King Henry Entertainment
His Highness has something to entertain even the most jaded
tots: puppeteers, magicians, costumed characters, singing
clowns and storytellers are among the offerings. They run
the gamut, from small affairs to grand carnivals with large
live animals. From $150 to $2,000.
Larry Siegel Music & Entertainment
Larry Siegel has a wide network of musical entertainers at
his disposal, from country-and-western soloists to Dixieland
bands to calypso steel-drummers. But he can also hook you
up with something more traditional, like a clown, animal-balloon
maker, or face-painter. Prices start at $200 and go up to
Madeleine the Magician
Performing as either a clown magician or a tuxedoed prestidigitator
working with live doves, Madeleine will magically suspend
kids in midair. Having performed for J. K. Rowling, this twenty-year
veteran also does balloon animals, face-painting, and sing-alongs.
Prices range from $300 to $5,000.
Magical Musical Marion
Posing as a clown or character (a magical princess is a favorite), the Manhattan-based Marion
entertains little ones with magic tricks, singing and dancing,
face-painting, flute playing, and balloon animals. Prices
start at $215 for 45 minutes; additional time is discounted.
Magical Nights Inc.
Offering a network of world-class magicians for all ages,
Magical Nights’ roster includes tricksters from Manhattan’s
Off Broadway “Monday Night Magic” shows. One popular
act, R. J. Lewis, pulls coins from the air and wows with his
ventriloquism. Prices from $400 to $1,500.
Marcia the Musical Moose
Marcia’s specialties include guitar sing-alongs, simple
and silly magic, and puppetry with themes such as magical
forest, underwater world, the barnyard, the jungle, and dinosaurs.
Best suited for kids ages 1 to 7; starting at $295.
Mozart for Children
Debbie Surowicz introduces kids ages 16 months to 7 years
to the world of classical music though hand puppets, instruments,
and choreographed dances. She’ll even bring in a variety
of musicians (trombonists, flutists, violinists) who will
set stories to music. One hour of entertainment starts at
914-937-1188 or 800-336-5853
If you have the space for a small-scale birthday carnival
(be it at home, a hotel, or a park), PM Amusements will deliver
just about any amusement-park rental: pinball machines, snack
carts, inflatable bouncing moonwalkers, dunk tanks, helicopter
rides, carousels, and the like. Arcade games are a specialty.
Professor Putter & His Gadgetorium
With a red bow tie, Einstein looks, and lots of wacky toys
and games, Michael Makman (who got his start on Romper
Room) performs a magic show in the guise of a scientist
showing off his latest inventions. The 45-to-60-minute show
costs $350; Makman stays at Manhattan parties for an extra
hour to mingle with the kids and gives each a personalized
Silly Billy/Dr. Blood
David Kaye’s Silly Billy comedic magic act for kids
ages 3 to 8 is perfectly goofy, but it’s his alter ego,
Dr. Blood, who’s created a unique niche in horror birthday
parties for older kids (ages 7–11). In a blood-drenched
lab coat and scrubs, he gouges his eye out, skewers his tongue,
cuts off his arm, and then power-saws the birthday boy in
half. Afterward, he’ll teach kids how to do the gory
tricks themselves, and give them each a Dr. Blood kit. Starting