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Andrew Evans

San Francisco, CA
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Andrew Evans is a professional magician and illusionist who brings a modern twist to classic magic. He also consults for theatrical productions, and his background in engineering and product design helps him create unique illusions that have impressed audiences across the United States. When he's not on stage, Andrew is a Design Lead, IDEO, and a guest lecturer at the Stanford d.school. He regularly speaks at companies around the Bay Area about the intersection of magic and design.

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Calvin Kai Ku

San Francisco, CA
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Calvin Kai Ku is a San Francisco magician and comedian who has entertained audiences locally and across the world. His background in circus performance adds something different to his skill set, which delights audiences in close-up settings, on stage, at parties, at corporate functions, and at trade shows. Calvin's previous corporate clients include eBay, PG&E, Oracle Open World, and Tech Crunch.

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Christian Cagigal

San Francisco, CA
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Christian Cagigal has been performing magic in San Francisco for more than a decade. He enjoys an excellent reputation -- he is a three-time winner of the Best Magician of the Bay Award (San Francisco Bay Guardian), and he has been verified as a local favorite by the San Francisco Chronicle's chief theater critic.

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Comedy Magic by Robert Strong

San Francisco, CA
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Robert Strong has performed at the White House on two separate occasions, as well as across the United States and the world. He is a renowned magician, comedian, and entertainer who has an immense wealth of performance experience. His thirty-year career includes six different TEDx Talks, numerous television appearances, and more than ten thousand shows. He specializes in corporate entertainment, trade shows, team building workshops, hosting, theater shows, close-up magic, and lots more. His corporate client list includes Apple, Google, Macy's, Raytheon, Starbucks, and innumerable other major companies. Robert offers discounts when he performs for non-profit organizations.

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5.0 / 5 (80)
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David Gerard

San Francisco, CA
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David Gerard is a magician and mind-reader who specializes in mental illusions, influence, and predictions -- magic that is designed with a modern and sophisticated audience in mind. He has been practicing magic for almost twenty years, and he has thousands of performance hours under his belt. He is as comfortable performing for Fortune 500 events as he is at intimate private parties, and his audiences are equally confounded and entertained. David has been engaged by corporate clients such as Google, HP, Uber, Airbnb, and Citi.

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Frisco Fred

San Francisco, CA 94109
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Frisco Fred is a professional magician, comic, juggler, escape artist, and variety entertainer who has performed all over the world. He has been producing successful shows for more than a decade, and Frisco Fred is currently involved in more than 200 San Francisco public performances per year.

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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Funnybone Magic

Burlingame, CA 94010
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Funnybone Magic is a professional magician and entertainment company in the State of California owned by professional magician Mike "Funnybone" Ianneo. For the past thirty-five years, he has been entertaining children and adults with his special blend of comedy and magic and award-winning balloon bending skills. Mike's specialty is birthday party performances with entertainment suitable for all ages, from first birthdays to fiftieth birthdays. In addition to domestic magic performances, over the past several years he's performed shows on cruise ships in South America, theme parks in Japan, and hosted special events in China. His award-winning balloon animals were featured in the movie "Patch Adams" starring Robin Williams. A gallery of Mike "Funnybone" Ianneo's past events is available on his website along with a contact form.

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Goofball

San Francisco, CA 94121
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Goofball entertains children across the San Francisco Bay Area with his magic tricks, balloon art, and comedic performances. Parents are pleased to see happy and captive young audiences, and they often find themselves laughing along to Goofball's antics. They are impressed by the time, thought, and skill that goes into his performances, as well as by the professional staging, costumes, magic props, and puppets.

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Heather Rogers

San Francisco, CA
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Heather Rogers is a magician, speaker, comic, and variety entertainer whose shows incorporate humor, sleight-of-hand, dance, musical satire, escape artistry, impersonations, mentalism, and even machete juggling. Heather is also a motivational speaker, mindfulness coach, and productivity trainer who helps professionals and individuals to optimize their performance. She offers complimentary entertainment consultations via Skype.

