Top birthday magician, Nate Jester has been bringing his family magic show into Seattleite homes for the last 23 years. He began performing magic professionally at age 14 and is now a full-time entertainer. Here’s what he has to say about hosting successful birthday magic shows: http://seattlekidsmagician.com.
Where should we have the show?
The best place for a traditional birthday magic show (less than 25 kids) is a living room. Nate can perform in front of the TV, fireplace or from the corner of the room. It’s best not to have people on the sides or behind the magician so please keep this in mind when choosing a space.
When should the magic show begin?
It is recommended to have the show 15-30 minutes after the party begins. This allows guests plenty of time to arrive and get settled in.
Should we have the show outside?
It’s best to have the magic show inside. Acoustically, having a party outside can make the magic show less impressive. There may be airplanes flying over or lawnmowers buzzing in the neighbor’s yard. For larger parties, people in the back may have a difficult time hearing and can become chatty which will create more noise as they get restless.
Sometimes it can work to your advantage to have the kids playing outside when the magician arrives and sets up props inside. The kids will have a bigger reaction when they walk into the house and see the show for the first time. Nate can send the kids back outside to burn some energy after the show while he packs up. He can then head outside to make balloon animals. This way all the craziness can be contained outside.
Note - If you do decide to have the party outside, Nate will make the best of it and still put on a wonderful show. Please consider where the sun will be during the performance. Most magic shows last 30-45 minutes and it could be uncomfortable to have either the audience or the magician looking into the sun.
How much space is needed?
Plan on the magic show taking an absolute minimum of 3X5 feet. It’s ideal to have closer to 5X7 feet as Nate often brings 1-2 kids up at a time to be included in the show. The performance can fit in almost any area and he’s never run into any issues. He’ll be happy to help move a coffee table or scoot a couch back a few feet.
Where should the kids sit?
Have the children sit on the floor. They can usually sit within a few feet of the area/props without getting in the way of the performance. Save the comfy seats for the adults!
What if we have more kids than I told Nate we would have?
It’s impossible to know exactly how many kids you’re going to have at the party. Especially when it comes to last minute guests bringing siblings. You may have already read in Nate’s emails that there is an additional $25 charge for each additional group of five kids. The total number of kids can be quickly counted at the end of the party when you’re paying the fee. Don’t worry, infants and sleeping babies do not count!
Popcorn and snacks during the show?
Believe it or not, this is not a good idea. Having any kind of snacks or drinks during the show for the kids can be distracting. They’ll want to get up for more during the performance, grab a refill, or possibly spill on their friends during the excitement. Save the goodies for directly after the last trick and you’ll be happy you did.
Magic Wands and Magic Hats
Some hosts choose to give each of the kids a magic wand and top hat for during the show. This is incredibly cute and seems like a great idea, but unfortunately it’s not. The wands become a distraction for kids during the show and they’ll generally start to play with them at inopportune moments. It’s best to give them the props immediately after the performance so they can play together.
Please keep all household pets in a separate room. Having the family dog walk around the magic props or distracting the kids during a trick is not ideal.
Can we take pictures and video during the show?
Absolutely! Feel free to capture the magic on camera or with a video recorder. This is an amazing experience that will be fun to revisit in the future. Just don’t tell anyone if a trick gets compromised!
Magic Birthday Evite and Invitations
It’s always a good idea to mention you’re having a magician at the party. This is a great way to drum up excitement and attendance. You’re welcome to use any of my photos or link to the website, SeattleKidsMagician.com so people will see how fun the party will be. It’s not a bad idea to tell your friends I was on America’s Got Talent! Hint hint.
Does Nate provide magic goodie bags?
This is not something I provide at this time. However, be sure to visit my online magic store where you can purchase an inexpensive magic trick as a gift to your child. Just click the link below and enter the promotional code, “WEHIREDNATE” during checkout to receive free shipping. I’ll deliver your tricks when I arrive and even show you and your child how to perform them. Link: http://seattlekidsmagician.com/Magic-Shop/
After The Show
Lastly, if you enjoyed my magic show, please tell your friends and/or write a review. Customer reviews and client feedback helps keep me in business!
Google link: http://tinyurl.com/reviewseattlekidsmagician
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