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DJConnectionLive.com
4.7
from 256 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 497 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patricia P.
Verified review

Four hours of awesome music from my daughters' personally selected "play list" entertained the kids for our double celebration (sweet 16/confirmation)! Nick made sure the DJ and photographer/photo booth were on top of it all, which made the evening a total success. Photo booth shots drew long lines as everyone enjoyed being goofy and serious for their party memories. It was very special that the photographer left the photo booth at times to capture those special ceremonial moments, like dang with dad, the "puzzle piece" ceremony, my girls dancing with their friends, one of my daughter's singing, and of course, the CAKE! Nick's personal renditions of Frank Sinatra favorites were a hit. I even heard someone in the crowd say, "That can't be him; he must be lip-sinking! He sounds too good!" But it WAS Nick! Nick encouraged the kids to dance but was not "Over the top" as I have seen in other "motivators". He facilitated the special dances and ceremonies included in the party, making each memorable. What a kind and flexible man Nick has been to work with. When you need Party Entertainment, go with the Best of ALL worlds, Nick Michaels and "The Best of Both Worlds"!

Magical Memories Entertainment
4.5
from 190 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 522 hires on Thumbtack
Su K.
Verified review

This was my first time using Thumbtack to find a vendor so I was a little apprehensive about the turnout. Needless to say, it turned out to be a great experience. They were able to accommodate my special request to match the theme of my daughter's party. The entertainer arrived before the scheduled performance time to set up. I was a little nervous booking the bubble show as it has to be indoors and I didn't want a mess inside my home but I was assured everything would be covered properly and it was. The kids, ages 1-10 were all engaged and the parents even started to venture in to watch. I'm glad I took a chance and went with Magical Memories Entertainment. It was definitely magical and memorable.

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Smiles by Sandy
4.8
from 80 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 160 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike M.
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Sandra got rave reviews from all of the parents ant my 5yr old birthday party. Her magic show kept all eighteen and six year olds, and parents attentive throughout. The balloons were wonderful, and her face painting was amazing. I would definitly recommend her for a children's party. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • 15 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
Jill C.
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Adam was awesome. This was the second time we hired him. He is very detail oriented, but fast. He was able to complete 43 ballooons "sculptures" in a time frame which we had allotted for 30-maybe 35. He's quick, talented, engaging, fun, professional; all the traits you want in a party entertainer. I highly recommend. Thanks Adam!

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  • 20 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa A.
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Scott provided beautiful classical piano music for our party. We would hire him again anytime.

Tony D's Enterprises
4.6
from 54 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
Ray S.
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Tony D came to Dumknt to DJ my daughters 18th birthday party. He was professional throughout; collecting info on the party and asking about the requ Stef playlist. He came early, set up the gear, and got the party started. He was quick on his feet to accommodate requests during the party and get the kids involved, but he was never pushy and never made the party about himself. A great guy who DJ'd a great party. Thanks Tony D.

Gartrell the Great
4.7
from 50 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Beau C.
Verified review

Zachary put on an amazing show that kept about 10 children (ages 1-4) completely enthralled and amazed... which, as all parents know, is no small feat. But don't worry, Gartrell the Great also had the entire adult audience smiling and laughing as well! I truly have nothing negative to say about his performance or the hiring process through this website. All in all, the party was a huge success and a major hit thanks to Gartrell the Great and his magical prowess. That being said, I highly recommend him to anyone that wants their event or party to put "traditional" parties to shame... Every parent who was present had nothing but positive things to say. My personal opinion of Gartrell the Great is that he is a flexible, highly professional, honest, driven, and punctual entertainer that will make your event or party memorable and exceedingly fun! The smiles on the faces of all the children (and adults!) at my son's 4 year old birthday party (and all the other reviews of his work) are all the evidence I need.

The Magic of Jim Sisti
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Tina C.
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Jim Sisti performed his show at our daughter's college graduation party recently. He entertained a mixed group (ages) of people at the party and did an incredible job. He promised a show of at least 45 minutes, but he gave us a bit "extra" since the crowd was extremely impressed and engaged. We had so much fun being entertained by his comedy and his magic tricks!

