If you are a parent, you know that you want your child’s birthday party to be as special as it can be. One of the ways you can make it memorable for your child and their friends is by hiring a magician to grace the party. Nevertheless, you probably do not know what makes a magician great and you may end up throwing a second-rate birthday party for your child and ruin their day. Here are a few tips to help get a feel of what it should be like to hire a magician for your kid’s birthday party.
Have a reasonable budget
If you choose to throw a party without a budget, there is nothing you can do to narrow down your choices. A reasonable budget entails two parts – how much you are willing to spend and what to expect from the amount on your budget. Higher prices do not necessarily translate to higher quality and neither do lower prices translate to lower quality. However, it is good to keep in mind that most of the time, cheap is expensive. Think of asking family and friends to help you fund your kid’s birthday party so that you do not end up with a part-time amateur with limited experience. It is not just about the magic tricks they can perform, it is also the experience they have working with family groups and children.
Recommendations come in handy
Chances are that there is someone in your circle or even just someone you know that has hired a magician before for their kid’s birthday party. Feel free to ask for recommendations and you will be a step closer to finding the right magician for your party. However, keep in mind that their word can only go so far so do a little research as well. After all, you will not like every movie that someone you know recommends to you.
Follow your instinct
When looking for a magician to hire for your kid’s birthday party, it is good to have a second and third opinion. After picking a few candidates, you can narrow them down by simply following your instinct. If you feel like you are dealing with someone who does not take professionalism seriously or their website does not make them look experienced, write them off your list. A magician worth their salt knows that presentation is everything so if they fail to impress you from the start, do not risk hiring them.
Reviews and testimonials should be standard on every magician’s website. Be careful and look out for fake testimonials. Real ones should include the first and last name of a person and where you can find them. Be wary of magicians that make it hard for you to find genuine testimonials because they might be hiding something. It could be that they are inexperienced or they do not have the licensing to do their work and not easily accessing testimonials reinforces that.
Video clips are a plus
A magician who is confident about themselves will go a step further and record videos so that they can provide you with samples that you can preview. You should also be able to access such videos on their website or on other platforms like YouTube. Only the most reputable and qualified performers will appear on such searches. As such, use the internet as a tool of finding the perfect magician for your kid’s birthday party.
The main key to the success of your event is the experience that your magician has. Your choice of magician will set the tone for your event and the memories you hope to make. Most performers try to break into the industry by doing children’s shows and you should not be their guinea pig. They may be cheaper, but the difference between price and value is quite big.