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16 years in business
3 hires on Thumbtack
Kids had a great time. Would recommend.Aug 26, 2013Verified
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.Aug 13, 2013Verified
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!Aug 9, 2013
Birthday Maxs interactive comedy performance at my 3-year-old sons 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 childrens birthday parties.Jan 15, 2013Richard R.'s reply
Thanks Tina for your lovely review. Very much appreciated!
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 adultincluding adults without young childrenraved 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! TaraAug 7, 2011Richard R.'s reply
Thanks Tara! Very kind of you!
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- 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.