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!

The Great Scott

Polly wanna cracking good show?  The Great Scott has been delighting audiences for over 40 years with legendary legerdemain and appeared multiple times on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Conan O’Brien Show.  A veteran of performing for small parties, corporate events and large resorts, Scott Drukker will customize his show to suit your gaggle of guests and the place where you party.  Not only that, but he’ll bring along his friend Thurston, a 38-year-old blue-and-gold macaw who dazzles audiences with his brilliant plumage, trained trickery and 150-plus word vocabulary.  If you want memorable photos, pictures of your little magician’s assistants with Scott and this bodacious bird will not disappoint.


Recommended ages: All

Specialties: Customized routines, comedy, audience participation, tricks with Thurston the macaw

Price: $300 & up

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— Gretchen Kunz