About this pro
Mine is NOT one of those saccharine (cloyingly sweet) shows that is painful for adults to watch, the kind of show that makes parents move into the other room. Mine is a show that parents don't want to miss! And that's the point. On this important day in your child's life, most parents want to be sharing every moment with your child; not hiding in the other room, dodging some dreadful clown. My BirthdayMax show is one you'll gladly share with your child and laugh about for years to come. My BirthdayMax Show is "REALLY FUNNY!" Not just "kinda-funny," or funny in a "patronizing, diminished-expectations-'cause it's-a-kid-show" kind of way. Think of my show as ultra smart vaudeville style comedy-magic routines "staring your child and guests" strung together by lightning fast comedy improvisation so each show is unique. Adults love my show as much as the kids. I love the feeling I get from doing a great show, seeing everyone laugh, kids and adults, knowing I've brought everyone together with laughter. I always love when my show breaks down barriers of shyness, of fear, of Autism even; when I see previously disinterested adults crowding in with the kids, everyone laughing together. That's what BirthdayMax is about, families laughing together. That's why I call myself a "Family Entertainer;" not a "children's entertainer" or "birthday entertainer." I won't let those limited terms diminish what I do. My job is to bring families together in laughter and bring a spirit of joy and play into each event.
16 years in business
4 hires on Thumbtack
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?BirthdayMax pricing is based on 4 criteria: 1) number of children; 2) the package booked; 3) total time performing; and 4) travel distance. This means there isn't one price. For Thumbtack clients, I immediately quote for a 1-hour appearance (30-minute comedy-magic show and 30-minute balloons), but there are other options. Normally, I prefer to speak with a client on the phone to access the client's needs and to give them a sense of my humor and how I operate. You can't get all that in an email. Other than last minute bookings, I rarely negotiate price.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Birthdays, Communions, Corporate Events, Community & Festival Stages and Theatre Shows
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?It's always a good idea to get recommendations from friends and family. Ask how long have they been in business? Do they seem professional or amateur? Do you feel good about your conversation with the provider? Were they generous with their time and interested in what you want or did you get the "bum's rush" and they were more interested in "selling" you? The way they treat you up front is an indicator of how they'll be on the day of the event. If you care about your guests, hire for quality and value, not price alone. I can't tell you how many clients say that when they went with the cheapest quote it was a disaster. As a father, I know kids change from age to age and so the show has to change. Did the provider care enough to ask how old your child will be and the age breakdown of your young guests? If they didn't, it means they didn't care to know if they were recommending an age appropriate show. It didn't matter to them! On referrals -- whether email, phone or client quotes -- more specific means more authentic.