Magic Birthday Party Checklist




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!

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What’s on the Houston Magician Blog?



Hello! Thanks for checking my magic party blog.

Here are the topics we’ve covered so far, check the month and year at the left to access the posts. Mobile users will need to scroll down to see the content. Beginning at the first post we find:

In March, 2014 we discussed decorating for the party and what time to schedule the show on the day of the event.

In April, 2014 I talked about a clever hat invitation the you can make for special folks.

In May, 2014 we had a post on how to increase the visibility of your party from the street; this is a big help to your guests.

In June, 2014 the theme was Carnival Magic.

In July, 2014 I talked about how to protect your valuables during the party.

In August, 2014 I wrote about appropriate music for children’s parties.

In September, 2014 I detailed how to go about hiring my magic show for your event.

In October, 2014 I posted a neat idea on a rabbit in the hat birthday cake. Thanks Bethany!

In November, 2014 I told the best way to set up your living room for a magic show. I’ve had several parents tell me this was a big help when they hosted my show.

In December, 2014 we talked about finding the perfect place to have your party if you don’t want to have it in your home.

In January, 2015 I talked about my show for Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquets.

In February, 2015 I gave my reasons for having shows inside rather than outdoors and how to work around our weather.

In March, 2015 I discussed the reason a professional entertainer is your best choice.

In April, 2015 I created this table of contents.

In May, 2015 I gave a great idea on how to cut your entertainment costs in half.

In June, 2015 I revealed a great cookie cake that is both easy and fun to make. Thanks Staci!

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Rabbit in the Hat Birthday Cake



Preparing for your magic party can be a lot of fun if you look it at as a family project. I performed recently for a very smart Mom named Bethany who was celebrating her daughter Addison’s 8th birthday. Rather than buying a ready made cake, she created a clever rabbit in a hat cake with her girl’s help. They mixed Rice Krispies with melted marshmallows to form a ball for the head and two little balls for the feet. Then they baked a regular cake to make up the bottom part. Bethany made two layers for the cake, one vanilla and one chocolate to appeal to all the children.

More Rice Krispies were put into service for the hat and the whole thing was coated with different colors of rolled fondant. The fondant was also used to cut out the stars and for the bunny’s face. She and Addison did a great job and it must have been delicious judging from how fast the kids made it disappear!

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Decorating for the Magic Party


Often Moms, and party planners in general, will ask, “Do you know where I can get magic themed decorations for the party?” They’ve already hired me and now it’s time to create the excellent magic party they’ve envisioned. Often party planners will want invitations, napkins, plates and decorations to enhance the magical experience for their guests.

Recently, I was hired to perform for a lady named Nadine at her son’s 5th birthday. She had magic plates, napkins and this table centerpiece:


I asked where she got all this good stuff and Nadine pointed me to the following website:

This site has a “Magic Party” as one of their permanent themes and I thought the prices were quite reasonable considering what you would spend running around town visiting various party outlets. You can even buy a Magic Piñata!

You’ll want to put in your order as soon as you hire the entertainer so everything will arrive in time for your party. This is especially true for invitations as they are usually sent out as soon as the theme, date and other details are finalized. In fact, if you’re considering hosting a magician themed party, why don’t you go ahead and order the invitations now? It’ll save time in the future and you can order the plates, centerpieces, napkins and other items as you get closer to the event. All the magic items are not listed on the page above; you’ll need to use the site’s search function for magic invitations, piñatas and other items.

Steve Burton

Magic for Birthday Parties


Hosting a Magic Birthday Party


Parents are always looking for fun and stress-free ways to host their child’s party and one of the best ideas is to have some entertainment at the event. An entertainer becomes the focus of the party and allows the grown-ups to tend to the food, drinks and other details that are very important when you have a house full of kids.

I know this because I’ve been providing magic shows for children’s parties in Houston area for a number of years and I often hear from the parents that they are quite happy to have a 45-50 minute time in the festivities when the children are focused on me and my show. During the show the children are sitting, watching and enjoying the performance and not running around the house and yard without anything specific to hold their attention.

With the show beginning approximately 30 minutes after the party starts (to allow late-comers to arrive) there is plenty of time for the cake, birthday song and the unwrapping of the presents in a two hour party.

A typical schedule would be:

1:00 pm-arrival of the guests and the magician who begins to set-up the show.

1:30 pm-the show begins.

2:20 pm-the show concludes, children get in line to pet the bunny rabbit and receive any favors the magician might bring.

2:30 pm-the boys and girls move from the show area to the dining room and gather around the cake to sing the birthday song.

2:40 pm-the cake is eaten and the table cleared.

2:45 pm-the presents are brought to the table and are opened.

3:00 pm-it’s been two hours and now the party is over and it’s time to go.

Notice how the boys and girls, except for a short time in the beginning of the party, move from one area to the next, following a schedule that has fun, entertainment, cake and presents.

Without the entertainment though you would need to lead games and find other activities to fill the time. This is why I know that the service I provide has a real value to busy Moms and Dads when planning their child’s birthday celebrations.

Steve Burton