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McHenry Party Entertainers

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Nick Connell
5.0
from 138 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sabrina H.
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Nick was great! He came on time and was the best balloon artist I've ever come across. He made some very creative balloons and worked great with the kids. He was professional in both his work and demeanor. I hired him for a 2 yr old birthday party with about 24 to 30 kids and every single kid left happily with a balloon and face painting of their choice in the 2 hours he was there. Thanks Nick for a great party!!!!

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The Great Boodini
4.9
from 110 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 205 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael W.
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The Great Boodini was exactly what we wanted in party entertainment. He had a tough crowd with two Fire Departments in attendance, but his performance is world class. I would not hesitate hiring him again.

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  • 10 years in business
  • 174 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Natalie S.
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Such an amazing artist, all of the face paints looked great. I had tons of comments and questions about where i found her, and who she was. I of course passed along the information. I truly want to thank Saharas Party Faces, for a great job and making my daughters birthday a success!

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VisualEtiquette
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 184 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle T.
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We had Emil for our wedding on February 20, 2015. He was right on time and started taking pictures right away. He was extremely awesome. He was showing me the pictures as he was taking them to show me what we needed to do to get the best pictures. We gave him so little to work with and he was extremely creative. We were missing people from the wedding party and instead of wasting time, he just started taking more pictures. we can't wait to share the pictures with our family and friends. My husband and I were trying to go low cost, and we got a bargain. Thank you Emil for helping make our special day so smooth and worry free. And for putting up with my insane bridal party and family!

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  • 40 years in business
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Asha B.
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It was an awesome experience with Normanjean in our party. Kids really enjoyed .

Top Pro
  • 13 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris D.
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John was hired for a sweet 16 birthday party with 75+ teenagers. John was very professional and responsive to our requests (and the birthday girl's requests). He did an excellent job in keeping the evening moving along. Thanks.

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The Magic Of Brian Holt
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adrian L.
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Finally got a chance to leave a review for the great service we received from "Magic of Brian Holt". Last minute searching for my son's birthday party entertainment and Brian was really easy to deal with. Within 3 hours of my request he was at our house giving our guest an amazing show. Highly recommend him. Will definitely use him again in the near future. Did I mention the great reasonable price!! Thanks Brian

DJ AD Entertainment
4.9
from 68 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
Oscar B.
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DJ AD did a great job with my party, I will defently use them again. Eilieen was my contact person and she handled everything like a pro Thank you so much from Team Bravo

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Keicy PhotoBooth Rentals LTD
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Robert D.
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Karen and her husband were EXCEPTIONAL to work with! I wanted to book a photo booth for my father's 80th birthday party and did not come up with the idea until about a week before. I found KC through thumbtack, which I had never used before, and within minutes, Karen was answering all my questions and getting me set up. Karen was very responsive and made the entire experience wonderful. They were prompt, had plenty of props and were very cordial on site. I received many compliments on the photos and scrapbook and now my dad will have a memory book he can flip through to remember the party and everyone that attended! Thank you so much for adding to the overall celebration! You guys are an EXCEPTIONAL value as well! Keep up the great work!

Face Paint Pizzazz
5.0
from 60 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea F.
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We had Beth attend our daughters first birthday party. There were about 15-20 kids and each were able to go up and have multiple paintings done. She was friendly and did an outstanding job as far as the quality of work and artistic abilities. The kids faces looked outstanding. Beth met all of my expectations and the services that she outlined (timing/tables/look books,etc) were all met to a T. I cant wait to use her again! I would highly recommend her.

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Tracy's Fun Face Paintings!
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Valerie M.
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Tracy was wonderful! We had a subdivision block party with about 200 people. Her paintings were great and the families really enjoyed having her at our event!

Best Booth Plus
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Therese A.
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The attendant was friendly, everyone enjoyed the pictures - especially the slideshow during the party. Would definitely hire them again.

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TwistiCity
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle S.
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Very easy to book and work with! Everyone at the party loved the balloons and face painting. Would definitely recommend them and use them again in the future. Thank you for a great day!

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Steve Belliveau
4.7
from 41 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ed B.
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Steve arrived on time and his table-magic performance was very well received by all of the guests. He was very impressive and the price was right.

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Intuitive Consultations
4.6
from 37 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
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All my guests loved her!! I would highly recommend her for any party or event!

The Magic Of Mark Presley
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Anjali J.
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Mark was professional, courteous and easy to deal with. Our first phone conversation with him assured us that we were dealing with a professional. He explained his services and helped us choose the best package. As promised, Mark arrived early, set up his things without any hassles and was flexible to start a few mins late while the party guests were still arriving. The show was a huge hit with all attendees - kids and adults alike! Mark engaged the audience well with not only magic but also funny conversations. All in all, it was a great birthday party.. thanks to Mark!

