Birthday Party Tips

Birthday Party Tips

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Having raised three kids on Long Island, my wife and I celebrated birthdays with parties, and our parties were at home and always a big hit. Between my experience creating parties for my now-grown kids and my experience as a Long Island birthday party magician for more than 25 years, I’ve collected some great tips that I want to share with you. Click on the image above to see a short presentation of the seven tips I learned the hard way.

Number 1 – Plan for activities to Take Less Time

The birthday party you are planning will probably be a couple of hours long, and you need to fill the time with activities, or you’ll have a madhouse. Whatever activity you plan for the kids to do during the party, expect it to take half the time you think it will before the kids are ready to move on to something else. So, have extra activities ready just in case.

Number 2 – Name Tags

Make name tags for all the guests or have the kids make their own as one of the activities. Name tags will help when it comes time for you to get someone’s attention. You won’t have to say, “Hey you. Stop jumping on the couch.”

Number  3 – Picture Time

Make sure your smartphone is fully charged and ready to take lots of photos. Put an adult or teen in charge of photo taking. You’ll be too busy. Have some funny hats, sunglasses, or other silly items on hand for the kids to wear for pictures. Instant photos make great souvenirs. There are many cameras on the market today that make prints instantly. Prices start at about $60.

Number 4 – Put Fido Away

Keep pets out of the party area. Lots of little kids are afraid of dogs, huge ones. And while your dog may usually be amiable, he may get agitated with lots of company in the house or with a child who is curious to see what happens if he tugs on the dog’s tail. Keep pets out of the way, and you won’t have to worry about bites, barks, scratches, or lawsuits.

Number 5 – Balloons

What’s a party without balloons? Latex helium-filled balloons are the quickest way to make a room festive. But keep in mind that broken or deflated balloons injure young children every year. You can read the Consumer Product Safety Commission warning here. Have a rule to keep your Long Island birthday party safe: If a balloon deflates or is broken throw it out immediately.

Number 6 – Enlist Some Help

No matter what size your party is, it’s good to have help. Don’t be afraid to ask an adult guest to take coats, help in the kitchen or help with activities. If you have the budget, hire the babysitter or a neighborhood teen to help out. They can help with activities while you deal with other things. And they can help later with clean-up.

Number 7 – Hire Age Appropriate Entertainment

If you are planning to hire entertainment for your Long Island birthday party, make sure it’s suitable for the age of the guests. I can’t tell you how often I have been asked to perform magic for a group of 2 and 3-year-olds, and I tell the parents to wait until the children are four and up for a magic party. Balloon twisters and face painters are better for kids under four years old. Be careful with costumed characters and clowns; they can scare very young children. Of course, if you want a great Long Island birthday party magician and the kids are four years old and up, you can’t go wrong with The Silly Magiican.

Number 8 – Make it a Family Affair

According to www.kidsinthehouse.com doing family, projects teaches kids to be creative on their own and skills that will be helpful for the rest of their lives. So, instead of doing all the work to prepare for the party yourself, turn party preparations into a family project. Not only will you have less work to do, but your children will also develop skills and feel that they helped make the party a success.

Number 9 – Plan for it to Take More Time

According to Ivy Wigmore at whatis.com Hofstadter’s law is the observation that “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.” In other words, even when you take into consideration that it will take longer and plan accordingly, it still takes longer. So, as you estimate how much time you need to prepare for the party, consider my rule of thumb to figure out what it should take, then double it.

Number 10 – Make a Schedule

It is much easier to find 15 minutes every night than to do everything the night before the party, so start preparations early. Plenty of party planning resources are available online that provide a schedule to help you get it all done before the big day. Megan Cooley put a comprehensive schedule together. Check it out; click here.

Number 11 – Shop Smart

Before heading out to the store, please make a list of things you need and where to get them. For a Long Island birthday party, you can find lots of supplies at Cedarhurst Paper and Party City. If you have a Dollar Tree nearby, check it out. They have lots of inexpensive party supplies. Online, try the Oriental Trading Company and Amazon.

Number 12 – Organize the Party Room

Part of the secret of a well-organized party is a well-organized party area. Make sure the area is clean and safe. And that you have everything you need handy. Also, will you need to move the couch to make more room for activities? If so, save yourself some embarrassment and do it before the guests arrive. You’ll be surprised what you find under the couch.

