Additonal Last Minute Party Planning Ideas



Expect the Unexpected

The hardest thing to plan for at any birthday party is the unexpected. Here's what you can do to keep chaos at bay:

  • Be prepared for meltdowns. An adult helper can take a distraught child aside while the rest of the group continues celebrating.
  • Stock band-aids, ice and tissue.
  • If parents are dropping off children, be sure you know about any food allergies or relevant medical conditions.
  • If you have pets, it's best to keep them separate from the guests. Include them in your family celebration — but know that some children are allergic to or afraid of even the gentlest animals. Similarly, many pets are afraid of small children who may not know that it's a bad idea to pull tails or step on paws.


Finally, remember that following guidelines is all well and good, but as every parent knows, sometimes the rules simply have to go out the window. Just as long as they don't all go out at once.


As an added thank you for trusting me to help you plan your party, please download some additional free gifts here.  But if you are like me, and would like something to hold in your hand instead, shoot me an email here and I'll send you a copy of my birthday party planning guide in the mail. 




My Parent's Win an Award...For Embarassment

I've spent the past few days at my parent's house watching their dog, which is fine, as my apartment doesn't allow pets (or air conditioning, apparently).  While organizing some magazines and miscellaneous "stuff", I came across an envelope of photos. My mom advised that they had come across these "blast from the past" memories and shared some of my greatest moments with my cousins at a recent get together.

It doesn't matter how cool you think you are, leave it to family to keep you humble.  Since they are going to surface at some point, it makes sense to get ahead of this.  No


Trying to blow fire    

Cool 90's style!


Those rings aren't going to link themselves.












Book Release


What's been going on behind the scenes in my world is working on a great partnership with the San Jose library. Perhaps you've been to one of the shows

Wait...that was a really shitty intro.  Sorry about that.  Let me try again. ya doing?  It's been a bit...Trying to find my groove with the blog.  I'm also really excited about teaming up with the San Jose Library. After a show, during my usual chit chat, a librarian and I started talking about hobbies.  I not so subtly mentioned I had written a book, and she asked if I would like to have it available at all of the public libraries in San Jose. Umm...YEAH. We are almost there.

I'm happy to announce my last library show of the season, and book release party at the library. To celebrate the book being carried in every library, every family in attendance will receive a copy.

Thank you for all of your support.

See you on the 12th.


P.S. New Vlog drops Monday.

Bring the famly out

Here's a fun way to celebrate the holidays with the family.


Not so Happy Holidays...

Mini rant ahead....


Spidey sense....your gut..whatever you call it,  you should heed it.

As we approach the holidays many inquiries start pouring in for shows.  To be honest during some slower times I don't mind doing a show for a school program, or a worthy charity.  However, for the second year in a row I was approached by these guys.  And I should have learned from last year.  You see sometimes clients book me for a party, and aside from my client appreciation event don't see me all that often, and I invite them to this San Jose tradition.  It's great to see everyone again.

But last year, I was given a great date and time, but when I went to park, I was told parking was unavailable, and that I wasn't on the schedule, (the year before I was bumped by Bob and the Backyard band).  So this year I thought a Sunday afternoon, no rain, we are set to go.  I went to park and security said no.  I showed them my performance confirmation and was told I'm not on the schedule. As it's a non paying show, no sweat, but a few people reached out saying they made a trip to the park just to see me.


My spidey sense was tingling this morning as I was preparing...I should have heeded it.

Thanks for Trusting Me

It's been a bit, I know.

If we've been in touch lately gimme a sec, need to say hey to the new people. Be right back..

Hey, the blog section huh?  I admire that.  I'm throwing a huge thank you party for clients of mine.  It's a chance to meet other families that have teamed up with me. That's what I'm working on behind the scenes.  I've got about half of my signed deck of cards (every card in a deck signed by someone).

Ok, people I've talked to recently, I have some library shows this Winter, and once again performing at Christmas in the Park. I'll be shooting you an email about that in a bit.


If you're not on the list, shoot me an email and I'll get you squared away (free monthly newsletter too)

Happy Labor Day

It's been awhile, and I'm sorry about that. I found out I had to move, and so have spent the past month or so dealing with that. The good news is that it's almost done, I found a cool new spot. I have a few extra copies of the July newsletter (timely I know). If you'd like a copy, just click here, and write "I'm in", and I'll get your package in the mail out to you.

Last month a bunch of magicians from the South Bay crashed an open mic. In case you want to re-watch it, here's a link.

Now that homework is established, and everyone is getting into the groove again, it's a good time to start planning an extracurricular.. The City is offering a life skills class under the guise of magic. Yes the tricks are fun, but emphasis is really on

  • public speaking,
  • ice breaking skills,
  • hand/eye coordination,
  • finding their "voice"
  • and self confidence.

Oh, and on the last class we put on a show, to share what we've learned. Classes start in a couple weeks. If you have some questions about them, let me know.


I hope things are cool on your side.

Happy Labor Day!



Magicians Crash an Open Mic

As part of a magic comedy night, Kat helps with a card trick as I show off my art skills.


The Cost of a Magician

Why are magician prices all over the place?


I can't put it any better than this.

Way Back Wednesday

Back in college (2003 or 2004?), I was hired by our dorm's committee to do a show.  I was hoping these were lost forever, but a friend uncovered them and sent them.  GREAT.  Instead of hiding them in shame, like I should, I'm sharing them here with you.


Here's part one.


and if that's not enough, here's the rest...


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