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!

Liam Malanaphy

What, you want a magician?  You want a lawyer?  How about two in one?  An attorney on weekdays, on weekends Liam Malanaphy transforms into Liam the Magician.  Known around Brooklyn for performing at local schools and teaching an after school magic class at P.S. 107, Malanaphy puts on a highly interactive magic show.  He doesn’t just do a magic trick with an apple, he then juggles with the apple, then eats the apple while juggling it!  The birthday celebrant helps with a special trick, and there is a live dove for the grand finale.  He’s been performing prestidigitation for 35 years, and every time he pleads guilty to dazzling kids.  Case closed.


Recommended ages: 3 & up

Specialties: Juggling, balloon sculpting, audience participation, live dove, magic workshops

Price: $350 & up


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

— Gretchen Kunz