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Top Pro
  • 20 years in business
  • 752 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joseph N.
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I hired DeNoise to help me configure my home entertainment set-up, which is comprised of an Amazon Firestick, Sonos and a projector running through a Marantz receiver. Albert was on time and is very skilled in patiently working together or on his own to accomplish whatever you need. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking to make home entertainment electronics work right.

Bay Area Birthdays
4.7
from 144 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 285 hires on Thumbtack
Bert Y.
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Had a party for my little girl and needed "Elsa" for the surprise. Jen's Elsa performance and the way she navigated all of the little kids that attended was flawless! Somehow Jen was able to make my princess the star of her party amid the frenzy of children relentlessly trying to gain "Elsa's" attention. In short it was awesome to watch. If you need entertainment for child's birthday or just a party, Start with including Jen and Bay Area Birthdays in your plans. The looks on the kids faces are worth it.

Ani's Fantastic Face Paints
4.6
from 119 reviews
  • 261 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha P.
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Ani was fantastic! She did a great job! We had her do face painting, balloons, and henna for a company BBQ. The kids (and adults) loved her!

Clifford Lamb Music
4.8
from 89 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Brooke R.
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Clifford Lamb did a fabulous job at our Corporate Holiday Party. A big THANK YOU for keeping our guests entertained - your music is beautiful. We are already planning to come see you perform in The City :-)

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Marshall Magoon Magic
4.8
from 76 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cristina D.
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Marshall Magoon Magic it was the best entertainment for the kids. He was able to get their full attention, and make them laugh the whole time. Happy kids....content parents...hi hi hi. Thank you for your hard work.

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maria M.
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DJ Bob did an excellent job on my husband's birthday at Hotel Nikko in SF. He and his partner Lee provided excellent entertainment, karaoke and lots of great music suited for kids and adults.

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NoelTheDJ
4.7
from 63 reviews
  • 46 years in business
  • 203 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sue H.
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NoelThe DJ was very professional and pleasant to work with. He played all of my very long list of requested songs plus really kept my wedding guests up and dancing!! Great value, he was punctual and a pleasure to have as part of our wedding! I highly recommend NoelTheDJ.

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Angela's Face Painting
4.9
from 51 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alana H.
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Angela was very friendly and had a great personality. The kids really enjoyed their designs. We would request to work with her again for other company events.

Boswick Family Entertainment
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Lena M.
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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.

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Kraynork The Magician
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cordelia H.
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Great entertainment for a small party at home. Responsive, punctual, and a wide variety of tricks.

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Twin Spin Entertainment
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sophia M.
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DJ Twin Spin (Young) was terrific! He knew exactly what we wanted and played the right type of music for our guests at our wedding. My fiancé, well I should now say Husband, is not much of a dancer but Young was even able to get him dancing pretty much all night. My parents and grand parents were so surprised that he was able to play songs they requested from their generation and they absolutely loved him! He was very helpful in assisting us with planning our reception and even though we were running a little behind schedule due to some guests arriving late to the wedding ceremony, he was able to get us caught up and back on track. We interviewed 2 other DJs before we hired Young and although his price was a little more than we had budgeted for, in the end it was so worth it and we would most definitely hire him again. He even stayed an extra 45 minutes longer because my party animal friends didn't want to end the party! Young is definitely a professional and you can really tell he knows what he's doing.

Magic by Mark
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Susan C.
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I am a board member of a Phoenix-area charity foundation. We wanted to do something different this year at our annual signature fund-raising event and decided on a magician for entertainment. That turned out to be the best decision!! We contracted Mark Stone to walk the crowd and perform magic tricks. In addition we also asked Mark to act as an "emcee" to make announcements (silent auction, drawings, etc). He was excellent at that as well !! I would highly recommend Mark and would definately use him again at any type of event.

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Fog City Faces
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ren B.
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Joanie provided face painting services at our annual company picnic and did a fantastic job creating lively one-of-a-kind designs for the kids and even did hand designs for a few of the adults. Joanie is extremely professional and friendly. We’d definitely hire her again!