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My Cube Photo Booths
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristy L.
Verified review

Dan was fantastic!! From start to finish, very friendly and accommodating. The price was very reasonable compared to other photo booth suppliers. The cube was a huge hit at my daughter's graduation party. So much fun!! Definitely will use My Cube Photo Booths again!!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Rosie L.
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We don't even know where to start in describing George. We have had the privilege of experiencing George & his many talents on more then one occasion. George blessed us with the most awesome karaoke entertainment for our Fourth of July party & our guests were blown away by his song selection. In addition he photographed the event therefore leaving us all with indelible memories of a day filled with fun, sun & lots of song!! On numerous other occasions George & his photographic eye has frozen special moments & left us all with memories that may be forgotten but never erased. I am sure when we look back at some of our greatest times we will continually be thanking George! I look forward to the next birthday, anniversary, holiday and especially July 4th party as I know that Velasco Ventures will make what would be an average party an awesome bash!!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kurt G.
Verified review

Sean "The Prankster" Magician has done a few shows for our resort, and will be back for more. "The Prankster" has a wide variety of tricks and shows, so even repeat customers will be surprised. Many entertainers don't interact well with an audience or ignores them completely, but not "The Prankster". "The Prankster" not only encourages the audience to participate in the show, but has many tricks where the audience is a hilarious part. We look forward to having Sean "The Prankster" Magician entertain our guests for years to come.

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Talking Machine
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joel B.
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I hired talking machine for my wife's birthday surprise 40 th. Leading up to the event they were in constant contact with me about song requests and genres of songs we might want to here. If it was a song not on there playlist which is extensive they had no problem learning it for us which was awesome . The day of the show was not one of the best days to be playing the gig outdoors due to rain but they handled like pros and provided a awesome set for us. I would definitely use them again as they were awsome to do business with. Thank you so much talking machine for providing awsome entertainment for my party.

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Faces by Paris
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
India B.
Verified review

The 5 stars is only for Fran and my experience with her. She was great friendly the kids enjoyed Fran was prompt attentive understanding and did an awesome job. The Face painting wAs for a party of 20 for my daughters 2nd bday. Fran was the best. Teri should of told me who she was sending I was expecting her since I only communicated with her. And Teri also need to be more clear on how the pricing works. Teri also could be a little cheaper then what she charges doing an hour was around $10 per kid for a 5min or less face painting over all it was a good experience with Fran. I would probably look in to someone different for my next event to see different options. The 5 stars was only for Fran. :)

VIP Events LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie T.
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I recently used VIP Events photo booth for a party and I couldn’t be happier with my decision! They were so friendly and easy to work with, professional, and went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great time, kids and adults. We were able to capture so many fun memories with their photo booth and fun props and it’s all anyone can talk about! I’ve been to other events with photo booths before but this was by far the best! I would highly recommend them to anyone!

Magic by Kathie
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn D.
Verified review

Kathie was very engaged from the moment she walked in the door. She made me feel that her participation was all about me and my party, and that she wanted to know everything possible about my guests and how best to interact with them. She was fantastic. She cares about every little detail, which makes for a complete entertainment package. I would recommend her for any type of occasion, whether it be a small venue, or a large arena. Having her at my occasion to entertain my guest was worth every cent.

Genies Mirror Photobooth
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jullisa B.
Verified review

I recently used Genies Mirror Photobooth for my best friend Marc’s surprise birthday party and it was a big hit! Way less trouble than using our own cellphones and we had a whole bunch of props for our use (which was so cool). I loved that a great amount of people could fit into the picture as well unlike other photobooths I’ve seen. We took pictures the entire night, my friend Marc was extremely happy!!! I definitely plan on booking Genies Mirror Photobooth again...so much fun!!!

James Hart
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Bill D.
Verified review

We hired James to play instrumental guitar for our mom’s 100th birthday party. Frankly… he was great! On the day of the event he arrived on time, set up quickly, and got right to work. He played a wide variety of music throughout the afternoon including music from the 1940’s, exactly as we had requested. In addition to being a gifted musician, James was professional, competent and gracious to all of our guests. He was a pleasure to work with. James, thanks so much for a job well done!

Party Geniuses
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kristiana B.
Verified review

Jenilee of Party Geniuses was great to work with! She provided fun wildlife face paint designs for a number of children at our large festival. Her positive attitude and creativity made our party awesome!

  • 50 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ken H.
Verified review

Summer Backyard Party! OMM was Terrific! He played Background (low volume) during Dinner, and afterwards, stepped it up for us even to Dance to! Everyone of our guests loved his performance! Ken H

Maia Dobbs
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mitchel W.
Verified review

Maia played at my private party and it was a huge hit! Would definitely hire her again!

Creative Faces by V
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mark W.
Verified review

The quality of work was outstanding as all the kids smiled from ear to ear the entire party. I would highly recommend Creative Faces By V, her work and professionalism are elite!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What is a mariachi band?

