Michael Chamberlin, Magician

Arlington, VA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I am also a theater director and deeply understand the relationship between the performer & audience. I perform a REAL show with REAL & GENUINE audience interaction that is completely ENGAGING. I also have over 30 years experience as a full-time professional magician (I started performing when I was 10 years old) and I really know how to engage and entertain the audience. My shows are not passive entertainment- I encourage the audience to participate and collaborate with me to make the magic happen.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Making people laugh and smile and believe anything is possible.

Location

Arlington, VA 22201

Years in business

36

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

126

Reviews

62 Reviews
  • Jackie C. Mar 25, 2017
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    Terrific experience
    Michael performed for my daughter's eighth birthday party - 13 unruly second grade girls! He was fantastic - able to keep their attention and engage even the most spirited kids in his act. Also, he is really really funny - my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed his act and laughed our heads off. I would love to see his act when performing just for adults. Great experience.
  • Candace R. Mar 20, 2017
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    Awesome show for 5th birthday party!
    My daughter and her friends cannot stop talking about how wonderful his show was at her 5th birthday party! Michael is a true professional and his communication was excellent leading up to the event so that he could gear his show to the flow of the party. I am so glad we chose him to make my daughter's party a magical experience she will never forget!
  • Obol F. Mar 6, 2017
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    Highly recommended!
    We enjoyed Michael's act tremendously! He catered to a wide variety of ages in the audience with his magic acts and humor!
  • Chris M. Feb 26, 2017
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    Michael is top notch!
    Michael was awesome all the way around. This was the first time I have ever hired a Magician and the experience couldn't have been better. He was great with our group of 7 and 8 year olds, as well as the adults that were in attendance. He made the show exciting, interesting and did it with a comical twist. He's great!
  • Marna S. Feb 21, 2017
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    Fabulous bday party for my 8yo and parents!
    Michael communicated well, came early to set up (as planned), and was overall fantastic. The kids loved the party, as did the grown ups. He was a great comedian, tying together earlier silly things the kids had done, and making up a very funny story about the birthday boy's grandma that blended in with the magic trick he was doing. Little jokes had the parents chuckling. He incorporated LOTS of kids as volunteers, and was great about involving the older kids and little kids appropriately. AND had fun certificates to hand out to all volunteers. Reasonably priced too! We were thrilled!
  • Kathleen R. Feb 13, 2017
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    Highly recommend.
    Michael was wonderful. Our adult family of 10 really enjoyed his show. His magic was smart, professional and fun. We all talked about it for days afterward.
  • Christian P. Jan 23, 2017
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    MAGIC MIKE delivers an A+ performance!!!
    Looked for an entertainer for my 6 year old birthday party. Found great reviews and he reached out within minutes of requesting a date and time. Upon the day of the party, Michael delivered an amazing performance, not only for the kids but the adults as well. I found that all the adults were super pleased with show. I definitely recommend Michael for any show or event.
  • Eli B. Jan 16, 2017
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    Excellent
    Great performance
  • Na A. Oct 19, 2016
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    Great Magician!!
    Michael entertained us in my daughter's birthday party. He was very engaging, funny and entertaining. Everyone including adults liked his show. We are planning to hire him next year again..
  • Shane F. Oct 1, 2016
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    Michael is amazing!
    Michael the Magician was absolutely amazing! His show was entertaining for the kids AND the adults at our party. He is a true professional--very talented, prompt, polite, and personable. He even lets the audience members take part in some of his illusions. Hire Michael Chamberlin for your next event and, I promise, you will be amazed! We certainly were!
  • Elizabeth L. Aug 7, 2016
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    Michael entertained my daughter and her friends for her 7th birthday. He met all our expectations, and he had both children and adults fully entertained. Highly recommend him!
  • Amy N. Jun 29, 2016
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    I hired Michael for my baby girl's first birthday party and I couldnt be happier! He was entertained, funny and performed an outstanding show. All the kids and the adults love him! It was a great show and I will keep him in mind for any future events! Thanks so much Michael!!
