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!
Adept at sleight-of-hand but not slight on talent, Brian McGovern prides himself on doing magic based on skill more than props. After working as a magician for 35 years he’s “getting the hang of it.” He does have one trick up his sleeve, though: producing Robby, whom he calls the “World's Only Mind Reading Bunny Rabbit.” Kids (and adults) are welcome to pet Robby and take pictures with after him the show. McGovern’s shows can also include close-up magic as he walks around the party, music, puppetry, juggling, a magic workshop for kids to learn tricks, and the occasional joke aimed over kids’ heads so it hits the adults’ funny bones. As McGovern says, “have rabbit, will travel,” so this well-rounded performer will come to you to liven up your celebration.
Recommended ages: 5 & up
Specialties: Comedy, close-up magic, juggling, magic workshops, making a live rabbit appear
Price: $350 & up
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— Gretchen Kunz