Mariachi bands are rooted in Mexican culture. Traditional mariachi bands consisted of two or more members playing stringed instruments, wearing regional costumes adapted from the charro (Mexican horseman or cowboy). Modern mariachi bands, which are likely what you’re looking for when searching for a mariachi band for hire, feature at least four members who play stringed instruments (violin, vihuela, bass guitar called guitarron) and one or more trumpets. The costumes have remained the same, but now trumpets are synonymous with mariachi music. Mariachi bands for hire often play a wide range of music, including styles originating from Mexico and adopted from elsewhere. These include jarabes, waltzes, serenades, corridos (Mexican ballads), ranchera, cumbia, and more. Mariachi bands for hire bring a festive and soulful element to a party, birthday, wedding, corporate affair, fundraiser or community event. UNESCO has inscribed mariachi music on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

What is a photo booth rental?

A party photo booth is a fun, interactive experience where guests can take a series of photos (usually three or four) that are immediately printed out on a strip as a keepsake. When you rent a party photo booth, the company sets up the booth or photo station at your event; a photographer staffs the booth and coaches guests on how to use it throughout the event. Often the photo booth rental company provides props like silly hats, wigs and glasses. There are different types of party photo booth rentals. An open-air booth has a curtain or backdrop that allows more freedom of movement and enables more people to use it at one time. The traditional enclosed photo booths that you may have seen at the mall or the fair tend to cost more to rent, as they are harder to transport and also cost more for the pros to purchase. The national average cost for party photo booth rentals is $400-$500.

What does a fortune teller do?

A fortune teller offers insight into people’s past, present and future through private readings. Some fortune tellers read palms or use tarot cards, runes, or tea leaves to see into a client’s future. Other fortune tellers consider themselves psychics, numerologists and mystics who look for patterns and meaning in seemingly random events, such as stirred tea leaves or the draw of a tarot card. By interpreting what they see in the cards or leaves, fortune tellers answer their clients’ questions about their lives, such as who or when they’ll marry, whether they should quit their job, or whether they should have a baby. Tarot card readings are a particularly popular way of having your future told, because they’re such a familiar method of fortune telling. More importantly, you can guide a tarot reading by asking the specific questions that are most important to you. By interpreting the cards you’ve drawn, the fortune teller may give you new insight into yourself and help you make an important decision. For some people, fortune tellers are simply amusing, but for others, they offer helpful guidance and spiritual nourishment.  

How many mariachis can a band have?

A mariachi band for hire can have as many players as you like. Modern mariachi bands typically have a minimum of four players with the trumpet playing a vital musical role along with stringed instruments such as the violin, guitarrón (a Mexican bass guitar with a deep body), vihuela (a Spanish stringed guitar) and guitar. Strong vocals are also an important component of mariachi bands for hire, since one or more of the players will be singing during the performance. For a truly spectacular show, you can hire a mariachi band with 15 or more players. The medley of stringed instruments, multiple trumpets, soaring vocals, and even an accordion or harp is powerful and beautiful. Mariachis typically wear the traditional costume of charros — Mexican horsemen. The look is a very regal, monotone suit, often in black or white, with silver adornments and embroidery. Mariachi bands often wear sombreros as well. Traditional mariachi bands were only made up of two or more players, according to a UNESCO report celebrating the cultural heritage of the musical style. The style of music originated in the state of Jalisco. Now the style of music is symbolic of Mexico but is celebrated all over the world, and adds a fabulous vibrancy to any group’s events, parties and weddings.

How much does a mariachi band cost?

A mariachi band will bring your party or event alive with their fabulous costumes, beautiful playing and strong vocals. The cost of a mariachi band for hire will depend on how many players are in the group. Each musician in a performance group needs to be paid, so pricing is usually based on the number of mariachis (musicians), the location of the event (and travel time required), and the length of the performance. Day of the week also affects cost, as does day — Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other major holidays will cost more than regular days. The national average cost for live bands of all types ranges between $740 and $1,200. Depending on where you live and regional rates for performers, you might expect to pay between $65 and $120 per hour, per player. Mariachi groups may have 12-15 players available for performance at one time, depending on your budget. Here are some examples of how the number of players affects average cost:

  • Four mariachis: $300 per hour for weeknights, $400 per hour for weekends.
  • Five mariachis: $350 per hour for weeknights, $400-$450 per hour for weekends. Weekends may have a minimum number of hours.
  • Six mariachis: $400 per hour for weeknights, $450-$500 per hour for weekends.
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