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This guide to planning parties is by Southern California's family entertainer Thom Bliss. The party planning guide is based on his years of experience performing at children's birthday parties, kids birthday parties, adult birthday parties, Christmas, Halloween and other holiday parties. He has also drawn on the experiences of other magicians, clowns, comedians, and other performers. In it he gives you the 411 on party invitations, party decorations, party food, hiring the party entertainment, and other details. We hope that it will prove helpful, no matter what type of event you are organizing.

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Thom's Party Planning Secrets: 5

Magician Thom Bliss Reveals His Secrets - For Planning a Great Birthday Party

Secret #5:
Hire a Professional
Children's Entertainer

You knew I was goingto say this, right? After all, entertaining children is what I do. But I sincerely believe that having a professional children's entertainer at your child's party could be the best present you can give your child -- and yourself.

     As I mentioned before, in some neighborhoods, a professional entertainer has become almost a requirement. But even if this isn't the case in your area, you should still consider inviting a professional children's entertainer to your child's party.

Things to look for when hiring a children's entertainer

First, the entertainer should involve all the kids but should remember that it is your child's birthday.
     In all my birthday party magic shows, for example, all the kids get to help make the magic happen. But the birthday child gets to be my special helper. In fact, the birthday child gets to be a co-star, doing some of the magic himself or herself.
Second, the entertainer should be a genuine, experienced, professional. You can dress up the child's uncle in a clown suit, but that won't make him a clown. You can go to the local magic shop to buy a few simple tricks, but that won't make you a magician.
    Unfortunately, some people who advertise themselves as magicians or clowns are not professional children's entertainers. They may be able to dress-up in a clown costume or perform a few simple tricks that they purchased at a magic or novelty shop They are quite willing to pick-up a few extra bucks by coming to your party exhausted after working forty -- or more -- hours that week at their day job. But they lack the know-how that can only be gained from years of experience entertaining children.
     I've been doing magic for over thirty years. For the last twelve years, I've been performing almost exclusively for children and family audiences, at schools, churches, and parties.
   Third, the material should be age-appropriate. Many magicians will tell you that children are much harder to entertain than adults. This may or may not be the case, but it is certain that entertaining children is different than entertaining adults. And entertaining teenagers is different still. Only experience working with each age group can really give the entertainer the insight to know what works with each age group.
     Too many entertainers have found that they can get laughs from off-color remarks, sexually-oriented jokes, and ethnic slander. I question the wisdom of using this kind of material even with adult audiences -- nervous laughter is not a sign of genuine amusement. But it certainly has no place at a child's birthday party.
     Yet I have heard stories of "entertainers" who have presented their "hip, cutting edge" -- read dirty -- material at a kids' parties. My material is so clean, it squeaks. And I've found that adults like good, clean laughter, too.

Tip #11

A professional children's entertainer can make your party extra-special and make your child feel extra-special, too. The entertainer is a special guest, a "celebrity," who has come to honor your child, because your child is also special. And magician can produce oohs and aahs of delight and a room full of laughter. And many professional entertainers will have a special item or two that make your child a star of the show.

Tip #12

If you try to handle all the entertainment yourself, you will likely find yourself exhausted well before the party is over. A professional children's entertainer will take much of the work of the party out of your hands and off your shoulders. This will allow you time relax and rest up for the rest of the party. You might even be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the show yourself.

Tip #13

If you try to handle the entertainment yourself, you will need to buy game supplies and prizes. You will also need to have a some small gift for each child to take home. Then of course you will want balloons of some kind or other. Many children's entertainers will include all of this in their fee.

    As an example, in addition to putting on a magic show, I make balloon animals and other balloon sculptures (flowers, hats, and so on) for the kids. The balloon animals add to the festivities, and the kids can take them home with them.

Tip #14

If you plan to serve a light meal (or the cake and ice cream) after the entertainment, the entertainer will keep the kids busy while you prepare the meal.

    Inviting a professional children's entertainer to your child's birthday party can be the best present you can give your child. The entertainer can make the party extra special and make your child feel extra special, too.

    Inviting a professional children's entertainer can also be the best present you can give to yourself. An experienced children's entertainer can take much of the burden of amusing the kids off your hands, relieve you of the necessity of buying give-aways for the guests, and give you time to relax and recharge yourself or get the cake and ice cream ready.

    Well, there you have it: Keep if short, keep it simple, make it easy on yourself and well-organized. And hire a professional children's entertainer to make your child's birthday party a truly magical, memorable event.

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"Invite him to your next event and get ready for some good old fashioned, clean fun! ...
    "It was delightful to watch people catching each other with their mouths dropped open and their eyes registering awe, poking each other in the ribs and pointing, slapping their knees in delight and just generally laughing themselves off their seats."

--Judy Secor
Huntington Beach

    Organizing an event, whether it's a birthday party for your child and a few guests, or a corporate Christmas party for thousands, is a difficult, stressful, and often thankless job. There are so many details that must be attended to.

   Perhaps the most important task, and the most stressful one, is hiring the entertainer. When is the last time you remembered the dinner you had at an event? When did the decorations or centerpieces make the event memorable and successful? Probably never! More than any other factor, the overall success of your event will depend on the quality of the entertainer.

   But how do you know which entertainer to choose for your big event? Choose an entertainer who doesn't deliver - or, even worse, embarrasses you or your guests - and it's your reputation that will suffer!

   Magic and comedy have always been good choices for entertaining children or adults. People love magic! Magic shows have become even more popular with the many TV specials about magic and magicians ... and the phenomenal success of the Harry Potter books and movies. And, of course, everybody loves to laugh!

   When you invite Thom Bliss & Pam to your event you get both amazing feats of magic and hilarious but clean comedy. And lots of audience participation without embarrassment to anyone.

   Thom Bliss is more amusing than a magician, and more amazing than a comedian. He performs his own original magic and his own spins on the classic of magic, including tricks with handkerchiefs, balloons, rope, rings, perhaps even playing cards or money. There's lots of audience participation - without embarrassment to anyone.

    Your child (age permitting) can be Thom's special helper. Thom will even crown the birthday child King or Queen for the Day.

    All of the kids have to help Thom when he can't find his pet rabbit, Trixie. And each child gets a balloon animal (or a hat, a flower, or a sword) made especially for him or her.

    And if you select his Gold Package, Thom will even teach the kids a magic trick and give them the props needed to do the trick! Also included with the Gold Package is Thom's special beginners magic kit - the perfect gift for your aspiring magician

Don't miss the magic! Don't miss the fun! Thom's schedule fills up fast. Avoid disappointment by calling today. The magic number is 1-714-539-4259.

Thom Bliss performs amazing magic and makes balloon animals in most of central southern California, including Long Beach, zip code 90745, zip code 90746, zip code 90755, zip code 90802, zip code 90803, zip code 90804, zip code 90805, zip code 90806, zip code 90807, zip code 90808, zip code 90810, zip code 90813, zip code 90814, zip code 90815, zip code 90822, zip code 90831, zip code 90833, zip code 90834, zip code 90835.

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