Magic Cards and More

New in Jamie Raven Magic Cards and much much more

For many years we have been asked if we have any Magic Tricks or Magic Cards in our shop and now, after a great deal of searching and Bill finally meeting Jamie Raven at the London Toy Show this year. We are happy to say that we are now Stockists of Jamie Raven Magic Products. We have four lines just arrived: (£9.99)

  • Jamie Raven’s Magic Of The Mind, Magic Set
    Create your very own Magic of the Mind! Learn directly from among one of Britain’s most gifted magicians and impress your family and friends with mesmerising Mind Magic tricks! Developed by the Britain’s Got Talent sensation Jamie Raven, the Magic of the Mind Set not only consists of all the components needed to perform multiple tricks but also includes a secret on-line link! Pick up from the very best and watch as Jamie teaches you how you can perform many astonishing tricks such as Synchronicity and Destination Unknown. As well as demonstrating the secret techniques required to perform the tricks, Jamie also offers plenty of hints and tips along the way to make sure you deliver a spell-binding performance every time! The gifted magician, who wowed audiences and judges alike with his extraordinary magic skills on the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent and finished as ‘Top Human’, is one of the most watched magicians in the world with over 300 million online views. Jamie has also appeared on numerous high profile TV shows, headlined the record-breaking West End show ‘The Illusionists’ and has sold out theaters throughout the UK. The Jamie Raven Magic of the Mind Set is ideal for children 8 years and over and makes the perfect gift for anyone fascinated by magic. There are four innovative Magic Sets in the series so budding magicians can advance their skills even further with the Jamie Raven Card Magic, Street Magic and Sleight of Hand sets.
  • Jamie Raven’s Street Magic Set
    Perform your own Street Magic! Learn directly from one of Britain’s most gifted magicians and amaze your loved ones with mind-blowing Street Magic tricks! Developed by the Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon Jamie Raven, Street Magic Set not only contains all the components required to perform multiple tricks but also includes a secret online link! Pick up from the best and watch as Jamie teaches you how to perform many astonishing illusions such as the Jumping Rubber Bands and Currency Destruction tricks. As well as demonstrating the secret techniques required to perform the tricks, Jamie also offers lots of hints and tips in the process to make sure you deliver a spell-binding performance every time! The gifted magician, who wowed audiences and judges alike with his extraordinary magic skills on the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent and finished as ‘Top Human’, is one of the most watched magicians in the world with over 300 million online views. There are four ingenious Magic Sets in the series so budding magicians can advance their skills even further with the Jamie Raven Card Magic, Magic of the Mind and Sleight of Hand sets.
  • Jamie Raven’s Card Magic Set
    Card Magic! Learn directly from among one of Britain’s most talented magicians and amaze your friends and family with mind-boggling Card Magic tricks! Developed by Britain’s Got Talent sensation Jamie Raven, the Card Magic Set not only contains all the parts required to perform multiple tricks but also includes a secret on-line link! Learn from the best and watch as Jamie teaches you how to perform many astonishing card tricks, for example, the incredible Four of a Kind and The Joker Knows. As well as demonstrating the secret techniques required to perform the tricks, Jamie also offers plenty of hints and tips along the way to ensure you deliver a spell-binding performance each time
  • Jamie Raven’s Sleight of Hand Magic Set
    Deliver your very own mind-blowing illusions! Learn directly from one of Britain’s most talented magicians and amaze your friends and family with astounding Sleight of Hand Magic tricks! Developed by the Britain’s Got Talent sensation Jamie Raven, the Sleight of Hand Magic Set not only contains all the components required to perform multiple tricks but also includes a secret online link! Learn from the best and watch as Jamie teaches you how to perform many unbelievable illusions such as the Jumping Coins and Magnetic Pen tricks. Additionally demonstrating the top secret techniques required to carry out the tricks, Jamie also offers lots of hints and tips in the process to make sure you deliver a spell-binding performance every time

Magic Cards

Aquabeads

Aquabeads are a product that we have been asked for in the past. “What are aquabeads?” I hear you ask
Aquabeads were developed in Japan, where they have succeeded in the market since 2004. Now they are sold in over 30 countries!
Aquabeads are unique beads that stick together with water. No heat is necessary so children can enjoy the whole process from the beginning to the end which will provide great enjoyment. They are actually a fun and non-toxic product for children to enjoy hours of innovative creativity!
Aquabeads are perfect for children aged 4 years old and upwards.

