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Balster Magic Productions, Inc.

Westmont, IL 60559
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Balster Magic Productions, Inc. is a Westmont, Illinois-based entertainment company which offers small solo shows and large stage presentations. Owner Tim Balster is a magician and illusionist who specializes in close-up magic performances, stage shows, and grand illusions. Tim and his assistant Robin Balster have 35 years of professional experience performing coast to coast and internationally, both on TV and live. They also provide services for private family and corporate events.

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5.0 / 5 (8)
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5.0 / 5 (8)

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Dennis Watkins

Chicago, IL 60641
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Dennis Watkins is a third-generation magician and mentalist providing entertainment for companies, organizations, and private clients in the Chicago metro area. He performs at corporate events, trade show exhibits, hospitality suites, college campuses, performing art centers, and upscale private events. Dennis Watkins’ critically-acclaimed one-man show, The Magic Parlour, has been running at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago for nearly five years. The show has positive reviews in Time Out, Broadway World, and the Chicago-Tribune.

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5.0 / 5 (9)

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Dennis Watkins

Chicago, IL 60603
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Dennis Watkins is a third generation magician and mentalist who has been performing his one-man show, “The Magic Parlour,” in downtown Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton Hotel for more than five years. The House Theatre of Chicago produces the show in a private suite to deliver an evening of mind-reading and classic magic for audiences as small as 25 people or as large as 2,500. The performance can also be planned to meet the needs of a particular audience or occasion so that it runs anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes. Watkins offers three versions of his show: the classic show, the mind reading show, and the close-up magic and mind reading show. Watkins has presented over 200 annual performances and has worked to make the show adaptable for any situation. Watkins uses a bare stage without props or tools for the mind reading show and focuses on what his audience members feel, think, and say. The close-up magic and mind reading show allows Watkins to use borrowed objects from his audience to deliver a versatile and entertaining evening of magic.

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Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts and Chicago Magician

Chicago, IL 60645
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Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts and Chicago Magician, specializes in performing for corporate, university, and private events. He also provides entertainment for trade shows, conferences, team building projects, and conventions. Edd Fairman has almost two decades of experience customizing audience interactions based on a company's brand and message. Former customers speak highly of his sense of humor, big personality, and his ability to hold an audience's attention.

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4.9 / 5 (19)
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5.0 / 5 (9)

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J-Magic Entertainment

Chicago, IL 60601
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J-Magic Entertainment features family magician Jaime Aponte who specializes in combining magic, comedy, illusion, and astonishing sleight of hand tricks for clients in the Chicago metro area. He performs for birthday parties, weddings, trade shows, corporate events, holiday parties, restaurants, and special events. Jaime also averages about 200 magic shows every year for thousands of children and adults. Former customers speak highly of his impressive magic shows and sense of humor.

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5.0 / 5 (1)

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James Sanden

Chicago, IL 60625
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James Sanden is a comedic magician specializing in corporate, college, and private events in the Chicago metro area. James offers customized performances for trade shows and wedding receptions to enhance a brand and entertain guests. Former and current clients speak highly of his fresh style, relatability, and professionalism. Prospective customers can schedule a free demonstration, quote, and consultation.

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4.3 / 5 (3)
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Jeff Bibik

Chicago, IL 60631
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Jeff Bibik is a hypnotist, mentalist, and magician based in Chicago with 30 years of performance experience. He presented his first show at the age of nine, and now his award-winning performances are in high demand for social and business events around Chicago and across the country. Jeff provides entertainment for after dinner parties, corporate events, festivals, schools, and family shows with his stand-up or close-up comedy and magic routines. Former customers speak highly of this ability to make a tough audience laugh.

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John Measner

Bridgeview, IL 60455
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John Measner is a professional magician based in the Chicago area with 25 years of experience. His style consists of wit and charm with a sleight of hand approach. John specializes in stage illusions, balloon sculpting, comedic magic, animal magic acts, stunning card tricks, and much more. He has appeared on ABC News, Chicago’s own Bozo Show, and cable TV talk shows.

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4.6 / 5 (17)
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5.0 / 5 (10)

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Magic by Randy

Glenview, IL 60025
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Magic by Randy is a one-stop source for magical entertainment in the Chicago metro area with almost three decades of experience. Magician Randy Bernstein offers a comedic approach to magic for corporate clients and employees, trade shows, park districts, schools, libraries, private events, and parties. Former clients are Motorolla, Narus, Bridgeport, and Mitsubishi. Also, Randy was listed as the Best Kids Magician in 2011 by Make it Better.

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4.1

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Mike O’Donnell

Chicago, IL 60618
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Mike O’Donnell is a professional close-up magician based in the Chicago area for the past two decades. Mike specializes in wedding, restaurant, children and trade show performances where he strives to create impactful magic with a casual approach. Mike has planted his roots in the birthplace of restaurant and bar magic and now performs every Friday and Sunday at Lagunitas Brewery. Former customers speak highly of his friendliness and adaptability.

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5.0 / 5 (5)

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Nick Roy

Chicago, IL 60610
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Nick Roy is a Chicago-based magician specializing in close-up strolling and stand-up magic for corporate clients and private events. His show is designed for a sophisticated audience by blending intellect, wonder and humor, and audience participation. Former clients have been Deloitte, State Farm, PNC Bank, G&E, and more. He currently holds a five-star rating on Yelp! where customers speak highly of his gripping magic tricks, ability to engage a crowd, and professionalism.

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5.0 / 5 (19)

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Sean Masterson

Chicago, IL 60660
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Sean Masterson is a Chicago-based family magician specializing in close-up magic for over two decades. He has performed at the Chicago History Museum, The Old Town Art Fair, and the Acorn Theater. Sean also offers a vaudeville magic show and birthday party shows. Former clients speak highly of his warm personality, thought-provoking magic, and stage presence.

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5.0 / 5 (11)
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5.0 / 5 (3)

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The Great Scott

Chicago, IL 60625
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Scott Green is a Chicago-based family magician who specializes in birthday parties and themed magic shows. He performed his first show at 14 years old and now has appeared on local TV stations such as WGN, Fox, ABC, NBC, and CBS. Scott earned a law degree, but decided to follow his passion and now works as a full-time magician. He also offers a silly spooky magic show, winter show, and performs at educational school assemblies.

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The Magic of Keelan Wendorf

1439 Brown Avenue, Whiting, IN 46394
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The Magic of Keelan Wendorf is a magic entertainment company serving Illinois locals in the Chicago area. Keelan Wendorf is a professional magician, illusionist, and all-around showman with experience in comedy and crowd entertainment. His passion for magic ignited back in his elementary days and was honed when he began to perform for large local events in his hometown. He has now performed for the Chicago Laugh Factory and multiple Vegas events. Keelan is available to perform for weddings, private parties, and corporate events.

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4.9 / 5 (8)
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5.0 / 5 (8)
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Wayne Braun

Chicago, IL 60185
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Wayne Braun is a Chicago-based award-winning Christian magician specializing in spreading the word of Jesus Christ through magic in the State of Illinois. He has performed for schools, corporate gatherings, parties, and fund-raisers. Former customers speak highly of Wayne’s ability to combine artistry, illusion, and gospel.

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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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