Dan Mindo - Children's Party Magician

Why book Dan Mindo - Children's Party Magician?

Chicagolands Favorite Children's Magician! The Daily Herald: "Magician Dan Mindo Wows The Crowd!" "Star of Cable TV's "Children's Party Magician" Dan Mindo specializes in parties for children. As the father of a little girl, I know how to entertain children with the experience of magic!

I cannot tell you how many times I have spoken with adults who have shared with me that their strongest childhood memory is when their parents hired a magician for their birthday. They may have forgotten the presents but they still remember the experience of magic!

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Amazing Performer

Thanks Dan! Everybody had so much fun and Andrew is constantly doing the
tricks that you gave the kids on the flyer. He said it was his best party ever!
Everyone loved the show and judging by the response from the other parents you
should be getting a few more bookings soon. Thanks again for helping to make our
little party such a success!

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Reviewer: Johnnie T.
Event: Birthday Party in Itasca, IL
Event Date: Mar 16, 2014
Hired As: Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment, Comedy Magician, Magician, Children's Party Magician

A True Professional

Dan Mindo was everything I could have hoped for. He was a true professional, arriving early engaging the kids and adults from the minute he walked in the door. Throughout his show he had everyone laughing and mystified! His show has some really funny moments and a few surprises that made it a day to remember. But I think his most endearing quality is his ability to connect with the children. I have seen a few magicians that were very good but Dan clearly loves what he does and he it shows on the faces of the kids that are watching him.

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Reviewer: kelvin l.
Event: Birthday Party in Oak Brook, IL
Event Date: Aug 10, 2013
Hired As: Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment, Comedy Magician, Magician, Children's Party Magician

He was Magical!

Dan was Terrific! He really knows how to entertain both kids and adults. My daughter was so thrilled to be a part of the show and he absolutely made her feel special and Magical! I wanted someone that would not just show a bunch of tricks but someone that would get the kids into the show and make them feel special and Dan did that. He was very professional and very easy to book. Thank you Dan, you were GREAT!

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Reviewer: Heather H.
Event: Birthday Party in Geneva, IL
Event Date: Mar 22, 2014
Hired As: Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment, Comedy Magician, Magician, Children's Party Magician

Birthday Party

My son's 9th birthday party was an added success because of Dan! Thank you for your great interaction with the kids and a great show!

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Reviewer: Kim C.
Event: Birthday Party in Plainfield, IL
Event Date: Jan 18, 2014
Hired As: Children's Party Magician

Response from Dan Mindo - Children's Party Magician:

Thank you Kim! I really appreciate it. Bobby is a terrific kid and we really had fun. Thanks again and please say hello to Bobby for me.

He brought life to the party!!

Dan performed at my youngest daughter's first birthday party. He has a very pleasant personality and was able to instantly connect with the audience. He has a really good stage presence, the kids and adults loved him!! Even after the party was over I got messages from parents saying how great he was. I think his performance was the highlight of our party. What I loved about his acts was that he got the kids involved in a variety of acts. The kids were amused at all of his awesome tricks. He even got me involved and stunned me in one of his acts which everyone got a good laugh out of. He brought life to our party!! Overall if you are looking for a good performer for kids and adults who can make your party a memorable one, well look no further Dan is the man!!

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Reviewer: sameen k. (.
Event: Birthday Party in Naperville, IL
Event Date: Sep 21, 2013
Hired As: Children's Party Magician, Balloon Twister

Great performance from an awesome entertainer!

We hired Dan to perform for 20 kids at my son's 7th birthday party and it was certainly an event to remember! The kids were enthralled the entire time and are still saying, "how did he do that?!" He made balloons for all the kids after his show as well which was a nice touch. Dan was a pleasure to deal with, arrived on time, and performed as stated. I would definitely recommend him for any event!

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Reviewer: Jaclyn M.
Event: Birthday Party in Kankakee, IL
Event Date: Jan 25, 2013
Hired As: Children's Party Magician, Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment, Comedy Magician, Magician

Response from Dan Mindo - Children's Party Magician:

Thank you so much for your kind words and your generosity Jaclyn! I had a great time too. It is hard to believe I get paid to have so much fun, but I do. The kids really made the show. Thanks again I really appreciate it.

HE WAS GREAT!

Dan performed at a family birthday party for us last week. HE WAS GREAT! The kids were from 13 to 3 and he knew their names, had each work with him on a trick and really did a fine job. I would strongly recommend him and plan to use his services again in the near future. John Mangel Kenilworth, Ill

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Reviewer: John M. I.
Event: Birthday Party in Winnetka, IL
Event Date: Oct 12, 2012
Hired As: Children's Party Magician, Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment, Comedy Magician, Magician

Review by Tina J.

Dan was a true professional. He arrived on-time, set-up without any hassle, and entertained the heck out of the families at our event. We have already hired Dan for our event this year!