We have in stock:

  • Aquabeads Complete (£9.99)
  • Four Aquabeads Theme Refills (See image below)
    Aquabeads

Also we have recently replenished our Sylvanians Stocks and now have many many more Sylvanians Familes, Babies and accessories in store.

Why not come and Visit Silly Billy’s Toy Shop in Hebden Bridge Today

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Traditional retail markets and the battle to stay afloat – BBC News

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Traditional retail markets and the battle to stay afloat – BBC News

Traditional retail markets and the battle to stay afloat – BBC News

British markets are seen as a microcosm of the city or town in which they are based, encapsulating the diversity of communities and skills a place has to offer.

But with some being sold off due to their prime locations and others fighting for their existence due to the rise of discount supermarkets and online retailers, will generations to come be able to enjoy them?

BBC News has been to Kirkgate Market in Leeds, winner of “Britain’s Favourite Market” for the second year in a row, to find out how it is adapting to changing trends.

Among the 170 stall-holders, optimism for the future is mixed with serious concern about dropping footfall and the rising costs of renting floor space.

Near an entrance to the 1904 hall, with its glass roof and cast-iron balcony, sits North African and Middle Eastern food vendor Cafe Moor.

 Owner Kada Bendaha set up his stand after a life-changing breakfast in the bustle of London’s Borough Market and its speciality food stands.

“The beauty of a market is you have that one-to-one contact, you build that relationship with your fishmonger or butcher,” he said.

“If you go to the fish section, there’s a gentleman there who has been there for 38 years, you go and ask him about a particular fish, he knows the business inside out.

“Go to a supermarket and you will have a student who is just working part time there, it’s not the same.”

Dating back to 1857, Kirkgate has become one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, selling fish, meat, fruit and vegetables, clothes, jewellery, haberdashery, flowers and hardware.

The booming voice of a butcher offering the day’s best prices still echoes down its walkways, although e-cigarette stands and racks of iPhone covers tick off some modern requirements.

It has been a turbulent time for the Leeds City Council-run market over the past couple of years, with temporary walls and scaffolding becoming a familiar sight during a 13.7m renovation.

Despite the council reducing rents during this period, stall-holders have complained of regulars becoming put off and heading elsewhere.

Yearly footfall at Kirkgate dropped significantly from 718,000 in 2014 to 628,000 in 2015, but the number rose again to 699,000 in 2016.

Leslie Burwell, of Whitaker’s Farmhouse Eggs, has worked in the market for 25 years in total.

She said: “It used to be heaving, you couldn’t move for people down the aisles, there was an atmosphere with people shouting.

“They’ve taken all of the shops out of one section and made a big wide open space – they have spent millions of pounds and have nothing to show for it.”

Kashif Ali Raja, who recently took over Spice Corner, said he was positive despite widespread change.

He said: “When you start a business, you have to work really hard. There’s early mornings, working late.

“We sell seeds, fresh vegetables, things which are very difficult to find in Leeds, this is the only place you can get it.

“I don’t think recent changes have made any difference, because the regular customers are the same, they will always come.”

The outdoor section of Kirkgate, with its fruit stalls, luggage-sellers and flea market, is where Michael Marks opened his Penny Bazaar, leading to the founding of Marks & Spencer in 1890.

The patch now sits a stone’s throw away from the newly-opened 42,000 sq m Victoria Gate complex, a 165m retail development featuring a flagship John Lewis store.

Leeds City Council wants the market to be able to take advantage of the expected increase in shoppers in the area, but not everyone feels it will make a difference.

Julie Carr has worked in the outdoor section for 35 years and now sells second-hand toys and collectables at her stall.

She said: “The new John Lewis has made no difference to us, I don’t think their customers and ours are connected at all.

“My theory is in 20 years there will be no shops, no markets, everything will be online and people will say ‘I remember when we used to go to the market’ – and they’ve gone.”

The market’s 1976 Hall has seen the most significant change, with the space transformed into a brightly-coloured communal seating area, where established “street food” traders have decided to set up permanently.

A rotating schedule of craft fairs, live music and kids’ entertainment is used to draw people in, with long tables encouraging those new to the market to get chatting to those who have been regulars for decades.

One of the new food traders is the Yorkshire Wrap Company, selling hot meals wrapped up in a Yorkshire pudding.

