Frequently Asked Questions
How far do you travel to do a birthday party and do you charge travel fees?
I've done birthday parties all across Western Washington -- from Ellensburg to Poulsbo to Bremerton to Seattle to Stanwood to Bainbridge Island. Most of my customers are based in Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area. The only minimal travel fees I charge involve doing programs South of Tacoma, East of the Cascades, and when I need to take a ferry.
How much space do you need for the typical birthday party?
With most birthday party shows, I'm performing right in front of the family room fireplace. I just need a little staging area in front of me for the routines where I have volunteers come forward.
Do you need me to provide a table? Electricity? Anything?
Nope. I bring all my own equipment -- sound system, table, everything. Total set up time is about 5 minutes, so we're ready to roll almost as soon as I arrive. My goal is to make this birthday party totally easy for you.
Can you include goodie bags?
If you don't want to hassle with shopping around, deciding what to include, spending an hour or more stuffing the bags, and then having a bunch of extra gimcracks left over at end, I can provide goodie bags for your birthday party. I buy all the materials in bulk and only charge you for the bags you use, so there's no wasted time or money.
What's in each goodie bag?
Each goodie bag typically includes items like a fortune telling fish, finger trap, wire puzzle, a couple magic tricks and toys, and a small handful of candy. I take care of this for you for just $4 a bag.
My child is scared of clowns. Are you scary?
Even though I've been professionally trained in the application of clown makeup, I don't wear any -- for exactly that reason. Instead, Turk the Magic Genie will appear at your party dressed in dark slacks, dark t-shirt, a sparkly vest, and a very funny turban hat. Safe. Fun. And totally non-scary at all.
How much experience doing children's birthday parties do you have?
I have performed professionally for more than 30 years all across the U.S. In the mid-1980s, I was trained by a professional Ringling Brothers clown on exactly what it takes to make children laugh while being amazed. Since then I have literally done thousands of shows for families and family events.
But aren't all birthday magicians / clowns the same? Why shouldn't I just keep calling until I find the cheapest entertainer?
If getting the cheapest price is your top priority, you should definitely shop around. There's a difference between "price" and "value" -- someone who puts on a sponge nose, buys a couple magic tricks, and hires themselves out as a clown 1 or 2 times a month will probably not cost very much, and most likely will be worth even less.
On the other hand, inviting a trained professional into your home to create an unbelievably enjoyable experience you can confidently share with your family and friends involves a totally different level of value.
Okay Turk, why should I hire you compared to all the other options available?
Have you ever experienced a family celebration where every child, every family member, every friend sat transfixed with their eyes glued wide open? Where everyone's jaws just flat out dropped in amazement? Where the walls of the room seemed to practically rock with howls of laughter and fun?
If not, then you've never had the pleasure of experiencing one of my birthday party shows. And every one of my birthday party programs is 100% -- "no worries, no hassles, no way you're not going to be thrilled" -- money-back guarantee.
There's absolutely zero risk to you. Your family will get a totally unforgettable birthday party magical variety show packed with laughter, wonder, and incredible Kodak moments guaranteed to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Weekends especially fill up fast. To reserve your space, contact me today.