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The Magic of Andy Amyx
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Zach M.
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Andy came in, presented himself nicely and was easy to get to know. He quickly assessed his needs and where he would hold his show in our home. Within minutes he was loading in, shared his set list and how we would be entertained for our daughters birthday party with his magic and illusions. After prompt set up he was ready to go. Our age group was broad and Andy had no problem catching and keeping the crowd amused and amazed for the hour. I would definitely recommend Andy Amyx for any magic entertainment.

All Star Showgrams
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Cara R.
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My company hired a balloon artist through All Star Showgrams for our holiday party this past weekend. I could not be happier with their service! Our artist was on time, came dressed up! and was very professional. Her work was great and the few kids that attended our party loved her as well as our adult guests! Thank you All Star Showgrams for the fantastic entertainment and thank you Thumbtack for connecting us with them!

RDM Entertainment
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Keri M.
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Jermaine was awesome through the whole planning process and the party! He was the ONLY dj that called me and answered all my question. I could tell he would be great to work with! Anytime I had a question, he was prompt at responding me. When it was party day he arrived early and was ready to go. He had the dance floor packed all night!! The kids absolutely loved him!!! I highly recommend having Jermaine with RDM Entertainment DJ any event!!!

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Azure Entertainment
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bea B.
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This is the first time we've had the budget for entertainment, and it was a FANTASTIC idea to have chosen Azure! Jessica was just awesome! The music selection was expansive & she was very accommodating to the tenants' requests. Will definitely hire them again (assuming we have the budget) when we have our next social event!

Rob Bennion
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Sara R.
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Rob and the Gold Standard band were an excellent fit from my company's conference entertainment. We needed a band that was "chill" the evening after the group enjoyed a day on the slopes and they fit the bill perfectly. Rob was responsive and timely allowing me to focus on other things during my conference. SO appreciated! I got nothing but positive feedback from my attendees and internal team.

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The Party Artists
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather P.
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I hired Kaella for my daughters 5 th birthday mermaid party. She came dressed as a beautiful blue mermaid and was so sweet and professional with everyone she encountered. I really appreciated that she utilized her time well and even blew bubbles and played games when there was time between face painting and balloon making. (Which are the only two things I was expecting/paying for) also she was VERY patient with the kids. There were several special needs children that needed extra attention and then of course the dozens of popped balloons by all the children, and still Kaella was sweet and accommodating. Even teaching the kids how to not pop the balloons by making up silly stories about cloud Ballon puppies. All the kids were happy and entertained. And for me I felt a lot of party entertainment needed relief. I was actually able to sit back and have some pizza and enjoy watching the happiness on my daughters face. Good job kaella. I would recommend for any kids party.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Eufrosina G.
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Felix is awesome to work with! Great variety of music and very knowledgeable on how to play to different types ages/genre. I'd definitely hire him again.

  • 24 years in business
MICHAEL B.
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I hired Greg and Alicia for a corporate event with 400+ guests attending. When they say they are the most “charming” singing duo in the Bay Area, charming is just an understatement. They are the most incredible live music entertainment I’ve ever heard the pleasure of witnessing. Greg has got the musicality, pizazz, and experience of a professional musician of someone who’s been at this for 40+ years. He’s nowhere near 40, but has been playing music from a very young age. You’d swear he’s been doing this professionally all his life. Alicia, with her darling Disney princess voice is a killer combo with Greg’s. I guess you could say they “complement” each other. And when these two blend their voices together, it’s magic. That’s the only way to describe it. By the end of the night, everyone kept asking who they were and were over the moon about them. Greg and Alicia are super professional and really understood my needs for the event. They played perfectly and sounded truly amazing. I’d be lying if I said this isn’t the best duo I’ve ever heard. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work with some incredible musicians of today who are just as humble and kind.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a bounce house?

