Boswick Family Entertainment

San Francisco, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I'm completely focused on children's entertainment. I design my show around children's development. Every year I rent a theatre just to do shows for little ones. I've done well over 7000 shows at this point.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love making people laugh. I love when I look around and I have a 3 year old laughing and an 80 year old, how cool is that?

Location

San Francisco, CA 94122

Years in business

29

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

58

Reviews

34 Reviews
  • Philippa A. Apr 27, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    5 stars!
    Boswick did a magic-comedy and balloon art show for the kids for our Bring Your Kids to Work Day. We had a wide range of ages (between 1 - 11) but Boswick had all of them mesmerised. The kids had a great time. There was a lot of laughter and giggles! Some of the kids were quite outspoken but Boswick was a natural entertainer and took it all in his stride. Thanks for all the fun, Boswick, hope to have you again soon!
  • Maria J. Apr 23, 2017
    Magician
    Verified Review
    He is fabulous and amazing,everybody laughs and enjoy
  • Ana T. Mar 6, 2017
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Boswick is awesome
    Boswick was a hit at my son's 5th birthday party! He managed a limited space with very excited children with grace and gusto.
  • Karen C. Dec 18, 2016
    Santa
    Verified Review
    We love Santa!
    David is amazingly good with children. Highly recommend :)
  • Roxane M. Nov 7, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    We loved Boswick!
    He was great with the kids at my son's birthday party. He had everyone in the room laughing. Would definitely recommend him for parties!
  • Mark D. Jun 30, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Boswick was awesome - just what our Bring Your Kids to Work corporate event needed! The kids of all ages loved him - even our older teenagers couldn't hold back their laughter. He was extremely easy and flexible to work with - and did an exceptional job. I would recommend him for corporate events without reservation.
  • Tara B. Jun 13, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    the kids were engaged and everyone was laughing!
  • Parvati D. May 19, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    David entertained my son's preschool class for his 5th birthday. The kids laughed the whole time. He is great at controlling the kids so they have fun but are not too roudy or aggressive. His show is long enough to keep their attention and fun, without burning them out. I could not be happier. On the administrative side of things, he is professional, courteous and great to work with. I highly recommend him!
  • Monika W. May 16, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Great entertainment !!!
  • Elizabeth H. May 15, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    We hired Boswick for my daughter's 7th birthday party. The kids and the adults loved him! He kept them (and us) entertained and laughing hysterically. He made sure all of the children, especially the birthday girl, felt special. And everyone went home with a balloon creation. We highly recommend Boswick!
  • Lia H. May 2, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Boswick handled a very rambunctious group of 5-year-olds very well & kept everyone laughing, even the parents. I would highly recommend him!
  • Luzeria W. Mar 19, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    He kept the kids entertained and laughing the whole time. Which was a plus. Also he was able to get the skeptical teenagers interested and laughing. And the adults overall he is a great entertainer. We loved it and the kids talked about it all day.
  • Shiney P. Mar 14, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    We had a great time with Boswick. Not only the kids but even the adults were all giggles having him around! Am happy I chose him as the entertainer for my son's first birthday party!!
  • Brenda W. Mar 7, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
  • Danielle C. Mar 2, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    What an entertainer! Boswick The Clown was fantastic with the kids at my son's 4th birthday party and he even had all the adults in hysterics too. He is superb with kids and really knows how to make them laugh. Actually, my son was still laughing to himself hours after the party! Boswick is very professional and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
  • Smita M. Feb 5, 2016
    Clown Entertainment
    Verified Review
  • Kevin C. Dec 1, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Boswick did an amazing job at our charity event! He kept the kids entertained for hours and they all left with smiles on their faces!
  • Lena M. Oct 26, 2015
    Clown Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Boswick the clown was amazing. We hired him for my three-year-old's birthday party we try make his birthday special every year we are adopting him and he has made such an amazing change in our lives so as you can understand every moment is precious with him his birthdays have to be amazing probably more for us. So when we started looking for entertainment I knew I wanted a clown when I spoke with David on the phone and he explained to me, because of their age he would not wear make up so not to scare them, that made no impact when he showed up he was every bit a clown and funny to the adults and the children, what went over the children's head the adults got it was interactive for everybody and always stayed in very good taste . There was no inappropriateness from him whatsoever even when joking with the adults. If I choose to hire a clown next year again it will be Boswick David hands-down I will not venture out to look for somebody else he clearly knows his craft he knows how to entertain with good taste he is prompt on time better than that he even stayed a little bit later for people that showed up late due to their own jobs but wanted to say hello to the birthday boy he made them balloons as well and did not leave until we all left the park. My interaction with him from the beginning was always professional he called me he said he would call me return calls his responses back to me were in a timely manner he was an awesome vendor to work with me I can't say enough about David. I had about 15 kids all under the age of 12 and all of them were memorized by him he kept their attention the entire time and he interacted with each child it seemed like. I'm available for a phone call reference just asked David for my phone number my name is Lena and I to use them tag for my own busine I am available for a phone call reference just asked David for my phone number my name is Lena. Thank you David for making my son's birthday so special and so memorable for all the guests but most importantly to us and our little boy you are truly a special person with special gifts.