Number 13 – Right Height Furnishings

Think about the height of furniture for kids. For making crafts with kids under five years old, consider placing folding tables (or a sheet of plywood) on milk crates. You can have the kids sit right on the floor. Or, you might want to buy or borrow some kid-size chairs. Little plastic outdoor chairs cost about $7 each at Walmart.

Number 14 – The Trash

Save yourself a lot of clean-up later and have at least two trash bins in the party area. That will keep the room a lot neater. Guests can clean up after themselves. And when presents are opened, the wrappings can be quickly discarded.

Number 15 – A Place for Presents

Decorate a large box or set up a card table near the entry door. Have the guests put gifts there as they arrive. Later, as the gifts are opened, put them right back in the box.

Number 16 – Keep a Record

You’ll want your child to remember to thank each guest for the gift they gave later. It’s easy to forget who gave what, so have an adult write down what each gift is as they are opened and who gave it.

Number 17 – Spills

You can expect at least one spill. Have paper towels or cloths handy in several places, ready to do a quick pick up.

Number 18 – Create a Guestlist

Be realistic about how many guests you can accommodate. Sit down with your child and ask them who they want at their party. You might not be able to invite the whole class. Instead, invite all the girls or boys from your child’s class. But please don’t exclude just a few from the class. Kids’ feelings get hurt easily.

Number 19 – Invite Electronically

Technology makes it simple to invite and keep track of your attendees if you have email addresses. Evite.com offers very nice free invitations. At the beginning of the year, most schools ask the class mother to ask parents for permission to list their contact information. Get hold of the list. Be sure to include an RSVP email address and telephone number. Expect to follow up with those who don’t respond. You’ll be amazed how often people forget.

Number 20 – Set the Mood with Music

Choose music that suits the party and your guests. If time permits, make your playlist in advance or use one of the music services that play tunes based on genres, decades, or musicians. Pandora has lots of collections that are just right for every age group. Check out Toddler Radio which plays my favorite Baby Shark.

Number 21 – The Party is Here

Your guests’ parents will love you if you make it evident from the street where the party is. Put a yard sign out front or attach a few helium-inflated balloons to your mailbox, fence, or a stake in the front lawn. Colorful balloons will make it clear where the party is.

The Silly Magician’s YouTube Channel gets a Spring Cleaning.

Mike Maione, The Silly Magician performing magic show for families in Port JeffersonIt’s spring. And I got the bug to do some spring cleaning. As Josie Brown says, “The key to spring cleaning is to be ruthless! Throw out anything and everything you never use. (Or that may be incriminating. Burn, if necessary, but remember if using gasoline, those fires should be contained in a non-flammable container.).”

The Silly Magician’s YouTube channel has been a jumble of videos for years. It included a year’s worth of pandemic Trick or Treat, a sort of late-night talk show that featured interviews with magicians. It also had unrelated videos made for fun and experimentation. And most importantly and scattered about it included videos of the Silly Magician in action doing what he loves to do magic shows for kids. So, the spring cleaning bug bit, and I am being ruthless, organizing, purging, optimizing, and doing an extensive facelift of the Silly Magician YouTube channel.

I’m burning everything that is not related to the magic of Long Island’s silliest magician, me. If you are a fan of my pandemic talk show, Trick or Treat, don’t fret. I’m creating a YouTube channel to archive those excellent interviews of some of the world’s best professional magicians. Click HERE if you want to subscribe and be notified as videos are uploaded to the channel.

On the Silly Magician YouTube channel, from now on, you can expect to find tons of videos of me doing magic on stage, in homes, in schools, and around town. You’ll also find a good bit of me doing short magical videos in my studio. I am also creating videos to help folks looking for a Long Island magician to do a magic show for kids or a magic show for adults to find the perfect match and for tips on putting together a magical birthday party. I hope you’ll check out the channel and subscribe.

While on the topic of spring cleaning. Here’s a great tip if you are about to do a little spring cleaning yourself. Get rid of things that you don’t use or, as the KonMari Method™ says, ‘sparks joy.’ If you don’t need it or it doesn’t make you happy, ditch it.

Maybe someday, I’ll do that with the 25-plus years of magic paraphernalia I’ve amassed.

100 Ways to Slightly Improve Your Life

Mostly From The Guardian

1 Learn a magic trick. Did you know that Long Island’s Silly Magician teaches magic? But you can also learn magic from YouTube and there are plenty of books on the subject at the library.

