Find the Piñata: Magic Party Game

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Here’s a fun and exciting party game that I watched at one of my events. Sue and her daughter Maxine hosted a MAD HATTER BIRTHDAY PARTY with my magic show as the finale. One of the party games they played was quite clever and was a combination of a Scavenger Hunt and a Magic Piñata. Little pieces of paper were hidden in different parts of the house with clues as to the location of the next clue. At the end, the magic piñata was discovered and everyone took part in bashing it open for the eventual deluge of candy treats. Along the way, they found the blindfold, the bashing stick and little treats to keep their interest and excitement. If you’re having a piñata at your party why not make a game out of it and add some excitement? Thanks to Sue and Maxine for a great idea on a magical party game.

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Steve Burton

281-433-8352

 

Magic Show Ticket Invitation

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I recently did a birthday party for a young fellow named Isaac whose parents sent out clever invitations to his party. As you can see from the photo above they were styled as a theater ticket to a magic show. I really liked how they featured a photo of the birthday boy and fit the theme of the party perfectly. They are offered on Etsy by the graphic artist Alicia Carlson Norris and cost only $10.75!

They also include a bonus thank you note that can also be personalized as well.

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You can find these at https://www.etsy.com/listing/107733636/magic-show-ticket-invitations-bonus

Payment is via Paypal and the turnaround time is just 24 hours. I think this is a great way to invite your guests to your birthday magic show.

If you need a magician for your child’s party I hope you’ll contact me at houstonmagician@gmail.com or call me at (281) 433-8352. I look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you might have. Thanks for reading!

 

Why Magic Shows Are An Excellent Choice For Entertainment

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Hiring entertainment in Houston, whether it’s a birthday party, office gathering or organizational event, can be a challenge. There are many choices available and I’d like to tell you why I think a magic show is a great choice.

A magic performance combines other entertainment forms into one event. We use elements of theater; music, costuming, character acting, comedy, pantomime and scripting to create a new world filled with unexplainable events. There are also elements of movement, psychology, engineering and science in a magical demonstration.

It’s also wholesome entertainment. You don’t find that very much these days as even television for children seems to have become more edgy and not always a good experience. A magic show with humor and comedy engages the audience in a fun experience that is also family friendly.

But the best thing that a magic show provides better than any other is-MYSTERY. The human mind is, by nature, curious and magic routines can stir the imagination with a one of a kind experience that borders on the unbelievable. At least, we can try!

If you really want a great way to entertain your guests-and not spend a fortune-a magic show is a fantastic choice. I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to prove this to you at your next event by emailing steve@houstonmagician.com or call (281) 433-8352. My Houston Magician website is at http://www.houstonmagician.com.

Thanks for reading!

 

Halloween Magic Show

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A magic show and Halloween go together perfectly and here are some ideas on how to host a show for the season. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year which means it will be a great time to combine the holiday with a party. The boys and girls (and you!) won’t have to worry about getting up for school the next day and I anticipate this year will be a busy one for entertainers such as myself. Harry Houdini passed away on Halloween and so it has always been a special event for magicians.

I offer a kid-friendly Halloween show where a picture of a house magically becomes filled with ghosts and the kids get to meet my invisible ghost, Chester, who drinks a glass of milk and writes a message on a chalk slate. My costume fits the theme and many of my past clients make my show the big event at the end of their party.

Set up your house for a night of spooky happenings and check out Party City’s Halloween page at http://www.partycity.com/content/halloween+party+ideas.do . For the girls you can mix the theme with Frozen or a princess party and, for the boys, Batman is a natural fit. Ideas for activities include a scavenger hunt, costume contest and a Jack-o-Lantern piñata. While the party’s happening you can have a movie playing on the big screen and I suggest: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Sesame Street’s A Magical Halloween Adventure and Disney’s Wicked.

