Grampy's Magic

Aurora, IL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

My motto is "It's not the destination, but the ride getting there." My shows are not here's a trick, here's another one. My shows are all about the ride, having fun getting to the end of the trick. I noticed while performing the other day, that parents may be half watching my show, but then I do something amazing and they are hooked! They'll sit and pay complete attention for the rest of the show just as spellbound as their kids! Everyone LOVE's Grampy's Magic! I NEVER do any types of tricks that may be considered dangerous, because kids tend to try and repeat things..so NO FIRE, NO SWORDS or ROPES THRU NECKS, ETC. Though kids love them, I do not use live animals in my act. I do produce a little "Beanie-Baby" -- baby bunny rabbit whom I animate and seems to be alive.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Seeing the amazed and smiling faces of the children...
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Location

Aurora, IL 60502

Years in business

5

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

172

Reviews

98 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Jul 25, 2017
    Really good job! He had the kids fixated. Very fun time! Thanks!
  • Grissell N. Jul 17, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Paul handled our company picnic (with over a 100 kids) like a true champ. He kept the line moving making balloon art and even displaying magic. Great Job!
  • Katie G. Jul 16, 2017
    Magician
    Verified Review
    He was awesome! kids loved him and he was very fun!
  • GDM I. Jun 30, 2017
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    It was very easy to work with Paul. He was prompt and did a great job!
  • Asma S. Apr 9, 2017
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Satisfied Customer
    I hired Grampy's magic for my daughter's 5th birthday for the magic show and balloons twisting. The kids, adults all loved the balloons. The best part was he made eyes and other features to make the balloons more real. Very cute. The magic show was good too. The kids were entertained and kept them occupied. My daughter loved it. Overall i had a very good experience.
  • Dorothy T. Mar 28, 2017
    Perfect for my 5 year old's magic themed birthday party!
    Grampy did two seperate magic shows and balloon twisting at my daughter's birthday party. All the kids (and adults) loved the show! He tailored his act for kids between the ages of 5-13 and everyone was completely engaged and entertained. He was very easy to work with and I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a magician.
  • Valentina S. Mar 12, 2017
    5 star
    Wonderful job as always!
  • Mark H. Nov 28, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Didn't live up to his competition.
    No initial discussion upon arrival of what was going to happen other than being asked where he would set up. Contracted for an hour but 30 min later the show is being broken down. After inquiring I was told it was an hour (not even close) then was told after around 45 minutes kids lose interest. Previous magician had the kids mesmerized so I don't agree, provided you have content. Agreed to to balloon animals and I had to tell the kids to come back for them, since they dispersed from the show abruptly ending. Low energy, seemed to go through the motions. Smelled like smoke as soon as he arrived. My son and his friends said they enjoyed, which was key.
    Paul M. Dec 24, 2016

    The children did indeed enjoy the show and had a great time! My understanding was that I was to do both the magic show and balloons within the 1 hour time frame for your small group. Typically my magic show for children last 30 -45 minutes. I have learned, after 40 years in the business, that any thing longer than that and they no longer pay attention. That is why most cartoons are only 15 minutes long. It all worked out fine in the end and everyone was happy. In the future, I will make sure there is better communications with the client.

  • Jennifer T. Nov 3, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Kids loved the show!
    The kids loved it!
  • Wendy A. Oct 9, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Paul worked nonstop for two hours making balloons for all of the kids. He did not rest for even a minute. We were very impressed
    Paul worked nonstop for two hours making balloons for all of the kids. He did not rest for even a minute. We were very impressed
  • Hristina L. Sep 28, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Thumbs up
    I found Paul after a quick, last minute Thumbtack search. He sent me a quote right away, less than 48h before my event. The kids had a blast! Totally worth it, thank you Grampy! :)
  • Shahanaaaz S. Sep 13, 2016
    Entertainment
    Verified Review
    He is very friendly with kids.. Everyone enjoyed Magic show and balloon twisting.
  • Becky K. Sep 11, 2016
    Magician
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    Excellent
    Balloon twisting was the best we've seen. Kids and adults enjoyed the magic. Paul stayed later than anticipated in order to accommodate all of the balloon requests.
  • Soma C. Aug 29, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Paul was just awesome. Kids loved the twisted balloons and the magic show. Even the parents enjoyed the show. I am very happy that I hired Grampy's Magic. Thanks Paul for all the entertainment.
  • Jinal S. Aug 29, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    He was very nice and awesome at twisting balloon. He made lot of cool stuff.
  • Janice B. Aug 22, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Grampy's magic show was entertaining to both the kids and adults at our party! He even did an extra card trick for the adults after he was done with the children's magic show. And his balloon animals were a hit! Especially the bow and arrow with the little boys. I've already had people ask me for his information for their upcoming parties! Thanks again for making our kids' birthday a great one!
  • Farheen M. Aug 18, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Great job!
  • Cindy C. Aug 8, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Job well done!
    Paul M. Aug 18, 2016

