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Answers to the most common questions about hosting a magic show…

Q: How much privacy do you need during set-up?
A: It’s not necessary that the performance area be completely vacant while I set up but I do need to make sure kids (and curious adults, for that matter) aren’t trying to sneak behind my table. To be perfectly honest, I make a much better magician than I do a babysitter, so I ask parents to PLEASE keep an eye on the troops before, during and after the show. There needs to be at least ONE ADULT PRESENT AT ALL TIMES to play the role of Warden ;-)

Q: When is the best time to have a show start at a children's party?
A: In my experience the best time to have a show start is about 15 to 30 minutes after the official start time of the party itself. Once the guests begin to arrive I recommend engaging them in a game, a craft, or something similar until the show is ready to start; otherwise they tend to get fidgety and gravitate towards where I'm setting up. Set-up doesn't require complete privacy, but it becomes difficult for me to get ready for the show and interact with the kids at the same time.

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Q: How early do you need to arrive to set up?
A: Whenever possible I like to arrive at the venue about 45 minutes before Showtime. It usually only takes about 25 minutes to set-up, but I like to have a little breathing room in case there are any unexpected issues to address. Packing up after the show usually only takes about 20 minutes. **A quick note regarding parking: It's VERY helpful if there's a place I can park my car - even temporarily - to load and unload my equipment before and after the show.

Q: How much space do you need to perform?
A: The ideal performing area is approximately 10' wide by 8' deep, which allows ample room for volunteers to come up without interfering with the first row of guests. But again, this is the ideal, and I can be very adaptable if I know ahead of time what to expect. Corners of rooms can work well too but are often overlooked as possibilities.

Q: Where is the best place to have the audience sit?
A: Head on is always best, but slight angles are fine too just as long as people aren't seated directly to my side. Chairs aren't required, and often times the kids sit on the floor while the adults sit or stand in the bank.

Q: Do you need power?
A: An electric outlet is always a nice thing to have around, but all of my equipment can be run off built-in batteries if need be. I do ask that you let me know ahead of time if there will not be an electrical outlet available.

Q: Can we have the show outside?
A: The short answer is yes, but weather can be a real wild card in terms of both rain and wind. Even moderate breezes are enough to knock over props and make it impossible to use the portable backdrop. Another consideration is temperature: On hot summer days it can be very uncomfortable sitting in the sun for an hour and your guests may not get the full impact of the show. Please let us know ahead of time if you're planning on hosting the show outdoors as an additional, non-refundable deposit may be required. If the show is going to be at a residence, one alternative might be to have the show inside the garage facing outward towards the driveway.

Q: Can we take pictures and/or videotape the show?
A: Pictures are absolutely fine, but please ask my permission ahead of time if you'd like to videotape the show.

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