If your child’s birthday falls close to October 31st you can combine the two for a truly epic event. My show combines elements of the birthday party and the Halloween theme. If you’re in the Houston area, and like this idea, please contact me for a Halloween Magic Show at http://www.houstonmagician.com or you can e-mail me at houstonmagician@gmail.com. You can also give me a call at 281-433-8352. Thanks for reading! Steve Burton Magician

Magic Birthday Party Checklist

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Have a plan for where you’re going to hold your party. See my suggestions in the post in December, 2014 on party places not in your home.

Ask your son or daughter who they would like to invite and get them to write down their names. Don’t forget cousins and other relatives along with their school chums.

Call me and see if I’m available on the day you have in mind. You might also check with important guests and see if they’re available on that date as well.

Make a list of party supplies including: invitations, thank you notes, decorations, tablecloths, napkins, cake, ice cream and a sign for the party. Beside each item on your list put a possible source either on the internet or at stores in the area. Your goal is to be able to get everything you need in one day if you have to go out shopping. Send out the invitations when they arrive and order things on the internet well in advance.

Think about the food you’re going to serve. Keep it simple with finger foods like celery with peanut butter filling, carrots, popcorn balls, little sandwiches and the like. Drinks can be purchased in advance and chilled the day of the event. When you decide what you’re going to serve; make a grocery list.

Order the cake so it will be ready ahead of time. If you have room in your fridge get the cake early so you don’t have as many errands the day of the party.

The day before your party decorate the house and do any last minute shopping. Prepare the finger foods and clean the house and back yard. You should be ready for a great party the next day when all you have to do is ice down the drinks, bring out the food, and put the sign in the front yard. You won’t have to worry about me as I will have confirmed my appearance a few days before. Get your son or daughter to lend a hand, after all it’s really their day and they should be happy to pitch in! Good luck!

Contact me at http://www.houstonmagician.com or call me

281-433-8352.

The Magical Cookie Cake!

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Have a look at what Staci and her Mom made for her son Quinn’s 6th birthday party. An easy to make chocolate chip cookie cake! Chocolate chip cookie dough was pressed into shape (make sure it’s thick enough to be a real cake) and baked. It’s like two big cookie cakes joined together. After that they used different colors of buttercream to make the rabbit in the hat, the wand and the stars. You can use a toothpick to dot out a guide and you may want to practice writing on a piece of parchment paper first to get your lettering correct. Use melted chocolate with a different coupler on your pastry bag for the edges. With Staci’s and her Mom’s template you should be able to create a delicious cake with very little expense and effort. Who says you have to buy an expensive store bought cake for a magical birthday?

Steve Burton

http://www.houstonmagician.com

steve@houstonmagician.com

Call me at 281-433-8352

Thanks for visiting!

 

Saving Money on Birthday Entertainment

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Would you be interested in saving 50% on entertainment at your next birthday party? This blog post will tell you how.

Entertainment costs are higher for magicians (as compared to other party activities such as “bounce” houses) because we have more up front costs. These include costume cleaning, taking care of animals, extra income tax for self-employeds, gas, toll roads, etc. These costs really add up; I’m one of few magicians in Houston that carry full insurance for my events, for instance.

Here’s how to save half your costs. When your child’s next birthday comes around pay attention to invitations you get to other children’s parties about the same time. Make a note of them and how close their birthday is to your child’s. Also, ask some of your relatives about any of their kids that are celebrating within a few weeks of  your date. Pay attention especially to any home-schooled kids in your circle and your neighborhood that have birthdays within a few days or weeks of your event.

When you’ve gathered that information, contact the parents and ask them about having a joint celebration where you split everything 50-50 when the birthday rolls around. This way your entertainment costs will be half what they would be if you took on the whole amount yourself.

This idea is something that has been around for a long time for parents whose children have birthdays close to the same time. But you can make it work for you too if you don’t mind sharing your event with one other child. Sometimes, it’s a friend of your son or daughter and it would be the same kids invited to both parties anyway. If you use a neighborhood clubhouse it’s even more of a win-win situation as neither of you will need use their home. As an entertainer it’s easy to work for two birthday children as I’ve had to prepare for that kind of show when the birthday kids are twins.

Contact me for your next party at http://houstonmagician.com and don’t forget to like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Houston-Magician/112830932656

Thanks for reading!