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5.0 / 5 (72)
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Kevin Blake

San Francisco, CA 94109
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Kevin Blake is a San Francisco showman who brings illusions, magic, mentalism, and comedy to private and public audiences across the Bay area. Kevin has a decade of experience in his profession, which includes time spent as a backstage magician for Band of Magicians, as well as performances at The Fillmore and lectures at Google. His audiences report a mesmerizing and astonishing experience.

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5.0 / 5 (55)
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Leeds Magic

1736 Zenato Pl, Pleasanton, CA 94566
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Leeds Magic is an entertainment company specializing in magic that has been in operation in San Francisco for over 20 years. The founder and magician, Alan Leeds, is available to perform at events and onstage. He also offers close-up magic entertainment and motivational speaking programs. Leeds was named the Bay Area Close-Up Master Magician of the Year twice, and his past clients have praised him for his personality and creativity.

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5.0 / 5 (16)

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Magic Circus

San Rafael, CA 94901
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Magic Circus performs in San Francisco and across Northern California, entertaining and educating children, teens, and adult audiences. Its specialties include family stage shows, parties, picnics, school assembly programs, corporate events. It performs at theaters, schools, libraries, trade shows, and festivals, where it provides all manner of magical amusements -- including balloon sculpting, mime, face painting, themed parties, and puppet shows. Magic Circus has an excellent reputation, and it has received positive reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle and other local publications.

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4.6 / 5 (10)
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5.0 / 5 (7)

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Magic Dan

San Francisco, CA 94112
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Magic Dan is a children's entertainer with two decades of professional magic experience. He performs at both pre-schools and elementary schools, and he also specializes in birthday magic at private parties. He was recently voted Best Party Entertainer in Alameda County by readers of Parents' Press.

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Mike Toy Entertainment

San Francisco, CA 94121
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Guests will find private parties and corporate events worth the attendance when Mike Toy Entertainment takes the spotlight. As a San Fransisco magician, Mike Toy brings high-quality, exciting, and interactive performances to corporate events, master of ceremonies, trade shows, and posh private parties. He also doubles as a keynote speaker that will leave audiences feeling refreshed, energetic, and inspired. His ability to combine magic, entertainment, and motivational messages has helped many companies build stronger customer service and sales teams. Mike Toy has earned praise from celebrity guests such as Jerry Rice, William Shatner, and Norman Reedus. He has also performed for companies such as Pixar, Wells Fargo, and the San Fransisco 49ers.

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Mr. Shap Entertainment and Event Consulting

San Francisco, CA
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Mr. SHAP was named San Francisco's Best Party Entertainer by the readers of Bay Area Parent Magazine for the past nine years in a row and was also voted best Party Entertainer in Nickelodeon's Parents Picks 2010 Awards. His excellent reputation as a magician and balloon performer makes him a popular choice for birthday parties, corporate events, weddings, trade shows, picnics, festivals, grand openings, school events, and library events. Mr. Shap is a member of both the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians.

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Paul Nathan

San Francisco, CA 94103
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Paul Nathan is an experienced magician and entertainer who specializes in close-up magic, private parties, trade shows, theater, stage productions, festivals, children's shows, and college events. Paul has entertained audiences all over the world, but he has now returned to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he offers affordable magic shows for families.

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Perry Yan

San Francisco, CA 94118
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Perry Yan is an award-winning family entertainer, balloon artist, and magician who performs at children's parties and family events in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also entertains schools and libraries full of children (who sometimes number in the hundreds), and his shows delight adults and kids alike. Perry has performed for well-known companies like Oracle, McDonald's, and Jawbone, as well as large non-profit organizations like Mozilla and the YMCA. He has won awards for both stage magic and close-up magic, and he offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee for every event.

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The Marrakech Magic Theater

San Francisco, CA 94102
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The Marrakech Magic Theater offers comedy and magic experiences at its playhouse on O'Farrell Street. The theater enjoys excellent reviews from its audiences, who are quick to express their delight with the performances they see here. They also appreciate the local and personal feel that the theater offers. Online booking is available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Hiring a magician can be a great way to liven up birthday parties, corporate events, festivals, and conventions, and bring a surprising and memorable experience to all who attend. There are a wide range of magicians working across the country, and each has their own specialties, skills, and rates. To help you hire the right magician for your next event, it's good to familiarize yourself with some industry basics, so you can be sure you're working with an experienced professional who offers services tailored to your needs.