  • Tannaz A. Oct 17, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Wonderful! So happy to have had Boswick entertain the kids at my son's birthday party. The kids and parents loved the act. I will definitely have him back for any other kids events.
  • Tina F. Sep 27, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Boswick entertained my 4-year old and her friends and everyone - kids and adults - enjoyed his performance. It was great that he was able to interact with people of all ages. I would surely recommend him!
  • Donna K. Sep 24, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
  • Leslie D. Sep 11, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    He was great, kept the kids engaged, showed up on-time and encouraged the adults to get involved as well.
  • Adriana B. Sep 8, 2015
    Clown Entertainment
    Verified Review
    I was concerned because my crowd ranged from bday boy (turning 4) to 11!!!! He had everyone laughing since he started his show. We had a setup so that parents could also see what he was doing. He was kind of like a Pixar movie, with those punch lines in between that were hilarious. All kids were fully engaged, birthday boy was soooo happy with all the attention, that he became actually annoying, but David had so much patience and handled the situation well. At one point, my boy started crying from some trick and right away he pulled another one and he was laughing his heart out. ALL parents agreed he was great and some want to consider him for their next celebration. He is reasonably price. At the end of his show, he does balloons. I had about 12 kids and he made 2 balloons for each. They would not leave him alone!!! David is funny, spontaneous with many jokes and he has tons, tons of patience. I'm soon glad I hired him!!!! Thank you!!!!!
  • Maryanne B. Sep 7, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    When my 6 years old's August "pool party" started with rain and everything soaking wet, I was a little nervous that the entire day would be a flop. I hired Boswick based on reviews alone, and couldn't be happier that I did--he saved the day! He had all 17 kids and every single adult in absolute hysterics. He does a great job gauging the audience and catering his performance accordingly, and it's impossible to keep a straight face when the kids are laughing their faces off. Everyone there raved about what a great party it was and how awesome Boswick did. Highly recommend!
  • Allison R. Jun 7, 2015
    Circus Act
    Verified Review
    Boswick was very entertaining for kids and adults alike! It was great to see a couple of the tweens showing interest in the show as well. All of the kids went home with more balloon animals than they could carry!
  • Becky M. Apr 25, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Kept 15 3 and 4 years laughing and happy and engaged for over 30 minutes! So professional and hilarious! Fantastic!!
  • Tonya Z. Mar 7, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    He made my kids feel super special! Boswick puts on a performance that's great for young and old. Awesome balloon animals!
  • Kelly W. Mar 2, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    David did a wonderful job entertaining the kids from the moment we opened the front door. The kids were laughing and smiling the whole show! He's got an amazing talent of entertaining and doing magic and balloon art all at the same time. Great show!
  • Architha G. Feb 27, 2015
    Entertainment
    Verified Review
    David was great! The kids had lot of fun and so did the adults. I have never seen anyone who can make such beautiful balloon animals, that was totally unique. He took time to say hello at every table as soon as he entered, that was really nice of him. Most of our friends already asked how they can book him for their events. Thanks a lot David for entertaining us.
  • Shelley G. Feb 22, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Boswick did an amazing job for our 4 year old at her birthday party! We were all entertained. The children really laughed:))). Thank you for making it such a memorable day for our girl. Also, he is so nice and easy to work with... Shelley ( los gaTos)
  • Telisha W. Feb 11, 2015
    Clown Entertainment
    Verified Review
  • Yana K. Feb 10, 2015
    Boswik the Clown (David) was my son's birthday party last weekend where we had 35 kids (age 3-10). He amazing in keeping the kids engaged and entertained for over 2 hours! He made my older son feel very special and important. Everyone was so happy and impressed. I have already recommended him to my friends.
  • Kristin C. Jan 28, 2015
    We've had Boswick entertain at 8 (!) birthday parties (with our 9th coming up)---our daughters have claimed that they want Boswick at every birthday party until he is no longer a clown. We've also hosted several fundraising parties with Boswick as the center attraction, and even the most reluctant kids are laughing and sitting right up front by the end. A magical experience for all! Truly a gem.
  • Stephanie P. Jan 28, 2015
    I have worked with David aka Boswick the Clown many times. We have him perform at our Momdays at Bay Meadows, the kids LOVE him! He is a wonderful performer! I personally think he is one of the best in bay and I work with a lot of children entertainers. Sincerely, Stephanie

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
It's pretty basic. I charge $250 an hour. Birthday parties run over an hour.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I take classes constantly. Lately I've settled into classes with a theatre company called Fools Fury. This is very complex movement training. I fail a lot but love it. I also do a lot of improvisational comedy. It makes me very sharp when I perform. A few times a year I'll take an acting class. Acting is not how I make a living but I like that I can challenge myself as a performer.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I wanted to be a clown from the time I saw Bozo the clown when I was 5. My mother took me to see the show in San Jose. I always wanted to be a clown. I had the privilege of training at Ringling Brothers Clown college. I've had the privilege of doing this for a very long time.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I do a lot of birthday parties. I also do corporate entertainment, library and school shows.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
This is just the other night, I was visiting my kids with cancer at UC Med. I made a middle school girl laugh and laugh and laugh. When I do this, I see the parents smiling, I see people around them smiling and laughing. I can't compare that feeling.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look at pictures. Look at the performers eyes in the picture. Do they love what they do? Talk on the phone, don't rely on email. You can tell a lot by how a person talks.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I'm in this business to take care of my customers. I love that they trust their children with me. I create memories. I recently was invited to perform at an 18th birthday because the girl had such fond memories of me when she was little. I love that.