Michael Pratt, who runs the stall, said: “First impressions are good, word of mouth seems to be getting out about the new food hall area.

“It’s bringing a lot of different faces into the market, people who maybe wouldn’t have usually come here.”

He added: “Markets give a sense of community and the ability to get everything under one roof, great produce for great prices. I think they’re going from strength to strength.”

Down in the basement of the top end of the market, Brian Bettison has been providing haircuts since 1982. He said rents for stalls had gone “up and up and up”.

He said: “They’ve had numerous different ways of doing it through the years, it was measured on square footage, it was zoned into the most desirable areas.

“Everyone now has different agreements with the markets, nobody will let you know, they will keep it to themselves.”


What do the shoppers think?

  • Anna Woollett, 30, from Meanwood in Leeds: “I buy all of my fruit and vegetables from here, because I like to buy food fresh and it’s far better quality than in supermarkets and lower prices. It’s a really big part of my life. If I had to move to another city, one of the first things I would check out is if there’s a decent market.”
  • Maurice Collinson, 81, from Beeston, Leeds: I’d like to see more stalls come in but they can’t afford them as the prices are going up all the time. I’ve been coming here all of my life and it’s a beautiful building, the top half is really what it used to be, it’s really good.”
  • Paul Eccles, 50, from York, said: “The international food here is fantastic, stuff from north Africa, Asia, it’s great. I’m from Blackburn originally and the market has shut down and it has killed the town centre, it’s important they invest in them.”

  • Close to where the indoor market meets the outdoor section, Cheryl Murtheh has been selling cosmetics for 16 years.

    She said: “They’re giving cheaper rent to newcomers coming in, but they should lower the rents of people who have been here a long time.

    “What happens to the people who have been keeping you going for years, shouldn’t they be entitled to something as well?”

    According to the National Association of British Market Authorities, from 2009 to 2016 the number of market traders in the UK dropped from approximately 55,000 to 32,000.

    The recession has been highlighted as a key reason for this, although there is some evidence the sector as a whole has started to turn a corner.

    The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) said traditional retail markets currently have a collective annual turnover of 2.7bn, with the figure increasing by 200m year on year since 2013.

    Like Kirkgate, several markets across the UK are adapting to modern trends to cater for younger shoppers.

    Many have introduced hot food areas, improved their branding, have extended opening hours and provided free wi-fi.

    Joe Harrison, chief executive of the MNTF, said: “It’s easy to follow trends, but five years down the line you may realise you’ve got nothing.

    “They need to make sure careful steps are taken to keep them popular with the next generation, but it needs to have that social value, dealing with every demographic rather than focusing on one specific thing as it’s currently the most economically viable.”

    Leeds City Council said visitor numbers were now “on the up” since the refurbishment, with the number of vacant units “also reduced significantly”.

    A spokeswoman said: “We recognise that there is still some way to go but we are very optimistic that more and more visitors will continue to discover the traditional charm combined with the new modern areas that Kirkgate has to offer.”

    Clearly the market has reached a key moment in its history, with bold decisions about the site’s future use being made.

    While serving up mint teas and chicken shawarmas to lunchtime customers at his food stand, Mr Bendaha said: “This is not just a full-time job, it’s a lifestyle and it’s a big part of the city.

    “Hopefully it will never die.”

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Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is located in the wonderful town of Hebden Bridge in Calderdale.
There are regular outdoor markets in Hebden Bridge.
Also regular Farmer’s Markets in Hebden Bridge on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sunday of each month.

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Lego Store Locations – Lego Store Location

Silly Billy s are a Premier Lego Store Location We are one of the few independent Toy Shops left that are stockists of Lego and have a huge range. We are based in Hebden Bridge, one of the most diverse towns for Independent Shops and looking at Lego Store Locations across the UK, Silly Billy s are [ ] The post Lego Store Locations Lego Store Location appeared first on Silly Billy s Toy Shop Blog.
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Lego Store Locations – Lego Store Location

Silly Billy’s are a Premier Lego Store Location

We are one of the few independent Toy Shops left that are stockists of Lego and have a huge range. We are based in Hebden Bridge, one of the most diverse towns for Independent Shops and looking at Lego Store Locations across the UK, Silly Billy’s are one of the best.
Today we received part of an order that we have created for Easter 2017 from Lego Distribution. This includes some exciting new products from Lego and some old favourites.

