About Magician Chad Wonder – A Magical Biography
He’s “just a kids birthday magician.”
I’m what many in my craft refer to as a master magician, especially when it comes to kids birthday magic shows or kids magic shows in general. But I’m also just as entertaining just about any other group as well, from small family and friend gatherings, to schools and large corporate shows. But I do love performing for kids and frankly, when I won Nickelodeons Entertainer of the year, I knew I was pretty good at doing that.
It all began around the age of 8 or 9 when my best friend showed me a trick called the ball in vase while spending the night. When my dad picked me up the next day it was all I could talk about and if i recall, he suprised me by taking me to a magic shop in Boulder, Colorado. I only remember what seemed like a long counter and a lot of glass from visiting the shop but my friend showing me a small red ball disappear from his pocket and appear in a tiny vase sitting on a small boulder in the Colorado sun is burnt in my mind like the birth of my children. Almost 5-decades later I’m friends and compeers with magicians who worked in the store in the 1970’s and likely one of them met me and sold my dad magic that day that unbeknownst to us all would shart my path in magic. From that day forward I had a two word list for anyone interested in giving me a present… magic tricks. As a kid my music business dad and had a state of the art recording studio in an industrial building just off Santa Fe near the now demolished Cinderella City mall, home of Zeezo’s Magic Castle. On weekends when he had “custody” of my brother and I he would put a $20 bill in my 11-year old pocket and send me off to the mall with my 7-year old sibling in tow. I felt so lucky to have so much money, it was afterall, 1977. Looking back, I’m sure my brother only came once or twice but it was probably even luckier I didn’t lose him. Zeezo’s was amazing and it immersed me in the craft, as with the shop in Boulder, many of the adults working behind the counter are now close friends and we reminice about those innocent days. It’s also where my family spent a lot of money buying magic, some that i still own today. In fact, there is a prop in my show that I have video of me performing when I was 12-years old in 1978. I’ve kept it in good working order although it has been refurbised a few times the last 30+ years. Right after graduating high school I went to work at Zeezo’s, but in another store in Aurora in yet anther demolised relic of the past, Buckingham Square… I can still smell the pizza from across the way. I loved working in a magic shop, so much so when I left the business side of the music business in 2004 I took every bit of money I had and opened my vision of a magic shop in Colorado Mills Mall. It was a dream come true and was almost profitable when the economy collapsed and it became a nightmare on too many levels to share here. My desire for magic wasn’t destroyed, It took time for me to turn myself around but ultimately I built a long running show at the now demolished Heritage Square Amusement park (yes, I see the trend as well) where my weekend shows ran until a couple years before it’s demise. At the same time, I was building a reputation performing for kids birthday parties, a type of magic most magicians cut their teeth on as they work towards “magic careers.” What I realized is most of these magicians we’re not truly investing in the craft and performing to make a buck or make ends meet.
He’s just a kids magician.
In the “magic business” that’s like saying “you work in fast food” back in the 1980’s. I’de equivicate it to something in todays world but I’d probably just upset someone.
This is a work in progress… and that is my progress. 🙂 Would oyu like to see in my mind like a mentalist? Below are notes or statements I may work into this biography. A lot of it is marketing stuff if I were guessing, it may not.
My shows have made childrens magic birthdays fun and magical in the Denver area for almost 30 years.
Your son or daughter asked for it, but you’ve never hired a kids magician and you frankly don’t know what to expect. I help hundreds of parents each year answer those questions and make putting together a magic birthday party easy. You get my personal attention and request my free 40-page magic party planning guide.
As a family and kids magician…
I perform a number of different magic shows. Although I concentrate on kids birthday parties in and around the Denver metro area, I also perform for schools, daycare centers, scouting events and senior care facilities from Lakewood to Littleton and Aurora to Broomfield all across the metro area Parker, Centennial, Westminster, and Boulder
With thousands of kids magic shows performed, and countless magic events on my resume, I have the experience necessary to make any kids birthday party or event a truly special day.
I am one of two members in 70 years elected by my peers to serve 3-times as the local president of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians (2004, 2012, 2013). I have served as the President (2006), Vice President (2005, 2011) and Secretary (2010).
I was honored to be the resident kids magician at historic Heritage Square Kids Amusement Park in Golden Colorado where I performed during the summer season from 2007 to 2011. I owned and operated The Magic Shop in Golden up until 2007 but closed it to devote 100% of my time to my love of performing. A recent highlight in my career was appearing as the halftime entertainment for a Denver Broncos home game.
I have been involved in children’s and kids entertainment since the age of ten when I was cast as a founding player in the Colorado Children’s Theater Ensemble. During high school I started a successful kids/children’s theater group performing over 250 day care center shows a year. My professional career started when I performed my first paying show at age sixteen.
On a personal level, I have been married for 25 years to my high school sweetheart and have two boys, 13 and 18. My oldest is a Type 1 diabetic getting ready for college. My youngest is a lacrosse goalie and magic fanatic himself. My wife is very private.
I am Denvers top rated kids magician!