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Reviewer: Tina J.
Organization: Villa Park Summerfest
Event: Festival in Villa Park, IL
Event Date: Jun 19, 2010
Hired As: Children's Party Magician

Review by Denise D.

Dan Mindo was absolutely wonderful. He really connected with the kids and had them laughing and squealing with delight from the beginning! He was also extremely easy to work with. My younger child has a birthday coming up and she has already requested that we hire Dan Mindo. Thanks Dan, you were terrific!

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Reviewer: Denise D.
Event: Birthday Party in Wilmette, IL
Event Date: Feb 12, 2011
Hired As: Children's Party Magician, Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment, Comedy Magician, Magician

Review by Harold W.

Dan Mindo was extremely personable, and put on a show that the everyone LOVED! He was funny, charming, and amazing. Even the adults were looking at each other saying, "How did he do that?"

I've booked other magicians in the past, but Dan Mindo is the best. He is the only performer I'll be contacting for party entertainment in the future. He should be at your future party as well!

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Reviewer: Harold W.
Event: Private Party in Richmond, IL
Event Date: Nov 1, 2010
Hired As: Children's Party Magician, Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment, Comedy Magician, Comedy Show, Magician

Review by Merry W.

Dan Mindo did a wonderful job entertaining the children at our charity event! He twisted balloons into all kinds of fantastic animals and shapes, keeping the kids happy and engaged. Kids of all ages loved his magic! We will be very happy to have Dan return next year to captivate all the kids at our event. Thank you Dan, look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewer: Merry W.
Organization: Paul's Run for Epilepsy - 5k
Event: Private Party in Prospect Heights, IL
Event Date: Oct 17, 2010
Hired As: Children's Party Magician, Balloon Twister

Review by Julie D.

Thank you for being so entertaining, so funny, and so patient with 12 4th graders storming your stage. They loved it! I've run into a few of the girls since then and they let me know how much fun your show was. And Claire had a simply splendid time!

Thanks for being so easy to work with - I will definitely recommend you to friends!

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Reviewer: Julie D.
Event: Birthday Party in Geneva, IL
Event Date: Oct 23, 2010
Hired As: Children's Party Magician, Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment, Comedy Magician, Magician

Review by Beth G.

Best decision I ever made regarding my daughter's birthday celebration. Mr, Mindo was able to tame and dazzle a crowd of 8 year old children. My daughter said it was her best party ever. She was beaming while assisting a particular act. All the children were excited to receive balloons that Mr. Mindo twisted into various animals or objects. Overall the show exceeded my expectations.

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Reviewer: Beth G.
Event: Birthday Party in La Grange, IL
Event Date: Aug 22, 2010
Hired As: Children's Party Magician, Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment, Comedy Magician, Magician

Review by James P.

"Dan did a fantastic job! I had never seen a magic show live before, and I was very impressed with the tricks he did; he also included EVERYONE in the fun and magic. I would definitely have Dan perform at another party. Great job Dan, everyone loved your act!

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Reviewer: James P.
Event: Private Party in Villa Park, IL
Event Date: Apr 17, 2010
Hired As: Children's Party Magician, Balloon Twister, Children's Party Entertainment

Review by nancy s.

“My daughter Ava wanted to have a magician at her 8th birthday party. We were fortunate enough to find Dan Mindo. Dan Mindo was able to captivate 30 children with his mystifying magic act. All the children were completely spellbound. They thoroughly enjoyed being called up on stage and assisting with the magic show. After the magic show Dan made balloon creations for all of the kids. I don’t know how it could have been any better! It was the best and most fun party we have ever had. I’m not sure how I’d ever top Dan Mindo!”

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Reviewer: nancy s.
Event: Birthday Party in Villa Park, IL
Event Date: May 21, 2010
Hired As: Children's Party Magician

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 30 - 90 minutes
  • Fee: $175 - $450
  • Languages: English

Overview

“Magician Dan Mindo Wows The Crowd”! – The Daily Herald – 6/20/10

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FAQ

Q: Why hire a magician and specifically Chicago Birthday Magician Dan Mindo?

A: Live entertainment is something of a novelty today when children are faced with so many options; the Internet, ipods, video games, endless programming on cable an so on. Many children will never see a live performance in their own home. I truly believe that by hiring a magician you are creating a lasting memory for your child that will remain with them long after their Xbox has been cast aside in favor of the next game, toy or TV show.

Why hire me specifically? First, I am the father of a little girl and I have been creating entertaining magic for children for many years. Also, I have studied many styles of performance for children and I have found that children crave being the star of the show. My show is designed to make that a reality! My goal is to make your child feel special on their special day and to make your event stress free when it comes to my involvement. That is why I feel it is important to give you as much information as possible. Look for other tips about party planning on this site. I will be posting regular updates and much of this will benefit the party planner regardless of whether they hire me or someone else.

Q: Can you perform the birthday show in my home?

