This was an awesome experience! From the instant I booked Karl Washington I knew I had made the right decision. He called me soon after I had booked him and asked me details about the event - the type of event, age range, the lay out of the house, the flow of the party, etc. He was truly interested in customizing the experience to meet my needs. It was my son's 18th birthday and keeping a room full of fifty 17 and 18 year old kids entertained is a challenge - but he said he was up to it -- and he proved it!! He arrived on time and ready to go. His "walk around" close up magic was mesmerizing and actually drew my son and his friends away from the XBox tournament that had monopolized their time until Karl's arrival. I had booked him for two hours and after about an hour of up close magic which consisted of card tricks, rubber band tricks and other slight of hand illusions, he prepared the stage show. Everyone enjoyed the entire show, which included live animals, rope tricks, rings, and a bunch of other great magic tricks that kept their attention the entire time; I joked that if they had paid as much attention in AP English they would all have scholarships! He included guests from the audience quite a bit which was a big hit -- it as so exciting to see the kids call out their friends, joyously chanting the name of the next "volunteer." Karl's friendliness, engaging personality and humor stood out to me - I am sure that many magicians can pull off tricks, but not all can engage a group of teenagers in fun banter; he made people laugh as much as made them gasp in disbelief. I would hire Karl again in a heartbeat!