October 4, 2022 kscope
Clients looking to hire a magician for their upcoming event normally have two options: strolling magic or a magic show.
We asked our resident magicians Kenny and James to help us explain the differences so every client can book the best fit for their upcoming event.

What is the difference between strolling magic and a magic show?

James M, our classic magician

James: In a magic show, there’s a boundary between the “stage” area and the “audience” area.  While volunteers from the audience are often invited up on stage, and the magician frequently makes forays into the audience, there’s a demarcation.  The stage (or “platform” or “parlor”) magic show is longer — often half an hour or 45 minutes — with several routines consisting of several tricks, to provide a cohesive whole with a theme.  Think of a one-act play.

In strolling magic, the magician approaches individuals or small groups (three to five folks, typically) to present one to three tricks.  The magic is more like a conversation than a stage play.  Often the members of the audience touch and examine the props, and the magic itself takes place in the spectators’ hands.  People sitting a dinner, folks waiting in line for some other event, people standing about — they are the ones who have a bit of magic touch their lives.  It’s up close and personal.

Kenny: My personal show is a 50/50 mix of comedy and classic magic with a twist of clown charm. You can expect to see me on a stage while I go through one trick after another with plenty of helpers and laughs. Like most magicians, every show I do is largely the same with some adjustments for the event.

My strolling magic is more clowning around. I do plenty of magic, but can cater each interaction to the event and individuals there. That might be some puppets, juggling, clown gags, balloon twisting, or anything else–all depending on what I think will work best for the audience.

Kenny, our kids comedy magician, in one of his many costumes (pictured here: leprechaun!)

What audiences does *your* strolling magic land best with?

James: For me, it’s often folks above the age of six or seven, though young adults through twenties seem to enjoy it most.

Kenny: My strolling magic is great for all ages, like an animated movie that’s made for kids ages 5-9 but has plenty of jokes and puns for teens and adults.

When would you recommend strolling magic over a show?

Kenny as his wizard character

James: Would having everyone sit in rows looking in one direction fit in with your plan for the event?  Then go with a show.  A corporate dinner and awards presentation, for example. If you have more freedom of motion, mingling, and random movement with no fixed schedule for various phases of the day, go with strolling.

Kenny: I recommend strolling magic for fairs & similar big events where there is 100s off people to entertain a few at a time

When would you recommend a show over strolling magic?

James: When there’s a schedule, when you expect folks to be all in one place at one time, then go with a show.  If it’s mingling/freeform, then go with strolling.

Kenny: Private parties, corporate events, big events if there is ample seating.

About how many guests will interact with you an hour?

James: For a show — all of them, all at once. For strolling, probably forty people an hour will be directly involved, with as many more looking on as random chance may provide.

Kenny: In a strolling set I can entertain 15-30 people, depending on how amped up the kids or adults are.

James (pictured here) and Kenny are both available for Christmas-themed magic shows as Santa himself

What sort of tricks should guests be ready to see in *your* strolling set?

James: Folks should expect to see dice, coins, rings, strings, dollar bills.  They’ll see classic sleight-of-hand using ordinary objects.  They’ll experience the magic in their own hands.

Kenny: Gravity manipulation with water, magic bags they can reach into, a cheeky puppet named Sherbert, ball juggling, and of course plenty of clowning around!

September 6, 2022 kscope

Summer camps looking for unique programming ideas face a few challenges: hundreds of kids needing to be entertained, running a complicated schedule, and having to do it all on a budget!

After a decade of working with YMCAs, town Parks & Recs departments, public schools, and private daycares, we have our summer camp entertainment packages down to a science to make sure all of your campers are thrilled, parents are impressed, and you stay within your budget.

Programming Theme: Splash Day

Alternative Theme Ideas: Luau Party, Beach Day

Entertainment Package: We throw a foam party where campers dance to kids bop, take tons of silly photos, and get out all of their energy–all in our amazing foam pit!

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Round it out to be a full splash day with more water activities
  • Water play for younger kids
  • Water balloon fights for older kids
  • Water sponge dodgeball
  • Pool time

Ages: 2 – Teen

Great For: Outdoor camps, camps without pool access

Don’t Recommend For: Camps with only indoor space; daycares that are only for infants and toddlers.

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Programming Theme: Mermaids and Pirates

Alternative Theme Ideas: Adventure Day, Magic Day

Entertainment Package: We invite a mermaid or pirate of your choice for group shows and individual activities. Gather everyone around for mermaid story time or a pirate magic show, then bring by individual groups for mermaid glitter tattoos or pirate sword balloon twisting.

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Have campers dress up as mermaids and pirates.
  • Hold a “talk like a pirate” contest all day–give each kid a sticker to start the day. If an adult catches them talking without a “pirate accent” they lose the sticker. Whoever can go the entire day talking like a pirate wins!
  • If your camp has occasional pool access, this is also perfect for a pool day to keep groups busy while they’re out of the pool.

