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Bio

 

David (the man behind the Max) is a professional actor & clown based in Manhattan. He is a 20-year veteran of Manhattan corporate & private events. Corporate clients have included: HBO/Thames Television, American Express, Macy's, Capital One, Royal Caribbean Cruise Liines, Johnson & Johnson, Toys 'R' Us, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Walt Disney and the Trump Organization.

 

He was a featured comic performer with magician David Copperfield, spanning 7-years. Appearances included: Las Vegas stage (LV Hilton, Caesar's, MGM Grand); Lake Tahoe (Caesar's); and national television, winning praise from Gene Kelly.

He has trained extensively with internationally known master clowns and teachers, including:

Philippe GaulierFounder, L'École Philippe Gaulier

Dick Monday – Founder, NYGoofs; formerly Director, Ringling Bros. Clown College

Kenny Raskin – Broadway: Beauty and the Beast, LeFou, original cast; Cirque du Soliel

Larry Pisoni – Co-Founder, Artistic Director, Pickle Family Circus

Barry Lubin – Grandma, Big Apple Circus

Dody DiSanto – Teaching protégé of the legendary French master, Jacques Lecoq

Avner Eisenberg – Off-Broadway: Avner the Eccentric; Film: Jewel of the Nile; Lecoq trained

Stanley Allan Sherman – Founder, Roving Classical Commedia University; Lecoq trained

Paul Curtis – Founder, American Mime Theatre NYC

He received his BFA in Acting from Boston University’s School for the Arts, and is a member of acting unions AEA and SAG-AFTRA; and a proud member of  The Dramatists Guild.

 

David and his wife, Mary Lynn, live in Manhattan. She is a corporate-trainer and family entertainer, specializing in face painting & balloon art.

David was a stay-at-home dad for his daughter, ages 2-5. He views this as the foundation for his extraordinary rapport with children. Their daughter is an actress in New York, a graduate of The Juilliard School, Drama Division.


Quotes

Birthday Max promised us that he would entertain the adults as well as the kids. We had about 25 children at my son's birthday party, and they could not have enjoyed the show more. And, Max was right, the adults had fun, too. He put on a great show and made our son the center of attention without making the other kids feel left out. A month after the party, our son still asks when he is going to see Max again!

Fantastic… my son could not stop talking about you. He came home after the party balancing the feather and looking in the mirror to look at his face. You really made his birthday fun… Thank you again, for working with our "extremely full of energy" group of boys… You really made them laugh!! Dave has already asked if you can come back next year, so be ready!!!
 — Christine

Birthday Max’s interactive comedy performance at my 3-year-old son’s birthday party was truly a huge hit. His unique costume and humor entertained both young (3yrs-14 yrs) and old alike. It was a non-stop, hour-long show filled with various tricks featuring a hat, kerchief, and playing cards, topped-off with a finale featuring a spinning dish trick. At the end, the children eagerly awaited their opportunity to select various balloon art. Birthday Max made them a variety of butterflies, magic wands, alien hats, super hero hats and much, much, more! Truly an amazing show and I would highly recommend him to other parents looking to add a special twist to their children’s birthday parties.

You so far exceeded our expectations today at my son's birthday party. I told you prior to today that my son had Aspergers Syndrome. Today's party was the 1st birthday party he actually enjoyed. I've had a private kids band, Sesame Place party, fire house party - none of them compared to today. Although he always wants a party he gets too stressed out from the crowd and has in the past always hated them. I was beyond shocked that you got him comfortable enough to actually be your assistant and stand in front of the crowd. You cannot understand how huge that was for us. And it wasn't just a fluke - what I didn't tell you was the older of the two brothers does not have Aspergers - he is autistic! His mother and I were nearly in tears that you had both [of our sons] spinning plates in front of a crowd no less! The fact that you… made sure each child didn't just have a balloon - but a fantastic take-home character has left me just short of speechless. Every child and adult—including adults without young children—raved about you. You were truly the best gift I could have given my son for his birthday. Many many many thanks and we are forever grateful for you.  

You have a special talent with special needs children. We had two severely ADHD children and 2 children on the autistic spectrum in your audience, but your way with children had each of them in awe and completely attentive. Thanks!

 — Tara

Birthday Max did a great job performing at my 3 year old daughters birthday party. He was professional, energetic and funny. Both the children and adults enjoyed his show.


Thank you for the wonderful show…Benjamin and all his friends had a wonderful time and all the laughs were my greatest pleasure!!! I forwarded your information to my friend Louise whose daughter Madison did not stop laughing during the show. I will keep your info and will definitely recommend you!
 — Debbie

My family and I thought you were hilarious. Didn't you hear the adults giggling in the background? We thought the show was very comical and uplifting. Loved the costume. Sean talked about “Silly Max” for days…. Thanks again for a wonderful, magical time. Can't wait to see you again.
 — Rena

I want to again Thank You for making AVERY'S 3rd Birthday one of the best we (my family) has ever given.
  
From Big Brother Jelani:
Mommy, can we hire him to come all the time. He was AWESOME! We should hire him for all our parties.  

From one of my guests:
I am thoroughly impressed. He came in entertaining. And the kids were totally into him, even the two year olds sat still.  

From me to someone who missed it:

You missed the BEST party we ever gave. The entertainer was WONDERFUL. Even Avery, who never keeps still, sat through the whole thing. All the adults laughed through the entire act, even the kids' dad and he never participates in anything EVER! And all the adults wanted animal balloons at the end.  

David, you are wonderful at what you do. I am so happy. I have received so many calls and compliments about what a great time everyone had and it is because of you. Good Luck to you in all you do and trust me I will recommend you to everyone who asks!

 — Cherita

I want to thank you most sincerely… Our family & friends have been calling to comment on how much they enjoyed your show. All agree that the fun & laughter your brought appealed equally to the adults as well as the children. We hope to see you again next year or maybe at the party of one of our guests. Thank you again for giving Anthony a great memory on his 4th birthday and for giving all of us an enjoyable and professional experience.
 — Tony & Christa

THANK YOU for your WONDERFUL fun show. The tricks, the balloons, the rainbow-parachute-games entertained us ALL in a great way, little-ones & grown-ups…THANK you!… You will be on our list as the MOST fun ENTERTAINER to be included in our future gatherings. THANKyouTHANKyouTHANKyou from ALL of US!
 — The Raines Family

The children LOVED you and it was such a relief to have all 16 children entertained for an hour!  If you ever need a reference, please do not hesitate to give them our number.  Thanks so much — Maria You are really good. My kids laughed so hard. Thank u so much. You are on the top of my recommendation list now. Thanks!
 — Dianne