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Video – WARNING! Watch this Video Before you Hire Any Entertainer

Video – WARNING! Watch this Video Before you Hire Any Entertainer

Do NOT Hire Any Long Island Magician That Does Not Meet The Following Criteria…

The sad fact is that there are many Long Island New York entertainers that are not very good and simply not appropriate for your event! Why risk making a mistake and ruining your event…Make sure that the entertainer you hire meets all of these very important standards to help ensure your event is a success and not a total bust!

Hiring the right magician is an important part of planning your a party…and it can also be quite stressful.

How do you find the right match for you? How do you know who to trust? Where do you go for advice?

First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for party planners to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused.

It’s not like you plan a party every day! This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.

A few tips for finding the right Long Island NY area magician for you…

Do Your Homework. You’ll get a lot more out of a quick chat with a professional magician if you do a little background homework first. Take a few minutes to search the internet and talk with your friends who’ve recently had a party with entertainment.

Google reviews & Facebook groups can also be great places to get other people’s recommendations.

Get a ball park range for what professional magicians charge in your area. Just keep in mind that, when it comes to hiring professional party entertainment, you really get what you pay for.

Have a brief conversation. A brief phone conversation is the best way to interview a potential party magician. During your chat, you’ll get a preview of their personality, style and professionalism.

Ask Questions. There are no stupid questions! Make sure you get clear answers to your questions. If you aren’t sure what something means, ask for clarification. The best magicians understand the importance of your special event and will be happy to walk you through the process and help you make the best choices for the celebration.

Get answers to these 7 must ask questions BEFORE booking a magician…

“The 7 Most Important Things To Know Before Hiring A Long Island Magician!”

1. Is one entertainer as good as another?

No, absolutely not! This is a big misconception in the entertainment industry. With so many new paid advertisements out there how do you know who is truly qualified to handle your special event. Many entertainers in the NY Tri-State area are part-timers or amateurs just trying to make some extra money along with there every day 9-5 job. When your party has to be great, you want someone who is dedicated and the most experienced, hands-on entertainer you can find. Why risk disappointment with an entertainer who just works week-ends for extra money or doesn’t do the required number of shows for the experience needed to be capable of handling your venue. Big or small.

Ask yourself: what are you looking for in an entertainer? If the entertainer only has experience performing for adults, and you need someone who is experienced with children, it would not be a good decision to choose that entertainer. Do not be mislead, it is not true that anyone can do a few tricks and successfully entertain kids with magic and comedy. These days it is difficult to entertain an audience for 15 minutes let alone a 55. You want an entertainer that is experienced in the type of performance you are looking for.

Ask yourself: Do you really want a “Jack of all trades?”. If you are looking for someone who can provide you with a full 45 to 60 minute comedy magic show then you need someone who specializes in performing comedy magic shows day in and day out. Sure there are performers who do magic as a hobby but ask yourself this. Would you call a lawyer to fix your leaking roof? NO! The same goes in the entertainment industry. Someone who might be great at dancing in a character costume does not automatically make them someone who is capable of providing you with an entertaining comedy magic show that everyone will love. Make sure you book someone who specializes in that field not a “jack of all trades”.

Ask yourself: Do you really want to book a performer who is just starting out or someone with more than ten years experience? With so many fly by night performers, you are sure to find tons of entertainers with very little experience. Lack of experience equals children’s lack of interest in the show. Effectively entertaining an audience is no easy task. Your best bet is to make sure you are booking someone who has many years of experience. When your party has to be special avoid booking some one who is just starting out! I have been performing since 2010 and in 2013 I broke the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Sleight of Hand with a deck of playing cards!


2. Is the entertainer that offers the lowest price the one you should hire?

This may or may not be true. The prices offered to you might not be for the services that you want.

One Long Island kid’s birthday magician may offer a show for $350, while another may offer a show for $125. If you choose the cheaper entertainer, it does not necessarily mean that you save two hundred and twenty five dollars.

There is a saying; you get what you pay for, and by choosing the cheaper entertainer you are possibly getting lower quality entertainment.

It is always better to pay a little more to ensure that your event will be a success and that you will be completely satisfied rather than paying less and being disappointed. I am one of the higher priced options and I offer payment options.


3. Does the performer provide a stage back drop, music and a portable sound system in his show?

Every performer (even at a home birthday party with only 10 kids) should always use a back drop, music and an adequate sound system to ensure that you are getting the most for your money.

Having a stage back drop adds a theatrical effect to the entertainment and shows your guests that you hired a true professional. It also helps make all photos taken look more vibrant and colorful.

Music will enhance every live performance. When was the last time you watched a movie or a Broadway show that did not have music? Imagine how much less entertaining your favorite Broadway show or movie would be with out music. Everyone loves music!

