It is important for me to deliver my best possible show for you and in order to do that I need your cooperation with a few details. Please read the following:
Rain Plan and Outdoor Parties
I am happy to perform outside, however you must have a plan in place as a backup in case of rain. Please note, I am unable to accept bookings that depend fully on the weather cooperating. (Example: a party taking place in a park with no alternate plan in place for bad weather , such as a waterproof tent or an indoor venue as a backup.)
My show cannot take place even in light rain conditions. If it is scheduled to rain, you can go for one of the 3 options below
We can move the show indoors
You can provide a fully waterproof tent/cover. As long as the magician’s case + supplies are not getting wet the show can go ahead.
If the above two options are not available, and it starts to rain, we would halt the show and do the rest of the show virtually ( at the earliest available time) The full balance would still be due.
As I only accept bookings that are non weather dependent and have a fully dry backup plan, the full balance would be owed if you cancel because of bad weather.
Timing is Everything!
I will arrive early to make sure I can set up and start my show on time. It is very important that you allow your guests more than enough time to arrive, or eat if you are having a meal before the show. In fairness to other bookings delaying a show's start is often not an option.
Space and Requirements for the Magic Show
I do not need too much space and I will bring everything I require for the show including a small table/magic case. A space of 2 meters by 2 meters square space is enough for the “performance space”, but I can work with a bit less if needed.
It is best if my back is to a wall, and there should be enough room for all of the children and guests to sit comfortably on the floor in front of me. Please try your best to ensure there is no reflective surface in the area directly behind me ( TV, mirror, reflective doors /windows). Also, please do not plan to have people sitting/standing behind me OR beside me during the performance. The intended view of the show is to have the audience in front of me.
It usually works best if the children sit on the floor in front, this way everyone can see well. It is also best to have the show in an area that is away from toys and away from other entertainment/distractions. If there are toys in the room, toys and other activities should be put away and not accessible to the children during the show. Bouncy Castles should always be deflated during the show.
As parties are currently taking place outdoors- Please also think about sun- making sure the audience and performer are not in direct sunlight (and that they do not have sun in their eyes) will make for a much better show.
I will require parking on the day. If possible, a spot close to the entrance is ideal, however if this is not possible, please be sure let me know if there are any additional parking instructions I need to know.
Parents Who Watch the Magic Show
I find that adults often enjoy my kid's show just as much as the kids do! I personally love it when adults watch the show with their kids, however there is nothing more distracting than adults having loud conversations in the same room or the next room over. If some adults choose not to watch the show then that is fine, but please try and plan for enough space between the show and the room where the adults are gathering so the children can get the most out of the magic show. I do require at least one adult to be present during the show.
Feeding the Children During the Show
For many reasons I ask that you please do not feed children snacks or a meal during the show.
Recording the show
When booking Magic Mel you are entitled to a live performance of the magic act only. Magic Mel does not provide publishing rights, copyright to the act or online posting rights to the magic show. Recording short snippets of the show IS allowed for private events ( birthdays), but I would kindly ask that if you do record parts of show, and that you use it for personal memories only, and that you do not post the routines/show online ( please do not post videos to social media, youtube, etc).
Snowstorm Add on
If you have chosen to book the Amazing Snowstorm add on ($95)- Please know this magical finale does leave quite a bit of a confetti mess ( Small light weight white confetti). You can easily clean it up with a vacuum, but please know, Magic Mel does not have a vacuum with her and this will be something you will need to clean up after the show/party. Please let Magic Mel know in advance if this is a problem and you would like to remove this “add on” from your booking.
Once you pay my retainer fee of $100 and fill out my booking form, I add your booking on my calendar for you. This means I do not take other bookings for the time and date you booked for. If you booked with me (by filling out my booking form and paying the $100 retainer fee) and then did have to reschedule a magic show, due to an emergency ( including a covid diagnosis or a covid close contact ) , that would not be a problem. As mentioned above, I have not booked anything else for your time and date, but I completely understand the need to be flexible right now.
This retainer payment is non-refundable, however, the retainer payment can be transferred one time to another date that I am available, within 6 months of your original booking date. If you choose not to cancel and not reschedule , I would keep your retainer payment. If you cancelled a 2nd time (cancelled the reschedule date/time), the full balance would be owed. Once again, I do not allow weather based re-scheduling, please see full weather policy above. The full balance would be owed if you do not have a fully dry backup location planned in case of bad weather. Please know, if for any reason I cannot come to your event OR if there is another provincial lockdown where social gatherings are not permitted, I would (of course) refund your retainer payment.
Thanks again for booking me. If you have any further questions please ask.
I look forward to making your event AMAZING!