    Thanks :)

  • Tamar F. Jul 10, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    He did a great job making balloon animals for the kids at my son's birthday party. The kids loved the balloons!
  • Deepthi M. Jun 29, 2016
    Magician
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    Paul is very Professional. He was on time and started entertaining kids right away with lot of patience!!!
  • Marianne E. Jun 27, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    The children were very entertained - Grampy did a good job keeping them all happy!
  • Janis J. Jun 27, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
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  • Maria C. Jun 3, 2016
    Magician
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    We are very happy that we found Grampy's Magic at this website. He was great with the performance and price. Besides magic show he also did balloons for all the kids. I would recommend him to the parents who look for great entertainment for their kids birthday party.
    Paul M. Aug 18, 2016

    Thank you....it was a fun time 😛

  • Martin C. May 16, 2016
    Magician
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  • Vladan N. May 15, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
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  • Tricia D. Apr 10, 2016
    Magician
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    Great with the kids!
  • Kelli J. Mar 6, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
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    He did amazing. He was very sweet to the many many many kids we had here. He allowed them to have more than 1 balloon and the kids were thrilled beyond belief! His magic show was very entertain ing for all of them! They loved it!! Thank you again!
  • Linda M. Feb 18, 2016
    Balloon Twisting
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  • Nida R. Feb 4, 2016
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Awesome job!
  • Matt S. Dec 7, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
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    Paul arrived on time and stayed until the very end. He worked without taking a break and diligently ensured every child was given a balloon and/or shown a magic trick. I would recommend him and use him again in the future.
  • Jing L. Nov 14, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Paul was professional, responds quickly to communications, prompt, and was great with kids. Would hire him again and recommend him.
  • Brittany H. Oct 28, 2015
    Magician
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  • Eva H. Oct 26, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
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    He did a great job! Highly recommended! Magic show was a lot of fun! Would definitely hire him again! Thank you Paul!
  • Christina L. Oct 20, 2015
    Magician
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    Grampy was awesome at our 7 year old's birthday party! We invited most of the kids in his class and everyone loved him including the parents. Lots of cool magic tricks. He was able to perform without being distracted by a couple excited kids up front. We opted for the balloon animals and he was able to make every kid's request. I haven't seen some of his creations before. Would definitely recommend for birthday parties.
  • Erika Z. Oct 19, 2015
    Magician
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    He is great with kids, and has wonderful magic tricks. I would definitely hire him again. Thank you so much grampys.
  • Ryan O. Oct 5, 2015
    Magician
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    Grampy kept the kids on the edge of their seats with his magic tailored to their ages. They had a great time. His balloon animals were a huge hit also.
  • Anns K. Oct 4, 2015
    Magician
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  • Michelle H. Aug 28, 2015
    Magician
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    He was great. The kids loved it. If you need a magician for a young kids party he is your man.
  • Annette P. Aug 25, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
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    Our Balloon artist did a great job, the kids loved his balloons and he really kept their attention with his majic!
  • Cindy B. Aug 19, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
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  • Abel H. Aug 15, 2015
    Magician
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    Paul did a wonderful job with the kids. The show was very entertaining not only for the kids, but for the adults. I highly recommend Paul.
  • Abel G. Aug 12, 2015
    Magician
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  • Richard G. Aug 9, 2015
    Every one had fun !
  • Connie S. Jun 17, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
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  • Jennifer V. Jun 1, 2015
    Paul has made balloon animals for two years in a row now at a Kitten Shower at our humane society. He aims to please and will provide the children with what they ask for. Very professional, prompt, and an expert at his craft. We hope he is available for next year's event, too!
  • Maggie W. May 30, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Paul was very professional and interacted with the kids with great fun and patience. The balloon animals were completely amazing! The pictures don't show how awesome they are. Particularly we were impressed with the unicorns. His magic show was fun, and he pulled out a few volunteers and included lots of kids in the show.
  • Beata P. May 12, 2015
    Magician
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  • Russ C. May 11, 2015
    Magician
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    Great Job Thx!
  • Colleen V. May 6, 2015
    Magician
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    The kids had so much fun! I received numerous texts from the parents that the kids said "this was the best party they have ever been to". The kids and adults both enjoyed the magic show and balloon animals. I highly recommend Grampy's Magic for your next party!
  • Melissa W. Apr 27, 2015
    Magician
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  • Amber A. Mar 29, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Grampy was very patient with the kids. He was ontime and provided everything he said he would. He could've been a little more enthusiastic and smiling never hurt anyone. Thanks
    Paul M. Mar 29, 2015

    Thanks Amber. I actually wound up throwing out my shoulder twisting balloons about half way thru that night and was in a little pain. Up until then everything was great....I think the kids all had a great time thou. BTW, I'm ok now.

