Fast-paced, original & spellbinding sorcery that leaves audiences happy & mystified.
That is what I have been providing to families for over 30 years. I am a full-time professional magician who loves performing for children and adults of all ages. I started performing magic when I was ten years old and have loved delighting audiences ever since.
I am also a theater director who deeply understands the relationship between the performer and the audience. I treat every magic performance as a piece of theater that I invite the audience into to experience magic, mystery, comedy and uncanny contemporary entertainment.
Michael Chamberlin was fantastic to work with and very professional. We had a large crowd (~700) of students aged 5-14 and he was entertaining and engaging to all! He did a great job including young students as well as older students and teachers. I know the vast range in our dynamics was challenging, but Michael was flexible and fabulous! His show was all self-contained, he just needed a clear space and lights. Very easy and fun! Perfect for our Student Appreciation Day. Thank you, Michael!
Michael did a great job at my husbands holiday party. 35 adults, 3 children-16,12,11. He engaged everyone and the younger set were delighted with his tricks. Would highly recommend for an entertaining event.
Michael performed for my daughter's 9th birthday party with 22 3rd grade girls and parents. Both kids and adults were mesmerized by the act. His act is both humorous and engaging. The magic tricks were amazing. The birthday girl felt like a million bucks and he found a way to bring up lots of kids and parents to participate. One of the best birthday parties I've thrown and I highly recommend Michael Chamberlin!
Michael was both professional and extremely entertaining. My guests loved his magic and are still commenting about his performance to this day. Thank you Michael!
Response from Michael Chamberlin, Magician:
Thank you, Cami! It was such a fun and festive event. I loved meeting all the children and having them create the magic with me. The adults were just as much fun, too! The decorations and music added to the playful environment. And there was lots of room for me to stroll from table to table and from group to group. Bravo!
Will definitely have him book. Great strolling magician on our patio, & with customers in line.
Response from Michael Chamberlin, Magician:
What a blast it was to meet all the families and customers at Carmen's Italian Ice! Thrilled to be a part of their Anniversary and interact with everyone on a cool spring night.
Michael is a true professional
Mike worked our cocktail party as an undercover guest to start, stirring the pot with guests and really helping break the ice and get people laughing and talking. He played the part perfectly and I will definitely use him again.
Response from Michael Chamberlin, Magician:
Thanks so much for your kind words, John. Your party was the most festive and relaxed soiree I have performed at in a long while. All the guests were so nice and fun. And the flow from inside to outdoors on the patio worked beautifully allowing me to mingle seamlessly with everyone. Thanks again and hope to see you soon!
Our daughter went to a party and loved it. We decided to contact Michael.The children were so connected, and the show was amazing! The guests are still talking about it! Worthy every penny. My husband and I were so happy. We highly recommend Michael Chamberlin, magician.
We hired Michael after my son (6years old) became obsessed with him at his friend's birthday party. It was a great experience. I had a few younger kids and a few older kids and they were all enthralled. Michael was personable (easy, fun and professional to work with) and funny for the adults and his tricks were seriously awesome! A definite recommend for any event!! Thanks Michael! Everyone loved it.
We booked Michael for our son's 9th birthday. It was so much fun! Michael's magic act was enjoyed by our son and his fellow 3rd graders - and the younger kids in the audience were equally thrilled. And the adults? Loved it,too!! Thanks for helping to make the party a party!!! :)
Everyone loved your sophisticated mingling magic! You were the highlight of the party. Thank you so much for making the celebration magical. Bravo!
Michael performed at my daughters 6th birthday party. The event was at a local park picnic pavilion and there were more then 35 kids and about 50 adults.
Both kids and grown ups were completely captivated by his show. He was funny and made the kids laugh a lot. He made sure to highlight the birthday star and her siblings.
This review is way over due, but I cannot say enough about how highly I would recommend Magician Mike! We hired him for some surprise entertainment for my friend's bachelorette party. He was extremely easy to work with and came to the restaurant we were eating dinner at. He also took to the time to talk to me on the phone before the event to get an idea of what kind of show would work best for us. Honestly, when I hired him I though it might be kind of cheesy, but funny and memorable. The show blew us all away and everyone commented on how high quality the magic and the show were. He played off of us extremely well and got everyone involved. He also let us take videos/pictures of his tricks, which I think says a lot! I still can't figure them out! Regardless, it was an amazing time and the most memorable part of the weekend. Months later, we are still talking about it--definitely worth every penny!
Michael did a wonderful job entertaining 20 children ages 3 - 13 in our home for our daughter's 10th birthday party. It really made the party a success. He kept their full attention for an hour and there was plenty of laughs and oohs and aahhs along the way. The grown ups were all welcome to join and they enjoyed the show as well.
My daughter (8) had a wonderful time when Michael did a show for her birthday at our home. All the guests got to be involved in the performance, and he made a big deal about her, which she loved. She loved the balloon bouquet at the end. Lots of clever tricks and some stuff for the adults, too. Setting up the show, handling payment, responding to emails, being flexible about the timing -- all this was handled very professionally.
Michael did an outstanding job performing at our five year old grandson's birthday party. He easily entertained thirty active children and their parents, with his fun magic tricks. It was a pleasure to work with such an organized and accomplished professional.
Michael Chamberlin recently performed at our daughter's third birthday party. The audience ranged from 2 years to 52 years old, and he managed to entertain us all! The performance was perfectly tailored to our daughter's age - she was entranced - but I am certain that Michael could entertain anyone!
In addition, he is a wonderful magician. He made our daughter a special birthday hat, and they baked a magic cake together. She is still talking about it!
Hello, Mr. Chamberlin, I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful performance at our school for our open house Sunday. Everyone, adults included, enjoyed your show so much and also the magnificent balloon creations! Thanks also for weaving your magic show around the open house tours - it was seamless.