An adequate sound system does not mean a little department store boom box. Every professional show should come complete with professional sound system and microphone in every performance. A group of 15 or more excited people will easily drown out the voice of a single performer. Your guests will enjoy the show ten times more if they can hear what the performer is saying. Not to mention children have very short attention spans and it is easy to loose them if they can not hear the performer over any background conversations. I always bring my professional sound system with music and my beautiful theatrical backdrop to every event I perform my magic show.

4. Can the performer give you testimonials of what other people thought of their performance?

Testimonials are simply what other clients said about the performance. Although the information given by the entertainer is most likely true; ask for testimonials. If they are unable to provide tons of these, then that is an indication that they are not a serious and/or quality entertainer. I have a whole page of testimonials that is linked below:

5. Does the entertainer guarantee the satisfaction of his client?

Most magicians in NYC, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island do not guarantee their performance in writing; therefore, if you are not completely satisfied with the performance, you are left having to pay for a substandard service.

Any magicians that does not give you a guarantee in writing may not be able to live up to their promise that they can provide you with an amazing performance. Any entertainer that guarantees in writing their performance is a top-notch, quality entertainer, guaranteed! Booking a show that comes with a 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee means you booked someone who really knows what they are doing and someone that you can count on. Otherwise they would never offer such an exclusive guarantee!

I only want to be paid if I’ve exceeded my clients expectations which is why I always offer a 100% Satisfaction Money Back Guarantee.

6. Is the entertainer bold enough to offer Awesome BONUSES?

Any entertainer who provides not only an amazing show, but a ton of cool bonuses, is sure to be an entertainer that you can really count on.

I offer my clients 2 levels of bonuses. Fist, each package has it’s own bonuses. Like the magic show comes with a free magic souvenirs for each person. The mingling magic includes special sleight of hand customized for your event. The magic workshop comes with a free 1-on-1 virtual magic lesson for the guest of honor.

Then, there is the 2nd layer of bonuses each client recieves no matter which package they choose. These bonuses include free magic themed invitations & decorations, magical gifts for the guest of honor, party planning guides x4, new client welcome kit, a free photographer and more!

7. Does the entertainer really like people?

Believe it or not there are magicians in Long Island who really don’t like people and sometimes during the performance it shows. This question relates to question number 1. Unfortunately there are magicians that specifically perform just to fill in their schedule and make extra money. Not because they love people and performing! That is where the problem starts.

By having the answers to these questions you can make an informed, intelligent decision. Again, if you just want any Long Island Magician, there are plenty of them. But if you desire a quality sleight of hand artist that offers unique entertainment that is fun, audience appropriate, unforgettable, and will make you look great, guaranteed… then I invite you to call me at (631)988-5996 but the best way to reach me is through my contact form here, and I’ll contact you. No pressure, I just want to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to helping you make your next event the best ever!

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Video – Make Your Long Island New York Social Distance Party FUN!

Video – Make Your Long Island New York Social Distance Party FUN!

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When you are planning party remember THIS IS A PARTY!! We should be celebrating & having a great time!

Consider everyone that will be at your party. You want it to be fun for the people that are younger and the people that are older. A little bit goes a long way in order to make the experience FUN FOR EVERYONE. Think of the different age groups. Think of things you can do for the different groups that will make it enjoyable for all!

A magician is great! A good magician should be able to do magic for children and entertain the adults as well. There are a lot of other entertainers that do that. And there are a lot of entertainers that only cater to either adults or kids. The truth is though, You don’t even need to hire entertainment to make your party fun. A little goes a long way!

One of the things I think is crazy is when I arrive at a party and there is no music playing! Of course I have my music ready to go and that’s one of the benefits of hiring me – that I’m going to bring my professional sounds system and play bumping tunes while I’m there which sometimes is the whole party but sometimes its not!

I find it crazy when I’m at a party with a lot of people in Long Island, New York or the tri-state area, and there’s no music to act as the soundtrack to the fun! The least you can do is have music playing for everyone.

When I’m at a party without music and I turn on my music, I notice the party always seems to pickup all of a sudden. The energy in the room seems to increase. The movement in the people at the party goes from stale and stagnant to more bumping and moving.

I also notice when I turn my music off, peoples energy turns off with the music!

Some people remember to have music and a surprising amount of people do not. So remember to have music throughout the whole party, with a variety of genres. It’s the least you can do to make sure people are having fun!

Speaking of people having fun this is a testimonial from someone that recently had me at their party in Queens, NY:

“Had a blast with Ivan at our party!! He provided entertainment, not just for the kids, but the adults as well. Amazing, perplexing, tricks…leaves you wanting more. Thanks Ivan for the memories you helped create…”
Donna Reinheimer
Queens, NY

We did a few things at Donna’s East Elmhurst, NY Party. We did a magic show, we made her son magically appear to kickoff the magic show, after the show we did a magic workshop which was capped off with mingling entertainment for the adults & with the kids showing their newly learned magic to everyone.

Make sure your event will be fun for everyone.

