Birthday Party Yesterday in Schererville Indiana

I had a great birthday party show yesterday in Schererville Indiana. The weather was cool and pleasant, hovering around 70 with a cool breeze, unusual for this time of year and quite a departure from July of last year!

The weather was so pleasant that the whole party could be held outside, with no concerns about needing to perform in the shade. Adult family and friends were present, with a nice awning set up outside on the driveway, plenty of picnic tables and a food buffet. This is the type of weather I love for magic shows for children!

The birthday girl was a charming six-year-old who made a great assistant for this kids entertainment. I did a custom kid’s show for this family, with the longer magic show and balloon animals for all the children. All in all, a great time was had at this children’s birthday party in Schererville Indiana.

Children's Birthday Party in Crown Point Indiana

I had another opportunity to do a children party entertainment in Crown Point Indiana on March 30. It was a lovely spring day, and a great day to do a birthday party entertainment for kids.

Mom asked my opinion on whether it would be best to do the show in the living room or in the garage and, while garages can sometimes be stuffy, this was such a pleasant day that I definitely recommended that we do the children's birthday entertainment in the garage, where they already had tables and chairs set up.

This was one of the larger audiences for kids birthday party entertainment that I have done recently as a children's birthday party entertainer. All in all, counting children and adults, I would say there were 50 people present at this party.

I used my amplifier so that all could hear me, to good effect. As one of the entertainers for children's parties providing magic for children, I am awfully glad that I have amplification sometimes for my children's birthday parties.

Also, as a balloon entertainer, I made balloon animals for all the children, which took some time considering the number of children who were present! One of the adults had the children line up in neat rows at this kid party with girls on one side and boys on the other.

I did not realize until it was pointed out to me that this was the arrangement, but I am happy that I took turns for both sides making balloons at this children's birthday party.

All in all, a great time was had at this child birthday party in Crown Point IN!

Children's Birthday Party In Olympia Fields, IL

I had a great opportunity to do an entertainment for children at a children's birthday party on March 24 in Olympia Fields, Illinois, just south of Homewood IL and west of Chicago Heights.

The weather was pleasant that early spring day in Olympia Fields - not too warm but not too cold, either.

The kids magic show was for a seven-year-old boy and his friends and family. The audience was not the largest I have performed for at a magic birthday party, but it was certainly one of the most enthusiastic.

I debuted a new one of my magician illusions in the show, which I had been practicing during the weeks before–one where a knot disappears from a silk scarf with the help of the birthday boy, and then where the scarf passes right through his arm! The birthday child enjoyed this and I think it will make a permanent addition to my children's magic show.

The family requested my super kids birthday party show package, so I put on my balloon entertainer hat and made balloon animals for all the children. I know this is a favorite feature of clowns for parties and it is for my own show as well.

As a kids magician, I make sure to stay around long enough so that all the children are happy and satisfied with their balloon creation.

In addition, every child got their own goody bag filled with fun items at this children's birthday party. Although I don't advertise this feature of my birthday parties for kids, I generally give a super big, deluxe goodie bag to the birthday child, which I also did at this kids party.

All in all, everyone had a great time at this childs birthday party in Olympia Fields IL.

Taught a Magic Class of Cub Scouts in St. John Indiana

Magic is a great hobby and an inexpensive way to have some fun and stay out of trouble. I taught a class of great students, a den of Cub Scouts, last night at the VFW Hall in St. John Indiana.

There were about eight students and their parents packed into a small room at the back of the VFW hall. I used as my textbook “The Secrets Of Alcazar; A Book Of Magic" by Allen Zola Kronzek, and it made for an engaging hour of magic teaching and discovery

Knowing that children need guidance on how to be truly entertaining as a magician, I printed out cards as handouts containing some basic rules of how to be a good magician, which included such tips as "never tell the secret," "practice practice practice," and "never perform your magic in a showoff-ish attitude." I gave the cards to the children to take home with them as a hopefully permanent reference.

Some of the tricks I taught the children were the Salt Shaker Through The Table, the Rising Initials Off The Sugar Cube, the Cut And Restored Rope and a Two-in-the-Hand, One-In-The-Pocket-Routine.

I also taught the children basic card terminology, such as the top of the deck and the bottom of the deck, as well as basic card handling such as shuffling, ribbon spreading, fanning, cutting the deck, and so on. Adults tend to forget that these basic techniques are something that most children have not yet learned.

The children had the most trouble with the Cut And Restored Rope (as well as refraining from eating the sugar cubes!) but all in all they learned a lot and a good time was had by all. I hope I was able to spread the joy and instill a lifelong hobby and interest in the art of magic in some of the children at the VFW hall in St. John Indiana.

Show for Oak Glen Elementary School in Lansing, Illinois

I had a great time as the event magician at Oak Glen Elementary School in Lansing, Illinois recently.

I did two shows, one for the kindergarten to second grade students and the other for the third grade to fifth grade students.

Both groups of kids made excellent audiences, although I was told that the third to fifth grade students were difficult and hard to please.

One of the workers at the school before the second show told me that her child was in the audience and it was his birthday and wondered if I could use him as a volunteer in one of my routines. I told her I would be happy to do so if I remembered, and fortunately, I did! (To avoid jealousy, I didn't mention to the audience the reason I took him up “on stage.” )

The show was held in the multipurpose room, which was a combination of gymnasium cafeteria and auditorium. The children sat on the floor, but this made for fine visibility. I try not to be overly picky about the circumstances I work under.

This particular gymnasium had acoustical tiles on the ceiling which helped cut down on echoes which can sometimes make the acoustics difficult, even with amplification.

There were about 200 to 300 children in each audience, which made for good reactions. I was happy to be able to use several volunteers in my act.

For my Wacky Wands routine, for example, I was able to use one volunteer in each show to hold the breakaway wands, another to hold the wands that come apart, another one to be used for the wand that turns him into a "giant rabbit," and yet another volunteer to open the magic “Box of Confucius!”

A good time was had by all, and I was out of there by the time that lunchtime preparations were about to begin!