Jackson, 4, Upper East Side
Fri Sep 16 2011
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Birthday: June 2
Party wish "I want to have a magician come to my house. And only boys can come to the party—no girls!"
Mario the Magician
City kids may be familiar with this illusionist, as he regularly performs at shows around the city. (Catch Mario on October 9 for a free magic act at Word in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.) Mario's party routine features handcrafted props, slapstick humor, lots of audience participation and a live dove named Mozzarella. Forty-five minutes $450, including a balloon animal session after the show (917-605-0662, mariothemagician.com)
Sammie and Tudie
The popular clown couple (and coauthors of Be a Thinker Not a Stinker) host interactive, comedic magic shows for kids as young as three. The best part: The birthday child gets to be the star of the show. Add balloon animals or face and body painting for an extra fee. Thirty minutes $500, 45 minutes $700 (212-828-5386, sammieandtudie.com).