birthday party tips from kid's magician Presto

Congratulations on booking Presto the Magician for your child’s upcoming birthday party!

Here are a few tips to help make your birthday party experience with Presto a success:

SPACE
Have a stage area arranged so that Presto can perform against a wall or in a corner. (see diagram) The show is usually best held in your largest room. The kids usually sit on the floor and adults sit with them or behind them.  No one should be behind or to the sides of Presto.  Think of your living room as a mini theater!

DISTRACTIONS
The show should take place in a room separated from other distractions. Adults are welcome to watch the show with the children (the more the merrier!) or talk in another room. It can be very distracting to the show when parents are talking loudly in the back of the room. In addition, toddlers or babies younger than 3 years old must be sitting with an adult and taken out of the room when needed.  Toys and other distractions should be removed from the performance area before the show begins.

FOOD & DRINK
Because kids get so excited and involved during the show, please keep food and drink out of the performance area to avoid spills. (A few kids have laughed so hard they choked on their food and spit up their drinks!)

PARKING SPOT
Please have a parking space reserved as close to the performance area as possible for loading/unloading. Presto often arrives after the party has started and parking can be hard to find. If there are special parking arrangements (parking garage, valet parking, etc.) Presto should be aware of, please CONTACT PRESTO to discuss this before the show date.

ARRIVAL TIME
For birthday parties, Presto will arrive 15-20 minutes before the start of the show. This gives him plenty of time to meet you (and the guest of honor!), see the performance area, and set up his show.

birthday party magic show diagram
presto birthday party magician for kids

SAMPLE SCHEDULE
Here is a sample schedule for a two-hour party starting at 2:00. The times on the party invitation are 2:00-4:00.

2:00 – Party starts, guests and Presto arrive (kids play, craft project, games, etc.)

2:15 – Magic Show!

3:00 – Presto parades kids to birthday cake area

3:05 – Sing Happy Birthday, eat cake or food!

3:15 – Open gifts/games

4:00 – Parents pickup

Remember to plan an additional 5-10 minutes if you scheduled the live rabbit add-on.  For balloon twisting, please plan approximately 1 minute per child.

Opening gifts is optional, many parents opt to do that later with the family.

Here are some other birthday party planning resources:

Presto’s TOP 10 Tips for a Great Birthday Party

Presto’s Gallery of Magic-Themed Birthday Desserts

Presto’s Facebook Page (lots of good, general kid-stuff here!)

If you have any questions or need any help to make your birthday party a success, contact Presto by calling 800.388.5567

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