What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a member of several national and regional societies for magicians where we can get together and share and learn from each other. I correspond frequently with a number of top acts worldwide.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
30 Minutes of Awesome, magical entertainment
Birthday Child is the Star of the show
Audience is engaged & enthusiastic
Everything in Basic
40 Minutes of Incredibly amazing magical fun
Multiple children used as volunteers
Everything in Silver
60 minutes of Fun, Magic, and Entertainment
Magical themed games, prizes and giveaways for all children
Everything in Gold
90 minutes of Laughter, Illusions, Fun, and Magic
Extra Magical themed games, prizes and giveaways for all children
Balloon sculptures, with a special one for birthday child
We can provide a professionally decorated cake to match you party's theme! It does not have to be a magic theme.
Many of our effects can be customized to fit your party's theme! We have carefully designed our show so that we can accommodate and adapt to requests such as Frozen, Transformers, Marvel, DC, Superman, Batman, Harry Potter, and many other themes!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I remember seeing Doug Henning live when I was 7 or 8 and being absolutely flabbergasted at his magic. I immediately began acquiring all sorts of magic kits and especially books, and inventing my own magic as well. It remained a hobby until I found myself with a long commute by train and using that time to practice effects. Other passengers noticed and were impressed and I knew this was a skill that was worth sharing!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked with Birthday Party parents all over the Delaware Valley along with civic associations like Lansdale Borough where I frequently appear at their events and festivals. I'v performed at the Philadelphia Flyers Charity Carnival and for the Lulu Shriners.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Heres a list of ideas to help you plan your birthday. They are useful for any kids birthday party, even if you dont happen to hire a magician.
Birthday Party Idea #1
Attach a bouquet of balloons to your mailbox or your front door. This makes it a breeze for parents trying to find the house. This also helps the entertainer, and anyone else who may be helping out on the childs special day.
Bonus Tip: Let the birthday child choose the colors for the balloons. Having the child participate in the birthday party planning is awesome for their self-esteem and self-confidence. Besides, kids really do want to help out.
Birthday Party Idea #2
Protect your pets! Keep dogs, cats etc. separated from the party area. All it takes is one child to be bitten, knocked over, or scared to ruin the birthday party. These days allergies are also often a concern.
Birthday Party Idea #3
Get the whole family involved in the birthday party
planning. Sometimes siblings feel left out when the celebration is for someone else. Older child act as the photographer, or introduce the entertainer when its time for the show. Another might collect all the presents as children arrive. They could also help prepare refreshments, invitations etc. Be creative with your kid party ideas and have fun.
Birthday Party Idea #4
Food doesnt have to be difficult. Its often best to serve Easy to handle food such as hot dogs or the kids favorite, pizza! Juice boxes are still the all time parents favorite. Another great idea is to put out all the fixins & let the kids make their own banana splits or ice cream sundaes. Paper plates/bowls & plastic silverware will make cleanup easy. This is a favorite kid party idea with the young ones.
Birthday Party Idea #5
Prepare your child for the party! Its amazing how often the birthday child doesnt really know how to behave. Be sure your child knows how you would like them to answer the door, greet the guests and receive the presents. Discuss acceptable behavior for the party.
Birthday Party Idea #6
Do you want Entertainment? Hiring a magician or other entertainer makes the party experience memorable. But
how do you find an entertainer that will do an excellent job for you? In days past youd crack open the phone book. That still works, but today the best bet is to look online. Top professional entertainers will have a web site which contains valuable info about themselves and their entertainment.
Its usually best to deal directly with the entertainer, rather than a booking agent. With a booking agent, you cant really be
confident that youll get a quality entertainer for the big day. The booking agent will usually book first and then begin looking for talent.
Ask how long their show is and find out if there are different packages or extras etc. Most magic shows run 30 to 45 minutes. If the entertainer also offers balloons or games or something else, the time is longer. Remember -- this is your chance to relax!
Birthday Party Idea #7
Try to have all the children ready to watch the performance at the time you agreed on. A top performer will likely be doing other birthday party shows that day and will need to maintain a schedule. Its important too that the children have no toys, noisemakers, etc.. in their hands. These can be a huge distraction in your birthday party planning.
Birthday Party Idea #8
Its very important (but these days, often forgotten) to send thank you notes to all the guests. Another super idea for a kids party is to take a photo of the birthday child and each friend. You can then include a snapshot of the birthday child and each guest with the thank you note. You can even have the birthday child help make the thank you notes/cards. Your child will learn from an early age the importance of thank you notes and the parents of all your guests will love them.
Birthday Party Idea #9
If you are planning an outdoor kids party, be sure to have a back up plan in case of rain or other weather issues.
Birthday Party Idea #10
Plan out the schedule! Ive found that its best to have the entertainer perform first. Kids are so excited. After the entertainment most parents like to have food or cake, followed by games (if the games are not integrated into the show). If you feed the kids before the magic show, some slow eating children might not be finished eating and this could be a distraction for the performer. Often its best to open the presents last. Recently many parents are choosing to open the presents after the guests leave, which avoids any embarrassing moments, like getting duplicates, etc. But kids also love to see everything that the birthday child got.
Be sure to plan a relaxing evening for yourself after the party. Get some takeout for dinner and pop in a DVD. When the partys over, you can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet without having to think about cooking!
Youll have just thrown a fantastic party and you deserve a break!