Hi! I'm so glad you've chosen me to perform at your upcoming event. Here's what happens now:
1. Please fill in this form if I've asked you to do so.
(If I have not directed you here, please fill out my initial contact form by clicking here.)
Please try to answer each question as accurately as possible, but there's no need to fret about any one answer. (For example, it doesn't matter if you say you expect 16 children but 22 show up the day of the event. It might matter if you say 16 and we get 42.) If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call me or e-mail me (847) 361-0924; email@example.com).
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For events with no guest of honor, please click here:
2. What happens next?
1. Please pay your deposit or sign and return your contract, depending on which option we've discussed.
I'll e-mail either a link to pay your deposit (for smaller events) or a .pdf contract (for larger events), so keep an eye out for that.
2. In the days leading up to your event, I will contact you to confirm the show details one final time.
3. The day of the show, I'll arrive 15-30 minutes early for smaller events (like most birthday parties) and 30-60 minutes early for larger events.
3. Please review these guidelines for a great show.
Over the years, I've learned there are some simple steps that can enhance the show experience for your guests. Please let me know ahead of time if there are any of these that you won't be able to accommodate at your event (with the exception of children sitting on the floor, if I already know your venue won't allow for that).
1. Please minimize distractions. My show is incredibly engaging, fun and funny, but children are still children. Here are some great steps to take to help them stay focused:
Children should not eat or drink during the performance.
Children shouldn't have anything in their hands during the performance (toys, wands, etc.).
Keep all pets restrained to an area where they can't be seen by the children and, if possible, can't be heard.
Please turn off any TVs or speakers.
2. Please have the children sit on the floor. Children behave and pay attention better from the floor. I'm still not entirely sure why this is the case, but it is definitely the case.
3. Please don't feed the children before the show. After eating, children get a sugar rush and then a sugar crash. They do better watching a show without having just eaten.
4. How much space do I need? My show compresses and expands pretty efficiently to fill your space, and I've yet to have a space where I couldn't do a great show. However, if you'd like to prepare an area for my show, ideally it would have:
At least six feet of clearance from the wall behind me to where the children will sit (nine feet if I've told you I'll be performing the illusion where a child is suspended in midair).
Nothing interesting behind me (toys, an uncovered window, etc).
Distance from essential walkways or action spots, like the front door.
Nobody sitting to the side of the performance space.
5. Please have the show indoors. I need to know well in advance if you require an outdoor performance so I can bring the proper gear. Why is it better inside?
Uncontrollable distractions. Can't stop a bird from flying around outside, and of course there are few things as enticing to children as blades of grass to rip from the ground.
Weather. Kids (and adults!) get miserable sitting in the heat or cold, and the performance simply can't take place if it's raining.
4. Other stuff of interest
Want an easy way to make your child's birthday party great? In this short video I'll show you the tricks I used for my own son's fourth birthday, including a low-cost activity for when the children arrive, finding inexpensive party supplies, and more.
Advice for taking photos and video. You may take photos and videos of my show, although I kindly ask that you restrict video of my performance to no more than a few minutes at a time. (Take as much video as you want of the children enjoying the show—after all, that's the part you'll want to see in a few years.) If I see someone taking photos, I may also help direct them to get some great shots ("Come on up to my right, and you're about to get some awesome photos of the children.")
5. Promotional Materials
Do you need publicity photos, a performer bio or show description to promote my show? You can access these materials by clicking here. Please let me know if I can provide anything in addition to what's available on that page.
6. After The Show
Hey, that was great! Now what?
If your child falls in love with magic...
I hear from a lot of clients that their child saw my show and became obsessed. I do have quite a few videos from live performances on the main page of my website, www.thegreatscott.com, that your child can watch again and again and again until you have to hide your phone.
There's also a lot of great ways for children to learn to perform magic. Your local librarian can point you to magic books in both the children's and adult's sections of the library (Dewey Decimal number 793.8). In particular I recommend the self-working magic series by Karl Fulves.
You can also find your local magic shop—in the Chicago area, it's worth making a trip to Magic, Inc. in Ravenswood—and have them demonstrate some simple tricks available for purchase.
Magic kits are largely bad bets, especially for younger children. Most of the tricks they promise on the box (101 tricks! 250 tricks!) are poorly written in a small pamphlet; what few props there are will tend to be very tricky to understand. (I'm a professional magician and couldn't make heads or tails of the instructions that came with one popular magic set my own son received.) If you're going to get one, Penn and Teller put a very thoughtful one on the market that would be worth finding.
And finally, just watch a lot of magic with your child. There's great stuff on Netflix, and if you can sort through the junk there's great stuff on Youtube as well. There's never been a better time for a young magic enthusiast to see lots of great magic in an instant. Magic has been a ton of fun for me—I hope it will be for your child as well!
If you got great photos or video...
If you want to tell the world...
Please also let people know—I thrive on word-of-mouth, because it's hard for most people to evaluate magicians until they've seen the show. I perform in all sorts of venues, for children and/or adults; and in addition to my more traditional comedy magic shows, I also offer educational school assembly programs that use magic as a teaching tool. Learn more about those shows at www.magicintheclassroom.com and be sure to let your school's principal and PTO know.
If you have a question or want to get in touch...
Please do! My personal e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have the best job in the world, and without you I wouldn't be able to make a living by bringing magic and laughter to children. Thank you for the opportunity to entertain your guests, and I hope our paths cross again.