Michael Colonna celebrates his 40th year in showbiz this year.
New Zealand's first professional balloon artist and an accomplished Magician, Clown and Musician he can entertain your clients with a 30 minute corporate show or strolling comedy.
Specialising in family entertainment as Walnut the Clown or balloon / music / magic themed shows and walkabout as Mr. Walnut.
Variety Artists Top Children's Entertainer Award winner.
Ideal for: shopping mall, in store entertainment, office parties, kids parties, fairs, street entertainment etc
21 Years of twisting balloons, performing in Europe, the South Pacific and throughout New Zealand - what a fun way to pay the bills!
Walnut creates all sorts of creatures and hats from his balloons
Kids also love Walnut's children's magic show - perfect for 2 - 8 ages but teenagers also enjoy watching and Mr Walnut's patter tickles the adults too!
Walnut is now taking bookings for his 40 minute long Xmas themed Magic Show, perfect entertainment for pre-schools and kindergartens. This Christmas Walnut's best friend, Santa, can pass out presents and pose with your children.
Walnut also does shows for Retirement Villages and Rest Homes
See what they say about Walnut
You entertained and wowed the audience (even the passers by) with your fantastic show. The fun and light hearted way you delivered your act was very loving. You have a very sincere approach with residents and inpatients. You were mindful of their space and allowed time for them to react. A very uplifting and positive experience!
Golden Bay Community Heath Centre
The residents were all raving about your show, asking me where I got you from and when you are coming again. "Absolutely lovely!" "Very entertaining!" "So Funny!" "He is so clever with those balloons!" .... are only a few comments I've heard. Please come back to Nelson again
I wish I had four performers like you. I have never seen them laugh so much! Please come back next year
All residents had a wonderful afternoon with you and your excellent balloon creations. A fantastic show, happily recommended to others
Wonderful bright energy and great joking around. Fun for all that was really appreciated. Also enjoyed the skills of making the balloons and wondering what was coming next. Excellent laid back singing that made us all flow and relaxed us. Don't ever stop
Edmund Hillary Village,
Thank you for your fantastic show. Residents here loved every minute and weeks later are still talking about it. Stella performance
Fitzroy & Merivale Rest Homes,
Always a very well received show, enjoyed by children, staff and residents
Our dementia clients enjoyed your activity and were responsive and appeared interested. Well done! You are so respectful to them – thank you so much for that
Everyone enjoyed your show! They talked about it for days.
Absolutely fabulous! Residents were thrilled with your performance. They love their balloon creations and enjoyed the music as they knew all the tunes
Do not change a thing! Wyndham Rest Home, Southland
Our residents loved every minute of it, even though they didn't sing: Terrace View Village, Ashburton
I love the music you played and sung to. It was great how you managed to make every resident a balloon, which is a hard task. Feedback from the staff is – they love you!
Cottage Rest Home,
Your show was absolutely fantastic! Everybody loved and enjoyed it
Lady Allum Village,
Thank you for a great show. The residents took a wee while to warm to what was happening but when they did they thoroughly enjoyed it. There have been many positive comments
Loved the comedy, singing and amazing balloons
All our residents are still talking about it months later
Molly Ryan Village,
You were a hit with residents, staff and visitors alike. You brought a smile to everyone's face and they treasure their balloon hats and creatures.
Kynnersley & Dunsford Homes,
Our residents and staff thoroughly enjoyed your show. It was very refreshing, entertaining and created a soul-lifting atmosphere. Well done!
Julia Wallace Home,
Thoroughly enjoyed by our residents, lots of smiles and laughter!
O'Conor Memorial Home,
”Excellent!" "Very enjoyable!" "Good entertainer!" "Please come back!"
Margaret Stoddart Home,
Thank you Mr Walnut. We’ve enjoyed every minute! Springlands
in 2012 Walnut was awarded the prestigious Top Children's Entertainer Award by the Variety artists Club of NZ
Michael is a wonderful act and we where very leased to have him entertain our children. Once again thank you for you services
Kind regards Deidre Rich
Childrens Xmas Party
Te Atatu RSA
Walnut the Clown
Thank you Robyn, they were all great, the parade went really well. We will be in touch next year
New Lynn Lions Christmas Parade
Walnut the Clown
Yes Mr Walnut was very good and the kids loved him. He has a way with the crowd. Overall the show was good.
Walnut was great! The children loved the act - had everyone laughing. My own children are still raving about Walnut days later. They want Walnut to come back. My birthday boy was shy, but there were plenty of other volunteers to sit in Walnut's special chair. The adults thought he was hilarious too.
Thank you, definitely not disappointed.
Walnut was brilliant! Not many acts could keep 2-6yr olds entertained for an hour. I was amazed. Very funny for kids and adults.
Thanks so much Pete. Kids loved Walnut and party was a success
Thank you for your follow up email.
Everything went very well thank you. Walnut was well received by the children and adults.
He wouldn't leave until EVERY child had a balloon, which was wonderful.
Please pass on our thanks to him
Functions and Events Co-ordinator
Hibiscus Coast Community RSA
Every one very happy thank you very much for your help. It was a most stressful time working with the client to get the final ok but the acts were all very well received and I believe they enjoyed themselves also.
Should we have a similar event in the future we will not hesitate to contact you again.
Poderi Crisci Restaurant and Vineyard.
Hi Robyn, all went very well, we had an amazing turnout of 170 children 0-5 years, so to keep things under control we had to speed things up a little.
Please pass on our biggest THANK YOU to Mr Walnut.
He did an amazing job and the kids loved him!
Thank you once again :)
Marketing & Corporate Events Co-ordinator
The acts provided for the Victoria Park Tunnel Walk-Through on Saturday 29 October were very entertaining, charming and overall crowd pleasers.
I was very impressed and I look forward to working with you again for future events.
See photos attached.
Many Thanks and Kind Regards,
Leilana Meredith | Event Facilitator
Auckland City Events Central Region | Arts, Culture & Events
Walnut was a great success the kids loved him and the parents got a good couple of hours to relax with us.
Had a wonderful day.
The kids loved the entertainment, so I'd say another successful Christmas party..
They were all perfect, big thanks to everyone…
Yes, we had a splendid day. The weather turned out to be better than I could ever had imagined, the parade went to plan and all the performers did a great job. Well done to your entertainers, couldn't have done it without them!
Thanks very much
Yesterday Mr. Walnut came to entertain the children at Riding for the Disabled in Kepa Road, St. Heliers.
He was an absolute darling, he was lovely with the children and they all enjoyed themselves very much, he even won over the staunch older boys. He gave great value for money putting in a lot of effort especially with the balloons, I've never seen such beautiful hats, flowers etc. I would highly recommend him to anybody wanting to entertain children.
Please thank Mr. Walnut from us.
Hi there Kellie,
Just wanted to say a huge thanks from the team here at Vodafone - we had a great time being entertained by Alan and Mr Walnut at our quality launch!!
"The best clown we have ever seen" Kids Foundation
"A Great clown....light and laughter" New Plymouth Centre City
"Indispensable, witty, entertaining....made the stage a fun place to be" TVNZ telethon
"Wonderful" ASB bank special events
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