Frequently Asked Questions
How does your program differ from other magicians?
There are many local entertainers to choose from, but few that are full-time professionals, and even fewer that specialize only in entertaining for children. All I do is entertain for children exclusively. A magician that advertises "magic for all occasions" is unlikely to have the skills and program to keep a group of children at full attention for the duration of their show. Being a successful children's entertainer requires a range of specialized skills and experience which can only be gained through the experience of thousands of performances for kids. I perform at more children's events in a typical month than most magicians do in an entire year. I encourage you to look at the "Shopping Tips" tab at left for important insights on what to look for when shopping around.
How much space is needed to set up the show? Indoors or outdoors?
Indoors is generally the most preferred set-up location, as it allows for a more controlled environment, and subsequently, a better performance and more focused audience. My performance and equipment have been designed to be adaptable to a variety of performing situations. I realize every setting is different, and it is my goal to provide minimum disruption in performing at your residence or other venue. Generally, an area about 6' x 6' is ideal with an area in front of that for audience seating. Nothing in the show is messy, can spill, or involves fire which could damage your home. I can perform outdoors, in your backyard, park, or other area, weather permitting. Due to our warm Arizona climate, outdoor performances are generally not possible May-September.
Can you really keep the kids entertained for the whole time?
Yes, that is why you want to hire an experienced pro. I know exactly how to maintain control of the audience, keep their attention, and make sure they are entertained the entire time. After thousands of shows I know exactly what works and have the skills and experience to keep any group of kids--no matter what the age group or how excited they are--entertained and amazed.
What needs to be provided for the show?
I arrive completely self-contained. I bring all the tables and other equipment necessary for the show. No electricity is required, unless special arrangements have been made for lighting or sound equipment.
How long will it take to set up and pack up?
Generally, I arrive at your party about ten minutes prior to the scheduled showtime for set up of the show and equipment. At the conclusion of the show, it takes about ten minutes to pack up.
How is payment handled? Is it okay to pay by check? Credit Cards? Is a deposit required?
You may pay by cash, check, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express), whichever you prefer. No advance deposit is required. Payment in full is made the day of the performance.
Are there any party favors included?
There are party favors included with some of the program options. If you have chosen the One Hour Party with Magic Lesson, each child will receive a mini-magic kit containing a magic wand and 3-4 other assorted tricks, in an imprinted bag with a magic instruction booklet. If you have chosen the One Hour Party with Balloon Animals, each child will receive a balloon animal of their choice. If you have chosen the Half Hour Package, no party favors are provided.
Is tipping necessary?
Tipping is at your discretion if you feel that you received value above and beyond your expectations. I guarantee the same level of quality and professionalism regardless.
Is there a money back guarantee?
I am proud to offer a full money back guarantee. I guarantee that you'll be 100% pleased with the program, or you won't pay a cent. In over 30 years of performing, I have never had a dissatisfied customer, and will work hard to make sure you are not the first.
May we videotape and/or take photos?
Yes, of course! There are plenty of great photo and video opportunities during the show. Many priceless memories can be captured.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel your performance up to two weeks before the performance date with no penalty. If the show is cancelled with less than two weeks' notice, you will be responsible for payment of the fee in full, although this may be applied to a future party. Please note that any risk of bad weather for outdoor events is borne entirely by the client, and that cancellations due to bad weather are still subject to the full fee. If you are planning an outdoor party, an alternate indoor location is highly recommended.
How long should the party be? When should the show be?
On average, most birthdays I attend are scheduled for 2-3 hours. This allows for enough time to watch the show, sing Happy Birthday, open presents and perhaps play a quick game or two. I suggest that you allow 20-30 minutes margin at the beginning of the party for late arrivals. For example, if your party begins at 3:00 PM, I would recommend scheduling the show for 3:30 PM in order to allow for late guests to not miss the beginning of the performance.