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!

Arnie Kolodner

When you hire Arnie Kolodner to entertain your kids, you’re hiring a whole production.  Once named “Best Magician” by New York Magazine, Kolodner studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has starred in Off-Broadway shows, and he brings that sense of theater with him.  “Magic inspires self-empowerment,” he says, because he makes kids believe the magic in his tricks comes from them and their creativity.  Kolodner offers not just classic magic, but themed magic shows like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Frozen, Cinderella or a custom title of your choice.  He also can include a second performer with him, and additional services include face painting, balloon sculpting and magic trick party favors.


Recommended ages: 3-12

Specialties: Themes, additional performers, face painting, balloon sculpting

Price: $500 & up


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

— Gretchen Kunz