Adults, we like magic, sure. But kids? Man, they looooove magic. If you want to bring a little wonder to your child’s next party, hiring a magician may just do the trick. NYC is home to all kinds, from funny to fantastic, balloon-twisting to animal-toting. All will work with you to customize a show to thrill your little magician and his or her friends. Click through this guide and watch that party-planning anxiety vanish into thin air!

Mario the Magician

Can science and magic work together?  Mario the Magician makes it happen.  Known as a “maker magician,” because he builds his own tricks, he performs a show with a strong DIY and STEM theme, integrating engineering with slapstick to create a high-energy, hilarious and interactive show.  You may have seen him around because he’s been on Sesame Street and Sprout, and oh yeah, he’s got his own video series on YouTube that follows him and his family on their enchanted travels in their 1971 VW Bus.  Since he’s popular and going places, make sure to book him while he’s in town.


Recommended ages: 4-10

Specialties: Rubik’s cube, audience participation, child levitation, balloon sculpture

Price: $800


Do you have a favorite NYC magician? Tell us about it in the comments below! 

— Gretchen Kunz