Everyone thought the open house was a great success. Thanks again.
10 out of 10.
We hired Michael for my daughter's fifth birthday party. He arrived on time and was super courteous and friendly. He had 20 little people enticed for an hour. His magic was entertaining and well, magical! He was witty, funny and entertaining and even had some good jokes for the parents. His magic was simple yet enticing. My daughter is still performing magic tricks for us a week later! So glad we hired him because our daughter and all her friends had a blast!
Michael performed at my daughter's 5th birthday at her daycare. There were about 30 children between the ages of 4 and 12, and he kept them all engaged in and excited about the show. Michael's tricks were very interactive with the audience and many of the kids were able to go up on stage to participate in the tricks. My daughter also felt very special about being Michael's assistant at the end for her birthday trick. I would definitely recommend Michael for a children's magic show.
We had Michael come and perform for our son's 4th birthday party. I can't thank Michael enough for making the entire experience positive. From the pre-event correspondence to the on-site performance, everything was on time and professional.
The kids loved the show and Michael did a great job getting everybody involved. His act is also very amusing for the adults as well. I would highly recommend Michael for your child's next birthday party.
Michael performed at my son's 7th birthday and did an outstanding job. His show was the perfect balance between highlighting the birthday boy and incorporating audience participation from the other children. The children were mesmerized chanting "oohs" and "aahs" after every trick. Even the parents were entertained as he incorporated humor into the entire show. Michael was extremely professional returning all emails promptly and arriving on time. He clearly has a passion and talent for what he does. Our son's party was a hit with ALL of the guests because of Michael.
Michael was fantastic at our birthday party for our 7 yr old twins. The kids (and adults) loved his quick wit and interactive show style. He's really good with the kids and the balloon twisting was icing on the cake ;-)
All my guests loved Michael and his magic. He is a real talent. He is fun to watch and try to figure out his amazing tricks. We are still talking about the show. My son is 14 and we were worried the show wouldn't be age appropriate but it was. Michael had us laughing and guessing the whole time. He charged a bit more than some other magicians but he was definitely worth it. He is great.
We had magician Michael Chamberlin perform at our girl Mariana's party. He was awesome! The tricks were hilarious and fooled everyone. Mr Chamberlin has a great rapport with the children and all were amazed at his ability to hold everyone in rapt attention. Some adults laughed harder than our kids.
What to Expect
Here are the different types of magic shows I offer:
BIRTHDAY PARTY MAGIC:
A festive & intimate 45-minute show featuring comedy magic, improvisation & audience participation that climaxes with the birthday child baking a rainbow magic cake. Balloon sculpturing follows with the birthday child receiving a bouquet of balloon flowers (for a girl) or a giant octopus (for a boy). For older children (8 and up) the format is similar but the repertoire of tricks and comedy routines are more sophisticated.
CLOSE-UP or STROLLING MAGIC:
Clever, mysterious, uncanny, & most importantly — entertaining, Michael’s close-up magic is ideal for any gathering involving adults, children, or family. Amazing close-up illusions include: chosen playing cards magically rise from the deck, a borrowed half dollar visibly penetrates a glass bottle, the famous multiplying rabbits dissolve & reappear in a spectators closed hand climaxing with the birth of a giant "momma" bunny and the startling finale where Michael’s arm twists 360 degrees!
STAGE, CABARET or PLATFORM:
Startling & hilarious show that proves magic can be created by all of us. Using music, comedy & magic, Michael features dazzling contemporary takes on some of magic’s most legendary effects including the ‘Nest of Boxes, Mystery of the Chinese Rings’, & either the ‘Vanishing Head Illusion’— where a volunteers head is miraculously pierced with arrows then disappears entirely or the sudden 'Levitation of an Audience Member'
As a full-time professional magician, Michael Chamberlin has traveled up and down the East Coast for 30 years, offering magical presentations specifically tailored to children and adults.
Michael has performed over 6,000 shows, including corporate trade shows for Xerox, McDonalds, and MCI; library shows for counties in MD, VA, DE, and the city of Philadelphia; galas and private parties in Washington, DC for Union Station and French and Italian embassies; First Night's Annapolis, Warrenton, Leesburg, and hundreds of shows for children at schools, birthdays, carnivals, and the Fairfax County Park Authority.
Michael began performing professionally at age 12 and has continued to delight audiences ever since. Along with being the magic consultant and writer for the National Geographic book, 'You Won't Believe Your Eyes', now a favorite for young prestidigitators, Michael is also a resident artist and performer for the National Theatre Community Vaudeville Program.
A member of the Society of American Magicians, Michael is also an actor and director, and has studied at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Wash, DC. He is also a member of The Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Know as the 'Dean of Deception' across Washington, Michael's stage directing credits include 'Bat Boy: The Musical' at Studio Theatre 2ndStage (3 Helen Hayes Award nominations) and 'Washing Machine' at The Chocolate Factory in NYC. In 2005, Michael received a 'Best Director' Helen Hayes nomination for his production of 'Porcelain' at Tsunami Theatre Company.
Past Booked Events
|May 19, 2018 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm||Children's Birthday Party|
|May 05, 2018 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm||Nonprofit Event|
|April 27, 2018 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Grand Opening|
|March 31, 2018 • 3:00pm - 5:30pm||Dinner Party|
|March 24, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Festival|
|January 31, 2018 • 10:00am - 11:00am||School Assembly|
|December 05, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Christmas Party|
|July 29, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|June 23, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:30pm||Nonprofit Event|
Influences & Inspiration
Penn & Teller
The Amazing Kreskin
Films of Orson Welles
Clean, clear performance area. Access to electricity. If performing outside then level ground & access to electricity is required for performer.