Posted by: Urban Stages | January 15, 2012

Magic Shows in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Want all of your guests to have a blast during your next special occasion?

Take just 3 minutes to read this entire post about one of my magic shows in Brooklyn, and you’ll find 3 sure-fire strategies for keeping the kids AND adults entertained.

The other night I performed a magic show for a family mixer at Williamsburg Northside Preschool, which is located at 70 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Here’s a picture of me performing my magic:

NYC Magician

Magic Evan entertained the crowd with comedy and amazing magic.

One of the highlights was when I invited a child to come onstage and help me change a yellow cloth to red. Instead of changing it to red, my volunteer magically turned the cloth into a piece of BREAD! After a lot of comedic byplay and silliness, the piece of bread magically changed into a red cloth.

I chuckle every time I do this routine because, not only do the kids crack up like it’s the funniest thing they’ve EVER seen, but the fact that the kids are laughing makes the adults laugh out loud, as well. After the show, over a dozen parents came up to me to personally say “thank you” for making the night fun for them and their children.

So, what’s the take-away from this experience? If the kids have fun, then the parents will, too. If the kids are bored and cranky, then the parents will be bored and cranky, too. It may sound simple, but many overlook this important advice:  the key to having a successful family event is to plan activities that are fun for the entire family.

Here are three time-tested strategies for making sure that the kids and adults have a blast at your next party:

  • Plan a mixture of structured and unstructured activities. By differentiating the activities you offer, you’ll be making sure that everyone has fun and feels included.  Examples of structured activities: pin the tail on the donkey, relay races, piñatas, musical chairs, arts and crafts. Examples of unstructured activities: play-dough, paper and crayons, beanbags, soft balls, legos, hoola-hoops, juggling scarves, blocks, age-specific board games. The idea with unstructured activities is to give kids and families a space that is self-explanatory, and allows people to play, come, and go as they please.
  • Offer a buffet with options for children and adults: Remember: Not all adults like shrimp and steak. Some grown-ups are just as happy eating chicken fingers and french fries. Offer meat and vegetarian options so that everyone can have something.
  • Arrange a culminating event that both kids and adults will enjoy: This can help bring the entire occasion together. It should be interactive, inclusive/family-friendly and leave everyone feeling up-beat and glad that they came to your party. A colorful, funny and impressive performance of some sort usually works best. Arrange an appearance by a professional children’s magician and you can sit-back, relax and enjoy the event with all of your guests.

Try even just one of the strategies above, and you’ll be seeing (and hearing!) for days and weeks afterwards about how much fun everyone (the kids and adults)  had.

Please use the buttons below to share this post with your friends and family. I’d also love to hear your success stories, tips and experiences, so feel free to add your comments!

As always, thank you for your time and support. Here’s to making your next party a success!

Magically,

Magic Evan

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