Funtown Entertainment

Oak Park, IL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Mr. Bob the Magic Man is not an agent and definitely not a company-run franchise, but simply an independent children's birthday party entertainer. He has performed for children since 1989! In April of 2014, it'll mark 25 years of entertaining the little ones. Thanks to his love of kids and dedication to the art of magic, he has managed to become the most sought-after birthday party entertainer in the Chicagoland area! Parents book him several weeks and even months in advance. That's how busy he is. He has gone to parties where children actually greet him by name, thanks to previous visits!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I've always loved magic and entertaining children. There are always children's neighbors, nieces, nephews and grand children that I could try my new magic on. If I get a thumbs-up from the kids, I'll incorporate the new magic tricks in my show,
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Location

Oak Park, IL 60302

Years in business

28

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

60

Reviews

42 Reviews
  • Tess G. Jun 15, 2017
    Magician
    Verified Review
    He was amazing and the kids loved him! So entertaining and fun!
  • Otello G. Apr 17, 2016
    Magician
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    It was just perfect ! Mr Bob rocked our son's birthday party! Such an event ! Fun guaranteed #magicianshow
  • Hetsy P. Mar 19, 2016
    Magician
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    Mr.Bob is so much fun to work with Professional,detail oriented,gives prompt ideas to make your event fun. We hired him for our sons 1st birthday party & had kids age range from 1-7 years,all kids had so much fun,they were rolling on floor laughing.they also had ballons made in various shapes. I will recommend Mr.bob to make your party a hit
  • Elizabeth K. Feb 11, 2016
    Magician
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    The magic show was a huge success! Mr. Bob had all the kids laughing and engaged. I highly recommend this show for little ones!
  • Gemma B. Nov 8, 2015
    Magician
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    Mr. Bob just did our son's 6th birthday party and he was a hit. He is very silly and he had all 20 kids laughing non stop. He had audience participation and he makes the birthday kid feel extremely special. He also gives out some very nice - goodies, that the kids loved. Mr. Bob was very easy to work with, prompt - efficient and professional. I don't know if he changes his routine based on the age of the audience but this was perfect for the range of 3 to 9.
  • Lia M. Oct 15, 2015
    Mr. Bob has been performing for our students at the River Forest Community Center for many years. His show is always so fun and entertaining and he never seems to disappoint us. He has a great way of interacting with the children and always gets a huge round of applause from all of our students and staff!
  • Yu D. Sep 18, 2015
    Magician
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    The show was very good and very enjoyed by the kids
  • Aida M. Sep 1, 2015
    Mr. Bob was amazing. Children enjoyed every minute of his show!
  • Mary Fran S. Jul 22, 2015
    Mr. Bob was fantastic! He kept our group of 100 kindergarteners interested, entertained and amazed. The staff enjoyed his humor and showmanship. I will definitely call Mr. Bob again.
  • Nicole M. Jul 14, 2015
    Magician
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  • Kathy E. Jul 13, 2015
    Mr. Bob entertained at my daughter's 4th birthday party this spring. He was a HUGE hit!!! The kids are still talking about his jokes and his magic tricks. She loved him, and so did all the other kids at the party. I would recommend him to anyone. He really saved the party! Thanks, Mr. Bob!! Kathy Evans - party mom
  • Michelle E. Jul 2, 2015
    Mr Bob was absolutely wonderful! He was very easy to organize the event with and the children had a blast!! He kept everyone entertained until the very end! The children are already asking when he will be back!
  • Joe B. Jun 29, 2015
    Mr Bob's engagement of kids of all ages is nothing short of fantastic. He approach of fun magic and physical comedy is the bomb. Highly recommend!
  • Amborish B. Jun 29, 2015
    Bob was great. The kids loved him. His show was very engaging and entertaining. It did a perfect job at ending the day on a happy note for us. I would recommend him to all.
  • Shira C. Jun 29, 2015
    Mr Bob was outstanding at our son's 5th birthday! He involved the children in the show and made them laugh. His goody bags were also the perfect give away. Everyone left smiling! Thank you Mr. Bob...we look forward to bringing you to our future parties! Sincerely, mom of 8
  • Dennise A. Jun 27, 2015
    Mr.Bob was Fantastic! He did my daughter's 1st birthday party. My husband and I were very happy and excited. He is very professional which I loved about him, we also love how he got family and kids involved in the show. We will be hiring mr.bob again for our next party. Every kid was happy with the show and also the Balloon Twisting. Thank your driving a long way to Waukegan! Thanks for
  • Kristie A. Jun 26, 2015
    This is the second year in a row that "Mr. Bob" has entertained the children at our daycare center. He performed a 1 hour magic show and completely engaged our 95 students (ages 2-12), the entire time (he also had our staff chuckling out loud)! The laughter and squeals of delight from our audience was proof that Mr. Bob is a fantastic performer! I would DEFINITELY recommend Mr. Bob for your event. He is professional, punctual, reasonably priced and has an incredible stage presence!
  • Krista C. Jun 23, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
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    We had Mr. Bob this past Saturday, for my daughter's 6th bday party. Everyone LOVED the show! He got the kids involved and did magic, told jokes and made balloons! They were fascinated! I would highly recommend Mr. Bob for your entertainment. The adults loved him as well! I'm sure I will be hiring him again in the future for my other daughter's birthday!