  • Laura S. Mar 26, 2015
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Paul was easy to work with via email communication and the kids loved his magic and balloons!
  • Arpita M. Mar 23, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Did an awesome job and even though it was my daughters first bday most of the people were adults. They all enjoyed it and had fun
  • Constance S. Mar 8, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Grampy was fun! He was very and on time. He stumped the 9 year old boys who think they know it all! :) I would recommend him!
  • Mary S. Feb 12, 2015
    Grampy was very professional throughout our communication via email and by phone. Arrived to our party on time. Provided a great show, keeping both the kids and adults entertained. He had many tricks and there were many laughs, ooohs, and aaahs from the crowd. I highly recommend Grampy for your balloon twisting and magic show needs. If you're thinking about it, take it from me and book him right away. Grampy will be the highlight of your party and guests will be raving about him for days just as mine have! A+ show from Grampy!
  • Kayla D. Jan 25, 2015
    Magician
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  • Cloris J. Jan 18, 2015
    Magician
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    thank you thank you thank you for making Kayla's birthday party as success. Everybody enjoyed your magical tricks and balloon. So I will be using your service again you are the greatest thank you thank you thank you Cloris Jones.
  • Theresa P. Jan 15, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Paul did an awesome job. The kids enjoyed every magic trick. I loved how he let the kids be apart of the magic show and balloon twisting was a hit. From the beginning to end all you heard was laughter. Even the adults enjoyed the show. I referred Paul to all the guest at the party. We will be using him again.
  • Pampa D. Jan 8, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Great fun! Kids enjoyed and Paul had attention of every one of the kids..
  • Kinjal K. Jan 2, 2015
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Great job very accommodating, hard working
  • Maddy B. Dec 21, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Heavy smoke smell was coming out from him and we were not happy with that for a kids party. We dint see anything other than swords balloons. magic show was boring. he was not flexible in a party and stayed idle for most of the time. It was a bad choice for us, Never again.
    Paul M. Dec 22, 2014

    Since I don't smoke, not sure what you are talking about. Yes, I made a few swords, I also made dogs, tigers, snowmen and butterflies. I made what the kids wanted...they were very happy. I am always flexible, we did balloons first followed by the magic show (which we had to wait on the photographer to finish up before I could go on once to told to do so...)My magic show is geared for the younger children (which is what you wanted). I'm sure some adults may find it boring, but the children had a FUN time.

