How to Choose a Magician for a Birthday

Are you planning a birthday party for your child? Magic is a great way to entertain guests at a party. In this article, you will find some great tips on how to hire a a magician for a birthday party.


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    Talk it over with your child and make sure that is what they want. Sometimes for a child interested in magic, a magician will make a great surprise gift. If you are unsure if your child would be happy with a magician, sit down and discuss it together.
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    Once you have decided to hire a magician, you will need to look at your options. The first place to look is in your local phone book. You may have several choices. However, these will not always be your only choices. You may also want to want to look online. There are two ways to do this. One is to use your favorite search engine. Search terms such as "magicians in xxxxxx" work best. Your other option is to use a magician directory. With a directory, you will be able to choose your state and will often yield many options.
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    You may also want to check surrounding states if you are not far from another state. Many magicians are willing to travel.
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    Once you have found your various choices, it is time to contact them. Write down each magician's information as you speak with them. The questions you should ask are:
    • Are you available on XXXXX? (Ask this first so that you do not tie up their time if they are not available)
    • What type of magic do you perform?
    • Do you do birthday parties?
    • How long is your show?
    • What special features do you include in your show?
    • Do you like kids?
    • Are you a member of any magic organizations? Listen for names like (IBM, International Brotherhood of Magicians; SAM, Society of American Magicians; Kidabra)
    • What are your prices?
    • Do you have a website?
    • Do you have a promotional video?
    • Do you have any references from previous customers?
    • Are you a full time professional magician?
      • Once you gather all of the information compare your options. Who gives you the most? Who is more qualified for your event? Whose promotional videos did you enjoy?
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    Once you have made your decision call back the magician you chose. Ask what is needed to complete the hiring process. Find out if there is a contract or deposit. If there is a deposit, be sure to pay it as soon as possible, as that is usually what holds the date for your party. If there is a contract, download it or have it mailed to you. Read it carefully, sign it and mail it back, keeping a copy for yourself.
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    Confirm the details. A few days before the party your magician may contact you. Do not worry. This is likely just a routine call to confirm the details.
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    When setting up for the party, select an open area for the magician to perform without having anyone behind the stage. There should also be room for the children to sit comfortably.


  • Pictures are usually fine, but ask the magician if you may videotape. Please respect any requests he may have, such as only filming when a child is helping.
  • If you plan on sharing a video on a public video site, be sure to ask the magician if it is alright to do so.
  • Magicians are not babysitters, and you along with the other parents at the party will enjoy the magic show, too. This is your child's special day, share the moment and take pictures.
  • When possible only hire a full time professional magician.

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Categories: Parties for Children | Birthdays