  • Courtney E. Jun 22, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
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    Mr. Bob was truly fantastic! The kids were so memorized by him. They all were participating and laughing. The parents after the party said it was the best birthday party they've ever been to. I'm sure some of the others will be calling him! My son only turned one so he had his 2 older sisters as lil assistants. I had him do the magic and the balloons. The balloons were so cute! Lil flowers with ladybugs, monkeys on trees and laser guns to name a few. He went above and beyond what I expected. Thank you again Mr. Bob it was a pleasure to have you!
  • Eric B. Jun 21, 2015
    Magician
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    Bob did everything he said that he'd do. What he didn't say is that he'd have our 20 kids rolling with laughter and totally engaged for the full hour. Must have just known it'd happen :)! Great job! I've already heard that the kids are practicing their magic with the set of goodie bags that were handed out.
  • Iris C. May 30, 2015
    Magician
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    He was very welcoming and even had good jokes for the stand by parents at the party!!
  • K. M. Apr 13, 2015
    Magician
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    Mr. Bob was great. He was prompt, and so polite. He was really engaging with the kids. They all had so much fun watching his magic show.
  • Maja G. Feb 24, 2015
    Magician
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    What a show! Mr. Bob was amazing- a comedic genius. We hosted my 7 year old sons birthday at a local, independent theater and Mr. Bob arrived right on time and ready to take the room to the next level. I was most impressed with his ability to keep the adults doubled over with laughter as he kept the kids engaged and amazed. All the kids received goody bags from Mr. Bob (very reasonably priced and full of great goodies!!) and he made balloon animals right after the show as we cut the cake. All around, I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. We can't wait to invite Mr. Bob to our next birthday party this summer!!! Thank you, Mr. Bob!!!!
  • Chris S. Feb 4, 2015
    Magician
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    Mr. Bob was absolutely great - from the very beginning of our decision-making process, through the execution of my daughter's birthday. He was very easy to get ahold of and communicate with as we were planning our event. And most importantly - he was a huge hit with my daughter (and son) and her friends at her birthday party. The audience was a group of 8-and-9-year-old girls, along with my 4-year-old son. They all really enjoyed the magic, and his excellent sense of humor that's incorporated throughout the show. Everyone was laughing from start to finish. In addition to the magic show, we were impressed with his balloon-twisting skills! Each of the 11 attendees received a unique balloon animal, flower, ray-gun, a number of the designs incorporating two balloons. Very cool. The entire show, including balloon twisting, lasted about 70 to 75 minutes, and the time flew by. My wife received comments from the mom's of other attendees regarding how much they enjoyed the performance. My wife and I were certainly very pleased and would recommend Mr. Bob very highly.
  • Liz B. Jan 21, 2015
    Magician
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    The communication before the birthday party was great. I felt that all my questions were answered and that everything was set up. Mr Bob arrived promptly and was immediately the hit of the party. This was a party for 5-6 yr olds, and Mr Bob handled a somewhat difficult child kindly and effectively.
  • Lupe R. Dec 26, 2014
    Magician
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    Mr. Bob is a great Clown magician to have in a party. There were 3 kids in the party who are affraid of clowns, but they had so much fun to think about being scare. I will definitely recommend him. He was there on time and patiently deal with the kids...
  • Caroline C. Nov 17, 2014
    Magician
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    Very professional,, engaging funny, entertaining, we all had a fun time.Lots of audience participation also.My daughter said it was her best birthday She's had. Worth every penny. Thank-you. Mr Bob.😀
  • Mark H. Nov 16, 2014
    Magician
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    Mr. Bob did a fantastic job with our son's 5 year old birthday party. We had him for magic and face painting to entertain about a dozen kids ranging from 3 to 10. He not only entertained the kids but also the adults! He included both groups into his act and kept it at a level the kids could understand and relate to. Very personable and a great all around performer. Friends who had seen similar acts at other parties said he was much better than what they had seen. Well done and definitely recommending you to friends!
  • Lindsey M. Nov 11, 2014
    Magician
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    There wasn't a moment during his performance that Mr. Bob didn't have the children's undivided attention! They loved him! I even had some parents come up to me later that week to tell me that their child was still talking about Mr. Bob. Thank you Mr. Bob for making my son's 6th birthday so memorable!
  • Kara R. Oct 1, 2014
    Magician
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    Mr. Bob was wonderful and had the kids laughing so hard! And he made my 7 year old birth day girl feel very special! He was very professional, and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a party magician.
