Birthday Max

New York, NY

About this pro

How does your business stand out?

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.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

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.
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Location

New York, NY 10034

Background check

Complete

Years in business

15

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

4

Reviews

5 Reviews
  • Bindu R. Aug 26, 2013
    Clown Entertainment
    Verified Review
    Kids had a great time. Would recommend.
  • Marjorie R. Aug 13, 2013
    Magician
    Verified Review
    Birthday Max did a great job performing at my 3 year old daughters birthday party. He was professional, energetic and funny. Both the children and adults enjoyed his show.
  • Al K. Aug 8, 2013
    Birthday Max promised us that he would entertain the adults as well as the kids. We had about 25 children at my son's birthday party, and they could not have enjoyed the show more. And, Max was right, the adults had fun, too. He put on a great show and made our son the center of attention without making the other kids feel left out. A month after the party, our son still asks when he is going to see Max again!
  • Tina K. Jan 15, 2013
    Birthday Max’s interactive comedy performance at my 3-year-old son’s birthday party was truly a huge hit. His unique costume and humor entertained both young (3yrs-14 yrs) and old alike. It was a non-stop, hour-long show filled with various tricks featuring a hat, kerchief, and playing cards, topped-off with a finale featuring a spinning dish trick. At the end, the children eagerly awaited their opportunity to select various balloon art. Birthday Max made them a variety of butterflies, magic wands, alien hats, super hero hats and much, much, more! Truly an amazing show and I would highly recommend him to other parents looking to add a special twist to their children’s birthday parties.
    Richard R. Jan 15, 2013

    Thanks Tina for your lovely review. Very much appreciated!

  • Tara K. Aug 6, 2011
    You so far exceeded our expectations today at my son's birthday party. I told you prior to today that my son had Aspergers Syndrome. Today's party was the 1st birthday party he actually enjoyed. I've had a private kids band, Sesame Place party, fire house party - none of them compared to today. Although he always wants a party he gets too stressed out from the crowd and has in the past always hated them. I was beyond shocked that you got him comfortable enough to actually be your assistant and stand in front of the crowd. You cannot understand how huge that was for us. And it wasn't just a fluke - what I didn't tell you was the older of the two brothers does not have Aspergers - he is autistic! His mother and I were nearly in tears that you had both [of our sons] spinning plates in front of a crowd no less! The fact that you… made sure each child didn't just have a balloon - but a fantastic take-home character has left me just short of speechless. Every child and adult—including adults without young children—raved about you. You were truly the best gift I could have given my son for his birthday. Many many many thanks and we are forever grateful for you. You have a special talent with special needs children. We had two severely ADHD children and 2 children on the autistic spectrum in your audience, but your way with children had each of them in awe and completely attentive. Thanks! — Tara
    Richard R. Jan 15, 2013

    Thanks Tara! Very kind of you!

Q&A

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.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Here's some good stuff you should know about clowns: True clowns are proud of their craft and often consider it a calling. Many train, as I have, with internationally known master clowns and instructors. We spend years learning skills and developing our "personal clown." BirthdayMax was born of my experience with a very bad booking agency back in 2001. They had no clue about real clowning and had no desire to grow. The day before a party, they'd teach a high school kid the agency's "show-in-a-box," slap a red nose him and voila, he's a "clown." They just didn't care, not about the client and not about doing their best. I care about doing my best every time. BirthdayMax is not an agency. You're booking me, the performer! I'm a parent. Back in 2001, I knew there would be parents out there who would appreciate a smart, professional show of genuine clowning in their own home. I believe that families deserve to have the real deal without compromise. That's BirthdayMax.