Bounce houses, inflatable castles, moon bounces, inflatable slides and jumpy castles are all large-scale inflatable houses made for interactive entertainment. Commonly intended for children, bounces houses are made of PVC or other durable materials such as nylon or vinyl that when look like a house or castle when inflated. Rental companies deliver bounce houses to birthday parties, festivals, fairs and other events. The companies have industrial-grade blowers that fill the large structures with air to make them bounceable. A common size for a bounce house might be 15 feet by 15 feet by 13 feet. Bounce houses often have a flat, inflatable bottom pad and inflatable walls so that kids can jump and bounce without being hurt, along with a netting door and windows so that kids can see out and adults can see in. Bounce houses are suitable for both indoor or outdoor events, depending on the venue. For large events, rental companies often have a staff member who stays with the structure to monitor safety and keep it properly inflated. There are also wet/dry bounce houses with slides that you can hook up to a hose on hot summer days. A bounce house can be a fantastic addition to a party with kids, keeping them both entertained and contained.

Are bounce houses safe?

Bounce houses can be safe if operators and parents take proper precautions. Before renting from a company, confirm they are a legitimate company and hold any licenses and insurance required by your state. Ask to see reports of bounce house safety inspections provided by third parties, to make sure the equipment is in good operating condition to prevent injuries. If the rental company does not provide a staff member to oversee the bounce house for the duration of the rental, make sure you are properly trained on how to oversee the equipment. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these guidelines for parents to help keep their kids safe when using a bounce house:  

  • Follow guidelines for safe installation including anchoring. Position away from fences, greenhouses, branches, etc., which would be dangerous should a child fall onto them.
  • Consider limiting use to children 6 years of age and older.
  • Have kids take off footwear, eyeglasses and jewelry before playing.
  • Take sharp objects (pens, keys) that could cause puncture injuries out of their pockets and hands before playing.
  • Don’t let kids of significantly different sizes into the bounce house at the same time. Smaller kids can get hurt by colliding with or falling under an older child.
  • Heed the height and weight regulations of the inflatable.
  • Food, drink, bottles, glasses, etc., should not be taken onto the bounce house.
  • Supervision should be maintained all the time. Supervision means watching constantly, not just being in the area.
  • Do not allow children to push other children off the inflatable. If it is a flatbed, this is especially important to avoid broken arms and legs. If the bounce house is walled, don’t let kids bounce against the walls and crash into one another — this can result in collision injuries.
  • Don’t exceed the maximum number of children at one time in the bounce house.
  • Don’t let kids climb onto the outside walls. Flips and rough play should also not be allowed.

How much does bounce a house cost to rent?

Bounce houses are a fun way to keep kids entertained during birthday parties and other events. The national average cost for renting a bounce house ranges between $160 and $200. Cost will be affected by the size, design and functions of the bounce house you rent as well as the length of the rental. A three-hour rental will likely cost less than an eight-hour rental. Many rental companies offer fun additions like popcorn machines or cotton candy makers, and provide packages with discounts on multiple items. Another item that you may want to rent with your inflatable is a generator to keep the bounce house inflated. Here are some examples of average inflatable rental costs, packages, and common add-ons that many companies provide:

  • Bounce house, 10x10x13-foot: $95.
  • Bounce house, 15x15x13.5-foot: $125.
  • Wet/dry slide, 14-foot: $150.
  • Wet/dry slide, 20-foot: $250.
  • Combo bouncer and slide, 24x10x13-foot: $140.
  • Combo bouncer and wet/dry slide, $175.
  • Folding chairs: $1.50 per chair.
  • 6-foot folding table: $8.
  • Snow cone machine: $45.
  • Popcorn machine: $55.
  • Cotton candy machine: $55.
  • 2300-watt generator: $75.
  • 3000-watt generator: $100.
  • $299.95 package: includes a 20-foot dual slide ($250), table ($8), 10 chairs ($15), and a popcorn machine ($55) — $29 savings.
  • $450 package: includes a double water slide ($350) and bounce castle ($130) — $30 savings.

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Need a Magician

San Mateo, CA

  • Event type
    Birthday party
  • Number of guests
    20-40
  • Age of guests
    4-6 years old
  • Magic type requested
    Close-up / Walk around magic
  • Details
    The venue does not allow balloons or loud noises because there are animals there. It is being hosted at Curiodyssey
  • $194.67
    Average price
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