Q: How long does it take for you to
set up your props and equipment?
A: I will show up 15 minutes prior to the start of the show to set up my props and equipment. If possible, it would work best if the children are in another room, or are distracted, while I set up so they do not see how some of the tricks work.
Q: Will the entertainer need reserved
A: If parking is an issue on your street, reserving parking will be very helpful. If your event is at a crowded park, moving a parked car will allow your performer to park close by. It is customary to reimburse your performer for any parking fees associated with your event.
Q: How much space do you need to perform?
A: I can usually make due with any room, but I do prefer to have a wall to my back (please no mirrors behind me!) and the children can sit on the floor in a semi-circle in front of me. I need an area around 3 feet in diameter. In a living or family room, in front of a wall, window, the fireplace or TV is ideal.
Q: How might the weather affect the show?
A: If at all possible - we would prefer to have the party indoors. However, if it must be outside then please plan ahead. If itís a hot day, children may be less receptive to physical activity, so the performer may have to adjust accordingly. Also, some costumes are particularly warm, and any shade will be very helpful to the performer. Conversely, some costumes provide very little insulation, so try to provide warmth for your performer on cold days if possible. If itís rainy, have a contingency plan (eg. an indoor location or renting a tent with heaters). If your are having an indoor party, try your best to arrange furniture to maximize space.
Q: Should we have you perform at the start, middle or end of the party?
A: People always ask me when should I
perform during the party. The start, middle or the end? I find the ideal time
for me to perform is after food and games but before cake and presents. This way
is any kids need to arrive late or leave early, they will not miss the show.
Q: Will other party activities affect the
A: Possibly. If the performer has to compete with a lot of background noise (including adults talking in the background, music, moon bounce blower, etc.), it will be more difficult to entertain the children. Other distractions to avoid may include serving food in the middle of a performance (please don't!), party favor horns / blowers, toy guns and other toys. Limiting other noises or having a performing area away from these distractions can be very helpful. Also, if the parents watch the entertainment, the children will be more likely to pay attention.
Q: What do you do if a child gets too excited and gets out of hand?
A: When I introduce myself to the children I give a fun little speech on how they are to behave during the show. I am not forceful and this works 99% of the time. However, there can be a few children that can get out of hand. It is not proper for the Magician to discipline the children, so please have the host or a parent take the child aside and explain that their behaviours is interrupting the show. This rarely happens but I do like to point this out.
Q: Can all the adults watch too?
A: Yes! We encourage the adults to watch and participate! If the child is under the age of 4 you can sit with them on the floor. If they are older, then the children might participate and be more vocal if they know their parents aren't sitting next to them. We would prefer all the kids to sit on the floor and that leaves the sofas and chairs for the adults to relax in. Please ensure there are at least two adults chaperoning during the show though.
Q: Will the performer accommodate special
A: Our performers will make every effort to accommodate your requests (eg. pictures, etc). We do recommend that you allow the performer as much latitude as possible in determining what will work best for your party. If you have any special requests, please let the entertainer know towards the beginning of their performance so that they can manage the time accordingly.
Q: Do you have live animals in your act?
A: I do not perform with live animals. With the abundance of allergies around I find this an uneasy situation. Also the cost of raising a rabbit or bird for my show would then have to be reflected in higher performance costs. Instead of live animals, I perform with two puppets. Either Q-Tip my rabbit or my famous chicken, Rufus. They also do not produce a mess and they listen to instructions. Well, Q-Tip doesn't but I am working on that. An added note - if YOU have animals (mainly dogs) please ensure all pets are kept out of the performing area. They can disrupt the show and compete for attention - hey, everyone loves a cute puppy!
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: Once you have booked your time and date for a party you have entered into a verbal contract. If you cancel your party you are subject to the following rules:
- Cancel with more than
15 days notice - no
penalty (but we really appreciate it if you re-schedule!)
- Cancel with less than 15 days notice of the booked date, then the deposit is kept. If no deposit was made a $100 cancellation fee applies.
- Cancel with under 7 days notice of the booked date payment in full is required.
- Any cancellations for the Christmas season - November 15th to January 5th will require 45 days notice, otherwise payment in full is required.
Q: What form of payment do you accept?
A: I accept payment in the form of cash or personal/company cheque. We accept Visa and MC at point of sale with the iphone. We also take Paypal.
Q: Do I need to pay a deposit?
A: Yes, a deposit of $100 for birthday parties is required to hold your date and time (this does not apply to repeat clients).
If booking for a fair, festival, corporate function, multiple parties, or Christmas / Holiday Events, then a deposit of 50% is required. The deposit is refundable up to 15 days prior to the date booked. Deposits paid for shows booked between Nov. 15th - Jan.5th are non-refundable.
Q: Should I tip?
A: Gratuities are always optional. However, if you would like to tip your performer, they are always appreciated.
Q: What geographical area do you service?
A: I service all of British Columbia. In the Lower Mainland I travel from Whistler to Hope. Outside of that, prices can be negotiated depending on dates, times and distance.