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  • 21 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Allyssa U.
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I can't say enough good things about Mr. Powers. He pushes me to do my best at every lesson and is very encouraging and kind. I look forward to voice every week and would recommend him to anyone, experienced and novice singers alike.

GN Events
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Dave K.
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Had gene at our anniversary party. Would highly recommend that if you need a dj to contact him , very easy to work with and very reasonable priced .

Tamariel Paints
4.6
from 14 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie E.
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My family and I attended a Chai Lifeline Purim party on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, where Tamar from Tamariel paints was face painting the kids...as usual, Tamar did an amazing job, not only face painting, but making ALL my kids, special needs kids included, feel like a million bucks. She is wonderful, patient, and skilled. She gives each child her undivided attention. We have been to many functions where Tamar has worked, and my children look forward to getting face painted by her. It is the highlight of every party, and when Tamar is not there, they are very disappointed. I would recommend Tamar and Tamariel paints to anyone looking for a great face painting experience.

EcoLimes
4.6
from 10 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth S.
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Eric was outstanding!! We booked him two days before the party. He took the time to review our requests and desired music. The one song requested for my husband he knocked out of the park! Eric welcomed requests and really made the audience feel a part of the music and the party. All of our guests contacted us after the party to say what a wonderful time they had and how much enjoyed Eric. Would highly recommend!

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BOUNCE 'N' CELEBRATIONS
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren Z.
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Zoltan with Bounce N Celebrations did an AMAZING job at my son's 3-year-old birthday party. We had about 35 kids between the ages of 2-8, and he was very patient, very professional, very engaging, and the kids absolutely LOVED his work! The glitter tattoos were the biggest hit, but the balloon swords and wands were not to go unnoticed - the kids loved those as well. Zoltan is extremely prompt and thorough. He got RIGHT back to me any time I called with a question or an update weeks before the party, he was very clear when he outlined what I should expect or needed to do, and he just made everything very simple and easy on my end. I felt in good hands and I could tell right away he was a reliable professional and person who I could trust. He is also very kind and reasonable and humble, and he is good with the kids. He didn't mind staying a little later so that some of the kids could get a balloon in addition to their tattoos, and when one child's balloon popped, he made another one even though the party was over and he had packed up all of his things. He didn't even bat an eye about it - it was his natural reaction to unpack and fix the problem. He was really perfect entertainment for our party, and we look forward to hiring him again. I strongly recommend Bounce N' Celebrations. Thank you Zoltan!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a mariachi band?

Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

What is a photo booth rental?

A party photo booth is a fun, interactive experience where guests can take a series of photos (usually three or four) that are immediately printed out on a strip as a keepsake. When you rent a party photo booth, the company sets up the booth or photo station at your event; a photographer staffs the booth and coaches guests on how to use it throughout the event. Often the photo booth rental company provides props like silly hats, wigs and glasses. There are different types of party photo booth rentals. An open-air booth has a curtain or backdrop that allows more freedom of movement and enables more people to use it at one time. The traditional enclosed photo booths that you may have seen at the mall or the fair tend to cost more to rent, as they are harder to transport and also cost more for the pros to purchase. The national average cost for party photo booth rentals is $400-$500.

What does a fortune teller do?

A fortune teller offers insight into people’s past, present and future through private readings. Some fortune tellers read palms or use tarot cards, runes, or tea leaves to see into a client’s future. Other fortune tellers consider themselves psychics, numerologists and mystics who look for patterns and meaning in seemingly random events, such as stirred tea leaves or the draw of a tarot card. By interpreting what they see in the cards or leaves, fortune tellers answer their clients’ questions about their lives, such as who or when they’ll marry, whether they should quit their job, or whether they should have a baby. Tarot card readings are a particularly popular way of having your future told, because they’re such a familiar method of fortune telling. More importantly, you can guide a tarot reading by asking the specific questions that are most important to you. By interpreting the cards you’ve drawn, the fortune teller may give you new insight into yourself and help you make an important decision. For some people, fortune tellers are simply amusing, but for others, they offer helpful guidance and spiritual nourishment.  

How many mariachis can a band have?

A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

How much does a mariachi band cost?

A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

  • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
  • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
  • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.

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Need DJ

Woodstock, IL

  • Event type
  • Number of guests
    101 - 150
  • Music preferences
    Pop, Rock, R&B / Soul, Hip-hop / Rap, Top 40
  • Indoors or outdoors?
    Indoors
  • Total budget for DJ
    $600-$700
  • Details
    Need up lighting and projector.
  • $640
    Average price
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