Bob Forrest, Magician

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81 reviews
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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, value, and professionalism.
  • Erica M.

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    Jan 29, 2018Verified
  • Michelle B.

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    Bob and Kathy were awesome! They came to the house early to set everything up and meet the birthday boy. They were very flexible with the start time as kids were coming in a bit late. They stayed a total of almost 3 hours to ensure each child had a balloon animal. Wonderful people!!!!

      Nov 12, 2017Verified

    About this pro

    There are a lot of people out there with different skill levels performing magic. Some are solid, professional magicians. Others are everything from hobbyists and teenagers to people just trying to make some extra money without a real foundation in magic. What I bring to the table is maturity, a wealth of experience with people and years of training and preparation in the art. Even more important than a performer's technical tools are his skills with people. I very much care about my clients and the children I'm entrusted with for an hour of enchantment. It's that concern that guides every moment I spend in the homes of the families that hire me. I have held the Secretary position in the Salem, Massachusetts Assembly 104 of The Society of American Magicians for seven years. I was honored with the award as Unsung Magician of the Year by the Salem Assembly in 2013 and awarded Life Member status in the national Society of American Magicians in 2012. In 2015, Thumbtack recognized my work with a Best of 2015 Award and a Best of 2016 Award. There are careless magicians who perform dangerous, "bad example" tricks for children, without worrying about the later consequences. I never will. Ropes tied around the neck, needles being "swallowed" and the like have no business being elements in a child's birthday party. I'm proud to be a family entertainer and protecting the family is my first priority. When a customer hires me, that person is getting a full time, experienced performer who can be relied on to arrive punctually and to be flexible enough to work around the client's needs. When I am hired for a birthday party, the Birthday Child becomes the star, not the magician. I want that child to have as magical a birthday as possible. And they do. My wife, Kathy, is another reason why our shows stand out. She joins me for weekend parties, creating balloon animals, bracelets, hats and more, for up to twenty children, at no additional charge. She loves the children and enjoys providing this well-received bonus to our magic. Clients can have us for as long as they need. This can often be two to three hours. That's another way we're different. Two to three hours for our flat fee is a very good value for the money and we are proud to provide it. I genuinely enjoy people and every assignment leads me into new lives and new places. That's very exciting. Being a professional magician allows me to bring magical experiences into the lives and homes of families, often for the first time. When I perform for a child's party, I am often the first live performer that child has ever seen. Unlike TV or the Internet, that child can talk with me, interact with me and, best of all, participate in making the magic happen. Sharing my own wonder at the beauty of this art with families and experiencing their enthusiastic response is the most rewarding thing I've ever done.

    Years in business

    6

    Times hired on Thumbtack

    205

    Number of employees

    2
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      Q & A

      • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
        Constant training. A magician's life is filled with trade journals, books and lectures by other magicians from around the country. You never stop learning and you would never want to. Most folks don't realize the huge investment in time, money and study that builds the career of a full time magician. The study involves hundreds of books, DVDs and live lectures by the dozens. Then there's endless practice and rehearsal. Props and tools are also a significant part of a magician's investment in his career choice. The monetary investment climbs through the thousands. The training never ends.
      • How did you get started doing this type of work?
        After many years as a Boston radio personality, waking listeners up in the morning at WROL and WEZE, the changing nature of broadcasting caused me to re-evaluate my future. The pressures and multi-tasking that had become a daily experience were negatively affecting my health. For years I had been pursuing magic at the professional level and had planned to make this my transition career. The time had finally come. As a Life Member of the Society of American Magicians and an officer in the Salem Massachusetts Assembly 104, the transition was a pleasant one. Best of all, the decades of working in radio as a host, chief interviewer and conduit with the public and clients that had been the most enjoyable part of my career, has been replaced with the even more rewarding honor of entertaining them in their homes.
      • What types of customers have you worked with?
        For the most part, I'm a family entertainer, specializing in birthday parties for children of all ages, particularly from four to twelve. I love the kids. They are the greatest audience in the world. It's a genuine pleasure to entertain them and then to see them enjoying the balloon animals my wife makes for them at our weekend parties. While I occasionally perform at adult clubs and parties, my life is family parties centered around children. I keep my close up magic skills honed by performing walk around magic for the grown-ups after entertaining the children. I specialize in children's birthdays, first birthday celebrations, day care events, Scouting, First Communion, YMCA events, Synagogue events, schools and holiday parties. My wife and I have done My Little Pony parties, Frozen parties, Despicable Me parties and more, with children from every culture. Indian parties are a particular favorite.

      Business hours

      Eastern Time Zone
      Sunday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Monday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Tuesday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Wednesday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Thursday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Friday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Saturday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Coverage Area for Bob Forrest, Magician is about 50+ miles of Woburn, MA.