Our Lego City Range has increased dramatically in our Lego Store Location to include:

  • 60100 Airport Starter Set
  • 60101 Airport Cargo Plane
  • 60111 Fire Utility Truck
  • 60117 Van and Caravan
  • 60144 Race Plane
  • 60145 Buggy
  • 60146 Stunt Truck
  • 60135 ATV Arrest
  • 60136 Police Starter Set
  • 60137 Tow Truck Trouble
    Lego City

Our Lego Ninjago Range is growing as well:

  • 70588 Ninjago Titanium Tumbler
  • 70589 Ninjago Rock Roader
  • 70592 Ninjago Salvage M.E.C
  • 70593 Ninjago Green N.R.G Dragon
  • 70621 Ninjago The Vermillion Attack
  • 70622 Ninjago Desert Lightning
  • 70623 Ninjago Destiny’s Shadow
  • 70624 Ninjago Vermillion Invader
    Lego Ninjago

We have 5 lines of Lego Technic in our shop and lots more Lego as you can see in the picture below on our Amazing Lego Wall:

  • 42044 Lego Technic Display Team Jet
  • 42045 Lego Technic Hydroplane Racer
  • 42046 Lego Technic Getaway Racer
  • 42057 Lego Technic Ultralight Helicopter
    Lego Wall Silly Billys

We have some new for 2017 Lego Classic Sets including Lego 10706, 10708 and 10709 Blue, Green and Orange Creativity Boxes
For even more details on the classic range please visit www.lego.com/en-gb/classic
Lego Classic 10708

Lego are continually inventing and re-inventing products and one of the latest, that unfortunately we cannot get hold of, is The Silent Mary. This Amazing Galleon from Pirates of the Caribbean looks to be a top build and one that would provide hours of entertainment. You can only buy the Silent Mary which is available now to Lego VIP Customers (the author of the blog is one of those) and available for general release on 1st April 2017 see shop.lego.com/en-GB/Silent-Mary-71042

To compliment our exisiting Lego batman range we have also just received 70905, The Batmobile

Tomorrow, 25th March 2017, Silly Billy’s Toy Shop will be celebrating their first full year of trading at their new toy shop location in Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge, next door to Homely at Hebden. If you are looking for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, up-cycling tricks or tips, or some great re-loved furniture or gifts then pop in and see them.

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Reborn Dolls – Trending Dolls World

Dolls are Reborn with Dolls World new at Silly Billy s There is a resurgence in Dolls and Silly Billy s Toy Shop used to stock a lot of dolls at one time in their old toy shop in Hebden Bridge. Now Dolls are back and we have a selection of Dolls from Dolls World here at [ ] The post Reborn Dolls Trending Dolls World appeared first on Silly Billy s Toy Shop Blog.
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Dolls are Reborn with Dolls World new at Silly Billy’s

There is a resurgence in Dolls and Silly Billy’s Toy Shop used to stock a lot of dolls at one time in their old toy shop in Hebden Bridge.
Now Dolls are back and we have a selection of Dolls from Dolls World here at Silly Billy’s :-

Talking Tammy even creates a realistic baby sound:


Dolls World Talking Tammy:
38cm (15″) baby doll with bean filled bum, sleeping eyes, deluxe romper, jacket, hat and dummy. Press her limbs and tummy for 21 real baby sounds. Age 18m+.

We have Mia back by popular demand and also some Little Loves Dolls at only £9.99
Dolls Reborn Dolls Reborn

What more can we say about Dolls ? Well, Dolls have been absent for a time at Silly Billy’s and we are now happy they have come back to us in our all new toy shop. We have also recently increased our bath toys range for young folk and we have some exciting pr0ducts for bath play.

Some exciting new products that have also made a resurgence here are Sea Monkeys which we have back in stock also after an absence of some time:
Sea Monkeys

Knights are a popular theme and always have been for children, young and old. To compliment our always popular Knights Swords, we now have exciting Knights Battle Armour.
Knights Armour

We are increasing our product range as is usual at this time of year and in the run-up to Easter. One of the biggest events in Hebden Bridge at Easter is the Hebden Bridge Duck Race and this Easter it falls on Ban Holiday Monday 17th April 2017, to learn more about the Duck Race 2017 and buy a ticket please visit the Rotary Club’s Official Duck Race website at:
www.hebdenbridgerotary.org.uk/duckrace

We have no idea what the weather will be like in Hebden Bridge on Bank Holiday Mondy 17th April 2017, though Bill, the owner, a meteorological expert, reckons it will be fine and sunny.

