Kids love to be entertained. They are full of wonderment and joy. The still believe in magic and completely trust the illusions that they see. A magician really is the perfect guest to entertain the children. Well, that is if you take the time to find the best magician for the job. There are many great magicians to choose from and here are some tips to make certain you find the right party guest.
Appearance A magician for children should have a friendly and casual appearance. Heavy make up and clowns are not the best option for children. They often sense that there is a face behind the makeup that they cannot understand. A costume of some sort is fine as long as the children can identify the person as someone who looks approachable and safe.
References Ask your friends, family and neighbors if they know any magicians that are especially suited for children. Word of mouth is one of the best ways a magician can advertise. Of course, you need to follow up and get references. Check and see if the magician is insured and bonded. Having insurance shows that the magician is truly a professional.
Check the local guilds and clubs It is surprising how many people network. The local chamber of commerce typically has a list of guilds and clubs that meet. The International Brotherhood of Magicians is a respected and very large group for all types of magicians. That is often a great place to find the kind of information you want to make an informed decision. Look for local groups and chapters as well.
Ask for an audition If your child meets the magician and sees a few great tricks and loves it, you are on the right track. A children’s party is often centered around one guest of honor and if that child is happy and excited, other children will join in. You don’t want to view the whole show, just give the child a sample and watch for the reaction.
Be prepared to pay for excellence Hiring an entertainer is not an inexpensive option. Be prepared to pay a professional price for a professional entertainer. You can negotiate and find different price points, and typically you get what you pay for.
Remember who the audience is You are booking for children. Remember their humor and understanding of magicians are not the same as adults. Find a magician that caters to those needs and recognizes safety and you will make a great choice.