  • Beenish J. May 7, 2016
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    He was excellent!!! Very different and age appropriate!!! Involved all the kids and adults - absolutely the best magic show ever!
  • Aaron H. Apr 25, 2016
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    I have never seen a magic show, but Michael did a fantastic job at our daughters birthday. He was very professional and really knew how to work the crowd for children and adults. All of our guests had a wonderful experience and I would definitely use him again!
  • Maria A. Apr 22, 2016
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    Michael the magician was excellent all enjoyed the show
  • Vickie P. Mar 25, 2016
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    We had a great experience in a small adult setting! Michael was prompt and very professional. He communicated very well and clearly about what to expect. Thank you very much!
  • Ke F. Feb 21, 2016
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    Michael arrived on time and then had a fantastic show. The best part of his performance is his ability to keep all kids engaged and excited for the entire show.
  • Tracey J. Feb 8, 2016
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    Mr. Chamberlin assisted me last minute and was very professional. He came out and put on a great show for the children and adults. Overall, the party turned out great and I will definitely call him again for our next event.
  • Dominica W. Aug 20, 2015
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  • Vipul S. Jul 27, 2015
    We hired Michael for my daughter's 3rd birthday. All the kids had a wonderful time! Michael really knows how to keep kids engaged in the show. My daughter is quite shy, but she even went up to the front and participated! I was quite surprised and pleased! Thanks, Michael!
  • Sharron H. Jun 10, 2015
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    My son class enjoyed Michaels performance. Very age appropriate but entertaining magic tricks.
  • Luisa S. May 19, 2015
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    Michael was very warm and kind with the kids. I had a large group - about 20. Show was age appropriate. He engaged ALL kids and ADULTS as well. I had so many compliments I could not count them all. The show was fun, engaging, funny... and much more. I would certainly recommend him!!! He was amazing! Many kids said that was the best birthday party the went too, all because of Michael...
  • Sanjay D. May 13, 2015
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    Michael was very good at entertaining both kids and adults at the party.
  • Charles R. Jan 5, 2015
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    guests found him very entertaining; a great addition to our office holiday party
  • Karen B. Dec 16, 2014
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    Michael was prompt and professional. He performed his 'walk around' magic show for our office party and all were amazed at his tricks and enjoyed his humor. A really great entertainer!
  • Lisa H. Dec 10, 2014
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    Michael arrived when he said he would and set up in about 30 minutes. We had about 45 kids and 16 or so adults watching during a large home Christmas party. He included kids of all ages and a couple parents into the show and was able to keep all of us entertained. There are several tricks that were truly amazing that kept us talking for days! I highly recommend him for a children's party on up to adults. Typically we have a Santa visit, but many of the kids have asked for Michael to return to our party next year.
  • John A. Dec 8, 2014
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    Michael was exceptional in every way! He was on time, he was nicely dressed and interacted very well with the kids, who howled with laughter and amazement
  • Varinia A. Nov 17, 2014
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    I hired Mr. Chamberlin for my Daughters 5th birthday party. All my guests (children and adults) were delighted with the show. I received many good feed backs about the magician, and I will definitely contact him for future events.
  • Katy H. Nov 4, 2014
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    Michael performed a magic show for our neighborhood's Halloween Parade. The show is held outside in a cul-de-sac. Michael was very attentive prior to the actual show. We talked on the phone before the show and Michael consulted with Google Maps to get an idea of where the show would be. He arrived early and went above and beyond in thinking through the set up and where the kids would parade into the cul-de-sac. The magic show itself was awesome and the kids loved his magic. His show was appropriate for all ages and had everyone wondering how he did his tricks. Michael Chamberlin is truly a professional and I would recommend him to others!
  • Elizabeth R. Oct 22, 2014
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    Excellent magician, he kept a wide range of ages in our audience from young to old entertained and amazed! He also did an excellent job mc'ing our event and making sure that people where all in the right location and the right time. Awesome job!
  • Maureen C. Oct 14, 2014
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  • Marie G. Sep 5, 2014