2 Exercise on a Monday night (nothing fun happens on a Monday night).

3 On the fence about a purchase? Wait 72 hours before you buy it.

4 Wear funny socks. Here’s a great place to get some and help people with differing abilities. johnscrazysocks.com

5 Change your voicemail greeting to something fun. Check mine out, 631-576-9098.

6 Everyone has an emotional blind spot when they fight. Work out what yours is, and remember it.

7 Plant spring bulbs, even if they’re just in a pot.

8 Send a voice note instead of a text; they sound like personal mini podcasts.

9 Keep a bird feeder by a window, ideally the kitchen. It’ll pass the time when you’re washing up.

10 Always bring ice to house parties (there’s never enough).

11 Say hello to a stranger on the cue at the supermarket.

12 Sharpen your knives.

13 Feeling sluggish at work? Try the Pomodoro technique: 25 minutes on, five-minute break, and repeat.

14 Buy a cheap blender and use it to finely chop onions (it saves on time and tears).

15 Keep your children’s drawings and paintings. Put the best ones in frames or make them your Facebook cover.

16 Set aside 10 minutes a day to do something you really enjoy – be it reading a book or playing Wordle.

17 Don’t be weird about how to stack the dishwasher.

18 Take a photo of all your meds.

19 Take a photo of the tag you are given when leaving your coat in a cloakroom.

20 Set your bed.

21 Add the milk at least one minute after the tea has brewed.

22 Laugh shamelessly at your own jokes.

23 It might sound obvious, but a pint of water before bed after a big night avoids a clanger of a hanger.

24 Start a Saturday morning with some classical music – it sets the tone for a calm weekend.

25 Look closely.

26 Set time limits for your apps. Just go to the settings on your smartphone and add a limit – for example, if you have an iPhone turn on Screen Time.

27 If possible, take the stairs.

28 Always be willing to miss the next train.

29 Eat meat once a week, max. Ideally less.

30 Be polite to rude strangers – it’s oddly thrilling.

31 Ask questions and listen to the answers.

32 Connect with nature: stand outside barefoot for a few minutes – even when it’s cold.

33 Use your public library – and use it.

34 Go for a walk without your phone.

35 Eat salted butter (life’s too short for unsalted).

36 Stretch in the morning. And maybe in the evening.

37 If you’re going less than a mile, walk or cycle. About half of car journeys are under two miles, yet these create more pollution than longer journeys as the engine isn’t warmed up yet.

38 Sleep with your phone in a different room (and buy an alarm clock).

39 Send postcards from your holidays. Send them even if you’re not on holiday.

40 Instead of buying new shoes, get old ones resoled and buy new laces.

41 Buy a plant. Think you’ll kill it? Buy a fake one.

42 Don’t have Twitter on your phone.

43 If you find an item of clothing you love and are certain you will wear forever, buy three.

44 Try taking a cold shower (30 seconds to two minutes) before your hot one. It’s good for your health – both physical and mental.

45 Text to say thank you.

46 Read a poem every day. Keep a compendium, such as A Poem for Every Day of the Year, by your bed.

47 Take off your headphones when walking – listen to the world.

48 Buy secondhand.

49 Buy in person!

50 Learn how to floss properly.

51 If something in the world is making you angry, write to your senator or congressman, most times, they will read it.

52 Say hello to your neighbors.

53 Learn the basics of repairing your clothes.

54 Always bring something – wine, flowers – to a dinner/birthday party, even if they say not to.

55 Learn the names of 10 trees.

56 Call an old friend out of the blue.

57 Every so often, search your email for the word “unsubscribe” and then use it on as many as you can.

58 Buy a newspaper.

59 Always have dessert.

60 Drop your shoulders.

61 Make something from scratch. Works best if it’s something you’d normally buy.

62 Go to bed earlier – but don’t take your phone with you.

63 Volunteer. Here’s a list of places to volunteer on Long Island. Use Google to find places to volunteer near where you live.

64 Dry your cutlery with a cloth (it keeps it shiny).

65 Instead of buying a morning coffee, set up a daily transfer of $2 from a current into a savings account and forget about it. Use it to treat yourself to something different later.

