Kinetic Gal’s Recommendation: Metrocakes – Fabulous Custom Cake Shop in Singapore!

I have hosted many (MANY!) parties but when it came to looking for custom cake in Singapore, i was a bit lost myself! Luckily, i had some pointers and managed to find Metrocakes. We had them do a custom cake with five figurines of everyone in the office, The cake itself was a top hat (magicians – duh~) and there was a ring of ‘fire’ around the hat (birthday boy plays with fire in his show!). It was a beautiful cake and what really made us smile was how they really put a lot of effort into each figurines to make them as alike to us as possible. 🙂

Check out their webpage here to see what kind of custom cakes they have done!

Some examples here too!

Carz!

Star Wars

Pretty cool isn’t it? Metrocakes is on Facebook too, so if you’d like to look for them: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/MetroCakes/130673363630140

Next time it’s Kinetic Gal’s birthday, I want a CUSTOM cake too!

Magic Kit for Your Child?

Thinking of looking for a magic kit for your child because he/ she is really interested in magic? Well, i had a couple of parents ask me about this during the parties, and yes i have a perfect recommendation. 🙂

Mindfreak Ultimate Magic Kit by Criss Angel

Ultimate Magic Kit

http://www.magicboutique.sg/mindfreak-ultimate-magic-criss-angel-trick-p-13089.html

If you find the magician on the box cover very familiar, it would be because his magic series ‘Mindfreak’ has been showing on Channel 5. 🙂 In fact this magic kit is one of the biggest magic kit i’ve seen and very comprehensive too! This magic kit has won an award for being the best magic kit and it really does look like an awesome one. If  i was still a kid, i know for sure i would LOVE to have this!

Ultimate Magic Kit Includes:

  • Over 500 Mindfreaks you can perform
  • Levitate Anywhere – Anytime!
  • Mindfreak Props
  • 3 Criss Angel Step-By-Step Instructional DVDs
  • 3 Different Decks of Criss Angel Official Playing Cards
  • Criss’s Secret Floating Device
  • Criss’s Secret Utility Device
  • Free Online Ultimate LoyalFreak Trial Membership at Criss Angel’s website
  • Mindfreak Bestselling Teach-A-Tricks, Criss’s Personal Practice Tips and Much, Much More!

Alternatively, if your kiddo is just interested and starting to request for things to try out, you can ‘test’ his/ her interest with something that requires less ‘ka-ching’ (ie. $$) but just as informative and fun!

Spellz Season One DVD

http://www.magicboutique.sg/spellz-season-volume-featuring-sankey-gapc-entertainment-p-10822.html

In fact, quite a while ago, i did a review on this set of DVDs and here’s my two cents on the series, reproduced for your benefit:

Review by Kinetic Gal:

Spellz is a series of short ‘serial’ targeted at teaching children magic. It is hosted by Jay Sankey and his fifteen year old co-host Bridget Halls. In Volume One, Jay teaches some very basic magic from stuff like Linking Paperclips to Haunted Key, Broken and Restored Toothpick.

Jay Sankey is known for being quite a funny guy and he continues being so in the series. The chemistry between him and his co-host is good, and I can see how the kids will like the both of them. The magic taught is not too difficult, and there seems to be systematic building up of the difficulty level. The series starts off with more self-working effects and effects that need more work are introduced slowly along the way.

Jay teaches 2 effects in every chapter of the series (around 12 chapters per series). In chapter is also split into sections that include: the magic effect and the teachings, ‘Magic History’, ‘Magic Tips’ from Jay, an effect that Jay performs (but doesn’t teach, usually more complex) as well as a ‘Worldly Magic’ segment.

The teachings of the effects are clear and simple – fairly straightforward, and I should think the children will have no problems following at all. After the teaching, there is a little segment where the co-host shows the effect again and I feel the kids will like that too. Little tips on magic (the usual) are given by Jay for the children watching the show so that they can perform better.

Personally, I really liked the ‘Magic History’ segment where little tidbits of different interesting bits of magic history are presented in a fun way. I feel that it is a great way to learn bits of magic history and know more famous and great magicians from the past. It is a personal opinion of mine, that all who know magic should learn at least a little about magic history and the greats and famous of magic, as well as origins of famous effects. This little segment starts off this very nicely.

