Parents help magicians (pt 2) is about parents helping in another way that some do not even think about.
When I go to a party to do a magic show, many things come into play. One of those things is young children of the birthday boy/girl. Many parents think the magic show is for all ages, including toddlers. Unfortunately, some parents think they can leave the room and let the toddlers watch and be entertained. This can lead to bad experiences for everyone.
I remember a show I did where the birthday girl had two little brothers. The mother went into the kitchen to get the food ready and left the brothers to watch the show. She thought nothing of it, but I knew the show was going to be difficult because there was no adult supervision. Sure enough, after 5 minutes, the boys didn’t want to sit still and watch the show. They started running around and bothering the other children.
Magicians are NOT hired to be babysitters. Contrary to what some people think, we are there to entertain you, your guests, and the children. If there is no adult supervision while the magic show is going on then problems can arise. Very young children, like 2-3 years old, tend to wander up to the magician and distract him/her. They can even start to disrupt the show by pulling things out of the magicians box or grabbing things. This may look cute and adorable to others, but it is a nightmare for the magician. In order for him/her to give the best possible show, they need to be able to focus their attention on the performance and the audience, not on children that just want to explore and be their natural inquisitive selves.
So please help us by providing supervision for the very young ones. Everyone at the party will have a better time.