66 Don’t save things for “best”. Wear them – enjoy them.

67 Sing!

68 Think about your posture: don’t slouch, and don’t cross your legs.

69 Hang your clothes up. Ideally on non-wire hangers (it’s better for them).

70 Skinny-dip with friends.

71 Switch your phone off on holiday (or at least delete your work email app).

72 Always use freshly ground pepper.

73 Thank a teacher who changed your life.

74 Respect your youngers.

75 Keep your keys in the same place.

76 Hire a magician for to entertain at your next party. I know a great one.

77 Rent rather than buy a suit/dress for that forthcoming wedding (even if it’s your own).

78 Always book an extra day off after a holiday.

79 Ignore the algorithm – listen to music outside your usual taste.

80 Mute or leave a WhatsApp group chat.

81 Learn a TikTok dance (but don’t post it on TikTok).

82 Cook something you’ve never attempted before.

83 Join a local litter-picking group.

84 Handwash that thing you’ve never cleaned.

85 Don’t get a pet/do get a pet.

86 Nap.

87 Learn how to breathe deeply: in through the nose, out through the mouth, making the exhale longer than the inhale.

88 Buy a bike and use it. Learn how to fix it, too.

89 Politely decline invitations if you don’t want to go.

90 Say thank you, a lot.

91 If in doubt, add cheese.

92 Don’t look at your phone at dinner.

93 Do that one thing you’ve been putting off.

94 Give compliments widely and freely.

95 Set up an affordable standing order to a charity.

96 Keep a book in your bag to avoid the temptation to doomscroll.

97 Listen to the albums you loved as a teenager.

98 Make a friend from a different generation.

99 Staying over at a friend’s place? Strip the bed in the morning.

100 For instant cheer, wear yellow.

Happy Halloween

The Wacky Wizard aka The Silly Magician
It’s the time of the year when all good ghosts and ghouls come out to Trick or Treat. I have my costume, and I’m ready to Trick or Treat safely. The American Academy of Pediatrics has prepared a terrific list of the things you can do to keep your little goblins safe. Click here for their tips.

Aside from watching the leaves turn, October is also a time for me to rewatch some of my favorite old monster movies. With that in mind, I created a little mental magic for my family and friends with pictures of some famous movie monsters. Click on the image below to participate in a little interactive magic. Enjoy!

 

Zoom to the North Pole

This year skip the mall and let your children meet Santa the safe way online. Starting November 1, your children can zoom straight to the North Pole to meet Santa in his workshop. During the 10-minute zoom session with Santa, Santa will dialog with your children and learn what they wish for Christmas. Santa will show them a few magic tricks, lead them in a song and say if they’ve been naughty or nice.

To schedule a meeting, contact Santa at santa@sillymagician.com or call Mike at 631-576-9098. He’ll schedule a zoom session for a convenient time and collect some background information so that Santa can interact knowingly with your children. This Santa wants to know how old children are, what they like and dislike, if they have pets, etc. And of course, if there is something mom and dad would like Santa to suggest to their little ones. Maybe it’s to eat their vegetables, brush their teeth, or put their toys away.

The fee for this service is $25 which can be paid via PayPal, Venmo, or credit card. For more information contact Santa by email or phone.

During the off-season, Santa is The Silly Magician and he has a slew of ideas that will make any birthday party you are planning a success. Click here to see the list.

It’s so good to be back.

Well, the last few weeks have been pretty exciting. The Silly Magician has been performing live in-person shows. I admit that it took a few shows to get my mojo back. But, the muscle memory kicked in, and eventually, I could recall my patter. What fun it was to hear once again kids giggle at my antics.

I am, of course, completely vaccinated, which according to doctors, makes it extremely unlikely that I will contract Covid or give it to anyone. Still, we are using caution, and I have revised many of the routines I perform to make them safer for my audiences.

Zoom shows are still available. So if you are interested in a magic show by The Silly Magician, you can have an online show, a no-touch in-person show, or a modified in-person show designed to reduce the spread of viruses.

In addition, The Parlor of Mystery is finally doing live in-person magic shows. Check out the revamped Parlor of Mystery website to learn more about the Parlor or visit our Facebook page.

Lastly, enjoy some interactive magic now. Click on the link below; listen carefully to the instructions, and follow along.

A Few General Tips for Beginner Magicians

There is no single “right” way or set of criteria for how to become a magician. There are all sorts of different skills to work on and tricks to master, and ultimately one aspiring magician may excel in an entirely different area than another. That said, there are some basic practices it would be wise for anyone hoping to become a convincing magician to prioritize.

