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David Kaye is a professional children’s entertainer based in New York City. Using comedy, magic, and balloon twisting, he is best known as the clown character Silly Billy. From the New Yorker to David Letterman, from Lincoln Center to Hong Kong, he has received high praise for his unique style. David has achieved great success in several different areas of entertaining children throughout his career.
When David Kaye was six years old his father brought him to see a magic show. From that moment, he was hooked on magic.
Following his graduation from Northwestern University, he found himself in a job he didn’t enjoy. After quitting his job David immediately began to perform magic in the streets of Manhattan.
During the three years he street performed people would come up to him and ask him to perform magic at their child’s party. This was when David created the clown character Silly Billy.
Silly Billy is a comedian for children who uses magic and balloon twisting as the medium for his comedy. His core audience is 3-8 year olds. One of his main attractions is that he is not only funny to the children, but he simultaneously delivers comedy for the adults in the audience. (The same way that Sesame Street and Disney movies have jokes only for the adults.)
David is known as an expert on children and comedy. He consults with companies that want to know how to make children laugh, including Children’s Television Workshop (Sesame Street), and a multinational restaurant chain. Occasionally, David performs stand-up comedy in Manhattan clubs, including Caroline’s.
In 1995, David Kaye became the only children’s magician to be on the cover of MAGIC, the leading international magic magazine. He is now in his sixth year of writing a monthly column about performing for children in MAGIC. He has since graced the covers of three other major magazines in his industry, Genii, M.U.M., and Funny Paper. He is in great demand around the country to speak at magic conferences, and has created a line of magic products used by magicians to entertain children all over the world.