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3 Party Planning Tips to Improve Attendance

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Red, White, Blue and Yellow Balloons Suspended in Air

(Or How to Make Sure Your Party Consists of
More Than Your Kids and Your Cats…)


I’m sure your cats are great! I mean… What’s not to love? They’re cute! They’re cuddly! They… Lick and sniff each other’s butts…

…But did you really clean the house, hire entertainment, and put up decorations for Fluffy’s benefit?

Didn’t think so…

If your last party was a bust because nobody showed up, you REALLY need to listen up.

Here’s 3 party planning tips to make sure your next party packs the house!


Awesome Thank You Note!

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

As you’re aware, we have a long list of satisfied customers. We love what we do, and it really shines through during our performances!

Frequently we get cool stuff in the mail from our customers. Occasionally I like to share those things here.

Notes like this brings me joy. I hope it puts a smile on your face as well!


Average, Good, or Great?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Definition of the word praise.

An average magician…

executes a “trick” without revealing the method.

A good magician…

makes the “trick” entertaining.

A great magician…

makes you forget that you were ever watching a “trick” in the first place.



Horizon Activities Center Performance

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

magic show at child development center

A while back we were honored to perform at Horizon Activities Center. They were an incredible group to perform for. The kids were a lot of fun and everyone had a blast.

Afterward the program director came up to us and said: “You guys were really good! As one of our staff members said, you won us over in the first five minutes!”

A few days ago we got a package in the mail. It was from Horizon. Inside was a really nice letter, some cards from the kids, and pictures from the show! This is one of the coolest things that’s ever happened to us.


Happy 100 Posts! – Here’s my 10 Favorites!

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

Picture of Candles With Number 100

Wow… Has this blog seriously had 100 posts already? Seriously? That’s unbelievable!

We have a lot to talk about here. Obviously we’re proud of our Anti Bullying School Assembly. We talk about that a lot, but we also are passionate about corporate entertainment and family entertainment.

That means the posts here cover a wide array of topics. If I had to pick 10 of my favorite posts, here’s what I’d recommend you read.


Have a Kid’s Birthday Party You Can Be Proud Of!

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Yes, we occasionally do kid’s birthday parties.

Most of our clients are either planning corporate parties, looking for festival entertainment, or need our anti-bullying school assembly show.

When our schedule permits we do the occasional birthday party. If you’re lucky enough to get us, it’s an incredible bargain. You’re getting a Las Vegas style show at Wal-Mart prices!


34 Reasons to Partner With Us for Your Next Event!

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Light Bulb

1.) You need to entertain a wide age range of guests.

2.) You have guests of various backgrounds to entertain.

3.) You want people to laugh, without worrying about being offensive.

4.) You want to do something different this year to keep things fresh.

5.) You want to see magic performed well.

6.) You want to impress your guests.

7.) You have guests with special needs to entertain.

8.) You hate boredom.

9.) You want to see the world’s only professional mother-son magic act!

10.) You want your mind read by Miss. Cleo the Mind Reading Goose!


4 Things to Ask a Festival Magician

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Festival Ride
Image by zigazou76 licensed under Creative Commons

As a festival organizer you’re probably used to working with bands.

You know what questions to ask and what to look for. You know what red flags to keep an eye on and what pitfalls to avoid.

Magicians are different. How do you know you’re getting someone who’s actually prepared to perform at a festival?

Anyone who’s watched American Idol knows that countless people think they can sing but can’t. Likewise not everyone who wields a deck of cards is a magician.

One of our specialties is festival entertainment. We’ve built an entire act just to accomodate this market.

Here are the common pitfalls magicians fall into when performing at festivals. Ask about these up front and you’ll avoid disaster later.


Kid Magic Tricks and Sets

Monday, December 27th, 2010

This past weekend we performed for a young lady’s birthday party. Afterward she told us “I love magic! I wish I could do it! I have these ring things, but I can’t make them work!”

This is actually a pretty common thing. The majority of kids magic sets are pretty crummy. I’ve seen more than one child with a sincere interest in magic give up in frustration because they couldn’t make the stuff work.

Earlier I posted about gifts for the budding magician. At that point I recommended books because they really are the best investment early on.

Many parents want to buy a “trick” though… Which is where the problem comes in. They head out to Toys R Us or worse yet, the Dollar Tree and pick up a magic kit.


I Can Do Real Magic! Quick! Get Me a Deck of Cards!

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Image of a deck of cards being riffled.
Image by ccarlstead licensed under Creative Commons.

You know you’re a magician when you can make money appear from thin air, but you’re constantly broke…

It begs the question… What is magic really?

Let’s face it… If you had a super power like teleportation, would you really use it to make a signed card teleport across the room into a can of soup?

If you could make objects appear from nowhere, would you really make doves appear from brightly colored fabric?

If I could really disappear and instantly reappear anywhere I wanted, would I really live in Ohio in January?

ShizDiz is a Mission, Not a Magic Show.