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It's 100 Degrees -
Is Your Birthday Party Outside?

Nashville, TN

Yeah! Time for the Magic Show and all the kids are gathering in the back yard with water, water, water and fun.

The back yard really is a great place to have a party! The Magic Show will be perfect and the Bounce House will fit right over there and none of the kids will be in your house, it's perfect.

Just try to remember that in the direct sun it gets really, really hot. The last party that I attended my show was in direct sunlight, wasn't a shade tree in sight. The weather was so hot I didn't think the rabbit was going to make it. When planning, remember that the Magician has a rabbit and two doves that really need to be in a decent temperature, the Magician can handle the heat and even direct sunlight, but the animals cannot. I know this sounds so much like common sense but not everyone plans accordingly. Not only that, but some people do not have a plan B. What if it rains? What if the sun is too hot for the kids? A plan B is really perfect in this occasion.

For most of the parties I do the Balloon Animals and they really need a decent temperature also. Twisting a balloon animal in 100 degrees is almost twice as hard if the audience waiting for the balloon has to wait in the 100 degrees. The kids love to watch the balloon twisting but are taken away from the fun when too hot.

Answer: Plan for a shady area in your yard to be used for the balloon twisting and the Magician. Shade takes the temperature down almost 10 degrees, or at least it feels that way. If you have a room next to the back door where the kids can at least come inside and get a breath of cool air it almost always makes for a better Birthday Party. Give them a place they can rest just for a minute and they'll be happy to go back out and have some more fun! The other thing that you may want to consider is having the Magician and the balloon twisting inside the garage. Yes, the garage. You really can have a perfect party in the garage. It gets the kids out of the sunlight and gives them a dry place to sit and watch the Magic Show.

Really looking forward to attending your party! Tell me if it's outdoors and I can dress accordingly. Yeah! Let's have a blast .....


Calling The Magician

Just received a call about a Birthday Party ... the question that was asked, "Can I have two birthday children at the same party?". In other words, can two children celebrate their birthdays together, and my answer is YES! If your child wants to celebrate his birthday with his best friend, let's do it. I have two magic wands and they each can participate and have just as much fun! as a matter of fact, celebrating my birthday with my best friend is something I prefer to do.

A Birthday is a very special time for a child. Yes, I can actually tell you about different things that my parents did for me, on my birthday when I was a child. Create memories that they will love! Do anything you can to make your child's dreams come true. They'll love you for it later!

So my caller had a second question and here it is, "I haven't decided my time and place yet, but I have decided the date, what should we do?".

If you have decided you want a Magic Show and you know your date, I'll hold that date for a couple of days till you decide your specifics. If something happens and you decide to go a different way with the party, I simply erase your name from that date, no hassles! no pressure!

Trust me, I have people who hesitate to call because they think the person on the other end of the line is going to pressure them into booking immediately.

Pressure is a terrible thing, except in the shower!

You will NEVER receive even the slightest amount of pressure when you call my number. I don't like people trying to pretend they know what I need, and I WILL NOT do that to you! go ahead and call .... don't hesitate .... I'm very laid back and will simply answer your questions and nothing more. If you ask my advice, you'll get it and nothing more. I've been entertaining at children's parites since 1985, if you would like some advice, I'll give it to you probably with a couple of jokes - but no pressure :)

Nashville Magician Rodney Kelley

(615) 423-2636

Magic Show Funnies - Nashville

The Magic Show went so very well with a group of about 20 four and five year olds.... It was pretty much a standard show everything had went smooth. This particular Saturday I had three shows scheduled and quite a bit of driving in between shows. It was noon and I'm packing the equiptment into the car to travel to the next show and the lady of the house comes out to say goodbye.

At the moment that she walked out the door I had lifted the rabbit box and was prepared to put it in the car, but my customer started talking. I was already burning up from the 100 degree weather and carrying the equiptment from the house to the car and loading. My customer started talking about how they weren't sure that the kids would sit still for that length of time and pay attention etc but the kids did sit still, and she was very pleased that they enjoyed and paid attention for so long...and I was holding the rabbit box (with the rabbit in it) and I'm sweating so bad......I'm burning by this time and too polite to turn away and put the rabbit box down.

My customer ends and I sit the rabbit box in the car and hug her. The car is loaded so I start to get into the car, the moment I move I realize - while I was listening to my customer, the rabbit had peed all down the side of my pants! and I don't mean a polite pee, my rabbit let it loose and I smelled of such! Yes, I've still got a couple of hours of driving and two more Magic Shows to go and you can imagine how I smelled ..... Yes, I'm laughing now but wasn't that day. 

Birthday Party Ideas - Old is New

It's amazing that you can go to a party and think that with all the technology we have available, the kids still love some of the simplest of things! I'm talking about the tried and true standards, most of the kids today have never played some of these games ..... Hard to believe! For example, this weekend I had a party where the kids had never heard of the "Telephone Game". You know the game, one child starts the "Telephone Message" by whispering to the next child a sentence. The second child in turn whispers the message to the next child and so on. At the very end of the game the last child says aloud the "Telephone Message" that was relayed through the entire group and you compare it with the original message. It's really interesting and kinda funny to see how different the end message is..... Isn't this a standard with all kids? Apparently not, this group of kids had never heard of, let alone played this game and they quite enjoyed it!

They were playing this "Telephone" game because I arrived late - in my defense, there were 2 to 3 inches of rain on the roads that I had to travel to get to the party. So I either had to go very slowly with the traffic and rain, or I would have to break out the raft and take to rowing. I chose the slow traffic idea and arrived late ....

when I arrived the kids were actually playing the Duck, Duck, Goose game.... isn't this a standard also? The kids really enjoyed playing this game also.... You remember this game don't you? All children sit in a circle with one child walking around the outside of the circle tapping each child on the head while saying Duck, Duck, Duck, Goose ... and when he taps one on the head and yells Goose he runs around the circle with the tapped child running in the opposite direction and both are trying to reach the vacant spot in the circle first. The game continues on till time to start another activity ...

This was truly a perfect weather weekend, and the show went really well also.... Call if you need something more than games for the kids and I'll be there!

Rodney :)

How Many Children Can I Invite To The Party?

How Many Children Can I Invite To The Party?

If you're having the birthday party at your home, think about your answer. 
You actually can invite as many children as you want, but how many children do you actually want in your home? or living room? The birthday party needs to be organized and calm....well, at least organized! If you have more than 25 kids, you may want to have the party at another venue. Really, you should, think about the basement of your church and you're headed in the perfect direction. If you're only thinking about having 25 children or less at the party, then your living room is probably perfect. If the weather will cooperate you may want to have it in your back yard. The back yard is a good idea on some days. On other days, having the birthday party in the back yard is a nightmare. If it's too hot, no one will want to go outside, but you could end up with a perfect day - fingers crossed. Having entertainment (Magic Show!) will make any option better! A Magic Show with an entertainer who's been thru 30 years of Birthday Parties would probably be your best bet:) No matter how many children you have, call me if you have charge for my advice and no pressure on the phone! Glad to help with anything that I can!

Rodney The Magician - (615) 423-2636

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