So you’ve hired a children’s magician for your birthday party. A kid’s magic show is the best form of entertainment for birthday parties because this will entertain everyone at the same time. Face painting and balloon twisting are fun, however, these activities will require the kids to stand in line for their turn. (Something that is not fun).
What can you do to make the magic show a success?
I am Checkers the Magician and I have performed thousands of magic shows in the Dallas Fort Worth & North Texas areas. In order to make the performance a big hit, the magician must capture and hold the children’s attention. This is a lot harder than it sounds.
You can help by removing distractions.
As you probably already know, children have a very short attention span. Birthday parties are an exciting time for the kids so they are easily distracted at the party. What the magician really needs is your help to eliminate as many distractions as possible during the show.
Tips for a successful magic show.
- Provide space for the magician to stand. 10×8 feet against a wall with no doors work best.
- Turn off the TV, and music.
- Try to engage the adults to watch the show too, rather than talk during the show. Talking adults in the background can be very distracting.
- Try to host the magic show indoors.
- Try to get parents to hold smaller kids (under 4 years old) in their laps to prevent them from disrupting the show.
- If you have a bounce house, please turn the blower off and deflate it during the show.
- If you are having a pool party, get the kids out of the pool during the show, and keep the show away from the pool area.
- Try to not feed the kids during the show.
- Help discipline the kids if needed. You are paying hundreds of dollars for this show, don’t let one problem child ruin it for everyone else. Remember, the magician is an entertainer, not a babysitter.
- Don’t book other forms of entertainment during the magic show. Having a Batman or a Superman character, or a snowcone truck arrival is a show stopper.
- Once the magic show starts, let it continue until the end. Don’t stop the show in the middle to cut the cake, or sing happy birthday.
- Remove distractions such as toys, balloons, etc away from the kids and the magic show area before the show starts.
Some kids have ADHD
No matter what you do, some kids are just not going to be happy sitting for 40-minutes. This is no reflection on the magician’s ability to perform.
If you have a young guest who just can’t sit still, all you can really do it try to prevent them from interrupting the magic show.
9.4 percent of all kids between ages 2 to 17 are estimated to have ever been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD), according to a 2016 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The odd are, if you have 20 kids at your party, you can expect 2 of them to have this problem. If you expect the magician to put on a funny magic show and entertain a group of kids, plus discipline kids who are disruptive, you are expecting too much. Your help is appreciated and needed.