Birthday Party FAQ

How do I book you?

Modern technology makes it SIMPLE!  Just contact me via the Inquiry / Booking Form, or call me (815-222-4912) to check availability and to get a price quote.  If I am available and you would like to book me, I will Email you agreement terms and a link to a Confirmation Agreement page.  You can read the details of the agreement then click on the link to fill out the details form then submit it, and you will receive a copy of the Confirmation Agreement form within 48 hours (usually much sooner) and we will be all set!

How much do you charge?

Birthday Party magic shows vary a bit in price.  Prices depend on the length of performance you choosethe addition of features, the size of your audience and the location (my travel distance).   The average basic birthday party package starts at $175.00.

What form(s) of payment do you take?

I can take payment in the form of cash, check, credit card or debit card online or in person.  Whichever form of payment is most convenient for you will work for me.

How long is your show?

My average birthday party performance runs about 40 minutes.  This length of time can be adjusted to fit your schedule, in most cases.

Do you use live animals?

I make a LIVE dove appear at the end of the birthday party show, in most cases.  Shhhhh!  It’s a surprise for the children!

What ages do you perform for?

My show is best for ages 4+.  Some children that are only 3 years old are VERY interested in my magic show, but usually the attention span of 3 year old children is shorter.  Any children under the age of 3 rarely have interest in a magic show as they have not yet developed as much of a sense of basic physics, etc.  They don’t know that what they are seeing is not supposed to happen and engaging them is much more difficult, all around.

Do I have to video a testimonial like the ones I’ve seen on your website?

Nope!  I have been fortunate enough to have received 100% satisfactory feedback about my actual performances from clients in my almost 30 years of performing.  I have only had one customer that was upset after doing business with me.  Ask, and I will gladly give you the details of that situation…

Some of my clients are so happy with my performance that they offer to provide me with a video testimonial and occasionally, I will ask for anyone who is not camera shy to provide their feedback on camera, if they wish.

Do you require a deposit?

For performances that require more than 1hr travel time (one way), I typically ask for a deposit.  Many clients prefer to use a deposit.  It often makes people more comfortable knowing that a deposit is paid and that their date is locked in.  I have had clients tell me that they hired a performer in the past that got a higher paying offer just before their event.  The performer cancelled on them since no deposit was given.  In some cases, they simply didn’t show up!  Deposit or not, I would NEVER do this to a client, however!

Do you use a contract when I book you?

When you decide to book me, I send you a link to a webpage on this site that has all of the details of what I call a “Confirmation Agreement”.  You can fill out the event details that we discussed and read the terms of the agreement.  If everything looks good to you, you can submit the form and we are all set!  If you have any questions about it, you can email or call me right away and I can answer them for you.  Once submitted, I will also Email you a copy of the form.  It is nice and simple and takes advantage of modern technology since there is no snail mail involved, postage stamps, signatures, etc.

Do you have insurance?

Yes!  I am fully insured by Specialty Insurance Agency – “Performers of the US”.  They specialize in insuring magicians and other performers.

Do you provide other services besides magic shows?

Yes!  You can see a list of services we provide HERE

Do you perform at homes or does my child’s party have to be at a facility?

I can perform at a home or anywhere else that is convenient for you.

Do you perform outdoors or does the party have to be indoors?

I perform outdoors almost all year around depending on the weather and location.  I typically do prefer indoor performances, partly because wind and rain can be factors.  Even a small amount of wind can cause problems with props in magic shows. Also, mosquitoes are annoying, but bees are something that can be a problem. Probably the most difficult and distracting conditions for a magician to perform in are forest preserve shelters.  I perform at a lot of family reunions and birthday parties that are held at these types of locations and yellow jackets (technically wasps, not bees) tend to be the biggest distraction.  Children, especially, cannot remain seated and stay focused (no matter how engaging a performance is) when those pesky insects are buzzing in their faces or in the magician’s face.  They also like to sting!  It is a natural reflexive reaction for most people to swat at yellow jackets and it doesn’t even take that much provoking for them to decide to sting, sometimes  repeatedly. When that happens, the focus from any and all entertainment is pretty much lost.   When planning an outdoor event, it is always good to have an indoor back-up plan in place, in case the weather does not cooperate.

How much space do you need?

 I have performed in so many situations and settings that I have learned over the years to make my show set-up adaptable for pretty much any situation and space size.  If the space you have for me to perform in is large, I can make my set-up fill it as much as possible.  If the space is tiny, I can be compact and fit everything in and make it work.  I’ve never been put into a spot that I could not make work!

Do you need a table or anything else provided?

