Hiring an entertainer can be a stressful business, especially if you’ve never done it before. It’s not something that you can necessarily judge by traditional standards. How can you tell if a magician is going to be as good as he says he is? You can ask him for references but entertainment tends to be subjective – just because one group of kids didn’t like him, doesn’t mean yours won’t. Choosing the right party entertainer is a unique process and should be handled as such. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare though.

Here are some simple steps that you can take in order to find the right entertainer for your child’s special day. Follow them and your search for entertainment should be smooth and hassle free.

Book Early

The very best entertainers will always have a busy schedule, so try to book well in advance of your event.A long waiting list is a good sign – don’t be deterred.

Go Local

If you can, make your chosen entertainer a local. That way, you’ll be able to ask around town for information and reviews and you’ll know exactly where to reach him or her if necessary. Using online sites, like DNA entertainers (London), you can find people who are located close to you. It also tends to be a lot more expensive to hire entertainers who are based far away.

Find Out Who They Are

No matter what their character or their routine, you should always be able to find out who an entertainer is – that means their real name, their years in the business and their company headquarters or base. If you can’t find any information about a prospective entertainer, go elsewhere. As with all other professional situations, it is vital that you know exactly who you are dealing with.


Be honest about whether or not a prospective entertainer’s repertoire is suitable for your guests. Just because you and your partner are amazed by card tricks, doesn’t mean your little ones will be. It needs to not only be age appropriate, but age comprehensible too. If they don’t understand a routine or find it boring, young children will think nothing of acting up or getting distressed.

Performance Length

This is going to depend entirely on the age of your guests. Very young children won’t be able to sit quietly for long – it doesn’t matter how entertaining the show is. In order to combat fidgety or bad behavior, keep the performance short or split it up into sections. For example, have one routine before dinner and another once everybody has eaten. You can afford to be a bit more lenient with older children. However, it is never wise to hire a performer for more than an hour and a half.

Make Contact

A good children’s entertainer will be happy to talk to you on the phone and answer any questions you mighthave about their planned routine. Do call him or her for a chat and do try to get a sense of who they are.Don’t forget to make sure that they know how to contact you as well. Most entertainers will give you a quick ring a few days before the event, just to make sure that you haven’t changed your mind about hiring them.

DBS (CRB) Checks

It is vital that your chosen entertainer is DBS checked by the government. You should always be able to find the DBS symbol on a legitimate entertainer’s website. If you can’t – they’re most probably not legit and you should avoid hiring them.


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How do you find the best entertainer for your party?

Sarah James

Sarah James

Sarah has been a children’s entertainer for four years. She recommends DNA entertainers in the south of England.

Sarah can be found blogging online about entertaining children and organizing kids parties.