me a little bit more about what you do?
I perform a 45 minute magic show followed by 15 minutes of animal
balloons. The emphasis in the magic show is on lots of comedy and
audience participation. I designed the show so that throughout the
entire performance, all of the children are helping from their seats,
and 1 - 5 children are helping with the magic "on stage".
That means that during the course of the show I bring up 10 - 15 kids
to help directly with the magic! Of course, this makes it possible
to bring up the child of honor on several occasions! The highlight
of the show is an illusion where the child of honor (depending on
age and personality) is suspended in "mid-air". The animal
balloons are designed to be an interactive performance where I give
out clues with regard to what animal I'm going to make while the kids
call out their guesses.
will you be coming from, and do you travel to my area?
live in South Orange, NJ with my wife and children—I may be
coming from another show. If you're wondering whether or not I travel
to your area—I generally travel anywhere that I can get to that
is within a one hour drive from South Orange, NJ.
I need to provide you with a table or anything else on the day of
I am totally self contained, I bring everything I need with me including
2 chairs, 2 tables, a small illusion, and a portable public address
system. I even bring a couple of mats that the children can sit on--I
want my audience to be comfortable!
much room do you need to perform?
Not much, most of the shows that I perform are in people's homes.
A den, living room or family room usually works great. In most cases
we merely need to move a coffee table out of the way, seat the kids
on the floor and we're all set. Basements are also good options. If
the party will be held in a restaurant, it would be ideal if they
could set aside an area around 6' x 8'. If they have a dance floor,
that's usually the best place to do the show.
the show be outdoors?
Yes, just be aware of environmental conditions. Holding the attention
of an audience of children for an hour, is rewarding and challenging.
Your neighbor mowing their lawn would be a distraction. Also, it is
important that the children and the performer be in a shaded area.
Otherwise, outdoors is perfectly fine. As I mentioned above, I will
provide a couple of mats so that the kids can sit comfortably. Sorry--but
I can't perform in the rain--not even if a tent is provided--as the
humidity affects my equipment.
How do I know you're going to show up?
In 25 years I have never missed a show. When my 18 year old daughter
was born, I left my wife's side to do a magic show and returned to
her side in time to see my daughter enter the world. I am very committed
to delivering on my promises, for example, I did a magic show during
the "blizzard of 2006" and I did a show during the Nor'easter
of 2007 and 3 shows during the Nor'easter of 2011 (Saturday, October 29th).
ages do you perform for?
perform at parties where the child of honor is anywhere from a few
weeks old to 9 years old. As long as the majority of the children
are from 4 - 9 in age, then the 3 year olds, 13 year olds, 30 year
olds and 103 year olds will enjoy the show. The show is not designed
to entertain an audience comprised mostly of 1 - 3 year olds. The show is not designed to entertain
an audience comprised exclusively of adults.
do you wear when performing?
I wear a
tuxedo during my performance. The pictures on my main page, are recent
and they're what I look like today, no major weight changes, no unexpected
facial hair. My point is that there are no surprises on the day of
the show, what you see is what you get.
if I need someone on short notice, like maybe today or tomorrow?
give me a call. I do not charge you extra for calling last minute.
if I just have a quick question?
the phone and give me a call. Most of the time you will be able to
get me on the phone as opposed to having to leave a message on my
voicemail. If I am unavailable, just leave a message on my voicemail,
I promise to return your call promptly.
Do you have a live rabbit in the show?
For ethical reasons, I have consciously chosen not to have any live animals in my show. At one time I had a live dove in the show, and it died in the car between performances. At another time I had a rabbit in the show, and it only came out of the cage when it was booked for a show. I thought that was a cruel existence, so I gave him away to a loving family. I do have a number of "stand-ins" and in every performance a child is magically transformed into a "bunny rabbit" and pulled out of a hat! This provides a great photo opportunity for the family without hurting any animals!
should I hire you?
lifelong devotion to magic—means you're getting a REAL
magician. That means that I have both the technical and performance
skills required to create the illusion that something magical is happening.
Although I specialize in shows for children, most of my routines are
completely original and many incorporate sleight of hand. These are
not tricks that anybody can go out and purchase on a Saturday and
perform on a Sunday. I have a library with over 200 magic books and
dvds, have taken private lessons from some world famous magicians,
and I attend lectures on a regular basis. I am proud to be a real
2) 25 years of experience performing for children—means
you're getting a seasoned entertainer. I believe that absolute perfection
is something that we can strive for, but never attain. For the last
25 years I have regularly video taped and audio recorded my show in
an effort to continuously improve it—the good news is that you
can get pretty good at just about anything if you dedicate this much
time to it, while maintaining a sense of humility and an open mind
with regard to continuous improvement. My years of experience also
allow me to deal with any unexpected events during the show. This
is important because the one thing that is very predictable when performing
for children or adults is that something unexpected will happen. An
experienced entertainer knows how to roll with the punches and leverage
those unexpected events to create truly unique and once in a lifetime,
unique focus on your family and your audience—a subtle
but very powerful distinguishing characteristic of my show is the
emphasis on audience participation. When my show is over, you will
have memories of not just a very funny magician, but better yet, you
will have memories of your children, family and friends in some very
funny situations. When you look at the video and pictures you've taken,
you'll be looking at pictures of your loved ones.
4) A father of 4—means that you're getting
someone who loves children enough to have 4 of his own. I'm not saying
that you have to like (much less love) children in order to entertain
them, I'm just saying that, that is who I am. In my opinion, the reason
why both the children and the adults in your audience will love my
show, is that I don't just love children, I love people. My show allows
me to connect with people.
with my magic career, I've had a career in corporate America for 25
years. I have worked for Fortune 500 companies and I know what it
means to be a professional and to provide my clients with world class
service. You benefit because you are dealing directly with a sole
proprietor who is completely accountable and you have a single point
of contact. Most importantly, you will be delighted with my services,
from start to finish.
6) My goal is to provide you, your family and all of your
guests with the best magical experience they will EVER have. You will
love my show—I guarantee it!