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!

Magical Dave

Magical Dave is a full-time NYC teacher with a Masters in Education who has performed at thousands of children's parties over the past 25 years. He’s got the tricks, the magic workshop, the balloon animals, the gift bags, the live rabbit and… a live snake?  That’s right, kids can hold Fluffy the ball python and take pictures with her, which is fun for budding naturalists and sworn Slytherins alike.  He guarantees you’ll have a good time, because he can tailor the show for different ages and needs, such as whether the birthday kid wants to be the center of attention who makes the animals appear, or just watch and enjoy.


Recommended ages: 3-14

Specialties: Audience participation, comedy, live rabbit, live snake, gift bags, balloon sculpture

Price: $345 & up


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

— Gretchen Kunz