Birthday Party Magicians: Tips for Party Planners
Hiring magicians to perform at kids birthday parties is an amazing way to give children a memorable experience that they’ll truly enjoy. It’s not only something that will make the birthday girl or boy feel special during their party, but it will leave them with something to talk about for days and even weeks after their big day has come and gone.
Of course, everything you do in the planning of a birthday party is an investment. It’s an investment of time and/or money, and the magicians that get hired for parties are an investment as well. So, not only do you want to be sure you invest in the right magical entertainment, but you’ll want to be sure that everything planned in conjunction with that entertainment goes well, too.
The right birthday party planning tips do, naturally, change depending on the environment the party is being hosted in, and the kids themselves. No two groups of children are the same, so you need to plan for the children who’ll be at your party. You don’t always know these kids very well, so when it doubt, plan for the worst!
First thing is first. Make sure the children’s parents know there will be magic show and make sure they know when the show is starting. People often hear “2 o’clock” and think it’s okay to show up any time before 3 o’clock. Nice magicians will happily hang out at the birthday party a little longer to allow for these kinds of delays, but sometimes kindness has nothing to do with it. Full time magicians typically have several shows a day, and waiting 10 minutes longer to start the show is just not a possibility.
From your own end, be ready with the camera. Children’s birthdays are all about the memories, and magicians gear their party shows around this notion, and when the children volunteer, you’ll see countless photographic moments happen before your eyes. You can sit back and enjoy these moments, or enjoy them with camera in hand. The latter means you’ll be able to show the children the pictures years later, and chances are it will make them remember that great birthday party quite clearly.
When it comes to parties with children in your home, simple is best. Have the magic show inside, not outside. This means the kids will be less fidgety and more comfortable. With comfortable in mind, don’t over think it. For you and I, this would mean a chair. For kids, sitting on the floor for 30-60 minutes it’s perfectly fine. This is a big deal because fighting over a spot on the floor is a lot less common than fighting over a chair.
When the show is in progress, many children will act up. This is normal. Now, you can check with the magician at your child’s birthday party about this ahead of time, but chances are, their show is designed to get the kids talking and cheering and calling out — often in ways that include “It’s in your sleeve!” Frankly, if the show doesn’t include a lot of those moments, it’s probably not the show you want to pay for.
Many parents have preempted the children’s screams or cut them off right when they’ve started. In most cases, this can actually be a bad thing. The whole point of birthday party magic shows is to get the kids to make some (controlled!) noise! As a parent or party planning, you should be prepared to allow this to take place, but be mindful of kids who take it too far.
It’s easy to spot when kids take things too far. It’s when they talk when the magician is talking, it’s when they’re the only one calling out, and it’s when their jeers are said with malice and not good fun. It’s also when — especially when — they run up to the magician and snatch props. This is when you should take action. Once the magician start crowd control, it’s almost impossible to get the show back up to speed and the mood is killed.
As with all tips and advice for magic shows at parties, check with the magicians you speak with for their points of view. What do they think, and what do they suggest? Go over things mentioned here, and ask for anything else they may think you should know. Then you’ll be able to ensure it’s a great birthday party.