Bookings are being cancelled due to coronavirus fears
A Burton magician is making a selfless gesture to put smiles back on the faces of children whose parties have had to be cancelled.
Paul Brown first started Magical Mayhem 15 years ago and spends his days spreading happiness to children on their birthdays.
But since the coronavirus outbreak he has had cancellations and decided he needed to do something to keep the positivity flowing.
So he has decided to give free novelty balloon models he shapes into dinosaurs, cartoon character, cars and animals to all the children gutted their parties are cancelled.
Paul, who lives in Brizlincote Valley, said: “I feel for people that are self-employed because they are getting hit hard.
“It’s my trade, so a lot of people have been cancelling left right and centre, which makes me nervous.
“I knew it would hurt me and my family if I didn’t turn it around and I also know at the moment there are children who’ll not understand what’s going on.
“We don’t want to tell our children they can’t have that birthday party they’ve been looking forward to, because they don’t understand why.
“So I knew I had to do something.”
The 52-year-old says it is “in his DNA to be creative”, so he came up with a new idea to help families affected by the coronavirus crisis.
Paul – dad to Sammy, 12, and Molly, 11 – said: “Little people are going to be disheartened and adults are going to be worried and stressed.
“But I wanted to help if I could.
“I always give my customers a birthday balloon anyway, so I decided even if parties are being cancelled they can still have the balloon.
“I put the offer out on Facebook and it went crazy and got 150 shares in no time at all.
“I think it’s what people need right now – some positivity and something nice to keep smiles on faces.
“It’s turned my diary from being something negative into something fun.
“I love this job and having a giggle with the kids.”
Paul also has his own way of keeping his household cheerful in uncertain times.
“We’ll get the tree down, watch films and spend quality time together.
“From an adult’s point of view, we can sit there and be really stressed, but we can also take the positives from this.
“We can spend time with family without work pressures and we need to soak up every little moment we have.”
He said: “Me and my wife, Kirsty, had a conversation the other night and we said if we’ve all got to stay home, we’re going to surprise the children and treat it like Christmas.
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