Planning a child's birthday party can cause parents some consternation. But other than the regular amenities and features of your typical birthday party, there is one sure fired way to make sure that the party you are planning will be out of this world. Hiring a professional magician will have the kids in amazement and talking about it for weeks. There truly is nothing like having a magician perform for children. You will hear many oohs and aahs and they will be sitting on the edge of their seat during the entire performance. The key to this kind of performer for your child's birthday though is finding the perfect fit. There are a lot of people out there that call themselves a professional but that doesn't mean that the performance that they give matches that moniker. You need someone who is not only a top notch magician but also someone you can trust. There is no need to start feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help you with your search. By doing some homework on professional magician candidates in the Chicago area and then conducting some pointed interviews with the candidates that you really like, you should be able to narrow your search down to the one perfect magician for your son or daughter's birthday party. Treat this guide like you would a valuable treasure map, never leave home without it.
The first step in your search is to find some quality candidates. Jump on the world wide web, this is one of the most powerful research tools out there. Do a Google search for “children's party magicians in the Chicago area.” This search should return a number of candidates. Start clicking on the myriad of links and peruse the websites of the individual magicians. If you like what you see, write down their name and contact information. Another source of potential candidates that we particularly like is to tap into your circle of contacts that you see on a regular basis. Ask your family, friends and coworkers if they have ever booked a professional magician for a kid's party. Have they ever been to a party where the magician was amazing and kept the kid's attention. Once you have a list of at least 3 to 5 candidates, call each one up and check to see if they have your birthday date open on their calendar. If they do, it is time to setup an interview.
This is your chance to find out everything that you need to know before you make a final decision. Remember, feel free to ask any question that you want to, you are the one that will be paying the bill. Start by talking about their experience. How many magic shows do they perform every month? This is very important because you want someone who has a lot of experience. Performing for children is not an easy gig and it takes time to hone a performance that will hold their attention and where the performer knows how to handle all different types of children. Make sure that they specialize in performing for kids and find out if they are more geared towards a specific age group. What exactly will the performance entail? Ask about their fee? Remember that it takes years to develop a high quality magic show and this is worth something. One last question will complete your interview. Do they use a written contract? If they say no, run the other way. For those that are still standing, it is time to make an informed decision.