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!

Madeleine the Magician

When asked how long she’d been in the biz, Madeleine The Magician responded, “Do you know who King Tutankhamun was?” and proceeded to spin a story about being born the ancient Egyptian goddess of magic.  With a background in musical theater, Madeleine weaves whimsical tales for your children, performs close-up magic, and always incorporates music into her shows.  She’s also known for performing shows based on the Harry Potter series, incorporating an English accent, spells and stories kids will remember from the books and movies.  Her years of experience performing in children’s hospitals and for kids with special needs, such as autism and cerebral palsy, helps her to connect with little ones who don’t always focus on social activities.

Recommended ages: All

Specialties: Harry Potter themed shows, levitating children, balloon sculpting, face painting, clowning, live doves

Price: $300 & up

Online: madeleinethemagician.com

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

— Gretchen Kunz