I’m not talking about beginner magic tricks or the fundamentals of sleight of hand, either. Rather, I want to recommend some more general, slightly abstract ideas that will likely serve you well if you progress to more detailed magic lessons….

Know Your Props

Most magicians use props of one kind or another, whether that means secret accessories the audience isn’t meant to know about, special outfits, or more overt objects to involve in tricks (such as a wand or top hat). But you should also give some thought to any props you might want to include to help establish a persona and an act beyond your magic. The question ‘What’s a Party Without Balloons?’ has been asked here before, and it’s just the sort of question to start with when considering props. Figure out what speaks to you and what helps you develop your magician “character,” if you will, and it may help to steer the whole act you develop.

Learn Your Card Values

A lot of magicians start with card tricks. And while not all card tricks depend too much on card or hand values (perhaps even most don’t), it’s still a good idea to know the deck inside and out. And learning the different combinations of cards and their different values in popular games like poker is easier than you might expect. A downloadable “cheat sheet” on Poker.org basically puts all the information on a single page, so much so that you can study and begin your card trick education with a thorough understanding of value. For certain tricks, as well as for your interactions with audiences, it may come in handy to know how cards and combinations rank. The better you know the cards, the more convincing you’ll be.

Improve Your Hand Dexterity

Whether for sleight of hand, card tricks, handling unusual objects, or just developing those smooth movements and flourishes the best magicians have, it’s important to develop dexterity with your hands and fingers. It can take some time, but the fun part is that you can do it any number of ways! You might run programs that work on your typing speed or take up the practice of tying different knots. You might learn an instrument like the guitar or piano that demands a lot of your fingers. You may even consider working on your juggling, which can improve your hands and, according to Wired can even turn you into a better learner. Whatever you decide though, making your hands and fingers as capable as possible will only help your journey to become a good magician.

Train Like an Actor

A lot of people can benefit from an acting class or two besides actual actors. Indeed, an article at Inc.com even claims that the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs used acting techniques in order to speak and present with more authority. Given that half of being a magician is knowing how to perform anyway, this is certainly an idea to take to heart. Even a few acting classes and books will teach you a lot about how to relax in front of an audience, as well as how best to engage that audience. And in the end, if Magician A and Magician B are equal in talent, but Magician A studied acting and Magician B did not, Magician A is going to put on a better show every time.

Master Some Tiny Tricks

Lastly, make an effort to master — really master — some tiny tricks. When you’re just starting out, focusing on massive illusions or mind-blowing audience tricks is only likely to leave you frustrated. Instead, teach yourself how to pull off some small tricks, both to form the foundation for your earliest acts and, more importantly, to show yourself that you can do it. Every magician builds up from scratch, and starting that process at the beginning, rather than jumping to the middle, is the best tip I can give you.

If you are a budding magician or know someone who wants to be a magician and need guidance or lessons, contact me maione@sillymagician.com

Wishing you Happy and Safe Holidays

Well, what can I say about 2020? There has not been much to cheer about. I miss getting together with family and friends and performing live shows in-person. But, I am happy, at least to say all my loved ones are healthy. I hope yours are too. The good news is a vaccine will be available soon. I’ll be first on the line when they say it’s my turn. I hope you will too. We’re all getting tired of lockdowns, masks, even watching movies on Netflix instead of in a theatre. The experts say by summer, we should start getting back to normal. I can’t wait, and I am sure you feel likewise.

The next few months will be difficult, so I will again offer to do a free zoom magic show for you and your family if you’d like a little magic to spice things up during the holidays. It will be a short show, around 10-15 minutes, but it will be interactive and fun, I promise. Send me an email if you are interested, and we’ll schedule a date.

I’ve loaded my YouTube channel (Mike Maione) up with lots of short magic tricks that I’ve recorded for my show Trick or Treat, which I have been streaming every Monday for the past seven months. I’ve included one of my favorites below. Click on the image to play it. It’s less than two minutes and quite magical. Have a look.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Social Distancing

I think you might enjoy this short video. As you will see, I practice proper, safe, social distancing, while still having fun, and making magic in my imaginary movie house.

Medical experts suggest we avoid crowded indoor events and say it’s okay to be outside as long as we practice social distancing or wear a mask. That means while the warm weather is here, you can enjoy a magic show in the backyard with your family and friends, provided you take the necessary precautions.

