Sam from Teaneck, asks: I'd like to book you for my son's bar mitzvah to keep the kids entertained, but I don't want to stop the party for a show. What can you do?
Very often parents will ask that same question. Depending on the space, I gather the kids in the lobby or similar area and do smaller shows for them. Or I can do some walkaround during the cocktail hour.
Doug from Austin, TX, asks: I’ve always been interested in the sideshow. How can I learn to swallow swords and breathe fire?
Sideshow skills are a well-guarded secret and for good reason. They’re dangerous! I’m the Professa and Dean at Coney Island USA’s Sideshow School. I, along with highly experienced guest lecturers, teach those and many other feats at the Sideshow School. Check www.coneyisland.com for the schedule of classes.
Arlene from Great Neck asks: I’m interested in having you along with some other performers for my daughter’s sweet 16. Who else can you bring?
Arlene, let me know what specifically you’re looking for. I can get you some beautiful female sideshow performers, snake charmers, hula-hoop gals, male and female contortionists, belly dancers, fire performers and comedians. If you can think of it, they’re just a phone call away.
Vita from Staten Island asks: Adam, the catering hall is insisting that you have insurance. Is this a problem?
Not at all, Vita! I’m fully insured by the Performers Insurance Group. I could email or fax my certificate to you or directly to the catering hall. I also have a copy on my smart phone in the event that I arrive and the maitre d can’t find it. Trust me, it’s happened!
Tina from Roslyn asks: Adam, our party is in a private room in a restaurant. We’re not going to have that much space because of the number of guests and the DJ. How much space do you need?
Tina, I’m pretty self-contained. I need no more than a four-foot square space to work. Oh, if you’d like me to swallow the big sword, which I have to say, is really cool, I’ll need at least a 10-foot ceiling.
Mike from Flatbush asks: Adam, is your show appropriate for all ages? I’m going to have my niece and nephew there. They are 5 and 7.
Mike, there’s nothing inappropriate in my show for a youngster to watch. The dangerous feats are always prefaced by a comedic but stern warning to the kids and their parents. Children under the age of 5 are entertained by things in a different way than grade-school children, teens and adults. My show has been created so that each of these demographics will find it intriguing and entertaining.
I will say this- if the majority of your guests are preschool age, I am not the best fit. They would be better suited with a juggler, magician or a clown. I can help you book one, if you’d like.