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Magic Party For Children

Why Have A Magic Party For Children?

As I write this, Britain’s Got Talent is starting its thirteenth series and magic is going to play a very big part again. A lot of those magicians appearing on the telly were inspired by watching magic at their birthday party. It is possible that they were invited up and took part in a magic trick. And when they did that trick – actually performed magic themselves – they got the ‘Magic Bug’. Look at this young man’s face. Imagine how good he felt. Only a Magic Party can give your child that feeling of amazement – They Did Magic!

What’s The Best Age For A Children’s Magic Party?

Here’s a guide for my birthday parties…

3rd Birthday Party: While I do perform short magic shows for pre-schools, I don’t do 3-year-old’s birthday parties. At this age, the birthday child and their little friends are too young to get what I do. They might like my bright appearance and funny actions, but my stories won’t hold their attention and they will become restless. It would be much better to wait until they are four years old.

4th Birthday Party: 4-year-olds can really enjoy one of my Magic Birthday Parties. The birthday child and their friends have gained some experience of being with other children and story telling at their pre-school or nursery. And even though it might be the first ever birthday party they have attended, my subtle approach of getting them all involved brings them out of their shell. My non-elimination games are easy to understand and are fun. And my magic shows are tailored specifically to their age group. The tricks I use and my performance is designed to get them involved and therefore keep their attention.

5th and 6th Birthday Party: 5-year-olds and 6-year olds are a really good age for my Children’s Magic Parties. They have had experience of attending birthday parties, they are used to some structure at school and they are developing their own characters. This means that when they arrive, they are ‘up for it’. One thing to remember is, because they are at school daily, they have also experienced the sort of everyday humdrum routine that school brings. They’ve been in the real world. So a birthday party is a time to let off steam and a chance to have some control. In my magic show, they are the ones who are doing the magic. They are the clever ones, much cleverer than me! Also, at this age, they may not have established a group of close friends (especially 5-year-olds who have just started school), they tend to be friends with the whole class. This means they would like the whole class at their party, which is fine for me, as there is no limit to the number of children you invite.

7th Birthday Party: This is still a good age for one of my Magic Parties. Like the five and six-year-olds, they know how to party. But 7-year-olds can have a cheeky edge to them. They like a joke and like to joke, so my style is ideal. They’re not treated like little babies. My magic show is again tailored to this specific age group, it contains tricks that will make them laugh and amaze them in equal measure. At my parties, they have the opportunity to escape the humdrum of daily life and have a great time.

8th Birthday Party and older: Once your child starts Junior School, you might think they are too old for the traditional children’s birthday party. It is fair to say that, by this age, they have established their own ideas about what they do and don’t like. But if they would like a Magic Party, I have the experience to provide you with a great party. To do this, I recommend your child has some input. With my Disco, Magic & Games package, they can choose to have some of their favourite songs included on the party playlist. To give you an idea of how I deal with this age group, my magic show contains tricks I usually perform for grown-ups and by the end of the party, I’m considered to be ‘cool’.

So that’s my guide to the best age for a Children’s Magic Party, I hope you’ve found it useful.

If your child is four and above, I can provide you with a less stress party which your birthday child will thoroughly enjoy. You can find more information about the packages I offer here, or get a quote.

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Please Choose Carefully

More Advice To Ensure You Get The Right Children’s Entertainer

In October 2015, I wrote about How To Find The Best Children’s Entertainer for your event. This latest blog is a sort of reminder or a Part Two.

I’ve titled it ‘Please Choose Carefully’ because I appreciate that you could be spending a lot of money. And if you ‘get stung’ by a disreputable entertainer, it could put you off all entertainers. Hopefully this short piece will stop that happening.

So first of all…

Are They Established?

Avoid Fly By Night Entertainers

If you were to ask Children’s Entertainers how they started, you might get some interesting replies. Some are the same as me, they did it for their children and then developed from there. Others have had a lifelong interest in Magic or Performance and this has become their path. But there are some who have started because they see it as a way to earn money.

When there are tough economic times, or when major employers make redundancies, some people look for a quick way to make money. To an outsider, a Children’s Entertainer’s job is easy and it is just what they are looking for. They buy a bright T-Shirt, some chef trousers, a couple of Magic Tricks and they call themselves an Entertainer. Now, of course, everyone has to start somewhere but these people build a nice glossy website and advertise that they can do your Child’s Birthday Party, but don’t have any experience or practice. They only gain the experience at your expense. In effect, you are paying for them to practise and sometimes with horrendous results.

Then there are the dabblers, the ones who are trying everything in an effort to get your money. One day it might be Character Parties, next it’s Discos, then a Bouncy Castle or two, then Catering, anything as long it attracts your attention. These types generally are changing their Business Name over and over. As one grand idea fails, they start something else up. Or, as soon as one business gets a bad reputation, they change the name to disguise the fact.

So when you are searching, look for some information about How They Started or How Long They Have Been Going For. An interesting thing to do is to Google their address and see if any different Business Names are listed.

You might be surprised!

Next…

What Do They Look Like?

Stay Away From Cartoon Entertainers

One of these pictures in an accurate representation of what I look like. Can you guess which one it is?

I mentioned this in the other blog, but it seems more and more entertainers are doing it so I’ll go on about it again.

When choosing the Children’s Entertainer or Magician for your Party, make sure that you see a recent photograph of them, maybe one that’s a couple of years old. If there are no photographs, or if there are only cartoons – Be Worried! The problem with the cartoons is that they generally do not look anything like the Entertainer. They are actually what the entertainer would like to think he or she looks like.

My (slightly controversial) view is that they only have the cartoons done, because they know that a recent photograph would put people off!

By the way, this photograph was taken in May of this year.

Finally…

Will You Get Who You Booked?

