Hiring a Magician – but who?
Hiring a magician should be easy – and in many ways it is, let this guide simplify things and make the decision an easy one.
So, you’ve decided to hire a magician to provide entertainment at your next event, but who do you choose? How do you know who is going to be suitable for your event? How do you separate the good from the bad and the just plain ugly?
This simply written guide will help you know what you need to ask any magician you are looking to hire, as well as any questions you need to ask yourself as well as just general advice.
It has been put into the simple acronym M.A.G.I.C to make it easy to follow and understand.
M – MAKE sure you tell the magician as much information as possible about your event.
Are you looking for Wedding entertainment? Party Entertainment? Something to liven up your corporate event?
Are you looking for someone to mingle with guests at a cocktail party?
Are you arranging a sit down meal which will require magician to perform table magic or are you looking for a stage show?
Which date is your event on?
What time of day are you looking at hiring a magician?
How many guests will there be?
What is the age range of your guests?
The more information you provide the easier it will be for the magician to provide you with a quick and accurate charge for their services, whether they are available or not and whether they are even suitable for such an event.
A – ASK What the magician’s act consists of –
Are they strictly an entertainer for adults or can they entertain children as well?
Is there any routines that they might do which you could consider offensive?
Would you prefer that the magician doesn’t perform mind-reading, pick-pocketing or hypnosis at your event or are you happy to give them free reign to perform whatever they deem suitable for the event?
Any professional magician worth their salt will have in all likelihood have performed at an event similar to the one that you are arranging so it is often pertinent to ask for the magician’s opinion on what might work best as they may have suggestions that haven’t crossed your mind.
There may well be testimonials of them on their own website but also try to find independent and unbiased reviews.
By putting their name into a search engine and find them reviewed on the websites of entertainment agencies, Tripadvisor, Facebook Pages or in the local press.
If you cannot find any directly ask the performer where you might be able to find some.
Every good performer should have good pictures on their website/Facebook page both professional taken pictures perhaps at a studio as well as pictures of them performing at events.
Videos of them performing should be available to, search for their name on Youtube or simply ask the magician if they have any videos of them performing.
Now you’ve seen them either in pictures or video (or ideally both) try and imagine the performer actually performing as part of your Wedding Entertainment or whatever you are hiring a magician for.
Do they fit in with the style you are going for?
Have they got the right look about them?
Do they wear a ridiculous coloured suit that offends your eyes?
Do they look modern and contemporary or do they look dated and out of place?
Do they look right for your event?
C – COST – This may well be the crucial deciding factor on who you decide to hire but it really shouldn’t be THE determining factor – it is much more important to get the right performer than the cheapest performer.
From an entirely biased point of view I would always recommend hiring a professional magician rather than a hobbyist, you wouldn’t hire someone who had an interest in building do build your extension would you?
A performer’s cost is not just the amount you are paying them to perform, more importantly it is the amount that they value their own performance, not only this a professional’s fee will also include his travel costs, his advertising costs, a proportion will be going to Tax and National Insurance, accountancy costs and so on, where as an amateur will almost certainly have a full-time job and they perform some magic “on the side”.
Most people have never hired a magician before and will have no idea how much they should expect to be paying – this amount will vary depending on Location, Day of the Week, Type of Event, Number of Guests and a number of other factors including again how much a magician values themselves.
Typically magicians are hired for an average of 2 hours, a professional magician will discuss your needs with you and offer different options so you can decide what is best.
Typically you will be looking at paying a professional at least £400 for a 2 hour performance. – It may be considerably higher than this but a professional should definitely not be charging less than this.
The price may well vary due to supply and demand as well as other factors as well, Saturdays in the summer are typically the most sought after dates and as a result these are charged at a premium, a Tuesday in January is likely to be cheaper for obvious reasons!
In the boldest and most brash terms when booking a magician (as with SO many things in life) you will get what you pay for!
THE BOTTOM LINE –
The magician should reply promptly, should answer all your queries openly and honestly and preferably in well written English.
If they are not available then they should be able to happily recommend a suitable alternative.
Hire a magician who seems completely confident that they understand what you are looking for in terms of entertainment and believe they are genuinely the perfect person to perform at your event.
Again, if they are not suitable they should be able to recommend somebody else who is.
Choose a performer who is open and honest about reviews they have received from previous clients.
Hiring a magician who looks right for your event is paramount – choose someone you can imagine entertaining your friends, family, guests or staff.
Although price is always going to be a factor in deciding which magician you are going to hire try not to let it be the be all and end all.
You are much more likely to regret going for the cheap option than you are going to regret paying a bit more money for a professional service.
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