Choosing a Magician for a Kids Party or other Event
Magicians who advertise for kids parties are expected to have a magic show with clean content, easy to follow explanation of magic tricks, age appropriate humour, and tricks not involving highly gruesome or fearful effects. Within these magicians there are a range of styles, stage personas, and skill levels which may be better suited for different age groups of kids. A magicians background may reveal a lot about the magician. For instance, some magicians start as clowns doing silly magic tricks for kids, and other magicians start doing magic tricks for mostly adults. The magician who began as clown may still perform a magic show with silly humour or tricks, while the magician who began doing magic tricks for adults may perform a magic show with dry humour or references for adults. Ask the magician how his or her magic show is suited for the age group of kids at your party.
In addition, choose a magician with a magic show suited for the number of kids at the party or event. A magicians background again may help make this choice. Some magicians start doing stage magic, and other magicians start doing close-up magic. Close-up magic is best suited for smaller audiences and groups of kids. The magical effect cannot be seen from distances with larger audiences. Ask the magician to describe how the magic show is suited for the number of kids at the party or event. A magician should also use a sound system if providing entertainment to over 50 kids.
You can help the kids enjoy the entertainment by preparing the area where the magician will perform. Please consider these suggestions when preparing the area:
Keep items – such as toys, games, noise-makers, balloons, and food away from the area where the magician will perform.
Invite adults to watch the magician with the kids and have seats for them. Kids most often choose to sit on the ground rather than sitting on chairs or couches.
Find an area for the magician that is away from doors or walkways to avoid people walking into the kids line-of-sight while watching the magician.
Try to have kids sit in front of the magician rather than beside or behind where the magician will provide entertainment. Some tricks are more entertaining when viewed from the front.
Follow these suggestions to ensure the kids get the most enjoyment from the magician.
How to relate to the Magician at your Party or Event
Some people ask about relating with the magician, either because they have never hired a magician before or because they are learning about Canadian culture. Here is an explanation of what happens when hiring a magician.
The magician will arrive at your party or event and introduce himself. You can show him where you want him to perform. The magician will make suggestions if the location or position needs to be changed. The magician will ask you to invite the kids to sit down; his set up is usually quick. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic show. Pictures and videos are okay. When the entertainment is over, and the magician has said goodbye to everyone, you can walk him to the door.
You can give cash-payment in an envelope; the magician does not count the money. Some people choose to tip the magician – a common tip is $10 to $20, and some people also offer the magician food – often the magician does not have time to accept food but it’s a very nice offer.
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