Don't be fobbed off

If you have searched and found the perfect Entertainer for your Party – That is Who You Should Have!

I’m sorry to say that there are some Entertainers who will take one booking and then drop it for a higher paid one. So instead of getting the chosen Magician, a substitute turns up. Sometimes, the first the booker knows about it is when the stranger walks in. In my business, this is something that all good Entertainers frown upon, but it doesn’t stop it happening.

So always get some form of confirmation that you are going to get the person you have booked. Every reputable Entertainer, or Magician will provide you with a document of confirmation. This might be an e-mail or paper contract. If you don’t get this, Be Worried.

So there you go, my second rant about Choosing The Right Entertainer For You is over. I truly do hope you get the right person, because, like I mentioned, one bad Entertainer ruins it for all the good ones.

Of course, while you are here on my website, I would like to mention that I’ve been established since 1998, only use photographs and always issue confirmation paperwork. So you might like to enquire 🙂

Finding The Right Entertainer For You

Choose

 

Booking a Children’s Entertainer can cost a lot of money. So how can you be sure that you are spending yours on the right one? By the end of this blog you will know How To Choose The Most Suitable Children’s Entertainer For Your Event. But before you skip to the last bit, read about the ways you could be caught out.

A few years ago, there was only one source of reference for finding a Clown, Magician or Party Entertainer. It was the Yellow Pages. This directory was The Place to look – and it wasn’t easy to advertise in it. You could get a free line, but nobody would see you or you could pay for an advert. This was expensive, a small box would cost hundreds of pounds. This cost deterred ‘fly by night’ Entertainers. Only committed Entertainers would commit to an advert. In fact, you weren’t considered a ‘real’ Entertainer unless you had an advert in the Yellow Pages.

These days it is not only very easy to become a Children’s Entertainer, it is incredibly easy to set up a free, attractive website and give a false impression of professionalism. So how can you see through the pretence and avoid being stung?

“A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS”

When you look at an Entertainer’s website, Can You See Any Photographs? There is a trend for Kids’ Entertainers to use cartoons or caricatures in their promotional material. This is fine, but quite often the image looks nothing like the real thing. If you can’t see any photographs of the Entertainer – Ask yourself why? Would you buy a mobile phone from looking at a cartoon? Probably not, so make sure you have seen what the Entertainer really looks like.

“OH, YOU LOOK OLDER IN REAL LIFE!”

When you see a photograph, How Old Is It? One disadvantage of websites is that it can be difficult to update the images. It is possible that the photograph is many years old and the Entertainer has aged dramatically. There are many youthful looking Entertainers who look a lot greyer and wrinklier in reality! One way to see more recent photos would be to check their Facebook page. This might have more recent images and therefore you can be happier in making your decision. If there are no photographs there, then be really worried!

“HE WAS SO GOOD, I’M GOING TO NAME MY NEXT SIX CHILDREN AFTER HIM!”

So you like the look of a particular Children’s Entertainer and you’re now looking for something that will tell you about How Good They Are or How Other Parents Rated Them. You are likely to find lots of Claims, Quotes & Reviews on their Website, Facebook page or Netmums Advert.  But can you trust these? If a Shop or Product makes a claim, by law, it must be provable. However in the case of Entertainers, this isn’t so. Unfortunately, this means that there are some Entertainers who may make false claims. Therefore it is best to consider their claims and ask yourself if they are reasonable and possible. Then either dismiss them or ask for proof. The same could be said for any Celebrity Quotes. Ask for proof and if there is any hesitation in the Entertainer’s reply, then it probably didn’t happen. Finally in this section, I come to Reviews or Testimonials. With experience of internet shopping, it is common practise to check out the reviews of a product before buying. There will generally be a mix of good and bad, and from this you will be able to decide if the product is right for you. When looking at an Entertainer’s reviews, bear this in mind – There will rarely be any bad ones. Why? It is because if somebody posts a negative review on Facebook or Netmums, it can be removed. So when you look through the good reviews, be aware that like the Claims and the Quotes, these might be fictitious. Unfortunately, it is too easy for Entertainers to make up their own review. So to check if they are real, check the people who made the ‘review’, have they made other contributions to the review site? Do they have real history? Are they related to the Entertainer? And do the reviews all say the same thing? To sum up, I’m really saying that your decision shouldn’t be based on their reviews alone.

“WOW! PICTURES THAT MOVE!”

Is There A Video Of The Entertainer? This can be a good thing to help you choose. Look on Facebook or Youtube and see if there is any footage or show reel of the Entertainer in action. It doesn’t have to be their show, but it should be video and not just a montage of photos. This will let you see and hear them and will give you a better idea of whether you like them or not. Like I said before, if there are only cartoon images or no images of the Entertainer, be very worried!

“I SAW THIS ENTERTAINER AND…”

I’m nearly there, we’re very close to finding out the best way to choose an Entertainer and this is the second best way. Recommendation! If your friends or a member of your family has used an Entertainer, they will give you the most honest review ever. They will tell you if they were bad, boring or brilliant! They will also let you know whether or not you should also use them. Just a thing, if they do say that the Entertainer was ‘bad’, ask them why? This information might give you pointers to help you choose.

“DAH DAH DAH” (That’s supposed to be a trumpet fanfare!)

So here it is… The best way To Choose The Most Suitable Children’s Entertainer For Your Event. Book an Entertainer you have already seen. It sounds obvious really, but it is the best way. You will have seen their show, their appearance and their behaviour. You will know exactly what they look like and you will know if you like their act. And this is why it is the best way.

So to finish, what I’m saying is when you are booking someone for your Children’s Party, use as much care as you would when making a large purchase. And if you choose carefully and make the right choice, your child will be the happiest boy or girl in the world!

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