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Everyone laughs louder when Happy Dan the Magic Man is in the house! Happy Dan has traveled the world entertaining families just like yours for more than thirty years.
His hilarious family shows are regular features at Southeastern festivals, comedy clubs, banquets, trade shows, schools, and family living rooms. He is more than an entertainer. He's that slightly silly, can't-wait-to-see-him loving uncle that every child loves.
He understands the significance of family as a decorated USAF veteran who spent years of service abroad over the summers and holidays. He has carried his unique brand of laughter and holiday magic to American and Allied military families through three extended European USO/NATO Christmas tours. Happy Dan continues this tradition with showcases for military families across the Southeastern states.
As a retired police investigator, Happy Dan takes child safety very seriously. Background checks and liability insurance are never an issue. Your child is in the safest hands in the Triangle!
Happy Dan's alter ego, Roger Way, is an internationally recognized authority, author, and instructor on kidshow and family entertainment. His informative columns and feature articles appear in several top international entertainment journals and forums. He gives back to the art he loves as the North Carolina representative of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Society of American Magicians.
Happy Dan openly shares his enormous love for magic and laughter with young magicians across the Triangle. As the founder and director of Magic Youth Raleigh, he teaches the art of magic to young students insuring the next generation of skilled magicians and fans.
Five Stars - "You are an absolute joy to work with! Thank you for being amendable throughout the event process. This was my first time executing such a large event and you were certainly my favorite person to work with! The attendees spoke so highly of you and the vendors commented on how great you were too! Thank you again for doing such an amazing job and being a kind person! Sincerely, Jeannie T."
Five Stars - "Thank you so much!! It was perfect and the memories will be cherished for years to come. Jack was over the moon and we had numerous comments from parents and kids about how much fun they had. One mom texted me hours later “The girls are putting on magic shows now!” Monica R.
Five Stars "There is simply no comparison to the Happy Dan experience. I have never heard our daughter laugh - or her friends - the way they all did when he was entertaining! Plus it's not just a magic show - probably anyone could learn to do that, with some practice. Happy Dan is a seasoned, creative performer who is an expert at crowd control. When that crowd is a bunch of 5 year olds, that's saying a LOT! He doesn't just understand what kids love - he understands what parents need, and gives all the grownups a chance to relax. We were able to do what we needed to do in the background (set up food, chat with parents, get candles on the cake, etc.) because Dan doesn't just pack up his box when the show is over. He hangs around and keeps hosting the kids until they have food in them, which takes tremendous pressure off of parents. He is worth every penny - can't recommend him highly enough!" Neely M.
Five Stars "I wasn't certain that anyone could really entertain a group of 5-year-olds given their attention spans, but you managed to do that and more. Even the parents stared in awe as their rambunctious kids were captivated! My mother-in-law commented she had never seen our son laugh so hard and long before. All the parents thought it was an exceptional show, our 2-year-old watched intently, and I don't think the party could have gone better. None of the adults even wanted to walk away because we all loved the show too! The real magic of the show isn't the tricks, it's how perfectly you understand the children, their attention spans, what makes them laugh, and how to draw even the most shy child out of their shell." Lori H.
Five Stars “Just wanted to say thank you again for doing Owen's party. We had two other mom's come to us after the party to tell us that it was the best birthday party they had ever been to! And even now, hours later and after the kids are in bed, my husband and I are sitting here talking about how great you were! I know I will always LOVE the bunnies and that is my #1 but I have to tell you our minds were blown with the 3 ropes of different lengths! We just had a 10 min discussion trying to figure that one out! 😂 Thank you so much for the great time!” Lauren M.
Five Stars “We had 16 kids in our house for our daughter's 4th birthday party. Normally that would stress me out, but with Happy Dan it was a breeze! All the kids were captivated by his show and wouldn't leave his side. Everyone was laughing, even the parents and grandparents were entertained. Awesome party! !” Kirsten L.
Five Stars “Thank you so much for an awesome 6th Birthday Party!! I would highly recommend you to any parent planning a party!” Rebecca T.
Five Stars "Happy Dan is amazing! Adrick looks forward to seeing him every year at the Allscripts parties. We are definitely hiring him for his birthday party in May!” Tina M.
Five Stars “We love you at Apex Peakfest. You always make my boys have the BIGGEST smile on their faces. "Big Smiles Rock" Thank you for bringing joy in their lives!” Lisa C.
Five Stars “GREAT show this evening! My daughters could not stop laughing & talked all the way home about your magic :)” Kim G.
Five Stars “Happy Dan the Magic Man is a child-charmer, a balloon-character-maker and a magician. He came to my granddaughter’s 7th birthday party today and had the kids (ages 3 - 9) AND the adults completely enchanted. I was so impressed by him and how he interacted with the kids and I just want to get the word out there about him. Invite him to perform at your kids’ parties - you will not be disappointed and your kids will have a blast! “ Barbara L.