What does a magician do?

A magician is a stage performer who entertains crowds with sleight of hand tricks, special effects, and illusions. Often, they create illusions by taking advantage of the way our senses perceive and process information. Such illusions often take hundreds of hours of practice to perfect.

What is a corporate magician?

A corporate magician is one who specializes in entertaining crowds at corporate events. Often, they incorporate logos or slogans into their routine to help promote brand awareness for their corporate employer. In some cases, they may even incorporate new products into their act.

What makes a good magician?

A good magician needs to have two key qualities. First, they should have a natural stage presence that allows them to be entertaining, even while performing complex maneuvers. Second, they should be willing and able to put in the many hours of practice required to perfect sleight of hand tricks.

What is the difference between a magician and a wizard?

Magicians are real-world sleight of hand artists who practice rigorously to create illusions in front of crowds. Wizards, on the other hand, are fictional characters who acquire arcane knowledge of magic for the purpose of casting spells.

How much does it cost to hire a magician for a children\'s party?

On average, you can expect to pay between $200 and $250 per hour for a magician to perform at a child's birthday party. However, this range can vary widely, based on your location, the type of magician you're looking to hire, their travel costs, and the number of children attending the party.

How much does a magician cost for a birthday party?

Magicians qualified to entertain at adult birthday parties tend to charge a bit more than those who perform at children's parties, and you can expect to pay around $500 for an hour-long act. Depending on how notable and respected the act is, you may pay as much as $1,200 for a performance.

Who is the highest-paid magician?

David Copperfield is the wealthiest magician in the world, with a net worth of around $1 billion. His rates for individual shows aren't known, although he earns between $40 and $60 million each year and performs at more than 500 shows.

Can a woman be a magician?

While men have traditionally been more likely to fill the role, the truth is that anyone can be a magician. Fay Presto, Misty Lee, and Kristen Johnson are all notable female magicians.

What does a magician wear?

In the United States, magicians are most well-known wearing black suits and top hat, which has become their classic clothing choice. However, magicians have been performing for centuries all around the world, and have worn many types of traditional costumes. Some modern magicians even wear street clothes.

Why do magicians use rabbits?

The classic choice of a rabbit for a magician's act comes down to practicality. Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits don't make noise, which makes them easier to conceal in hidden compartments. Their small size also makes them well-suited to many tricks.

How to disappear like a magician?

Magicians use various techniques to create the illusion of disappearing. One well-known technique is for the magician or an assistant to enter a large cabinet with a concealed trap door in the back. Once the cabinet is closed, the participant slips out through the trap door and "disappears."

Does a magician never reveal his secrets?

Generally speaking, magicians never reveal their secrets. The reason for this is because these secrets are their livelihood. Audiences who know the secret behind a trick will be less entertained by it and be less likely to pay admission to a show.

Who is the world\'s best magician?

David Copperfield is the best-known magician in the world, performing on many television specials and in numerous live performances. Other notable magicians include Penn and Teller, David Blaine, James Randi, and Shin Lim. In history, Harry Houdini is one of the most skilled and best-known magicians.

How did Houdini the magician die?

As part of a performance in 1926, Harry Houdini asked to be punched in the stomach several times. Unfortunately, he was suffering from appendicitis at the time, and the blows caused the organ to rupture, leading to his death just days later.

Which N*Sync member is a magician?

While Joey Fatone has never performed magic as part of his work with the band N*Sync, it's well known by fans that he practices magic as a hobby. He's skilled at making coins, cards, and other small objects disappear.

How do you become a magician?

Learning magic is different than learning biology or painting, as most magicians don't learn their craft through formal education. Instead, many recommend learning magic tricks from books, and then practicing them for many hours until they're perfected. With enough experience, you can even devise your own tricks.

What skills do magicians have?

A magician's skills largely depend on the type of magic they perform. A mentalist will be well-trained in the art of persuasion and psychology. A card magician will need to be very dexterous and nimble with their fingers. Stage magicians typically put a lot of work into creating elaborate props and routines.

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