No.  I bring everything that I need 99.9% of the time.  I will occasionally ask for a single bottle of water, if available.

Do you have an assistant that travels with you?

I do have an assistant.  Tina helps me on occasion.  She rarely attends birthday parties, however.

FAMILY CORPORATE EVENT FAQ

How do I book you?

Modern technology makes it SIMPLE!  Just contact me via the Inquiry / Booking Form, or call me (815-222-4912) to check availability and to get a price quote.  If I am available and you would like to book me, I will Email you a link to a Confirmation Agreement page.  You can read the details of the agreement and fill out a simple form included.  Submit it, and you will receive a copy of the Confirmation Agreement form within 48 hours (usually much sooner) and we will be all set!

How much do you charge?

Family corporate event prices vary greatly.  Prices depend on the length of performance you choose, the addition of features, the size of your audience and the location (my travel distance) and more.   Please contact me with details so that I can get you an exact quote for your event.

What form(s) of payment do you take?

I can take payment in the form of cash, check, credit card or debit card online or in person.  Whichever form of payment is most convenient for you will work for me.

How long is your show?

My average birthday party performance runs about 40 minutes.  This length of time can be adjusted to fit your schedule, in most cases.

Do you use live animals?

I make a LIVE dove appear at the end of the birthday party show, in most cases.  Shhhhh!  It’s a surprise for the children!

Do you donate entertainment?

From time to time I come across a cause that I am able to donate services to.  I am only able to do this a few times per year being that performing is my job and it is how I pay my bills and feed my family.   If you are interested in finding out if your event qualifies for a donated or reduced rate performance please fill out the “booking” form above and include as many details as possible in the notes section at the bottom of the form.

Do I have to video a testimonial like the ones I’ve seen on your website?

Nope!  I have been fortunate enough to have received 100% satisfactory feedback about my actual performances from clients in my almost 30 years of performing.  I have only had one customer that was upset after doing business with me.  Ask, and I will gladly give you the details of that situation…

Some of my clients are so happy with my performance that they offer to provide me with a video testimonial and occasionally, I will ask for anyone who is not camera shy to provide their feedback on camera, if they wish.

Do you require a deposit?

For performances that require more than 1hr travel time (one way), I typically ask for a deposit.  Many clients prefer to use a deposit.  It often makes people more comfortable knowing that a deposit is paid and that their date is locked in.  I have had clients tell me that they hired a performer in the past that got a higher paying offer just before their event.  The performer cancelled on them since no deposit was given.  In some cases, they simply didn’t show up!  Deposit or not, I would NEVER do this to a client, however!

Do you use a contract when I book you?

When you decide to book me, I send you a link to a webpage on this site that has all of the details of what I call a “Confirmation Agreement”.  You can fill out the event details that we discussed and read the terms of the agreement.  If everything looks good to you, you can submit the form and we are all set!  If you have any questions about it, you can email or call me right away and I can answer them for you.  Once submitted, I will also Email you a copy of the form.  It is nice and simple and takes advantage of modern technology since there is no snail mail involved, postage stamps, signatures, etc.

Do you have insurance?

Yes!  I am fully insured by Specialty Insurance Agency – “Performers of the US”.  They specialize in insuring magicians and other performers.

Do you provide other services besides magic shows?

Yes!  You can see a list of services we provide HERE

Do you perform at homes or does my child’s party have to be at a facility?

I can perform at a home or anywhere else that is convenient for you.

Do you perform outdoors or does the party have to be indoors?

I perform outdoors almost all year around depending on the weather and location.  I typically do prefer indoor performances, partly because wind and rain can be factors.  Even a small amount of wind can cause problems with props in magic shows. Also, mosquitoes are annoying, but bees are something that can be a problem. Probably the most difficult and distracting conditions for a magician to perform in are forest preserve shelters.  I perform at a lot of family reunions and birthday parties that are held at these types of locations and yellow jackets (technically wasps, not bees) tend to be the biggest distraction.  Children, especially, cannot remain seated and stay focused (no matter how engaging a performance is) when those pesky insects are buzzing in their faces or in the magician’s face.  They also like to sting!  It is a natural reflexive reaction for most people to swat at yellow jackets and it doesn’t even take that much provoking for them to decide to sting, sometimes  repeatedly. When that happens, the focus from any and all entertainment is pretty much lost.   When planning an outdoor event, it is always good to have an indoor back-up plan in place, in case the weather does not cooperate.

How much space do you need?