Five Stars “Thank you for tons of fun today at Nate's birthday party. You are the best! You made Nate's party awesome, and I truly appreciate it! I've spread your name and location on Tuesdays to all the parents.” Alicia S.
Five Stars “We have used Happy Dan at a few of our daughter's birthday parties and she loved it. We have used him for other family members, as well. He is very kid friendly and keeps the children entertained. Needless to say he's become a part of our contact list and a regular part of our lives for kids party.” Sheila L.
Five Stars “Always a perfect birthday party when Happy Dan the Magic Man shows up! So patient, funny, kind and magical!!! You always go above and beyond! Thank you! “ Lisa C.
Five Stars "Happy Dan was the star of our party! He arrived promptly and entertained the boys and girls the entire time. Adults enjoyed him as well. Thank you for everything, I would highly recommend him for your child's birthday party!" Christina G.
Five Stars “WOW! That is all I have to say! Happy Dan did a party for my 3 year old daughter today. The guests ranged from 1 to 8 for the kids, and lots of "kids at heart"! The entire party was a success due to Happy Dan! Anyone that can keep that many little ones excited, involved, interested, and still for 40 minutes HAS to be fantastic at their job!“ Abbie L.
Five Stars “I cannot say enough positive things about my experience. I don't even want to think of what our party would have been like without this entertainment. Our country club recommended Happy Dan and has used him for decades. I can see why. We will absolutely use him again, and I'm certain many of the guests at our party will as well! Worth every single penny and then some!” Margaret V.
Five Stars "Happy Dan was fantastic. His 40-min comical magic show had the 25 children (as well as the 20 or so adults) captivated. I've never seen the attention of that many kids held so completely for such a long span. The kids were laughing, squealing, jumping up, and screaming out of fascination and delight. He just really knows how to cater to and handle kids. And he is good! None of the adults could figure out how the heck he was performing any of his tricks. He arrived before the guests and had the kids completely occupied and entertained as the other guests were arriving, leaving me to be able to meet and greet the parents. He also made all 25 kids balloon animals after the show as they ate cake. Worth every penny, and with so many kids parties at jump places and the like, I thought this was a more unique party and I think the kids appreciated that." Allison N.
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HAPPY DAN THE MAGIC MAN
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THE MAGIC MAN
CHILDREN ADORE HAPPY DAN...
...and he LOVES them! Happy Dan's zany character recalls the fun of live television hosts from years gone by. He blends the gentleness and homespun comfort of Mister Rogers with the silly antics and storytelling of Captain Kangaroo.
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ADULTS ENJOY HAPPY DAN!
His dual level humor crafted over decades of comedy club appearances tickles the funny bones of children and adults alike. Everyone loves a Happy Dan show!
MOTHERS LOVE HAPPY DAN!
Things Happen! Happy Dan reduces Mom's party planning stress in two ways! First, his liberal cancellation policy allows clients to cancel an appearance at no charge with a minimum of 24 hours notice. Less than two 24 hours notice requires a $50.00 fee to cover prep and travel expenses.
Second, if Happy Dan is unable to keep his appointment with you for any reason, he will personally do his best to provide a suitable replacement at no additional cost to you.
CLIENTS RETURN TO HAPPY DAN!
Flexibility and Customer Satisfaction are more than buzzwords with Happy Dan. He maintains the most satisfied and repeat clients of any entertainer in or near the Triangle. Your satisfaction is assured! Just ask the Apex Peak Fest Committee (22 Years!) or the Southern Pines First Eve Committee (12 Years!).
100% FAMILY FRIENDLY
You will never hear blue humor or see questionable antics during a Happy Dan show. Every show is 100% Kid Tested and Parent Approved! Everyone laughs louder when Happy Dan is in the house!
HAPPY DAN THE MAGIC MAN DELIVERS FAMILY MAGIC, FUN, AND COMEDY TO THE COMMUNITIES OF RALEIGH, DURHAM, CHAPEL HILL, CARY, APEX, GARNER, HOLLY SPRINGS, WAKEFIELD, WAKE FOREST, ROLESVILLE, KNIGHTDALE, OXFORD, ZEBULON, CLAYTON, SMITHFIELD, SELMA, ASHEBORO, PITTSBORO, SANFORD, SOUTHERN PINES, PINEHURST, FUQUAY VARINA, MONCURE, BURLINGTON, GASTON, GREENSBORO, GOLDSBORO, AND ALL POINTS NEAR AND IN BETWEEN! HE PROVIDES QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT FOR YOUR FAMILY PARTY, PICNIC, SCHOOL, PRESCHOOL, DAYCARE, TRADE SHOW, BANQUET, FESTIVAL, FAIR, CARNIVAL, CELEBRATION, GRAND OPENING, OPEN HOUSE, REMOTE, PROMOTION, AND MORE!
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