I’ve created a show that involves the audience but does not require that volunteers come up and hold props or participate close up. They can remain six to eight feet away, wiggle fingers, say the magic word, call out the name of a card, say stop and participate in the magic from afar. So, take advantage of the excellent weather and have a magical backyard birthday party. You’ll be surprised how much fun you and your kids will have.

Of course, I am always available for a Zoom show. Virtual shows on Zoom are great fun for all involved.

Trick or Treat

I know it’s not Halloween, but I have a treat for you just the same. Every Monday at 11AM on the Parlor of Mystery Facebook page, I stream a live show called Trick or Treat. Trick or Treat is cross between a typical late-night talk show and the now deceased, James Lipton’s Inside the Actor’s Studio. Of course, my interviewees are magicians and comics, not notable actors and directors. It’s not for kids. It’s for mom and dad and anyone else who likes clean adult humor and learning about magical artists.

As of this writing, there have been 11 Trick or Treat shows. I enjoy producing the show each week and work long and hard to make each show more interesting and technically better than the previous one. Every week I challenge myself to perform a new feat of magic designed explicitly for the ‘display only’ environment. That is to say, tricks that do not require audience participation. And each week, I pick a topic like karma, magic gone awry, or bad hair and scour the internet for the best photos and videos on that topic. Some are quite funny.

If you haven’t watched the show as it streams, you can view the show after it streams on Facebook or on my personal YouTube channel. Subscribe to my channel so you won’t miss a show.

Here’s a link to my YouTube channel where you’ll find past shows and other original videos.

Must You Cancel the Birthday Party?

We just don’t know when this pandemic will be over and when it will be safe to have large gatherings again.

So what to tell the kids when their birthday party is put on hold.

By now, they know something about the virus. Their sports, school, religious, and other activities have all been canceled. So, where do you start and how do you answer the questions. The first thing to do, according to Dr. Nia Heard-Garris, M.D., an attending physician at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, is to assess what your child knows. Do they think the Grim Reaper is coming for Grandma, or do they think this is just a cold nothing to take too seriously? You might have to correct some misconceptions. You might have some yourself. Listening to the reports, I confess that I sometimes don’t know myself.

If you are confused, it’s probably best to see what the CDC says about the Coronavirus. Here’s a link to their site. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

When you’re ready to discuss the situation with your child, make sure you’re not panicky, and you can talk without creating undue anxiety for your child. Abi Gewirtz, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, and professor at the University of Minnesota, says, “We don’t want our children to feel like the world is so scary, because that might keep them from being curious and engaged.”

Dr. Gewitz also says not to dismiss their fears with a simple, “You’ll be fine.” She says, “Listen to them and track what the child is feeling.” Calmly say something like, “That sounds pretty scary, I can see it in your face.” Then proceed to correct misconceptions, let them know about the virus, why we are forced to stay home, why and how to practice social distancing, and about good hygiene but at an age-appropriate level.

Regarding the birthday party, you can plan to postpone it but, it’s anyone’s guess when you’ll be able to reschedule it or when it will be safe to have a house full of kids in your home. As an alternative, you can plan a smaller event for the immediate family or take advantage of Zoom, Facetime, or Google Hangouts and bring family and friends together virtually. Many businesses are stepping in to fill the gap and help with virtual birthday party options.

Here are a few ideas.

Miss Jamie from the Farm
Country singer, Miss Jamie, will live-streamed a full 30-minute interactive concert, contact Miss Jamie for rates.

Royal Princess Parties
Royal Princess Parties are letting your children have a video chat with their favorite princess or superhero. Chats are 10 minutes long and cost $30. You can book your session on their website (scroll to the lower blue banner). Combine this with one of their princess party packs ($20), and you have the perfect at-home experience.

Nanny Nikki

Nanny Nicki is offering personalized videos sent directly to the email of your choosing! A couple of songs, a story, and some other general silliness customized just for your favorite little person! Contact Nanny Nikki today for details! nannynikkimusic@gmail.com OR 224-212-0654.

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The Silly Magician
Mike, The Silly Magician (yes me), offers a 30-minute interactive virtual magic show. From the comfort of your home and the homes of your invited guests, Mike will perform some “germ-free” head-scratching magic guaranteed to delight young and old alike. Call 631-757-2236 for details.

Planning a birthday party at home you’ll want to check out these birthday party tips.

My Favorite Card
Every magician has a favorite card. Penn & Teller like the three of clubs. Here’s my favorite.