 

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Saw Lego Batman Movie Opening Night – And I Was Not Disappointed!

Lego Batman Movie Coming to Hebden Bridge Picture House Next Weekend Images Originating from: https://imgflip.com/i/1jo9me With the Lego Batman Movie coming to the Hebden Bridge Picture House in 12 days time, we can see the excitement that has already been generated from the general release on 10th February. We have written about Lego Batman before [ ] The post Saw Lego Batman Movie Opening Night – And I Was Not Disappointed! appeared first on www.sillybillystoyshop.com.
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Lego Batman Movie Coming to Hebden Bridge Picture House Next Weekend

Lego Batman Movie

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With the Lego Batman Movie coming to the Hebden Bridge Picture House in 12 days time, we can see the excitement that has already been generated from the general release on 10th February. We have written about Lego Batman before on this blog and have held out seeing the new movie until it’s release in our local Independent Cinema, The Hebden Bridge Picture House.

What have the critics said ?
Owen Gleiberman in Variety says:
The first thing to say about “The Lego Batman Movie” is that it’s kicky, bedazzling, and super-fun. The second thing to say about it is that, like “The Lego Movie” (2014), it’s a kiddie flick that’s been made in a sophisticated spirit of lightning-fast, brain-bursting paradox. The movie uses digital animation to create the illusion that it’s set in a herky-jerky universe of plastic Lego bricks — but it has such a kaleidoscopic, anything-goes flow that it trumps the imagination of just about any animated feature you could name. The characters are Lego minifigures with pegs for heads and crudely etched faces that barely move, yet they have more personality than the majority of human actors. Most delicious of all: “The Lego Batman Movie” comes on like a kid-friendly sendup of the adult world, yet there’s a dizzying depth to its satirical observations that grows right out of the spectacularly fake settings, which are hypnotic to look at but have the effect of putting postmodern quotation marks around…everything.
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We have plenty of Lego Batman Minifgures left for all of you trying to complete the Lego Batman Movie Minifgure collection of twenty minifigures. As this is a limited edition release of minifgures you can expect them to increase in value just as the Lego Movie (2014) Minifgures have done. See image below:
Lego Movie MinifguresOriginal Price £2.49 RRP per minifigure so one set would cost 16 x £2.49 = £39.84 if you can determine each minifgure individually

Sale price £79.99 which is pretty much double the cost price.

 

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Toys for 1 Year Old – New at Silly Billy’s

Toys for 1 Year Old

Something we are quite often asked in Silly Billy’s Toy Shop is do you have something for very young children like Toys for 1 Year Old or Toys for Babies. Today we are glad to say we have received some more Green Toys in our Toy shop and we are so glad to have them back. Made in the USA Green Toys have a low carbon impact and are 100% recycled, we have Submarines And Tug-Boats to complement our existing bath toys range. The Submarines and Tug-Boats are number one sellers in Toys for 1 year old and below, they are suitable for children from 6 months.
To add to this we also have two Green Toys vehicles, the Dump Truck, popular with anyone who might be a Gold Rush Fan ! And the every popular Fire-Truck. These vehicles are suitable as Toys for 1 year old and are certified safe for children from 12 months. They are exceedingly robust and remind us of the old fashioned Tonka Toys, though made of recycled plastic and not metal.
Green Toys for 1 year old

Complimenting our range of Wooden Toys from Big Jigs we have the Rolling Shape Sorter suitable, suitable for a 1 year old
Toys for 1 Year OldAlso back by popular demand are BigJigs British Isles Wooden Puzzle maps, great for learning the Counties and areas of the United Kingdom (we used to do a Europe one as well, although it has ceased post Brexit !)

Toys for 1 year old

Thanks Freya, for holding the map.

Silly Billy’s Toy Shop are very Active on Social Media and you can visit us on Facebook,  Pinterest or Twitter.

As our popularity grows on Social Media so does the visibility of our Retail Shop and after the devastation of Boxing Day 2016 we would really appreciate if you could take a few seconds out of your busy schedule and like our Facebook Page and share it with your friends

(Thanks, this really does mean a lot to us)

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