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    Michael did a wonderful job! Everyone loved the show. He involved the kids and even gave them these really cute certificates for helping. I will definitely recommend him to others!
  • Saif A. Sep 1, 2014
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    Michael put out a great show, both kids and adults liked it. I highly recommend Michael for any birthday or other events to entertain the guests in your party.
  • Sally D. Aug 31, 2014
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    We absolutely enjoyed Michael. Thanks for asking. The kids (age 6-12) were thrilled at my daughter's 10th year birthday party. His audience participation was great. The kids got involved in almost every aspect of his show. His vocal delivery was superb. He spoke clearly, at a very good pace and projected, not needing any apmplification. I'm still intriqued by one of his tricks!! I recommend Michael Chamberlin to others. We will invite him back for another show in our future. Sincerely, Sally Ducharme
  • Jennifer L. Jun 17, 2014
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    Michael performed at my daughter's 5th birthday at her daycare. There were about 30 children between the ages of 4 and 12, and he kept them all engaged in and excited about the show. Michael's tricks were very interactive with the audience and many of the kids were able to go up on stage to participate in the tricks. My daughter also felt very special about being Michael's assistant at the end for her birthday trick. I would definitely recommend Michael for a children's magic show.
  • Romina R. May 28, 2014
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    He was excellent!! He worked with kids between 5 and 10 and he really impress them. Everyone at the party was fascinated with his show! My daughter has express that she wanted you on all her parties!! Thank you Michael for a great birthday!
  • Julie J. May 10, 2014
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    Michael was fantastic at our birthday party for our 7 yr old twins. The kids (and adults) loved his quick wit and interactive show style. He's really good with the kids and the balloon twisting was icing on the cake ;-)
  • Vani G. May 4, 2014
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    We had Michael Chamberlin perform the Magic show at our son's 6th birthday party this weekend. The kids and parents thought he was great! His tricks were excellent and he kept the kids engaged throughout his performance. He even provided very cool certificates for them. We would highly recommend him and would certainly use him in the future. Vani & Raghu.
  • Kristin R. May 1, 2014
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    Was on time, pleasant, organized, funny and overall the kids and adults had a great time!
  • Kate M. Apr 28, 2014
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    Michael was very easy to communicate with and confirm details. The show was perfect for the age range, 4-5 year olds. He made the birthday girl feel very special by incorporating her into the performance on numerous occasions.
  • Penny J. Mar 24, 2014
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    Michael was AMAZING! The kids (ages 7 to 8 boys and girls) LOVED him! In addition the adults were in awe as well! I HIGHLY recommend Michael to all - he was very professional but at the same time likable and easy to relate! HE is OUTSTANDING! Thank you for making Aubrey's 7th birthday magical !!!!
  • Lindsey T. Mar 15, 2014
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    Michael was an amazing magician at our son's 4th birthday party! We had kids ranging from 2-7 years old and they were mesmerized. They all sat very attentively and captivated with lots of laughing in between, both by the kids and the parents! Most of the adults came up to me to rave about his performance. But most of all he made my son feel special by making a special magic birthday cake and having the kids say "Happy Birthday" as the magic words.There was lots of kid participation and each one received a special balloon he made. We would highly recommend him for a kid's birthday! He is a nice person and is super with kids!!
  • Ronald C. Feb 28, 2014
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    I couldn't ask any more from Mr. Chamberlin's performance and professionalism. We hired him to conduct a magic show for our Cub Scout Blue & Gold banquet and we got more than we thought we would. All of the parents and the scouts very impressed with the show. If anyone is looking for an entertainer, I would highly recommend Mr. Chamberlin. He has defiantly made a magical impression and I look forward to working with him again.
  • Mark S. Feb 26, 2014
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    I booked Mr. Chamberlain for my daughter's 9th birthday party. He arrived promptly at the designated time. Professional and very good with the kids, he kept the kids captivated. Some tricks even had the adults scratching their heads. Good show for a fair price.
  • Wanda J. Feb 21, 2014
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    Great experience for the kids and a great experience, for the artist himself..I would love to use him again for our Paris in Springtime event as long as it's not a repeat of the last show. I want something completely different the next time.