Ages: Our mermaid story time is perfect for ages 2-6, and our pirate magic show is perfect for ages 4-9. Invite one or both of them for a mix-and-match day that fits your needs.

Great For: Camps with younger kids (for mermaids); camps looking to keep kids busy on pool days (both mermaids and pirates); camps who love dress-up days (both mermaids and pirates).

Don’t Recommend Mermaid Story Time For: Camps that are primarily elementary and middle school (mermaid story time is best for younger kids)

Don’t Recommend Pirate Magic Show For: Camps that are mostly toddlers or PreK (magic needs more attention span than that)

>>>CLICK HERE FOR A MERMAID OR PIRATE PARTY QUOTE<<<

Programming Theme: Circus Camp

Alternative Theme Ideas: Magic Camp, Clown School

Entertainment Package: Kenny the Clown comes and entertains the whole group with a 30min magic show, then takes groups for a juggling lesson using easy-to-juggle clown scarves. Bonus: add a second clown for speedy face painting or simple balloon twisting.

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Put on a talent show to create your own variety show as part of the camp circus!
  • If you have snack time, consider renting a popcorn or cotton candy machine.

Ages: 4-9 for the magic show, 7-teen for juggling class

Great For: Camps with a stage; arts camps; camps that can program different activities for different ages.

Don’t Recommend For: Daycares that are only for infants and toddlers

>>>CLICK HERE FOR A CIRCUS PARTY QUOTE<<<

Programming Theme: Balloon Class

Alternative Theme Ideas: Clown School, Circus Camp, “Balloons Over [Camp Name]”

Entertainment Package: One of our professional balloon twisters will come with enough supplies for groups of up to 15 kids to learn designs at once. Students will learn between 2-4 designs (depending on age and time alotted) and take home their creations.

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Have staff come to the class to twist along (and have fun!), as well as keep things running smoothly
  • Include other balloon crafts like origami or paper mache hot air balloons
  • Consider balloon-themed sports like water balloon fights, balloon-popping relay races, or water balloon dodge ball!

Ages: 7-teen for balloon twisting class, but professional balloon twisting time can be added so younger kids aren’t excluded

Great For: Small-group breakouts, library camps, arts or STEM camps

Don’t Recommend For: Daycares that are only for infants and toddlers

>>>CLICK HERE FOR A BALLOON CLASS QUOTE<<<

Programming Theme: Paint Party

Alternative Theme Ideas: Picasso Day, Day at the Museum

Entertainment Package: We throw a kid-friendly paint party where we go step-by-step with a real art teacher to create masterpieces we can take home.

Bonus Ideas for Your Staff:

  • Bust out all of your favorite craft activities like tie dye, weaving, or jewelry making for an amazing art day.
  • Have a “painting costume contest” and assign each group a famous painting (Starry Night, Mona Lisa, The Scream, Andy Warhol’s Soup Cans, The Persistence of Memory) and give out a Best Costume award in each group.
  • Make it a “museum” day and bring science, dinosaurs, or history into your programming with crafts or a movie screeening.

Ages: 8 – Teen

Great For: Camps that like to schedule seated activities; arts camps; camps with families who value multi-disciplinary activities.

Don’t Recommend For: Camps with limited space; camps that are nervous about kids potentially getting paint on clothing or floors; camps on a tight budget.

>>>CLICK HERE FOR A PAINT PARTY QUOTE<<<

April 6, 2020 kscope

Unicorn Themed Party Ideas

New Ideas and Activities for Unicorn Parties

At Kaleidoscope, we’ve been doing Unicorn parties for almost a decade.  We’ve seen the trend go from My Little Ponies to something so much more glittery, sparkly, and iridescent.  In fact, the trend has grown so much that our office staff had a “Unicorn Meeting” so we could brainstorm all the great ways we can make your Unicorn party super original and memorable!  Here they are–take a look, and when you think you’ve found some good choices, our booking specialist can help you with a quote: 

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June 20, 2017 kscope

 

Looking for a family magic show that’s as funny as it is magical? Call Kenny!

Kenny’s kid’s comedy magic show is family-friendly where Kenny just can’t seem to get it right! From exploding props to puppets who play tricks on him, Kenny will have every kid at your event rolling with laughter and screaming for more. His show has a retro-magic vibe with a modern and cartoonish flair.

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November 27, 2016 kscope

Kaleidoscope specializes in parties with multiple characters, because our actors are trained to work together to bring stories come to life! The past box office years have seen some big adventure stories which makes these princesses and their friends the perfect choice for parties of any size, age, or gender.

Remember: because mascots are picture-perfect, check on these differences between mascots and face characters so you pick the best package for your party.

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