 I have performed in so many situations and settings that I have learned over the years to make my show set-up adaptable for pretty much any situation and space size.  If the space you have for me to perform in is large, I can make my set-up fill it as much as possible.  If the space is tiny, I can be compact and fit everything in and make it work.  I’ve never been put into a spot that I could not make work!

Do you need a table a PA system or anything else provided

No.  I bring everything that I need 99.9% of the time.  I have a complete PA system that will play to over 1000 guests and smaller PA systems for smaller audiences.   I bring all of my own tables, but anything extra is okay, in most cases.   I will occasionally ask for a single bottle of water, if  available.

Do you have an assistant that travels with you?

I do have an assistant.  Tina helps me on occasion.  She rarely attends birthday parties, however.

ADULT CORPORATE EVENT FAQ

How do I book you?

Modern technology makes it SIMPLE!  Just contact me via the Inquiry / Booking Form, or call me (815-222-4912) to check availability and to get a price quote.  If I am available and you would like to book me, I will Email you a link to a Confirmation Agreement page.  You can read the details of the agreement and fill out a simple form included.  Submit it, and you will receive a copy of the Confirmation Agreement form within 48 hours (usually much sooner) and we will be all set!

How much do you charge?

Corporate event shows vary a lot in price.  Prices depend on the length of performance you choose, the addition of features such as cocktail hour strolling magic, etc., the size of your audience and the location (my travel distance) and more.   I can provide an exact FREE NO OBLIGATION quote for you.  Simply fill out the booking form above and I will reply to you very soon!

What form(s) of payment do you take?

Once again, modern technology is wonderful in this case.  I can take payments in the form of cash, check, PayPal, credit card or debit card, online or in person.  I can even take Samsung Pay, Apple Pay, Google Pay or even contactless / tap-and-go chip cards.  Whichever form of payment is most convenient for you will work for me!

How long is your show?

Birthday Parties for children usually run about 45 minutes when no features are added on.  My average corporate event performance runs about 60 minutes.  This length of time can be adjusted to fit your schedule, in most cases.  Clients often have me provide at least 60 minutes of strolling cocktail hour magic in order to get their guests excited about the stand-up magic show!  I also have a 90 minute magic and mentalism show.

Do you use live animals?

I rarely use my dove in an adult only setting.  I often can upon request, but that feature is often reserved for children and family shows.

Do I have to video a testimonial like the ones I’ve seen on your website?

Nope!  I have been fortunate enough to have received 100% satisfactory feedback about my actual performances from clients in my almost 30 years of performing.

Some of my clients are so happy with my performance that they offer to provide me with a video testimonial and occasionally, I will ask for anyone who is not camera shy to provide their feedback on camera, if they wish.

Do you require a deposit?

For performances that require more than 1hr travel time, I typically ask for a deposit.  Many clients prefer to use a deposit.  It often makes people more comfortable knowing that a deposit is paid and that their date is locked in.  I have had clients tell me that they hired a performer in the past that got a higher paying offer just before their event.  The performer cancelled on them since no deposit was given.  I would NEVER do this to a client, however!

Do you use a contract when I book you?

When you decide to book me, I send you a link to a webpage on this site that has all of the details of what I call a “Confirmation Agreement”.  You can fill out the event details that we discussed and read the terms of the agreement.  If everything looks good to you, you can submit the form and we are all set!  If you have any questions about it, you can email or call me right away and I can answer them for you.  Once submitted, I will also Email you a copy of the form.  It is nice and simple and takes advantage of modern technology since there is no snail mail involved, postage stamps, signatures, lost mail etc.

Do you have insurance?

Yes!  I am fully insured by Specialty Insurance Agency – “Performers of the US”.  They specialize in insuring magicians and other performers.

Do you provide other services besides magic shows at adult corporate events?

Yes!  I can put together an office slide show and compile/edit video for your event and provide a projector and screen.  This provides a great fun opening presentation for your event and the show!  Ask me for details!

How much space do you need?

I have performed in so many situations and settings that I have learned over the years to make my show set-up adaptable for pretty much any situation and space size.  If the space you have for me to perform in is large, I can make my set-up fill it as much as possible.  If the space is tiny, I can be compact and fit everything in and make it work.  I’ve never been put into a spot that I could not make work!

Do you need a table or anything else provided?

No.  I bring everything that I need 99.9% of the time.  I will occasionally ask for a single bottle of water, if available.

Do you have an assistant that travels with you?

I do have an assistant.  My wife, Tina helps me on occasion.  She does not come to every event, but when she does, she mostly does behind the scenes work and video operation.

gENERAL faq

How do I book you?