And that is the tip! Make the experience at the party FUN for the younger & the older people. Consider a performer that can appeal to different ages. Even music can make your party fun for all!

Video – Ask Questions to Make Sure your Entertainer is LEGIT

Video – Ask Questions to Make Sure your Entertainer is LEGIT

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When you are hiring entertainment during covid19 or at any time, you should ask the entertainer or company you are interested in hiring a TON OF QUESTIONS.

As many questions that you want to ask, all types of questions you may have – EVEN if you think your questions might be a little annoying or “extra”, they are not.

If the entertainment company you are talking with is not excited and EAGER to answer your questions thoroughly and give you all the info you need to decide if you want to hire them…then you should probably look for a company that is professional and that actually likes to help people.

Remember this is a special event that you are planning for a SPECIAL occasion. You have a bunch of people coming over to celebrate, you are spending your HARD earned money – So make sure that you’re getting everything you need to make your event a success – and ask PLENTY OF QUESTIONS.

Speaking of asking plenty of questions and having open communication with the entertainer you are working with, I want to share a short message received from the host of a recent event I performed at:

“Ivan the amazing was just that from event booking all the way to the event. He was extremely easy to work with and very accommodating to the needs of our event. He was able to adjust arrival time day of to work with our event’s dynamics. His show exceeded expectations and provided the perfect surprise for our birthday party. His show was tailored great to our adult group and left the crowd both amazed and red from laughing. It couldn’t have worked out better for our 30th birthday party in NY.”
San Francisco

So Ian was able to keep in touch with me leading up to his event because I created an open channel of communication with him!

I gave him, just like I give all my clients my direct cell phone line. I was notified about his request & was able to adjust the start time of the show.

Making it easy for him to stay in touch, ask questions and make last minute requests was definitely a part of his events success.

That is the tip: Ask plenty of QUESTIONS!

Video – Create Laughter at your Social Distance Party

Video – Create Laughter at your Social Distance Party

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If you are having a party, you want people to be Laughing!

Of course you want to be safe but also fun! Laughter is medicine for the soul! Laughter is also great for pictures.

Make sure your entertainer will make your guests laugh! I include comedy in my show. If you are hiring a comedian, laughter is already included! Magiciains ventriloquists, hypnotists and a lot of other entertainers include comedy.

Also a good DJ, kids clown or children’s entertainer is also a great way to get people to laugh!

People love to see these different performers but more importantly, people love seeing the reactions of their loved ones!

Here is a testimonial about laughter:

“Thank you for coming for my party. You did a great job with interacting with everyone and really keeping them entertained! The shrinking head illusion was awesome and everyone couldn’t stop talking about it! Thanks again for making the
celebration magical!”
Heather Scimeca Suriano
Long Island, NY

For this party I remember performing the head illusion and when when they saw my head change in size, everyone bursted into hysterical laughter!

Sometimes people freak out and scream! and sometimes people react with uncontrollable laughter -which is one of my favorite reactions for that illusion!

So that is the tip: Make sure your guests will laugh!

Video – How to Handle Party Favors During Covid-19

Video – How to Handle Party Favors During Covid-19

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You want to leave your party guests with a little parting gift, a thank you for coming. A gift bag or giveaway of some sort!

1st thing to consider about giveaways during social distancing times – especially for a kids party is – is it okay with the parents for the kids to go home with something?

Ask permission from parents their kids can go home with a goody bag or giveaway.

Last thing you want is to send a kid home with a goody bag and for their parents to be upset that they potentially brought home some type of harmful germs!!

Also, re-consider piñatas and candy stations. Consider prebagged or pre-sealed candy instead!

When a piñata breaks all the kids gather around closely to pickup the candy and with candy stations all the kids handle the same jars and lids.

Speaking of giveaways I want to mention my magic workshop.

A lot of people that hire me to do my magic show invest in my magic workshop combo package

After my show the audience learns magic and they each get their own magical goody bag!

They become magicians!

Then, they perform on people at the party or at home later! I often hear the magic workshop is people’s favorite part and I hear about guests using their magic gifts long after the party is over.

So that is the tip: Consider you party giveaways! And my magic workshop with goody bags is a great option!

Video – Tips on Serving Food at a party During Covid-19

Video – Tips on Serving Food at a party During Covid-19

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During social distancing times its important that we consider all the food items that we’ll be serving.

We want to avoid people gathering around & SHARING THINGS as much as possible!

No 2 liter bottles for everyone to pickup and share.
No Self serving buffets.
Have everything as pre packaged as possible.
Drinks, you should serve Individually! Like juice pouches, soda cans & bottled water!
Sweet treats like cupcakes and cookies should be pre bagged or pre boxed.
For the main food, you may want to consider having a server or a few servers.
Depending on the type of party you’re planning you may want to hire professional servers or you may want to draft a couple friends or family members to be food servers, running food to peoples tables

That is the tip: Make sure the beverages, refreshments and treats you’re serving are social distance friendly.