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Dennis Michael
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RE: Notes on the Birthday Party Business (lists)

Every Year I review my notes related to Birthday Parties and Think about them.
Here on the Café, several posts ask about routines, this business, formats, etc.
I know I am missing some important books, video, routines, etc, since I first wrote this in 2001. You are welcome to add to the list as you see it from your perspective.

In the UK there are several more books, DVDs, and routines that seem more appropriate to the business for those performers.

Birthday Party Business

So You Want to Get Started in the Birthday Party Business?

Below are lists to keep in mind when entering in this business. If you understand all this then you are on your way. If not then you need to educate yourself in this market area.

Requirements for Performing for Kids:

  • Must have a love for Children
  • Must Respect the Children, Assistants, and Volunteers
  • Must have a love for this Chosen Profession
  • Must have a Genuine Enthusiasm for this Profession
  • Must Understand and Incorporate Audience Management Techniques
  • Must Understand and Incorporate Audience Participation Techniques
  • Must Incorporate Humor

    • Physical Comedy
    • Visual Comedy
    • Verbal Comedy
    • Audio Comedy

  • Must Utilize the Birthday Party Child Several Times

The following is a list of Birthday Effects using Birthday Tricks or Props:

  • 20th Century Silks with Birthday Silk
  • Silly Billy's Happy Birthday Sketch Pad "Magic Party Picture"
  • Axtell's Drawing Board And Axtrax Happy Birthday Song Routine
  • No-Tear Happy Birthday Banner
  • Happy Birthday Paper Tear "Birthday Happy"
  • Happy Birthday Silk Production
  • Happy Birthday Silks with D'Lites Candle Routine: Like mis made flags)
  • Happy Birthday Candle Hat (Prop)
  • Happy Birthday Sponge Cake in Dove Pan

The following is a list of great tricks which could be used at Birthday Parties:

  • Vanishing Bandana (Great Self-Working & Easy to Do)
  • Egg Bag (Comedy Routine)
  • Miser's Dream (Easy to Learn and Plays very Well)
  • Cartoon Silks Production (4 Volunteers)
  • Ken Scott's Fantasy Magician (Plays very well)
  • Chair Suspension (Expensive but adds Illusion to Show)
  • Flying Carpet (Expensive but adds Illusion to Show, Heavy, & Need cover to carry in)
  • David Ginn's Yellow Sponge to Star (Make the Birthday Child the Star of the Show)
  • Pizza Box Surprise (With Picture of Birthday Child) (See Ken Scott)

Puppets for Happy Birthday Parties:

  • Axtell's Vern the Bird with Axtrax! Happy Birthday Routine
  • Axtell's Drawing Board And Axtrax Happy Birthday Song Routine
  • Axtell's Rodney Rabbit (I wrote my own script.)

Great Videos for the Birthday Party Magician

  • 1. "Making the Birthday Party Dough" by Ken Scott's (Best for Understanding Magic, Showmanship, & Marketing)
  • 2. "Funny Business for Kids" by Patrick Page (Humor is a Requirement)
  • 3. "The Birthday Party" By BJ Hickman
  • 4. "The BJ Hickman Magic Show" by BJ Hickman (General Magic for Kids: Great Ideas)
  • 5. "Birthday Party Business" by KIDabra.

These are the best books, in my opinion, however, there are many others.
Great Books for Understanding the Birthday Party Market

  • 1. "Birthday Magician's Handbook" by Fiscus (Must have to Understand the Birthday Party Market)
  • 2. "How to Become Your Area's Top Children's Entertainer" by Eric Paul (Must Have Marketing Book: May be out of Print)
  • 3. "Professional Magic for Children" by David Ginn (A Broad Understanding of Magic for Kids)
  • 4. "Kidbiz" by David Ginn (Great for adding Bits of Business to your Routines)
  • 5. "Silly Billy" by David Kaye, (Some Great routines)

Enhancements for Great Birthday Party Shows (Adds Value and Increases Your Asking Price)

  • Adding a Live Animal
  • Adding Sound and Music to Show
  • Adding an Illusion (Chair Suspension, Flying Carpet, Balloon Sword Box)
  • Adding a Backdrop (Jeff Jones, or Spider)
  • Adding a Puppet (Axtel's Drawing Board, Vern the Bird, Rodney Rabbit, etc.)
  • Adding Ken Scott's Fantasy Magician
  • Adding an Arthur Stead Audio Enhanced Routine.

Basic Birthday Party Show Format

  • Establish that you are a Magician (Magic to Music)
  • Warm-Up Routine
  • Introduction Routine (Presenting the Birthday Child)
  • Fantasy/Instant Magician (Making the Birthday Child a Magician)
  • Induction Ceremony (Making Birthday Child a Member of the Society of Magician's Assistants)
  • Running Gag #1
  • Novelty Magic (Humor Impact: Example: Vanishing Bandana)
  • Kodak Moment (Multiple Volunteers Example: Cartoon Silk Production)
  • Running Gag #2
  • Magic Routine (Audience Participation)
  • Magic Routine (With Birthday Child)
  • Running Gag #3 (Successful Conclusion)
  • Magic Routine (Danger-Type: Hand Chopper-Older Kids, Snake in Cans or Spider Trick for Younger Kids)
  • Illusion Routine
  • Closing Routine

Some Great Birthday Party Marketing Tools for Promoting your Shows

  • Goodie Bag
  • Live Animal
  • Illusion
  • Puppets
  • Magic Kit
  • Magic Booklet
  • Assistant Certificates
  • Free Magic Wand
  • Autographed Framed Photo
  • Refigerator Magnet of Business Card (You put it on there)

Establishing Creditability: Must Get from Client to Promote Yourself

  • Send Thank You via Email and request a quick note on how they liked the show.
  • Letter of Referral
  • Testimonial

Some Great Birthday Party Advertising Methods:

  • Best: Use the Free Parent type magazine found in Supermarkets (Has other entertainers in it)
  • Place Flyers in Local Supermarkets
  • Place Flyers in Business Establishments which Mom's Visit (Dry Cleaner's, Beauty Saloons, Exercise Centers, Etc.)

Great Convention for Children Entertainers:
Dennis Michael
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Wow, a great wealth of information. All good stuff.
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It appears to me Dennis that this will be a fantastic section in your new upcoming book! Not only is your info valuable, but it is very well organized as well.
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