  • Kelli B. Sep 30, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Mr. Bob was great! He accommodated for all ages! The children really enjoyed the magic show. I thought the audience was interested the entire time, and using volunteers was a plus! Even the adults wet watching and laughing. Mr. Bob communicates a lot with me before the big day to make sure everything was what I wanted. I was very pleased with Mr. Bob and would definitely use him again
  • Jack S. Sep 24, 2014
    Magician
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    Mr Bob's show was hilarious and enjoyable for both children (ages 4-8) and adults alike. He was punctual and professional. I highly recommend Mr Bob's show for a children's birthday or any other occasion.
  • Alexandra C. Sep 22, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    I hired Mr. Bob for my daughter's 5th birthday this summer and he does not disappoint! He was hilarious and kept about 15 to 20 kids attention for 45 minutes! Us adults were cracking up also. I would totally recommend him for any kids party. My daughter still talks about how much she loved him performing at her party. Thanks Mr. Bob
  • Inez K. Sep 17, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    i just had a birthday party for my daughter i needed someone to entertain the kids found bob cordero who i would recommend the kids loved him he made them laugh took his time im really glad i pick bob and i would use him again for my kids party thanks bob !!
  • Zubie S. Sep 2, 2014
    Magician
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    I did a lot of research before booking Mr. Bob. I am glad I did and I am glad I booked Mr. Bob! The experience from beginning to end was awesome and flawless. I liked the fact that he deals with his customers personally versus having the company call and try and book an entertainer. He was very communicative and nice. He arrived on time and was very friendly. This was not his first show of the day so it was nice that he was still in a good mood showing up at my son's 6th birthday party. The theme for my son's party was a baseball theme. I asked him in advance if he could come up with a baseball magic trick and he sure did. He made my son, Jayden, feel so special that day. He was so funny! The kids loved him and the adults did also! He had a lot of adult humor incorporated in his show. We did the magic show, facepainting and balloon twisting and he was awesome throughout. He guarentees his work and I was very happy and impressed with Mr. Bob! If you are reading this review, LOOK NO FURTHER and book Mr. Bob. I am glad I did and you will be glad you did also! Thanks Mr. Bob, you are truly talented and great at what you do!
  • Daniela G. Aug 26, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Mr. Bob was amazing!! We hired him for my son's birthday party and we are so happy with the choice we made. My son had a smile on his face throughout the whole performance. He was funny, entertaining and his magic show was fantastic.
  • Elma M. Aug 11, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Mr. Bob did an outstanding job. He is professional, reliable and punctual. His detail to attention in scheduling was very much appreciated. It was my son's first birthday party and we had a range of age groups at the event, Mr. Bob kept all kids engaged for the entire event. Thank you Mr. Bob, you did outstanding and made our event so much more special!
  • Maria D. Jun 16, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Mr. Bob is just amazing! He was able to help us out and find the perfect amount of fun and entertainment to fit out budget for our Adopt-A-School Finkl Fiesta! We can't thank you enough for all the laughs and smiles you brought to the kids' faces! :)
  • Sonia A. Apr 14, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    It was fun and entertaining the kids and even the adults had fun, a lot of my guest were asking for his information. I will hire him again for my next party..👍👍👍
  • Colleen C. Apr 7, 2014
    Face Painting
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    Mr. Bob is amazing with kids and adults! The children got to interact with the magic show and the kids couldnt stop laughing and smiling. I would definitely recommend mr. Bob to any function. My family wouldnt stop raving about his act. Mr. Bob will most definitely be at another of our functions.
  • Enyelis R. Mar 28, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Hello everyone, we had Mr Bob about a week ago & he was amazing. The kids had so much fun & the parents enjoyed it very much. We love the ballon sculpture after the magic show. I'll be having him again for our next birthday party!
  • Arnoldo D. Feb 24, 2014
    Magician
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    I contracted Mr. Bob to perform at my daughters 7th birthday party. I had a house of (15) 7 year old's that hung on Mr. Bobs entire performance! The show had magic, comedy, and even the adults at the party had a great time during the show! As for the birthday girl, she was made to feel special and laughed so hard that she asked if she could have him back for her next party! I highly recommend Mr. Bob for anyone looking to do a birthday show! (Also gave out goodie bags that I used for games and they where a hit!)

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Always attending workshops, conferences, conventions and classes to keep up with all aspects of my entertainment business.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Back in 1989, I performed my very 1st magic show for my daughter's 5th birthday party. I was nervous, but pulled it off and the rest is history.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When shopping around for other entertainers, be sure to browse their website, photos and most importantly, have a phone conversation with that person before deciding on entertainment. You should be confident that he or she is the best person to be your party entertainer. Nowadays, Moms and Dads want more for their money. There are already many expenses, such as food, drinks, cake, ice cream and decorations- you want to make sure that your entertainment is successful as well! MR. BOB TO THE RESCUE!