It’s the first party I’ve been to where the kids haven’t pestered me to death.” There were good reports all round."

- Dave and Carolyn Hills

"Ellie and her friends thoroughly enjoyed your excellent entertainment at her party. Lots of parents have commented that their children had a great time. I was impressed with the way you kept the children engaged and still retained control."

- David Coghill

"Children and young people with their families gain so much from David’s Magic show. It is valuable to see children smile and laugh during the show. This helps them in the hospital environment and makes their stay special. I would recommend David Oakley to put a smile on anyone’s face!

- Michelle Wilmot Play Specialist
On behalf of Specialised Play Services at Birmingham Children’s Hospital

"We look forward to our party's at nursery as the children have a truly magical time with David and simply magic, the young ones especially love the dog. We have used David at St.Johns for the last 3 years as both children and adults enjoy the experience. We would recommend 'Simply Magic' for children from 2 years up to adults!! The children were mesmerized from start to finish. We didn't know our Nursery children could sit still for 45 mins!! A fun, enjoyable experience".

-   Nickie Sephton, Nursery Supervisor, St. John's Nursery, Heath Hayes

Hi David,

So, so sorry I didn't say thank you and goodbye properly on Saturday after Kai & Tyler's party, I was being pulled this way and that by everyone. I am really glad that I booked you and thanks for taking the booking at the last minute. The children really enjoyed your show, especially Kai. It was lovely to see the amazement and smiles on his little face. Oh, one thing though, he's a bit miffed that he can't do magic with his wand. He does make me laugh. To be honest, I don't know what I would have done without you. Worth every penny. I was a little disappointed that the parents wanted to stay though. Lots of space and too many chairs I think. Hope it didn't make too much of a difference to you.

A BIG THANK YOU and I would certainly recommend you.

Regards, Vicki

Hello David,

just a word of thanks for Saturday.  It was just what I was expecting and everyone enjoyed your show.  Lots of nice comments came back at the end.

Thank you very much.  I'm sure we will be in touch again in the future.

Regards, Martina

Hi David,

I just wanted to thank you again for coming to entertain the children on our family day. It was a really enjoyable show and all of the children reported to their parents how much fun they had.

Thank you for your time and hope to see you again.

Best wishes, Sarah

- Sarah Holloway, Paediatric Oncology Outreach Nurse Specialist, Birmingham Children's Hospital

"David Oakley has been providing our Christmas entertainment for many years now.  His show is hugely entertaining and keeps our children amused and attentive throughout.  David is very sensitive to the special needs of our children and pitches his language, actions and tricks at just the right level, not too fast and furious but ‘silly’ enough to keep our children laughing. His act is fun, colourful and intriguing.  We all love him."

- Karen Milligan, Greenhall Special Needs Nursery

"Hi David, I just wanted to say thank you so much for performing at Jack's birthday. It was fantastic! Jack hasn't stopped talking about you. You made his birthday very special and very memorable x "

Many thanks for your show on 17th December the Beavers were enthralled and the leaders enjoyed it as well. I was hoping to attach a photo of the night but I have not had them through yet from my other Leader.

May you have continued success in 2013.

Gratefully, Joanna Miller, 20th St Bertelin's Beavers

Hi David,

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for the brilliant show that you did at Sarah's 3rd birthday party on Saturday. It really was a fantastic show, Sarah is still pointing her wand and shouting "abracajabra". It was a great success, the children were talking about it for the rest of the day.

1 mother who bought 4 children with her said her children would not stop talking about it all that night. I did not get the chance to say a proper thank you at the party as I had a pass the parcel to organise as well as other games when you left.

Once again, Thank you. You were wonderful.

Regards, Rachel, Sarahs Mum.

Dear David,

I just want to say a very sincere “thank you” for the entertainment you provided for the children at Rachael and Neil’s wedding last Friday.  Everyone thought you were wonderful and the children haven’t stopped talking about the Show.  Thank you for making a balloon for them all too.

Kind regards, Ann Threadgold

Dear David,

I would like to Thank You for the really enjoyable magic show you did for Eleanor's party on Saturday.

The children really enjoyed it and the adults commented on how good it was.

Many thanks again. Lynda Plews

Hi David,

Just want to say Thank You for a fantastic show at Megan's birthday yesterday.  The children and grown ups enjoyed it. Hope to see you in the near future. And my mom wants to know how you do the colouring book trick!!

Thanks again, Kelly and Megan.


Just wanted to drop you a swift e-mail to thank you very much for the wonderful entertainment you provided on Sunday - it was fantastic. Even although I didn't see much of the show myself I could tell from the yells of delight that the kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and as always you were in complete control of the situation.

Thanks again for making Amelia's 5th birthday so special - she's still charging about with her magic wand shouting abracadabra.

Best Regards, Fiona, Ross and Amelia


Just wanted to say a very big thank you for a wonderful magic show at my son’s birthday party. All of us and especially my son loved the show and he hasn’t stopped talking about it since.

Again many thanks, Andrew

Dear David,

Thank you very much for your contribution to our leavers evening. I just wanted to let you know that I've had some really positive comments about your magic. Everyone that I have spoken to was really impressed by the quality of your magic and the presentation. It even went down well with two people who admitted they don't really like magic at all! It fitted perfectly with rest of the evening.

Thanks again, Best wishes, Anne

Thank you  David for a lovely show, the children all, enjoyed it, I think it was one of the best we've seen. I will definitely recommend you to our friends. We had some nice comments about the show from parents.

Kind regards , Irene.

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