Alan Leeds: Bay Area Magical Entertainment

Pleasanton, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Energy is the key component to the magic you will experience when I perform. My close-up and stage magic are geared for adults in both private and corporate settings. Before each show, I contact the host to learn more about the attendees or the company, if it is a corporate show, to make the magic more personal. I involve the audience in the entertainment and try to spotlight a few members of the crowd so they have a moment to shine among their friends. Typically, I customize poker chips to be given away throughout the event.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Magic is a wonderful medium for meeting all kinds of people. It is fun to watch the reactions of someone when you do some magic in their own hands or right before their eyes. I thrive on the interaction with the audience and the knowledge that they are having a good time. For that brief moment in time, reality is behind them, out of sight, and the magic is all that is happening. To be able to stimulate that sense of wonder for someone else is what keeps me performing!

Location

Pleasanton, CA 94566

Background check

Complete

Years in business

27

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

18

Reviews

13 Reviews
  • Steve E. May 18, 2017
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Great show, very well planned. Very personal and entertaining.
  • Rahul C. Apr 3, 2017
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Grand icing on the top.
    Connecting with Alan for our kid's first birthday event turned out to be one of the best decision. He has lot of tricks up his sleeve and keeps the guest entertained non stop. He was very accommodative with some of the events running over time. He did a walk around magic tricks and center stage entertainment. Everyone totally loved him. He's also good hearted and a very nice person to interact with.
  • Sreeni I. Feb 6, 2017
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Glad I hired Alan.
    Walk around + Parlor Type show. Absolute Hit with all the party attendees... Guest Comments include: "Where and how on earth did you find him", "Fantastic, Wonderful Idea", "Entertaining and really added pizzazz"... etc. Perhaps one can explain to everyone what the plan, since a few folks left the party early and missed the impressive tricks towards the end.
  • Shiva M. Dec 17, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Magician performance
    worked very hard to please the guests.
  • Kathryn D. Nov 8, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Alan astonished & delighted!
    Alan astonished & delighted! Excellent addition to our Halloween party.
  • Danielle C. Jun 5, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Alan was amazing! I was looking for something different and this did the trick. All of my guest were included! Thank you Alan!
  • Laura M. May 13, 2016
    Alan performed at my company's function with our top agents and their spouses. His magic was out of this world. Left you scratching your head wondering how the heck did he do that. He got the audience involved which was exciting to watch. Lots of laughters and awes. I highly recommend Alan to do your next event. You won't be sorry.
  • Dr. Stewart K. May 8, 2016
    Alan Leeds did a great job entertaining sophisticated business professionals with astonishing close up magic at a Cocktail Reception.Would invite him again in a heartbeat.
  • Sy H. May 5, 2016
    We had Alan perform at our Annual Synagogue Fundraiser. He performed close-up magic for small groups and we then moved to the big room where he did some wonderful, comedic stage magic. He did a great presentation where used cue cards to create a funny magician out of one of our audience members. He was outstanding. He even went to great pains to customize his magic to our organization. A very nice touch.
  • Kari S. Mar 3, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Alan is great with people and makes them feel comfortable and laugh!
  • John R. Aug 17, 2015
    Magician
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  • Reggie T. Jan 25, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Alan did a fantastic job! Both the adults & kids had a great time. Thanks for making my father-in-laws 80th Bday such a memorable night
  • Danielle T. Dec 18, 2014
    Magician
    Verified Review
    He was very personable, friendly,energetic, and just out right awesome. I would love to recommend him to other companies so they can experience his greatness! Thank You again for providing someone so good as Alan.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I start by asking a new client what they would like for their event. Do they want audience participation, a stage show, or the more intimate feel of close up magic? Once certain parameters have been established, I like to discuss how the show can be customized for their event; I can provide poker chips with the name of the event on them as souvenirs of the magical experience.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians where we have monthly meetings to share ideas and work on effects with other magicians. In 2013 & 2014, I won first place in the Bay Area close up competition.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I frequently do close up magic with the group prior to doing a stage show. I feel this personal contact relaxes the crowd so that by the time the stage show begins, they are excited to participate in the show. Customers include corporations such as Hulu, Cisco, Bankers Life, restaurants such as Groveland Hotel, Morocco's and the Dynasty and fundraisers for Las Trampas, ARF (Animal Rescue foundation) and the A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater).
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Being the featured entertainer at the Groveland Hotel in Groveland, CA was gratifying because by the end of the evening, after the close up and stage magic, there felt a sense of camaraderie with each other. Several stayed afterwards just to talk about the evening with me and others in the group.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Know what kind of experience you wish to have. Do you want the magician to do walk around (close up) or stage magic and do you want to have audience participation or just sit back and watch?