  • Gabriel V. Jan 27, 2014
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    The show was amazing! Thank you again for entertaining not only the kids but the adults as well! Very easy to work with. Recommended to some moms at the party.
  • Susan M. Jan 19, 2014
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    Michael was able to entertain all fifteen six year olds. They were amazed, laughed and were able to participate. He knew his audience. I would definitely hire him again and recommend him to my friends.
  • Raji K. Jan 7, 2014
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    The slow was decent. It would have been nicer if there were more tricks and better ones. Kids had fun but forgot the show easily.
  • Konthip L. Dec 29, 2013
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  • James Y. Dec 22, 2013
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    Michael Chamberlin was fantastic! Everyone, including the young ones and "young once" were having fun watching his magic show. His tricks were awesome and he has a very good audience interaction. He made our event very memorable and we highly recommend him to our friends who wish to have a magic show in their functions.
  • Joseph F. Dec 2, 2013
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    Michael Chamberlin was both professional and entertaining. His show was very funny and he did an amazing job tailoring his performance toward my 9 year old son and all of our guests young and old. We highly recommend Michael and would hire him again.
  • Danette B. Nov 25, 2013
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    Michael the Magician did a fantastic job for my son's 6th birthday party! We had almost 30 kids and he kept all of them (and the 10 adults in the room) entertained and laughing for 50 minutes!
  • Jennifer G. Nov 24, 2013
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    Michael Chamberlin did a fantastic job of amazing and entertaining our guests. It added fun and laughter to our event. Thank you!
  • Kristina S. Nov 23, 2013
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    Mr. Chamberlin was prompt, professional, and did an outstanding job. We had a birthday party for my son, who was turning 10, with all boys (ared 9 or 10) plus his younger siblings, ages 5 and 7. The kids loved it, and the adults loved it, too! I was worried the boys might think a magician was too babyish, but Mr. Chamberlin did an excellent job of customizing his humor and tricks for the age group. We were very impressed, and kids were even begging their parents to call him as they went home! Great job!
  • Saaq S. Nov 18, 2013
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    He was really. Good. He ,made us all laugh,and his tricks were AMAZING!!!! He's worth EVERY penny.
  • Divya R. Oct 28, 2013
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    The magic show was really good. Michael Chamein was very entertaining. All the kids had a lot of fun. Even the parents enjoyed and called me back after the party to tell me this.
  • Hope F. Oct 15, 2013
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    Two days before our daughter's 10th Carnival Birthday Party, I reached out to Thumbtack for a Magician to entertain our guests. Mr. Michael Chamberlin promptly responded to the request within a couple of hours. His bio, resume and prior performances and experiences were very impressive. We hired Michael to perform a Magic Show for her party held on 10/13/13. The party consisted of about 30 children and 25 Adults. Michael presented an excellent Magic Show engaging both the children and adults. The birthday girl really enjoyed it as well as everyone present. The children and adults were still talking about the show long after Michael had left. He was very professional, cordial, and entertaining. I am so glad that he responded to my Thumbtack Magician Request. Michael truly is a great Magician and an excellent entertainer who was capable of capturing, engaging and drawing in his entire audience from start to finish. His Magic Show was amazingly top notch. It was energizing from beginning to end. We laughed a lot and were amazed by his magical talents. We all loved his show. Thanks Again! R/Hope Fenstermacher
  • Sunny B. Oct 7, 2013
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    Michael was perfect for our daughters 7th Birthday party. He arrived on time, and was very professional. He entertained everyone from our Three year old to our Grandma. I would hire him again.
  • Latonya S. Sep 28, 2013
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    Michael is great, *I think the adults laugh mored than the children. I would totally give him thumbs up. LaTonya
  • Angie F. Sep 20, 2013
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    Michael was perfect for my daughters birthday party. He kept everyone laughing the entire time of the show. The kids along with the adults at the party enjoyed his tricks. I really appreciated his promptness to be on time for the party.
  • Rachel E. Aug 27, 2013
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    He did a magic show for my son's 7th birthday party. He was on time, humorous, and had a good rapport with the kids. I would hire him again.
  • Danno H. Aug 26, 2013
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