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Why take a chance with your party???
If you're planning a birthday party and are looking for some of the best children's entertainment in the Northwest, you've
come to the right place. Fast-paced, exciting, and really funny, BJ's shows are
legendary among Portland's parents.
In any given year eighty
to ninety percent of BJ's birthday
bookings are from repeat business, word of mouth, or people who have seen and
loved the show somewhere. That says volumes about the quality of BJ's
shows. If you have any doubt please read the reviews on Yelp or Citysearch
(or just look at the "references" page on this website).
Detailed birthday show
descriptions and rates are below.
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Description of a
typical "BJ" birthday show
(Please note: Each show is improvised, so the show
below may not be exactly the same as your show)
BJ the Clown
arrives at your location with his toybox and magic case. There is some meet & greet
time before the show starts (with nose honking, handshakes, silly names, etc) so that everyone feels OK about a clown
There is no "set-up" time needed, BJ's big
trunk is the stage and the kids sit on the carpet or on a parachute on the
grass. With the children's help, BJ performs a hilarious comedy show with
magic, juggling, puppets, circus tricks, music and much more. The kids get to
participate and, of course, the birthday person gets to be the co-star of the
he or she is feeling outgoing enough.
BJ's shows have tons of variety: One minute
the children will be "oooing and ahhhing" at a magic trick and the next minute
will be rolling on the floor laughing at some crazy antics. A wild group
dance can end with the children pretending to be asleep and snoring. A
scarf juggling game sometimes ends with the birthday person covered head to foot
as "the Mummy" or " Sleeping Beauty". The birthday person might be up
front "teaching" the "class" about balloons while BJ hilariously struggles
to keep up with the lesson. The only constant is that the children will be
completely entertained and enthralled the whole time, which is a feat in itself!
At the end of the show BJ usually makes an
incredible balloon crown for the birthday person, poses all the children for a
group photo, and then presides over a musical parade to the lunch table or to
the birthday cake and a round of "Happy Birthday".
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from a typical party.
Note regarding balloon art and facepainting:
Balloons and facepainting are wonderful additions
to a party but usually mean that some time is spent with the children waiting in
line and with BJ necessarily paying attention to only one child at a time
instead of entertaining the entire group. As an entertainer, BJ prefers to keep
the show running along quickly to keep the children completely entertained and
to avoid any slow spots where the children could get bored. BJ's
Classic show is just that: Pure, fast paced laugh-a-minute entertainment. If
you want balloons for all the guests then BJ will be glad to work it into the
Deluxe show as seamlessly as possible to minimize any slow spots.
If it's a larger group then we recommend extending BJ's time into a Super
show so that he's doing balloons while other activities (like eating cake or
facepainting) are going on so that we avoid the lines.
With facepainting we recommend hiring a
facepainter to paint before or after BJ's show (fees are around $50hr for a
trained professional facepainter).
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(as of February 1st, 2016)
(My first rate hike in
Ask about weekday discounts before
The Classic BJ the
Clown show is 45 minutes of non-stop fun and costs $150. This is the show
BJ is famous for and has performed over 3000 times at schools, libraries,
The Deluxe BJ the
Clown show runs just over an hour and includes games and balloons for the guests
(up to 15 children)
and costs $175.
A Super BJ the Clown
show can be created by adding even more time for games and balloons and/or extra
*The travel fee is built into the rates and covers
the extended Portland/Vancouver Metro area and most nearby cities.
*Shorter or longer shows, extra time for games,
and other special requests are considered on
an individual basis, call for a quote.
*Separate facepainters and balloonists are
available upon request.
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Call us for advice, referrals, ideas, or just to talk:
We can make your event a success!
BJ the Clown
PO Box 55604
Portland, Oregon 97238
Celebrating 12 years & 3000 performances!
Exciting comedy Shows – Magic – Games – Balloon Art - Facepainting – Puppets –
Music – and More!
Experience & reliability you can trust!
Serving the Portland and Vancouver Metro area including
Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Gresham, Camas,
Oregon City, Willsonville, Canby, and most of Salem.