- This kind of recommendation will give you the most comfort. In it’s absence, ask the following questions.
- A professional will invest to represent themselves well on the internet. If you can’t go and see the kids entertainer do a live show to know what you’re getting, then the next best thing is easy to access video and pictures on his or her web site.
3) Testimonials? An experienced entertainer should be able to produce on their site, or in written form, lots of favorable customer reviews.
- Hey, it might even be a good idea to ask about a time or two when they didn’t get a great review of a show. Ask what happened and how they resolved the issue going forward. Anyone who says they’ve never had a less than awesome review is less than honest. For it’s the mistakes of mediocrity that enable the conscientious performer to grow from an amateur hobbiest into a first rate professional.
- Don’t get me wrong here. The magician you hire doesn’t have to be a full-time kids entertainer. However, I would suggest that you hire someone who is doing shows on a frequent basis. The more often they perform, the better chances you’ll have that they’ve worked out most of the kinks in their show and have a smooth running and highly entertaining presentation.
- Magicians and other kids entertainers who are confident in the quality of their product will stand behind what they offer.
6) Is price the best measure?
- Let’s be careful here. Yes, price is important. However, be sure to find out everything that’s included in the price. In the context of a kids birthday party, does the price include goodie bags or a gift for the birthday child? If so, be sure to ask how many bags are included. Also, check to see how long the show lasts. Don’t forget to ask if the they charge you separately for mileage.
- A lower price could be a reflection of the amount of experience the performer has. Generally speaking, the better the quality of the show, the more it will cost. A teenager may offer you a great price, but be careful that you don’t risk having a boring show and restless kids just to save a few dollars on what is supposed to be one of the must fun days of the year for your youngster.
- Getting a good price is important, but getting great value is essential.
7) Does your magician or other children’s entertainer have a legitimate business license and liability insurance?
- If the person you are considering performs part-time, then they may not have chosen to invest in a license and insurance. Just note that it is a strong sign of a serious business person who takes the time and money to register his or her business with the government and to provide insurance protection for their clients in the unlikely case that something becomes damaged or goes wrong.