  • Brenda W. Dec 9, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Mr. Mateer was awesome! He arrived early, was set up on time and did amazing balloon animals! The kids loved his creations and there was always a line! He was definitely the hit of the Halloween party. Thanks Grampy's Magic!
  • Natalia G. Nov 28, 2014
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Hired Grampy's Magic for my daughter's 1st birthday and we all had a blast during the show. He is very patient with the kids, the show was great and the little ones enjoyed it just as much as the bigger kids.
  • Buffy H. Nov 24, 2014
    Magician
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  • Srinivas K. Nov 14, 2014
    Magician
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  • Danielle G. Oct 31, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Great with kids and had the adults entertained as well, definitely the hit of the party!!
  • Malisa R. Oct 21, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Awesome! Grampy came on time and kept kids engaged and happy! He was whipping out the balloons at super speed :)
  • Joanna H. Oct 14, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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  • Nicole W. Oct 12, 2014
    Magician
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    It was a great show and the kids loved the interaction of being part of the show. I would book him for my next kids party.
  • Lisa D. Oct 5, 2014
    Magician
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  • Kim C. Oct 5, 2014
    Magician
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    He did a great job at my boys birthday party. My kids are 3 and 5 and all of their friends loved him.
  • Joyce L. Sep 21, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Paul was wonderful!!! We had a lot of kids and he made really cool balloons for all of them multiple times!!! He was really great to work with...
  • Suz P. Aug 25, 2014
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Both the kids and adults really enjoyed the show. I would definitely recommend this guy!! Thank you !!
  • Shiva N. Aug 16, 2014
    Magician
    Verified Review
    What an amazing show! He was so good and his magic tricks were so impressive even the older kids and adults were left confused and couldn't figure out what to do. He also does balloon twisting and is very good at it. I would definitely recommend him!
  • Christine S. Jul 14, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Great entertainment! Grampy arrived early and was very flexible. It rained all morning and my yard was a mess. He entertainment the kids and the adults loved him!
  • Pratik P. Jun 22, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Paul is excellent, during my son's party we had huge storm and Paul gathered all kids in my house occupied them with his magic tricks. Thanks you Paul
  • Michelle F. Jun 10, 2014
    Magician
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    Paul was great with the kids even had adults laughing I would recommend him to anyone for a children's party..great job paul
  • Vinit S. Jun 2, 2014
    Magician
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  • Linson T. May 8, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Party went on till midnight and we had way more kids than expected, am glad that Paul was able to engage them throughout the party.. Paul's show was really worth and I would certainly recommend him in future.
  • Mary S. May 3, 2014
    Magician
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    The kids loved grampy he made everyone laugh. Balloons were awesome. Thank you
  • Leena M. Mar 29, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    We really had a wonderful experience during our son's birthday party. Paul was great....very nice with all the kids and made all the balloon shapes, whatever kids asked for hats, flowers, animals and so on. Will definately call paul for our next party!!!!
  • Julie W. Mar 10, 2014
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Paul Mateer did a fantastic job entertaining 30+ children at the age group of 7 years old at my daughters recent 7th birthday party. He arrived at the party site with more than adequate time to set up and prepare for his presentation. He kept the kids attention the entire time and allowed them to interact with him. The kids loved his magic tricks. I would recommend Paul to anyone who is seeking a magician for their kids birthday party.
  • Maryellen S. Mar 3, 2014
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Children had a great time! They were very entertained and had a blast. Money was very well spent on Grampys magic! I would recommend him again.
  • Barbara K. Feb 25, 2014
    Magician
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    Grampy's Magic was awesome. My daughter and her friends had a wonderful time and enjoyed every second of the entertainment. What I liked the most was that the show started on time and the price was incredible. Thank you Grampy's Magic
  • Veena R. Feb 19, 2014
    Magician
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    Worth every penny! On time and cheerful.. Didnt face any problem. Thanks alot to him and thumbtack for their service
  • Fran E. Feb 2, 2014
    Magician
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    Grampy performed at my 9-year-old's birthday party. Grampy was a good showman who related well to the kids. He was prompt, easy to work with and I would definitely recommend him.
  • Ashima S. Jan 25, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Thanks for coming to the party at such short notice. The kids enjoyed your work. Maybe next time we can set up a magic show as well!
  • Riz K. Jan 19, 2014
    Magician
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    Paul did a great Job at my welcome party for my new born. He is funny and not just kids but adults loved him as well.. he stayed longer to service all the kids and I thought that was very nice of him. If you looking for magician I will recommend Grampy's Magic to you in a heart beat. Thanks Paul for a great job at my party You can expect more business from me going forward. Thanks
  • Praveena R. Jan 14, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Paul was very friendly with kids. Kids had lot of fun with Balloon twisting and Magic show. He handled 18 kids with ease. Very affordable. Definitely recommend
  • Kasia W. Jan 12, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Very easy to communicate and reasonable pricing. Did a great job entertaining the kids with balloon twisting. Will recommend to friends. Thank You!
  • Cristina G. Jan 5, 2014
    Balloon Twisting
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    Mr. Mateer came to our son's birthday party and did a magic performance and also made animal balloons for the kids. Everyone had a blast during the magic show! I was very impressed with Mr. Mateer's promptitude, especially with the snow storm and, the way he interacted with all the kids at the party!
  • Bruna V. Dec 15, 2013
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Very easy to communicate and reasonable pricing. Did a great job entertaining the kids with balloon twisting and magic show. Will recommend to friends.
  • Manasa R. Dec 10, 2013
    Balloon Twisting
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    I hired Paul at the last minute, but it turned out to much more fun than just balloon twister. Kids of all ages were involved and adults also had a gala time!
  • Candace H. Nov 24, 2013
    Magician
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    We had 15 four and five year olds and they all were amazed! Even the parents loved it. My daughter is still talking about it. Paul was a great add on to my daughter's birthday party. We definitely highly recommend him.
  • Imelda W. Nov 18, 2013
    Balloon Twisting
    Verified Review
    Grampy was great with all the kids that ranged from 6 mos to 8 years old! He was very patient and were able to get both parents and kids laughing. He was also understanding about our party starting a bit late due to traffic/weather conditions.
  • Emily L. Nov 11, 2013
    Balloon Twisting
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  • Aleah M. Oct 27, 2013
    Magician
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    Was really good with the kids and put on a good show even had the adult at the party watch
  • Petra D. Oct 10, 2013
    You get what you pay for! It was lovely; I was able to book him on short term notice; both parents and children enjoyed the show and he was very accommodating and good natured with a rowdy 6 year old!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I require no deposit, but all payments are to be made in cash only on the day of the event.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been practicing magic for over 40 years. I am also GrandPa to 13 grandchildren...
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have had a love of magic ever since I was child and saw my 1st magician at the age of 6 years old.