Hiring a child’s comedy magician may seem like a no-brainer, but I still hear horror stories about people that did not check out their potential magicians, but just hired him out of a paper or yellow page ad. This is a big mistake, for several reasons. First, they may not be a full-time kids magician. This may not be as clear as it should be in the advertising, which again points up the importance of doing your research. You also need to be aware that there are some scummy people out there looking to do business around children, and guess what? They won’t be rushing to tell you if there are legal reasons they shouldn’t. Just because someone can do a few magic tricks doesn’t make them a professional magician first, and second doesn’t mean they should be around children.
The right magician for your kids party will be professional, well versed in dealing with kids, and a seasoned professional in doing magic shows for kids. These are not all naturally following elements in the equation, and you should demand them all to be evidenced. Check out who they have done magic shows for recently, as well as how long they have been calling themselves a magician, and for how long that has been a full-time occupation. Being good enough for it to pay your bills is a big deal, and that should not be overlooked.
A great way to check people out is two fold; first check them out online. Any saratoga springs magician that claims to be regularly putting on magic shows for kids will have somewhat of a long trail behind them, good or bad, on the review sites that are out there, and you should take advantage of that. Second, ask for a list of referrals. A good magician will have a list of parents he has wildly pleased by making their kids happy with magic, and he or she will be glad to share that with you.