A: Yes, the birthday show can be performed in your living room, family room etc.

Q: How much room do you need to perform?

A: That is dependent upon the size of the audience. I can set up in a 6 foot by 6 foot space. Ideally you would want your audience to be 5 to 7 feet back from this space. Also, in my experience kids tend to sit on the floor in clusters and you will probably have more room than you think!

Q: Can you perform the birthday show in my backyard?

A: Yes, although it is advisable to have a back up plan in case of inclement weather. Performing outdoors presents several problems, the most serious being the wind! Even in ideal weather a small gust of wind can have an impact on the show. If your party must be outdoors then consider setting up the magician in the garage! Ah the glamorous life of the professional magician! Seriously, setting up inside the garage removes many of the weather hazards that can occur during a performance. I also can provide my own tent that serves as my stage (you can see this in photo’s on my site) although the extra work involved in bringing the tent (set up, take down, hiring a helper to assist me) will drive the cost of the show up. That being said if you are having a large outdoor party and your budget allows, then the tent show is the best way to present the show outdoors.

Q: Is there any danger to the children during your show?

A: No, I am the father of a little girl ( and a little neurotic when it comes to safety) and I would never do anything to put a child in a situation where they could be harmed.

Q: The bottom line, how much does it cost?

A: This is dependent on several factors and I would really want to speak with you first before giving you a one price fits all answer.

Q: How do I book you? What is the process?

Contact me by email or phone (listed on this site under contact info) Typically if the show is several weeks away or more I will email you a contract. Generally I will request a deposit of roughly one third of the agreed upon price. Once I receive the contract and the deposit I will sign it scan it and email it back to you. If you are trying to book me and the show is days away then we can discuss terms by phone in order to expedite matters.

Q: What if I just want you to do balloon twisting?

No problem. I usually try to close the balloon twisting show with one magic trick. I feel it adds a finale to the show so that everyone knows this is the end and it also adds additional entertainment at no extra cost to the client.

Q: I have never hired a magician to perform for my children, do you have any advice for me?

Yes! In many cases parents want their children to be on their best behavior when hosting a party and that is understandable however if the children are warned in advance to sit quietly and behave it may have a chilling effect on their enjoyment of the show. I begin the show by trying to warm them up and getting them to understand that we are there to have fun and make a little noise. My best advice is to let them be children! After all they are constantly being told what to do, how to behave, etc. This is their special day and they should feel empowered by the experience not stifled by it. If they are free to make a little noise then the show will be more fun for all of us.

Dan Mindo - Children's Party Magician

Make you next Children’s Event a Magical Experience! Perfect for Birthday Parties, Festivals, Block Parties, Libraries, Park Districts, Schools, Family Reunions or anytime you want to have FUN!! Dan Mindo performs interactive magic shows with lots of audience participation that create memories that last a lifetime. If you looking for laughter, wonder and mystery fun that keeps everyone involved you have found the perfect entertainment for children and adults alike. Magic is a wonderful way to bring excitement to any type of event and gathering. Visit our website and take a look at our Videos then give us a call to book you next event! Dan looks forward to bringing Magic your way!!!

Dan Mindo became interested in magic after seeing the movie Houdini starring Tony Curtis. He then spent much of his childhood seeking out magic books at the local library and learning as much as he could about magic. While still a teenager, Dan began performing magic at parties. His passion for the art of magic has remained a constant throughout his life.

Dan is the founder of the latest incarnation of the Chicago Magic Roundtable, a monthly gathering of Chicago-area magicians. He is the creator of a mystifying escape stunt that was published in The Mystery School book and featured on the Masters of Illusion television special. Dan performs his magic at parties and events throughout the Chicagoland area.

If you are planning a child’s birthday party or would like to entertain your adult guests with magic that delights and mystifies, please contact Dan at: dan@danmindo.com

The team providing the talent:

"Puddles" the Bunny Puppet

Hogging the limelight!

Testimonials

“Dan did a fantastic job! I had never seen a magic show live before, and I was very impressed with the tricks he did; he also included EVERYONE in the fun and magic. I would definitely have Dan perform at another party. Great job Dan, everyone loved your act!”

– Jim Patterson, Villa Park, IL. 4/17/10

"Magician Dan Mindo wows the crowd during a performance Saturday at Villa Park's Summerfest."

– The Daily Herald - Newspaper 6-20-10

Set List

My set list changes every six months or so. I have lots of repeat customers so I try to keep it fresh without losing the overall feel of the show. To get an idea of what I might perform please visit my website and watch some of the videos. I encourage you to watch video of any performer to see how they interact with the children and make sure that they are suited to your needs.

Influences & Inspiration

Jeff McBride, David Parr, Eugene Burger, Doug Henning, Mark Wilson and some guy that showed me a trick when I was 7 years old!

Setup Requirements

I come pretty much self contained. Just add water!

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