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!

Mr. Magico

If you’re more comfortable working with a company that has several performers available rather than one individual, Mr. Magico is the business of John Carlson, a 25-year veteran of performing magic, who named it in honour of the original Mr. Magico popular in Brooklyn until the 1980s. The company has several “Mr. Magicos,” magicians that you can hire with their customizable packages.  They make it easy for you by offering a checklist of options that includes ventriloquism, a live bunny rabbit, balloon animals, face painting, magic lessons and more.  You can book them on their website, and they even have a 24-hour toll-free phone number.  


Recommended ages: 9-92

Specialties: Audience participation, ventriloquism, live doves, live rabbit, balloon sculpture, face painting

Price: $250 & up


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

— Gretchen Kunz