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Hired 48 times
2 years in business
(Pacific Time Zone)
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
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Jan - Jul
Photos and Videos
11 photos and 5 videos
Festival / fair,
Age of guests
Younger than 4 years old,
4 - 6 years old,
7 - 10 years old,
11 - 14 years old,
15 - 17 years old,
18 or older
AlakaSam made our Back to School Night an amazing experience for the kiddos and families of Queen Anne Elementary! He was a joy to book, punctual, very kind toward the children and all around amazing! Everyone loved the balloon twist hats, animals, and sabers that he created. And he does magic! We will definitely have him back!Sep 5, 2017VerifiedAlakaSam LLC's reply
Christa: Thanks for including AlakaSam and glad to add balloons and amazement to Queen Anne Elementary's special event -- it was a wonderful evening! I look forward to future appearances for your community! Magically, AlakaSam 206.522.4889
He was fantastic! All the kids loved the balloon animals, hats, flowers, etc. I would definitely recommend him for future events.Jun 22, 2018VerifiedAlakaSam LLC's reply
Courtney: Thank you for your 5-Star review! Your school's BBQ was a wonderful end-of-year celebration. I look forward to providing entertainment for your future special events! Magically, AlakaSam
AlakaSam (rhymes with Alaka-Zam) was a huge hit with our all-ages party at Optimism Brewery. I received many follow-up messages from friends and family that this party was a hit. Highly recommend booking magic + balloons. Thanks Sam!!Oct 30, 2017VerifiedAlakaSam LLC's reply
Tisha: Very glad that I was a "hit" at your party! Your addition of the magic trick party favors for all + magic lesson after the show had all your guests successfully performing magic at the party! The event was a lot of fun and the audience you assembled was a hit in my book--true fans of magic & balloons. Magically, AlakaSam
Alakasam came out to our sons 6th Birthday party and he was a huge hit! The whole audience ages 2 1/2-80 were all into his show. He also did balloon animals which the kids loved!! I will be recommending him to everyone!!Dec 11, 2017VerifiedAlakaSam LLC's reply
Amber: Thank you for your great review and for recommending me! You assembled a great audience -- true fans of magic & balloons! And the addition of the silk magic trick party favors and magic lesson was a big hit! Magically, AlakaSam
We hired AlakaSam for our company Halloween Party and it was a hit! Super entertaining for the kiddos (and many adults!). It was a very nice addition to the party. Sam was easy to work with, very communicative, and even had balloon animals ready for the kids. I recommend him for any party!Oct 31, 2017AlakaSam LLC's reply
Ashlie: Thank you for your 5-star review! It was a pleasure providing entertainment for your company party. You assembled a great audience -- true fans of magic & balloons! You are right-on to recommend me for ANY party. I do shows for adults, families and kids for private or public events. I look forward to performing for your company again. Magically, AlakaSam
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Pricing is seasonal and depends on the type of event, how many people will attend and the location. My lowest prices are reserved for parties in private homes.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?My profile on Thumbtack and my website at alaka-sam.com introduce customers to the magic and balloon twisting services I provide. I am always available to respond to messages and to talk on the phone to answer any questions you may have and to book your event and save the date and time. Once booked, I continue to be available to answer and questions you may have and I provide confirmations one week and one day prior to the show.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Sam Chamberlain is AlakaSam the Magician! AlakaSam started studying and practicing magic when he was 10 years old. He was an apprentice magician for five years at Howard’s House of Hocus Pocus in Buffalo, New York. He was the assistant to the shop’s owner Howard Eldridge at magic performances and demonstrated and Sam sold magic tricks to customers at the shop. At Cornell University, Sam completed an epistemological study of magic and developed a magic course curriculum that he has since taught many times. While attending Cornell, a housemate came up with the name "AlakaSam" and it has stuck. AlakaSam has now been performing comedy magic and twisting balloon sculptures for over 40 years! He incorporates lots of audience participation and it is a very uplifting experience as the volunteers help accomplish the magic.