Modern technology makes it SIMPLE!  Just contact me via the Inquiry / Booking Form, or call me (815-222-4912) to check availability and to get a price quote.  If I am available and you would like to book me, I will Email you a link to a Confirmation Agreement page.  You can read the details of the agreement and fill out a simple form included.  Submit it, and you will receive a copy of the Confirmation Agreement form within 48 hours (usually much sooner) and we will be all set!

How much do you charge?

Prices vary for different shows.  Prices depend on the length of performance you choose, the addition of features, the size of your audience and the location (my travel distance) and more.

What form(s) of payment do you take?

I can take payment in the form of cash, check, credit card or debit card online or in person.  Whichever form of payment is most convenient for you will work for me.

How long is your show?

My average birthday party performance runs about 40 minutes.  This length of time can be adjusted to fit your schedule, in most cases.

Do you use live animals?

I make a LIVE dove appear at the end of the birthday party show, in most cases.  Shhhhh!  It’s a surprise for the children!

Have you ever had to cancel on a client?

I don’t think anyone has ever asked me this, but in the past, I had offered the information that I had NEVER had to cancel an event.  However, in early 2015, I had an accident that put me in the hospital with a broken leg and ankle, which required 3 surgeries.  I had 2 performances scheduled within days after the injury.  I was unable to keep my obligation for either one.  I found a replacement performer for one, which my client was very happy with and the other client was perfectly fine with cancelling my performance and offering to re-book me.  Fortunately and unfortunately, I had a vacation scheduled after the following week.  I had not scheduled performances during that time.

Do you require a deposit?

For performances that require more than 1hr travel time (one way), I typically ask for a deposit.  Many clients prefer to use a deposit.  It often makes people more comfortable knowing that a deposit is paid and that their date is locked in.  I have had clients tell me that they hired a performer in the past that got a higher paying offer just before their event.  The performer cancelled on them since no deposit was given.  In some cases, they simply didn’t show up!  Deposit or not, I would NEVER do this to a client, however!

Do you use a contract when I book you?

When you decide to book me, I send you a link to a webpage on this site that has all of the details of what I call a “Confirmation Agreement”.  You can fill out the event details that we discussed and read the terms of the agreement.  If everything looks good to you, you can submit the form and we are all set!  If you have any questions about it, you can email or call me right away and I can answer them for you.  Once submitted, I will also Email you a copy of the form.  It is nice and simple and takes advantage of modern technology since there is no snail mail involved, postage stamps, signatures, etc.

Do you have insurance?

Yes!  I am fully insured by Specialty Insurance Agency – “Performers of the US”.  They specialize in insuring magicians and other performers.

Do you provide other services besides magic shows?

Yes!  You can see a list of services we provide HERE

Do you perform at homes or does my child’s party have to be at a facility?

I can perform at a home or anywhere else that is convenient for you.

Do you perform outdoors or does the party have to be indoors?

I perform outdoors almost all year around depending on the weather and location.  I typically do prefer indoor performances, partly because wind and rain can be factors.  Even a small amount of wind can cause problems with props in magic shows. Also, mosquitoes are annoying, but bees are something that can be a problem. Probably the most difficult and distracting conditions for a magician to perform in are forest preserve shelters.  I perform at a lot of family reunions and birthday parties that are held at these types of locations and yellow jackets (technically wasps, not bees) tend to be the biggest distraction.  Children, especially, cannot remain seated and stay focused (no matter how engaging a performance is) when those pesky insects are buzzing in their faces or in the magician’s face.  They also like to sting!  It is a natural reflexive reaction for most people to swat at yellow jackets and it doesn’t even take that much provoking for them to decide to sting, sometimes  repeatedly. When that happens, the focus from any and all entertainment is pretty much lost.   When planning an outdoor event, it is always good to have an indoor back-up plan in place, in case the weather does not cooperate.

How much space do you need?

 I have performed in so many situations and settings that I have learned over the years to make my show set-up adaptable for pretty much any situation and space size.  If the space you have for me to perform in is large, I can make my set-up fill it as much as possible.  If the space is tiny, I can be compact and fit everything in and make it work.  I’ve never been put into a spot that I could not make work!

Do you need a table a PA system or anything else provided

No.  I bring everything that I need 99.9% of the time.  I have a complete PA system that will play to over 1000 guests and smaller PA systems for smaller audiences.   I bring all of my own tables, but anything extra is okay, in most cases.   I will occasionally ask for a single bottle of water, if  available.

Do you have an assistant that travels with you?

I do have an assistant.  Tina helps me on occasion.  She rarely attends birthday parties, however.

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