‘Worldly Magic’ on the other hand, is kind of a misnomer since they don’t talk about magic all the time. In this little segment, they have some fun facts that could be also science and stuff like that. While that is so, I myself enjoyed the little bits of fun facts and stuff too.

Overall, this is definitely a DVD that the children will like, especially if he/she already had the interest in magic. Parents might find it fun to watch together and learn together too. Recommended for the little beginners in magic – who knows if the series might start off a David Copperfield or more!

These products can be found at Magic Boutique so check out the site if you’re interested!

www.magicboutique.sg

Kinetic Gal will be reviewing about the Duncan Beginners Diabolo soon, so stay tuned for that!

Beautiful cupcakes and muffins for Birthday Parties!

Well! If anyone who has read my blog and seen the photos of Deon’s 6th birthday in my last entry and wondered why in Singapore to get the beautiful cake for birthday parties… i now have an answer for you! But before that, you might be pondering if cupcakes are a good idea for birthday parties and… I’d say, absolutely yes!

If you recall, Kinetic Gal has long time ago recommended cupcakes in place of normal cakes for birthday parties.

Reason 1:

It’s beautiful! Yea that’s right – cupcake tiers can be very beautifully decorated and they can look really awesome.

Reason 2:

Less mess! It’s always messy when doing the cake cutting, and i have seen too many where mummies are trying to handle the children and trying to handle the cake cutting too.

Reason 3:

They are great for party giveaways. For some parties which do not have party bags, consider having the kids bring back a cupcake each. They look good and it’s great the kids get something to bring back for mummy to try too.

And now finally, the answer to the question: where to get the cupcakes? The particular one for Deon was from: Yummyumkins (http://www.yummyumkins.com/). I’ve had a look at their cup cake design and tier design and i must say again, the  cake tiers really look very awesome – i thought they look like centrepieces. 🙂

Check out some of their past beautiful cake tiers that they have created before!

All images copyright of Yummyumkins.

I guess you could say that Kinetic Gal is very taken with their cake tiers! 😛 Highly recommended cupcake shop for birthday parties! If you’re looking for new ideas for cake, maybe you’d like to check out www.yummyumkins.com !

Duncan Juggling Clubs – Review

Just a few weeks ago, I saw a set of juggling clubs at a shop and liking the design (very gal thing i know), i bought the clubs at a whim.

The clubs did look super cool with the red fiery design on the white background, but it was not until several days later when i started throwing the clubs around.

First and foremost, Duncan is well-known for yoyos. For those who know, Kinetic Gal used to do yo-yos in my show too, and Duncan was the brand. I use Duncan Metal Zero (HOT pink :)). Duncan had excellant standards for their yo-yos, so i expected nothing less of the juggling equipment as well.

The GOOD

The juggling clubs did live up to my expectations. 🙂 For beginner clubs they were excellent –  you could technically throw the clubs around and they would not get dented at all. The balance was pretty good too – the club length was sufficient for beginners and good for throw spin.

It does help the clubs are really cool! Unlike Passe passe beginner clubs which are red blue and green (very basic and kind of tacky RGB colour), the clubs are white and with fiery red designs or yellow with black fiery designs. Awesome!

Now on to the ‘less’ good…

The BAD

The clubs are heavy! Surprisingly so! If these clubs are being handled  by young kids, I’d highly doubt that the kids would be able to handle them. If the kids are above 8, perhaps that would be possible.

While the balance was good, the weight did make the spin a little different from usual juggling clubs.

Besides that, the juggling clubs make a lot of noise (even compared to Passe Passe clubs) but in the beginning of learning of juggling, that’s to be expected. 🙂

Others

If you have just began juggling – i’d advise you of course, to start with the juggling silks and balls. Once you have mastered that, at least to a certain degree, you can begin on the juggling clubs!

The juggling club set also includes a DVD which teaches juggling – i’ll do a short review on the DVD shortly after!

Till the next post,

adeline

Kinetic Gal